During the summer months we are doing a roadtrip to Iceland, driving through Germany and along the Danish west coast to the ferry in Hirtshals/Denmark. First destination are the Faroe islands, where we are staying for a few days. Then the ferry will continue to Iceland. Overall we will be on the road for 4 months, thereof 3 months on Iceland focussing on the West fjords and the highland tracks. We will be joined by two other Mercedes Vario 4x4 owners.
Now arrived on Iceland! We first explore the east part of Iceland, drive to the bird cliffs of Bakkagerdi and then test our Mercedes 4x4 on our first Icelandic highland tracks F910 and F905. Our highlight is the warm waterfall in the middle of nowhere.
Depending on your departure date for the ferry to Iceland, you have a 3 days stopover on the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are comparable to the West Fjords of Iceland. Unfortunately no chance to drive offroad, as all official roads are paved. But the landscape is breathtaking, so this stopover is worthwile in any case.
We are travelling along the Danish westcoast to Hirtshals, where the ferry takes us to Faroe Islands and later to Iceland. Denmark has a wonderful nature to offer and various beaches, where you can drive with your vehicle. For sure we have to try that out ...
Now we are on the road. We have time enough, so we explore the beautiful German coastline on small roads, avoiding the tourist hotspots whereever possible. This is what the video is about. It covers our travel from Switzerland to the Danish border.
We have enough storage capacity in our Benny, so it makes sense to take food with us to Iceland. Per person you can take 3kg of food duty-free with you.
Look on www. tollur.is for the latest infos about importing food into Iceland and the exceptions for meat, milk, alcohol etc.
Sure, Iceland also has supermarkets and the choice is good, but the price levels are significantly higher. And sometimes its good to have your favorite coffee or chocolate on board. Or good wholegrain bread. Think of sitting in your vehicle somewhere in the West fjords and it is raining the whole day. Then it is good to have a good book and a good coffee and may be good chocolate ;-).
Our food will be a mixture of local, fresh food (fish, salads etc.), canned food and ready-made meals. Canned food is not necessarily bad food. It is very practical if you are far away from the next supermarket or in the middle of nowhere in the Islandic highlands.
Last time on Iceland (1997 and 2009) we experienced the local bread mostly as white, soft and fluffy. May be this has changed meanwhile. We will find out. But to be prepared, we take several kilos of canned wholegrain bread and hearty bread mixes for our Omnia oven with us. We will survive :-).
So counting all food together, we have about 85kg to declare at the customs, which will cost us around 65 EUR, which is fair. Here we are sitting in the basement at home, preparing the food inventory list to make the customs officer in Iceland happy. If you don't have such an inventory list, the customs officer estimates the food weight, which can be more or less.
Iceland is very restrictive on alcohol. You can bring 6 bottles of wine per person duty-free to Iceland, and 0 bottles of beer. Or you can choose combinations of
them. Anyway. Buying alcohol in Iceland is only possible at licenced dealers and is very expensive.
The exhaust pipe of our Mercedes Vario was a problem, because it runs under the cardan shaft and so limits the ground clearance (see picture with the original pipe run). On Iceland we will cross rivers and drive bad roads, so the risk of damaging our exhaust system is high.
That's the reason that we looked for an experienced truck workshop to change the exhaust pipe.
After the adaption: This picture shows the new pipe run above the cardan shaft. This was the only technical change which we made for Iceland. But this change was
Being 4 months on the road, is is recommended to prepare the journey and the vehicle. We did this little video about our preparations. It is in German, but with English subtitles.