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Pre booking accommodation

Hazelbrook...
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Pre booking accommodation

We are visiting Iceland from late aug to 19 sep and dont wnat to prebook all our accommodation to have a flexible itinerary. We would plan to stay in guesthouses and cheaper style accommodation, shared bathroom is fine. We will start at Westfjords, then F35 to the south coast, east coast, north coast back to Reykjavik. Will we be able to find accommodation when we arrive in the afternoon at our destinations or should we pre book every night, which we really dont want to do. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

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Boston...
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1. Re: Pre booking accommodation

Iceland is pretty much "full up" with tourists. Especially in the Westfjords, where there might only be 10 or 12 beds within 50 miles of where you are you need to have a place booked in advance.

Similarly in the rest of the country there just isn't that much lodging. If you wait until afternoon you might find that the closest bed is 100 miles away or further.

35 is a rough road. You're going to need a larger vehicle to handle that than most cars

Reykjavik, Iceland
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2. Re: Pre booking accommodation

Since you are going during the high season you should book in advance. Last minute bookings can be risky if there isn't anything left or the rooms left can be very expensive.

Cologne, Germany
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3. Re: Pre booking accommodation

If you want to be flexible you should consider renting a campervan or driving and tent camping.

Especially in more remote areas budget accommodations are scarce and will book up well in advance. Many people now are having trouble finding a place to stay for the summer in the Westfjords, on the South Coast or in the Mývatn area for example. If you don't pre-book you will have to take what is left at last minute prices and may have to spend valuable time searching for accommodation every day.

That said, many places in the Westfjords as well as campsites around the country start closing in September, and F-roads may also start to close in September depending on the weather conditions, so you would have to do your research and monitor the road conditions closely while you are there before finalizing your plans. Kjölur can be a rough road, so make sure you get a suitable 4x4 and drive carefully to avoid damage that is not insured (like damage to the undercarriage). Also make sure you have the right insurance and know the deductibles. Repairs and spare parts are very expensive in Iceland.

If you don't pick up and drop off your vehicle in Reykjavík make sure you know the one-way fee. It can be considerable if the company needs to send an employee to retrieve the car.

Canada
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4. Re: Pre booking accommodation

People are having difficulty finding bookings already for this summer ( and that includes Sept), Your plan to wing it is not practical especially in an area with a limited number of rooms at the best of times.

Los Alamos, New...
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5. Re: Pre booking accommodation

If you are dead set against prebooking, you need a campervan

Reykjavik, Iceland
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6. Re: Pre booking accommodation

If you decide to go with a campervan you have to make sure you know which campsites will be open since wild camping is illegal.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7. Re: Pre booking accommodation

We booked a September trip in February and had to settle for less than ideal lodging in a couple of locations.

Reykjavik, Iceland
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8. Re: Pre booking accommodation

It depends how much money you have. If you're ok with obtaining the more expensive rooms (last ones remaining) then it could be possible somehow, I guess.

Hazelbrook...
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9. Re: Pre booking accommodation

ok thank you everybody, looks like we need to pre book, camervans are very expensive :)

Cologne, Germany
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10. Re: Pre booking accommodation

Then book as soon as possible, because everything in Iceland is very expensive, and many of the budget options may well be either fully booked or getting scarce for the summer, especially in the South, the Westfjords and the Mývatn areas.

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