Iceland is horrendously expensive
Imagine expensive. Now double it. Food, drinks, tours and accomodation are shockingly expensive making it very hard to do on the cheap. But there are a few things that can be done to reduce cost such as buying food at grocery stores, staying at farmstays or air bnb, and doing it yourself rather than going on a tour.
Outside Rekavik towns are tiny
Iceland has a small population and the majority of it was remote until the ring road linked the main towns. It may seem like a major town on your map, but can be a few houses together with a small general store. I went past my destination several times expecting a somewhat larger intersection or town.
Always check the weather
Iceland weather is changable and potentially dangerous. Roads close and it is wise to check road conditions regularily.
Driving at night, in the rain, on the wrong side of the road is NOT fun.
Yeah, well most people could have told me this without going to Iceland. If you are used to driving on the left it makes the conditions especially at night worse. And it does rain…a lot
The weather could always be worse.
I was told this several times by Icelanders as I came in looking bedraggled from the wind and rain. Really?!! It could?!! It could also have been a blizzard and below 0 degrees. I guess Icelanders have to look on the bright side of …the weather.