Here´s one way to travel Iceland without paying an arm and a leg
As team Total Iceland has made clear in numerous articles visiting Iceland is, contrary to belief, much more expensive nowadays than it was a few years back when the place was mostly off limits due to high costs. A large chunk of that high cost is car rental and/or accommodation. But there is one option that might save you considerable funds and even make your journey more lovely.
Although a few dozen new hotels are being built in this country the fact is that due to much higher demand than supply the average cost of a night´s stay in a decent hotel anywhere in Iceland is anywhere from 270$ to 360$. Even a simple thing like pitching a tent in a popular spot here in summertime will easily empty your wallet of about 50$ per night. That´s expensive in any language.
Let us play with those figures for a moment. Suppose you and your family dream of enjoying two weeks here. Simply drive around and take in anything anywhere at a leisurely pace and hit the sack in hotels along the way. In high season, over Christmas and in the summer months, such a plan will put you back well over three thousand dollars for the hotels only. This is just average hotels and you still have to pay extra for a rental car, food and other various stuff. It quickly adds up to towering numbers.
While not a perfect way to save on your Iceland trip, one good way to lower your bills but arguably make your journey here more enjoyable is by renting a caravan, or travel trailer as the Americans want to call it. This holds especially if there is a family of four traveling together as most caravans easily accommodate four people.
Team Total Iceland offers caravans for rent over summertime and this way offers you a way to travel for under two thousand dollars for two weeks. Naturally, car rental is not included and you´ll need a sturdy SUV. Nevertheless, a caravan gives you an opportunity to park in lots of places around the island and either relax or keep the camper in place while you venture off-road for a few hours for instance. Infinitely more enjoyable than a motor-home or an RV since a number of roads here are simply impassable for such vehicles.