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About Budget Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Budget self drive tours allow you to drive around Iceland yourself, visiting the sites by following an itinerary prepared by Guide to Iceland. You can add extra tours and activities during booking, and your vehicle and accommodation will be organised on your behalf.

These tours are tailored to those eager to cut costs without missing out on Iceland's unique landscapes, activities and natural attractions.

1. What are the included sightseeing activities in budget self drive tours?

You can always choose to add extra activities to your itinerary but you can also follow the set itinerary for sightseeing.

2. Can I change the route if I book a budget self drive tour?

Unfortunately, customisation options aren’t available for budget self drive tours; they are a budget option with minimal service included.

3. What type of accommodation is included?

As this is a budget option, guests will be staying in shared rooms in hostels and dormitories. During the booking process, however, you can upgrade to a private room with a shared bathroom. If you are travelling in a large group, family rooms might be optional, depending on availability.

4. Do budget self drive tours include transfer to and from the airport?

You can pick up and return your car directly from the international airport, regardless of the arrival and departure flight time. This allows for more flexibility and convenience and ensures that you do not need airport transfer.

5. Is admission to the Blue Lagoon included in these packages?

No, unfortunately a visit to Blue Lagoon is not included in these budget packages.

6. Can I upgrade the car for budget self drive tours?

Yes, you can choose between different car levels during the booking process.

7. Are meals included?

No, but there are usually cooking facilities under the budget/super budget category of accommodation, meaning you can cook your own meals.

8. Are bed sheets included? Do I need a sleeping bag?

All bedding is included so you do not need a sleeping bag

9. Do budget self-drive tours run throughout the year?

Some do, but the vast majority do not.

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Budget travel in Iceland

It is more than possible to travel around Iceland on a budget, granted you’re aware of the financial pitfalls, as well as the shortcuts around expenditure. Before arriving in Iceland, make sure to take time assessing your budget, making accommodation and rental vehicle choices appropriately.

Buying alcohol from the duty-free store, or purchasing from the state-sponsoured liquor store Vínbúðin, is a surefire way of avoiding the high costs of drinking at a bar. Almost all bars in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, have daily happy hours too, cutting down on the cost further.

Another means of avoiding reckless spending is to avoid 10/11 convenience stores. Despite their abundance in Iceland, prices are notoriously higher than in other stores, such as Bónus and Krónan. On that note, there is also no need to purchase bottled water in Iceland; originating from the country’s glaciers, tap and spring water are perfectly drinkable.

When it comes to cuisine, one should tread lightly when spending at restaurants. Discount offers will generally occur around lunchtime, making this a better time to eat out, while cooking at home will radically cut down on what you’re paying for grub.

It should go without saying that avoiding some of the pricier attractions, namely the Blue Lagoon, will save the wallet from a massive dent. In fact, much of Iceland can be enjoyed entirely free; Reykjavík is the perfect city for budget travellers, with plenty of compelling cultural landmarks, surrounding hiking trails and points of interest.

Naturally, avoid taxis at all costs and be aware of the services charges proposed by your bank. With handy tips such as these, it should be easy to keep your expenditure to a minimum while travelling around Iceland.


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