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Author Topic: Wilds camping (as it should be) In iceland, ..wife friendly solution!  (Read 2952 times)
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« on: August 09, 2016, 05:43:39 PM »

If anyone is feeling the need to go to the now very fashionable island of iceland..


My Icelandic buddy from my youth has been in design partnership to produce a fleet of rental unit for the big old ring road around Iceland that is a bit friendlier than a tent.. (you pull up & camp  on the edge of the road still out there if you so wish, or avail yourself of a camp-ground...otherwise).

& seeing as the lady often "dictates" a modicum of comfort is often required..

To tour Iceland (it's worth it) you need a decent car to deal with the rock desert, a bit of fording etc.. & it's an expensive country as a scandi place to eat drink, stay, play unless you are minted!

Hire one of these through the car hire outlet & you utilise (if needed) pre-existing camp sites on the route for your ablutions ..we tended to wash in the numerous free hot springs though  Grin

It's either that or a very boring escorted shuttle bus trip round the country & rip off prices with no dilly-dallying along the way  a limp wristed "escort" & the coach smelling of Werthers 24/7  (hmm, coach trip tv anyone).

http://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2016/07/27/tengja_folk_vid_natturuna/ (press translate button).

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There is no "cheap" in Iceland, so this might just work your pocket over a bit less if let off the leash for a while! I don't  visit places to admire granite sinks, but granite mountains!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 05:56:07 PM »

Always very high on my places to see before old age prevents!
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2016, 07:13:13 PM »

Exactly, before you lose too much puff!

I used to camp, but at the end of a hard few days climbing / walking a floor doesn't quite cut it, (but nor does a cr@ van mattress) as a result I think i've 4 or 5 different semi-inflatables which have proven better than many hotel beds (notably the big alpkit jobby) ..you can drive many places but it is a lot more popular & a lot more roped off than it used to be, so being able to pitch up (a few hours or overnight) & truly have a place to yourself e.g. the big falls, sitting on the edge dangling your feet over whilst the sun comes up, ..just you, no de-camping bus-load of tourists! ...bliss.

or settling in to get a late night climb in summer & come down at 4 in the morning, ...being where you are now tod, you'll know that one.

A hot pool dip in the wild makes up for a lot of rough camping & the route is a good one (even better now proper beer is legal) ...& no charge nor chlorine, ..possibly a whiff of sulphur but hey, we're men & we fill the air with our own as is!
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2016, 09:53:27 PM »

Off road camper?



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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2016, 06:36:11 AM »

A new revamp of the mini ? hysteria
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2016, 06:56:26 AM »

We stayed in Hotel Edda a lot when we went a few years ago - the Icelandic government runs a chain of boarding schools for the kids who are too remote to get to school normally, and they turn them all into hotels over the summer. Fairly basic and cheap, but they're all over the country and were mostly quite pleasant.
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2016, 10:39:28 AM »

Off road camper?



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Now doesn't that P.O.S. just define why we are where we are with our attitude to energy (oil, burn some more fricking oil)  ..howay man!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2016, 10:51:57 AM »

We stayed in Hotel Edda a lot when we went a few years ago - the Icelandic government runs a chain of boarding schools for the kids who are too remote to get to school normally, and they turn them all into hotels over the summer. Fairly basic and cheap, but they're all over the country and were mostly quite pleasant.

Yeah, that's a good point, (if you know about this vfm lodging) ..but Icelands got SO popular since about the time of Goldie as a de-riguer place to visit & bray around a dinner table over the keen-wah  hysteria that it can be a bit of a panic as to getting what you need when you need it.

I'm lucky in that I could bunk down with various friends there (lets just say good catholic family of 4 kids)  signofcross, compared to others, so base camp is not a problem.

Should point out there are nice whole house B&B's which also work well usually with the owner next door in Haf & Reyk ..likely Akur & a few other spots for those who aren't quite posh hotel but also want a proper bed & shower..

Its a country to dawdle through because of the weather, allowing for a week minimum on the ring road travelling 10+ days if you want to hike or climb.

I like the idea of brewing a coffee, bacon butties & waiting for the uninterupted dawn of a location typically free of "people like me"  whistlie.

Whilst you could hire a camper you'd be somewhat restricted, whereas a a 4x4 hire car allows for excursions beyond the ring road with some comfortable kipping to boot, If I was in a regular wee car I'd consider myself not have travelled.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2016, 11:03:52 AM »


Now doesn't that P.O.S. just define why we are where we are with our attitude to energy (oil, burn some more fricking oil)  ..howay man!

I often wonder that and my conclusion regarding my own camper is no.
In the Winter I use about 1kW a day in combustible heating, ~3kW a day on cooking and refrigeration, 300W - 600W of solar/diesel lecky per day, 25 litres of water a week/4 days variable and 10 - 20 litres of diesel a week for transport. In Spring to Autumn electricity demand is entirely met by PV and heating isn't required.

If you combine any noddy accommodation + transport resource consumption I expect you'll get a far higher figure.  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2016, 01:52:32 PM »

Does anybody know what that campervan actually is, I'd love to get some more details on it?  Yeah, I know I can't afford one or even have the space to park it but it's got me interested  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2016, 02:23:19 PM »



You can rent one. They're known as Super Jeeps or Super Trucks.
There's special laws in Iceland for the class and they're the only vehicles permitted to travel inland.


"Modifications of 4x4 Super Jeeps and Trucks in Iceland

Before any modified vehicle is certified and approved it must comply with strict rules and specifications set by the authorities.Today modification of 4x4 vehicles is a major industry and Iceland is exporting this expertise to other countries with difficult terrain. Norway and Afghanistan are two examples. When driving on snow the purpose of the large tires becomes clear. When deflated to 2-3 lbs, for example, the tires flatten out creating a broad surface area which enables the vehicle to drive safely over the snow crust. Notes on the modification of Super Jeeps and Super Trucks. To fit the 38 to 46 tires the chassis and body are suspended to allow pieces to be cut away and the fenders removed..New large fenders are then fitted and the differential lowered so the vehicle drives as it would with standard tires. Next an air-locker for the front and rear axles is fixed into place. In most of the trucks an extra gear box (cowling gear) is incorporated for the very slow driving needed for crossing deep snow. The body modification is completed with the addition of an extra fuel tank, extra steering jack, new suspension system springs, an air compressor for refilling tires and a compressor for the air-locker. With the final addition of a winch, extra lights, a roof box, a customized jack, GPS and VHF radio our vehicles are fully-equipped to meet the regulation high standards.  "
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2016, 04:04:35 PM »

Scruff, without sounding like i'm having a go at you, the marketing for that is bullsh!t.

Because except for if you want to go climbing on a glacier then most of that is / was achievable by a land-rover , our vehicle of choice was a big swedish army type volvo, simply higher ground clearance & biggish wheels, ...the rest (e.g. HOW you ford the water is down to common sense, lest you drown like the fools behind us once).

So the folks who hire them are selling a possibility, a lifestyle, but not the knowledge required to drive on a glacier (like a 4x4 in chelsea that's never seen mud) sorta thing, doubtless they charge extra big bucks for the ability of instagramming all the hiree's mates a pic of the oversized wheel.

Most folks just have big 4x4's & they suffice, ..as do trail bikes, & the big circular road pretty much puts you within reach of everything as is.

If anyone has ever been wandering around any glaciers you need to have a guide or good local knowledge, a GPS with a pre-programmed route isn't really good enough either.

Ski-ing is good there too actually (small but good).
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