They say that Greenland is ice and Iceland is green, and, from my experience, this proved true. For the most part, at least. The glaciers are plentiful but, unless sought out or leaving the “ring” road that encompasses the island, the average experience consist of of lush, green hillsides and spectacular waterfalls. In my opinion, lacking majestic mountain ranges, forests or wildlife, nothing about Iceland will blow your mind, but it does consistently rank “very good”. The country is largely undeveloped and unspoiled and you can drive a considerable distance without ever seeing another car. The people are direct but courteous and the respect they have for their country translates into helpful advice or directions and a litter-free landscape. Further, camping is readily available around the entire island, which makes the ordinarily expensive exchange rate quite reasonable. Note, however, that car-camping here is largely limited to grassy lawn, caravan types of tent spaces and is not the type of camping sites where you could spend the whole day without wanting to leave your campsite. Of note is that there is not much “wildlife” to speak of, only sheep, birds and feral horses.
Camping: We drove most of the perimeter and never were at a lack of camping locations or vacancy. I can’t speak for peak or holiday exceptions but reservations were not needed nor warranted and our trip remained flexible and without a need to stick to reservation schedule.
Welcome Apartments (www.welcome.is) has a fantastic location in the heart of Reykjavík and a reasonable price. It is not a hotel and does not offer hotel services. However, the apartment we stayed in was not a residence ala AirB&B either, but felt like staying in a clean Ikea showroom (in a good way) and met every expectation.