On a recent one-day Iceland stopover, I rented a car and toured the Reykjanes Peninsula. One of two solo trips to Iceland in less than a month, I had created an itinerary of all the sights I wanted to see. The recently active Fagradalsfjall volcano, in the Geldingadalur Valley, was one of the main sights I wanted to see. What I didn’t expect was for it to become the highlight of my Reykjanes Peninsula tour and my favourite experience on my one-day Iceland stopover.
April 25th 2020, was supposed to be the start of my Iceland Adventure, on the way to the UK for my annual visit with my mum in Newquay, Cornwall. I was going to tour Iceland for a week visiting popular hot spots as well as hidden gems. However, due to COVID-19 and the travel restrictions needed to prevent the spread of the disease, my flights to Iceland and the UK were cancelled (which I expected). So, I decided to tour Iceland virtually instead (via Google Maps—which I do quite often anyway) and to share my virtual journey of Iceland with you. If Iceland is on your travel bucket list, come with me as I take you on a Virtual Iceland Adventure.
If you’re thinking of visiting New Zealand in the near future or you’re already making plans for a trip that involves driving in New Zealand, whether by car or camper van, then there are some things you should know before you go.
A guided self-drive tour – or self-drive for short – is a great way to see and experience a new destination. There are many reasons why some people choose to explore countries and even continents this way. But is a self-drive right for you?
Unlike an escorted tour, on a guided self-drive tour, there is no guide in the traditional sense of the word. Planning your route, arranging accommodations, a vehicle and creating an itinerary is done for you but you have the flexibility to stop when and where you want for as long as you want, secure in the knowledge you have somewhere to stay at the end of each day.