The best time to go to Iceland is the short
summer, this means from early June to the end of August. But many
highland-tracks are closed until mid of July and after mid of September
they are closed again.
You don't necessarily need a
off-road-bike for a trip in Iceland, but it is highly recommendable,
because even the ring road (the main road) is only paved with tar by
Paying with credit-cards is no problem in Iceland,
not even in villages or for amounts less than 5 Euro.
There are plenty of gas-stations along the ring road, but there are
none in the highlands! This means that you have to carry extra-gas with
you and you have to plan the route by gas-stations. And don't forget
that you will need more gas than normal on the highland-tracks, because
you often have to drive in 2nd. and 3rd. gear. Be aware:
Many petrol-/gas-stations are only machines,
where you have to pay by credit-card (often only Visa accepted)! At
"normal" gas-stations there is often no self-service and the people are
not used to fill up bikes, so, you have to make sure that they really
fill it up to the top!
Opposite you will find a map with all
fuel-/petrol-/gas-stations in Iceland. I can send
you this map in a printable quality by e-mail.
Now (2016) there is also a interactive map of all
gas/fuel/petrol stations in Iceland.
I've got maps of
About the ferry to Iceland:
There is only one! (also see my links)
I had problems with online-booking and as I heard others too, so better
ask them for a local office: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ferry sails on a strange route: Hanstholm(DK), Shetland, Faröer,
Bergen(N), Shetland, Faröer, Seyðisfjördur(IS), this means 4 days
Denmark-Iceland with a 2 day stay on Faröer or 2 days Norway-Iceland.
The only alternative is to put the bike in a box and ship it with a
freighter, or you can fly it in if you've got too much money.
If you want to leave the ring road you should be
prepared to find often traffic signs like these,
and they are not kidding!!!