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Iceland 2019

During the summer we made a 4 months roadtrip to Iceland, driving through Germany and along the Danish west coast to the ferry in Hirtshals/Denmark. First destination were the Faroe islands, which we explored for a few days. Then we continued to Iceland. In Iceland, we set the focus on the Westfjords and the highlands. On some routes we were joined by other Mercedes Vario 4x4 owners, which added a lot of fun. So overall, it was a good step into longterm traveling, because it tested the vehicle - and us.

Now entering the Westfjords. We drive on the east side up to Drangajökull glacier and then to the capital of the Westfjords: Isafjördur. We enjoyed a scenic coastal drive, the majestic table mountains, nice hotpots and the hike to the glacier. 


We are still on the way along the north coast to the Westfjords. You should not miss to drive around the peninsulas Skagi and Vatnsnes. There is a lot to see: a beautiful coastal drive, a nice hotpot, an amazing basalt coast and many seals.


Not far away from track F899, we now drive the track F839 in North Iceland. Very similar, a track with some challenges for us, and always beautiful landscapes surrounding us. On top of that, we picked up a big stone between our twin wheels ...


We are now on tour with two Mercedes Vario 4x4 and drive the track F899 in North Iceland. A beautiful landscape and lots of water crossings. And sure, we got stuck in the softsand of the beach ;-).


We drive through the northeast region of Iceland, visit the Dettifoss waterfall and both peninsulas Melrakkasletta and Langanes. In Tjörnes at the north coast we stay some days at the sea, where we made some nice drone shots.


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 planned anyway.


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. 


 

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