Busses In Iceland
Couple of thoughts for those that are traveling to Iceland; from our experience, contrary to what guidebooks state, taking a bus maybe easier than renting a car.
Although, the car may give you freedom, one will have to figure out where to drive, rent a 4wd car as there are many roads that cannot be accessed unless you have one, stay awake, and pay for gas. A typical, Toyota Yaris, goes for about 7000-10000 ($65-95) kronos a day; GPS and extra insurance will cost more. In order to get a 4wd, it would cost at least 15000-20000 ($120-170) kronos a day. Basically, there are more responsibilities in driving a car.
There are many advantages in using the bus.
1) You can stay awake all night, just catch the bus and pass out. Although, you will miss the beautiful landscape.
2) Each bus has a audio guide that gives a brief tour of the area one may be visiting.
3) Chances in meeting different types of people.
4) Last, but not least, less responsibilites.
We used the Reykjavik Excursions: Iceland On Your Own South Passport for 3 days. This gave us access to any of the bus routes going south for the 3 days for the price of 19,100 ($160) kronos each.
Bottom line: Get the bus pass.