I got an inquiry via Facebook which I couldn't reply to, so I decided to reply to it hear. The question was as follows:
I'm going to Iceland in late March and I have a few questions. I cannot decide if my father and I should visit Hofn and the south or go to Akureyri. He wants to do this vacation without renting a car and driving, and I want to do as much as possible and see scenery that looks like where Game of Thrones is filmed. Any advice?
I assume the weather is difficult to predict, but which location do you think would have a more moderate climate?
Hope to hear from you,
And here is my reply:Hi Liz
If you want to see the landscape from Game of Thrones, you should go to Höfn. However, though you can get to Höfn by bus and pass the mountains and glaciers seen in Game of Thrones, you can not access those places without a car. You can take the bus to Jökulsarlon which is between shooting locations and very similar by bus. The scenery along the way is fantastic with glaciers, volcanoes, black volcanic sands and lava fields covered with soft green moss.
Akureyri is a beautiful, friendly town and if weather is bad, Akureyri is a much better choice. From there you can also get to Myvatn which is interesting and where part of the third series of Game of Thrones was shoot last November. The exact locations are a secret though until after the episodes showing them have been aired.
So, I recommend renting a car. There is very little traffic at this time of the year. You can risk bad weather, so ask about the weather predictions before hitting the road and bring a phone. If anything does go wrong, you can simply call 112 and you will be picked up. Rescue is fast, effective and free in Iceland.
I hope this is helpful. Feel free to send me any further questions you might have.