Itinerary #1: Iceland Relaxed Ring Road Adventure
On this self-guided road trip, you'll loop around Route One—also known as Ring Road—stopping to visit volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, fishing villages, and Iceland's largest cities along the 828-mile journey.
|Day 1||Arrive in Reykjavik, Explore Downtown||Reykjavik|
|Day 2||Glymur Falls & Snaefellsnes Peninsula||Snæfellsnes Peninsula|
|Day 3||Snaefellsnes Peninsula to Akureyri||Akureyri|
|Day 4||Godafoss, Whale Watching & Big Waterfalls||Lake Myvatn|
|Day 5||Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn||Lake Myvatn|
|Day 6||Myvatn to the Eastern Fjords||Seydisfjordur|
|Day 7||Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & Skaftafell||Vik|
|Day 8||South Coast Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches & Golden Circle||Golden Circle|
|Day 9||Golden Circle to Reykjavik||Reykjavik|
|Day 10||Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon, Depart Iceland|
Begin the trip in Reykjavik, where you'll pick up a rental car you'll be driving throughout your adventure on Ring Road. Explore the capital city, stopping into the Northern Lights Center and the Whales of Iceland Exhibition for an introduction to the country. On day two, you'll drive to the west coast and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, visiting waterfalls like towering Glymur Falls, Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”) and Barnafoss ("children's waterfall"). Continue along the north coast to Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city. The next day, you'll drive onward to Husavik for a whale-watching tour on a carbon-neutral ship, and then onto Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, for a refreshing hike. Spend the night at Myvatn Nature Baths.
During the second half of the trip, you'll get up close and personal with rock formations, volcanic craters, and lava fields around Lake Myvatn. Moving southwest onto the scenic coastline of the East Fjords and then onto the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, you'll have plenty of chances to park the car for hiking and picnicking. More waterfalls and black sand beaches await on Iceland's southern coast before you begin the last leg of the trip on the Golden Circle Route. Take some time to explore Thingvellir National Park, walking around giant rock fissures where tectonic plates meet. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon on your last full day before returning to Reykjavik. Learn more
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Itinerary #2: Iceland Remote Hiking Adventure
If you like hiking, you'll love this ten-day itinerary featuring treks to waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers, plus a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon and a night on the town in Reykjavik.
|Day 1||Arrival in Reykjavik, Explore Downtown||Reykjavik|
|Days 2-4||Thorsmork Hiking Trip||Thorsmork|
|Day 5||Return to Reykjavik, Flight to the Westfjords||Isafjordur|
|Days 6-8||Hornstrandir Traverse Trek||Hornstrandir|
|Day 9||Flight from Isafjordur to Reykjavik||Reykjavik|
|Day 10||Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon, Departure|
Get oriented in Reykjavik on the first day of the trip before taking to the trails in Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), named after the Nordic God of Thunder, for the next few days of the itinerary. In the southern highlands, it's one of the country's best-known hiking areas. Enjoy the natural playground of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, volcanoes, rivers, and glaciers, following popular trails like Thorsmork Panorama, then soaking post-hike in the region's natural pool and sauna on the edge of Húsadalur woods.
You'll loop back to Reykjavik to catch a short domestic flight into Isafjordur in Iceland's Westfjords region. Visit the Isafjordur Maritime Museum and dine on fresh seafood at Tjoruhusid. The next day, your three-day guided trek begins in the Hornstrandir Natural Reserve; highlights along the way include the impressive Drífandi waterfall and the views from Hafnarskarð Pass. On day nine, catch a flight back to Reykjavik and enjoy the last day sightseeing, relaxing, and enjoying traditional Icelandic food and drink before the trip ends. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Iceland Off The Beaten Path: West and North Escape
Get away from the crowds on this ten-day tour of Iceland's lesser-known destinations. Highlights along the journey include Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Westfjords, Godafoss Waterfall, and Husavik, Iceland’s whale-watching capital.
|Day 1||Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik||Reykjavik|
|Day 2||North to Glymur Falls, Borgarnes, Snæfellsnes Peninsula||Snæfellsnes Peninsula|
|Day 3||More of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula||Reykjavik|
|Day 4||Ferry From Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Westfjords||Patreksfjörður|
|Day 5||Southern Westfjords: Látrabjarg & Dynjandi||Isafjordur|
|Day 6||Isafjordur or Hornstrandir Hiking||Isafjordur|
|Day 7||Scenic Drive from Isafjordur to Akureyri||Akureyri|
|Day 8||The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls||Lake Myvatn|
|Day 9||Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn||Lake Myvatn|
|Day 10||Akureyri, back to Reykjavik / KEF|
Get your bearings in Reykjavik at the start of this trip: on day two, you'll be headed off to the wilderness of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, stopping at Glymur Falls along the way. Check out the shipwreck remains on the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur, then visit Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and the Berserkjahraun Lava Fields before you catch a boat from Stykkishólmur to the Westfjords. You'll spend day five hiking along the Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs and seeing the Dynjandi waterfall, finishing the day with a drive through Iceland’s longest tunnel.
Midway through the trip, you'll hike in Hornstrandir Nature Preserve and have the option to take an Icelandic horseback riding tour through the Sandá Valley with wonderful views of the "Westfjords Alps." Pass through the city of Akureyri on your way to Godafoss Waterfall, the so-called “waterfall of the gods,” and go on a whale-watching tour in Husavik. End the adventure around Lake Myvatn, a region rich with rock formations, lava fields, and volcanic craters. Treat yourself to a dip in Jarðböðin Nature Baths with a view over the landscape you've just spent more than a week actively exploring—and after that, a celebratory seafood dinner. Learn more
Interested in spending more time on Iceland's south coast? Find out more in this ultimate guide to the region.
More Unique Itineraries in Iceland
For more travel inspiration, check out these unique Iceland itineraries with trips ranging from three to twelve days. Then read about the best time to visit Iceland here and how many days you should spend in the country here.