2: Where to stay | Iceland on a BMW R1200GS

Nathan Millward
By Nathan Millward
NateThePostman Round the world adventurer Nathan Millward rode home to the East Midlands from Australia on a 105cc Australian postal bike (he didn’t like flying). He’s since ridden across America to Alaska, writing two brilliant books about the experience. www.nathanmillward.com

 

After just over four weeks and 5500 miles, Nathan Millward’s trip to Iceland has come to an end: “In the past I’ve ridden around the world on a 105cc Australian postal bike,” says Nathan, “and spent a fair amount of time riding Europe and America. But Iceland clearly offers something very different.

“Given its geographical location, it isn’t the easiest place to get to, but for anyone looking to plan a two week holiday (or longer) it could be a great place to consider next.

“Here’s part two of my guide to getting the best out of Iceland – where to stay…”

 

There’s no denying that accommodation is expensive on the island, and it’s only increasing in price with the rise in demand. To stay in hotels or other facilities for three weeks would almost quadruple the price, and make for a £200 or more a day budget. Even youth hostels are expensive at around £40, and while some places have bunks for you to use your own sleeping bag, even they can be around £50 per night if it’s in a remote area. By contrast, camping in most parts is around £10 per night, with excellent camping facilities covering the entire island. Many sites have laundry facilities, WiFi and showers, though sometimes the latter two come at additional cost. 

Camping also allows flexibility as you don’t need to book, but if it’s been a wet and windy day then a night in a hotel would be welcome. One evening I booked a bed in a hostel dorm for approximately £30, and upgraded to a single room for a very reasonable £45. Another night when travelling with my wife for the six days she was there for we used booking.com to book a local hotel – a weird and wonderful old agricultural school – for £86. But by far this was the cheapest hotel around, and usually options are in the region of £150 per night. 

I would say though that staying in accommodation, rather than camping would add a positive element to the trip. Farms offer rooms, as do small communities and guesthouses. These would give a greater insight into island life, which can sadly be missing from camping, as all you tend to meet are other campers from mainland Europe.

 

Get more of Nathan’s essential Iceland travel advice by clicking here.

 

BikeSocial in Iceland
Nathan Millward shows you the stunning scenery and routes of Iceland
Latest News from Bike Social

Latest News

  • Kawasaki has confirmed a radar-equipped bike for 2021. H2SX is favourite to get the system.
    Radar cruise control for next Kawasaki H2SX?
  • Max Biaggi aiming to take world speed record on Voxan Wattman next year
    Voxan’s electric speed record bike revealed
  • With the announcement that MV Agusta’s limited edition Rush is now in production for June delivery not to mention now TVS-owned Norton looking for staff to build its V4, one of the most often asked, hotly contested and debated motorcycling questions of all – ‘What’s the fastest production bike in the world?’ rises its head yet again.
    Top 10 bikes with the highest power to weight ratio – ever!
  • Around the world lap record holder, Nick Sanders, choses his favourite ten roads to ride on and there’s Google Maps links too
    Top 10 motorcycle rides/routes in the world | + Download maps