It's already night 8 and I can't believe we are almost done camping in Iceland! Liz and I have spent the last several days driving a lot (particularly along the fjords in the east and west as there aren't many roads that go into the country (i.e. If you want to see something on the coast, you are forced to take the "long way"). We've been really removed and also have saved quite a bit of money camping off the side of the road (though we've looked for some privacy with big rocks or trees, because you know, peeing in front of strangers is kind of weird). While the first third of our trip had been nothing but rain and wind, we've been very lucky with how nice it's been. Iceland "nice" isn't quite sunny and hot, more that it's been less windy, less chilly, and definitely little to no rain.
We've also been looking for local swimming pools that are heated with geothermal water because they're the same price as a shower at a campsite, plus you get hot baths and saunas and a pool! Iceland becomes a lot cheaper when you don't pay a whopping 22 euros for a campsite and a 5 minute "hot" shower outside a national park... take our advice and camp on the side of the road! It takes awhile to find places that won't blow you away (in the bad sense), but it's worth it!
For food, I've been eating lots and lots of sandwiches from the back of the car. I use tortillas or whole grain bread with cheese, shrimp cheese spread, tomatoes (when they're affordable), and lettuce or spinach. I've been eating lots of black licorice, chocolate with puffed rice, chips (Lays chips are cheaper than the Norwegian or Icelandic chips!!!!), apples (cheap), bananas, and even nectarines. I recommend stocking up on groceries at Bonus when you're in Reykjavik because the smaller towns have much more expensive stores and grocery items.
For finding attractions, I've used the WIFI-less app Maps.me to search for any nearby attractions. Since we're unfamiliar with the areas outside of the Golden Circle, we never know what we're going to get. It's been both good and bad, with some attractions being quite pointless (i.e. A boring forest or a waterfall that goes way off track onto a dirt road) and sometimes it's a beautiful, isolated early 1900s farmhouse. We've seen many beautiful waterfalls, lakes, and even camped in a cute fir tree forest!
We've seen an abandoned Viking fortress, caves with an underground geothermal spring, many glaciers, volcanos, beautiful cliffs with many birds (unfortunately no puffins :( ), geysers, boiling mud puddles, many cute coastal fjordland villages (villages here are SO tiny, like 10 houses max), many herds of Icelandic horses grazing near cliffs like mountain goats, many herds of sheep and bucking lambs, and even a herd of laid back caribou!!!!! Iceland is one of those places that just wows you. You'll never get used to its landscape because it's always changing!
If you drive in Iceland, be aware of the horrible roads! You'll be driving on a paved highway and all of the sudden, you'll hit major pot holes in a huge fog, in super hilly territory, and it will start raining like crazy! We drove like that for an hour and said a prayer when we emerged into the clearing and a new road! There were many moments on our trip where things went majorly wrong and we were freaked out, but it just adds to the drama and storytelling!