The most exciting natural sights in Iceland are outside the capital Reykjavik, and experiencing them requires a road trip. For long road trips with freedom to choose where you stay the next night, hiring a campervan from Reykjavik is a good option for moving around the island. The writers of Autoblog decided to do just that, and while on the road, they created a short film from their experience.
The two travelers hired a Renault Trafic van (the long base, tall edition, also available as Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro in Europe) that was converted into a campervan. It is a spacious campervan, that is easy and comfortable to drive. If you are not used to a long wheelbase, driving through tight corners or along very narrow roads takes some practice. Driving a van like this is very pleasant on good roads because of the long wheelbase. It is very steady (almost independent of the speed).
View the short film of the campervan tour in Iceland at Autoblog’s page here.
Notice how the headlights are switched on in all vehicles. That’s the law in the entire Scandinavia, be it day, night, sunshine or rain.
Touring in a campervan and staying at camp sites is really enjoyable when it doesn’t rain too much. Even if it is cool, it is not that bad because you can stay warm inside the van, and the great outdoors are there waiting to be explored. Iceland is a destination where hiking to the mountains and waterfalls is a must thing to do. If it rains, some travelers may skip the experience. This is why it pays to do some background research on the climate of a planned destination. Here is some basic information on Iceland’s climate.
About Iceland’s climate
Although Iceland is located adjacent to the Arctic Circle, its climate is not Arctic as, for instance, in Lapland in northern Scandinavia. Iceland’s climate is dominated by the Gulf Stream that brings mild Atlantic air to the island where it encounters cooler Arctic air, resulting in a climate that is marked by frequent changes in weather and abrupt storms. Rainfall is heavier in the southern and western parts than in the northern region of the island.
The primary tourist season is in the summer from late May to early September. The Midnight Sun lights up the night during the first half of the period. In Iceland’s dramatic landscape, the interplay of light and shadows on mountains, lava fields and glaciers is unforgettable. Even in summer, the sky is frequently cloudy, preventing the sun to warm the air (as it does in the Arctic Lapland).
During the winter, nights are long and daylight is scarce. Severe storms also pass over the island during the winter. Some travelers have discovered the silence of the frozen landscape and the dance of the Northern Lights on a clear night sky during the winter.
Details of Iceland’s climate, including winds, snowfall, rainfall, temperatures across the island can be viewed in this document (PDF).