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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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Hey Ann!

Looks like a good plan to me... as for the 240km drive, I'd say that you'll be fine. We did two monster days of driving 350+ kms without issue (and I was the only driver). Granted, the roads may be a bit more crowded when you go, but you'll also have more light. There a lots of places to stop, take a break, take in the scenery, etc. Just take your time and enjoy.

I still owe you some siteseeing tips for the areas you're staying... I'll try to get them out this week.

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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 10:33 AM
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This information may have been buried in the posts, but I'm curious if the roads on the routes described are paved or gravel.
years ago, I visited Iceland, and many roads were gravel, and were smoothed over every morning by road crews.
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Old Feb 4th, 2008, 06:13 PM
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It's a mix... even parts of the ring road are gravel (probably 95% paved). The secondary roads vary greatly with paving in major areas, graded gravel in others, and rutted goat tracks as well.

We were there in October, so they had seen the full tourist season and were showing the signs of rain, frost and cold weather. We beat the hell out of our little Citroen and it never missed a beat (we even dragged an SUV out of a snow bank).

In most of the areas that Ann has chosen, the roads will be paved. There is definitely some gravel around Gulfoss (but not much) and Snaefellsnes and a good deal in the western fjords.

I found driving pretty easy, but I've had a fair amount of experience on bad roads and traffic was extremely light.
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 02:03 PM
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hi, astein

thanks for the encouragement. our kids don't much like "one night stands" so I'd prefer to avoid them if possible. hopefully this means it will be!

>and rutted goat tracks as well.<

is that rutted or rutting? DD is studying animal science so she should be able to cope with either!

don't fret about the sightseeing tips - we're not going til July.

I'm happy about jetisonning the hotel that was so slow at getting back to me. the place we've found - a farm that does riding holidays as wel as letting out a couple of cottages - has been excellent at getting back to me AND giving me info about ferries, activities. It's also VERY reasonable - by staying in a cottage we save enough to pay for dinner every night!

Generally I'm pleased about the mix - hotels, guest houses and cottages - and even more pleased to have got our accommodation costs down to under £2000 for all 4 of us - not bad for 11 nights.

thanks again for all your help,

regards, ann
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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LOL... was thinking rutted, but depending on time of year, you never know!

Just remember, if you run over a sheep, you're liable to the farmer!
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