Iceland, best time to visit and some other questions
February 23, 2014 9:12 PM Subscribe
I'm considering going to Iceland this summer and I have a few questions that haven't exactly been answered in the other threads and/or the the rest of the internet. For background, I'm traveling alone, planning on staying a week to ten days, and I'll be renting a vehicle.
posted by buttercup to Travel & Transportation around Iceland (6 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
1) I'm fairly interested in botany and therefore, I love exploring the flora of new places. Given the Iceland has a relatively short growing season, when would be the best time to go to see the most and most interesting native plant species? While beautiful, I'm less interested in seeing fields of the exotic North American lupine that has apparently becomes quite invasive there. Also, any suggestions for great botanical areas to visit would be appreciated.
2) I was thinking of trying to camp during the majority of my stay there. Is this a viable option? Similarly, I was thinking a doing one or two small 1-3 night backpacking trips. Since I'm traveling alone, I would try to avoid any extremely treacherous hikes for safety's sake, but is backpacking alone in Iceland in summer something one should do (I have a fair amount of outdoor experience)?