Tour books about Iceland state that most roads outside the cities are closed September through May; furthermore, one is taking their life into their own hands if attempting to drive these roads at any time of the year! They are described as being rough gravel roads; therefore don’t consider renting anything other than a 4-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance. It also isn’t uncommon to cross a river by driving through it; it is a river only in the summertime when the snow is melting so no bridge exists. Moreover, if heading into less-traveled areas, the books suggest notifying those at your destination of the expected arrival time so that if you don’t show up, a search party can be sent out! I even saw a sign posted at a gas station convenience store: Register your travel plan at http://www.safetravel.is. Check it out!
Based on these dire warnings, we thought it prudent to take an organized tour rather than striking out on our own! 🙂 Therefore, we took a guided driving tour of the Golden Circle – sort of an “Iceland in a Nutshell” tour. Continue reading