When we last left off, you (our heroes) had been awake for approximately 35 straight hours and were sleeping at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. I'm assuming you did exactly the same thing we did the first day you were in Iceland, and have gotten your fill (mostly) of The Golden Circle. If you're truly following in our footsteps, one of you will need to grow a terrible beard. Go ahead. I'll wait. Doesn't connect between your neck beard and your mustache, but yet also has a few super long white and red hairs growing in it? AWESOME, you're ready.
We rented a Ford hatchback, which was the most expensive of the two wheel drives, and the biggest. We needed the room, because (Oh did I forget to mention?) we slept in our car for five nights of the trip. In order to make our budget for a year long trip, we needed to cut costs wherever possible, so that meant only staying one night in the hostel in Reykjavik (and even that was only $21 a bed) and going grocery shopping to eat most of our meals. Because, as I mentioned before, the food in Iceland is crazy expensive. Oh, and the gas is crazy expensive. Oh, and the lodging is crazy expensive. Oh, and the rental cars are crazy expensive. If you haven't caught the storyline, Iceland is crazy expensive. So we had to save money however we could. The car rental cost us $62 per day, and this was without the extra insurance. We have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card (LAH DEE DAH) which covered our insurance, but everything that I read involves a horror story of a $900 scratch on the bumper that the driver couldn't even see. Even our friends from Belgium (What? What friends? We'll get there, you guys, this is going to make so much sense when you read it the second time.) told us that when they returned their car, the clerk inspecting the car found a small scratch just above the wheel well and told them it may cost up to $600. So you may want to get that extra insurance just for a piece of mind.Read More