You can explore diverse regions in 11 days, providing enough time to check off many of Iceland's most iconic as well as popular sites and plenty of lesser-visited destinations. Maybe you want an experiential tour focused on hiking, such as around the Golden Circle and South Coast. Or, pack in active adventures in these two popular regions, plus more off-beat destinations such as Westfjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. And if you love to drive, follow the Ring Road from beginning to end.

Itinerary #1: Self-Drive Iceland Ring Road Adventure

Spend 11 days circling Iceland on this self-drive adventure by 4WD, exploring many of its most iconic waterfalls, geothermal areas, and geological marvels, including whale watching, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and hiking.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Keflavik, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 2 Waterfalls & Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Snowmobiling, Vík í Mýrdal Vík í Mýrdal
Day 3 Dyrholaey Arch Cliffs, Reynisfjara Black-Sand Beach, Horseback Riding Vík í Mýrdal
Day 4 Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Skaftafell & Glacier Hike Skaftafell
Day 5 Ice-Cave Expedition, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach Skaftafell
Day 6 Eastfjords & Hengifoss Egilsstaðir
Day 7 Stuðlagil Canyon, Dettifoss, Mývatn Nature Baths Lake Myvatn
Day 8 Húsavik Whale-Watching, Grjótagjá Cave, Dimmuborgir, Skútustaðagígar Lake Myvatn
Day 9 Godafoss, Akureyri & Tröllaskagi Peninsula, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell Grundarfjörður
Day 10 Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Gerduberg Basalt Cliffs, Hraunfossar, Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 11 Reykjanes Peninsula, Depart  

Begin by soaking in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa before exploring Reykjavik's sites. Then follow the "Ring Road" along the South Coast, visiting Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and thrilling to snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You'll also view the Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara sea stacks, go horseback riding on Víkurfjara beach, hike Þakgil and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyons, and don crampons to hike Skaftafellsjökull glacier. And the next day, explore an ice cave inside the Vatnajökull glacier. Plus, you'll explore the iceberg-studded Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon by boat or kayak.

For week two, snake your way through the Eastfjords, including hikes to Folaldafoss and Hengifoss waterfalls, before heading through the "Northern Volcanic Rift Zone," starting with Stuðlagil Canyon. Continue to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, then explore the geological wonders around Lake Mývatn. Next, spend a morning whale watching out of Húsavik, then marvel at the picture-perfect Godafoss waterfall as you head west to the Vatnsnes Peninsula—with its Hvitserkur sea stack—and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with its iconic Kirkjufell mountain. Finally, head back to Reykjavik. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Active Iceland North to South

This 11-day active adventure delves into western Iceland's top nature experiences, adventure activities, and iconic sites, from Westfjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the north to the "Golden Circle" and the many treasures of the South Coast.

See Arctic fox as you trek through Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Reykjavik, Domestic Flight to Ísafjörður Ísafjörður
Day 2 Hiking in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve Ísafjörður
Day 3 Dynjandi & the Northern Westfjords Patreksfjörður
Day 4 Latrabjarg, Raudasandur & the Southern Westfjords Stykkisholmur
Day 5 The wonders of Snaefellsnes, Horseback Riding Tour Stykkisholmur
Day 6 West Iceland & Borgarfjordur, Hvítá River Valley, Husafell Canyon Baths Þingvallavatn
Day 7 Golden Circle Þingvallavatn
Day 8 South Coast Waterfalls & Black-Sand Beaches Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 9 Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Skaftafell Natural Resreve, Jökulsárlón Boat Tour Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 10 Drive Back along the South Coast to Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 11 Depart Reykjavik  

Arriving at Keflavik airport, fly to Ísafjörður to explore the wild Westfjords, beginning with remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve to view puffins and Arctic fox. Then drive west via the magnificent Dynjandi waterfalls to the Látrabjarg promontory, with its millions of seabirds, before continuing to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Highlights include iconic Kirkjufell, the clifftop basalt pillars and sea-arch at Lóndrangar and Gatklettur, and a horseback ride on Löngufjörur Beach. Then head through the Borgarfjörður region, visiting Hraunfossar waterfall and hiking to geothermal Husafell Canyon Baths.

Arriving at the Golden Circle, you'll hike the Mid-Atlantic Rift gorge and perhaps snorkel the Silfra fissure before viewing the Strokkur geyser and Gulfoss waterfall. Then, along the South Coast, explore the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, dramatic coastal formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara, and the glacial wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. You'll hike Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, and to Skaftafellsjökull glacier, and Svartifoss waterfall, and explore Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon by Zodiak or kayak. End with hiking Reykjadalur valley to bathe in geothermal pools before heading to Reykjavik. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Hiking Iceland: Golden Circle & South Coast 

This 11-day experiential itinerary provides a comprehensive immersion in southwest Iceland's "Golden Circle" and South Coast regions. Packed with iconic sites that are a microcosm of Iceland's natural wonders, it combines hiking with snowmobiling and exploration by "Super Jeep" and Zodiak.

Hiking in Reykjadalur (steam valley)
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Keflavik, Reykjadalur Valley Hike Hveragerði
Day 2 Drive to Kerlingarfjoll, Hike Hveradalir Geothermal Area Hveragerði
Day 3 Landeyjahöfn to Westman Islands, Puffin and Volcano Tour Hvolsvollur
Day 4 Guided "SuperjJeep" Tour to Landmannalaugar Hvolsvollur
Day 5 Þórsmörk Multi-Day Hiking Adventure by "Super Jeep" Þórsmörk
Day 6 Þórsmörk Multi-Day Hiking Adventure by "Super Jeep" Þórsmörk
Day 7 Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss, Mýrdalsjökull Snowmobiling, Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Vík í Mýrdal
Day 8 Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Skaftafell Nature Reserve & Glacier Hike Skaftafell
Day 9 Múlagljúfur Canyon, Fjallsárlón & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoons Höfn
Day 10 Þakgil Valley Hiking Skogar
Day 11 Reykjanes Peninsula, Depart  

Set off from Keflavik airport in a 4WD rental for Hveragerði to hike the Reykjadalur Valley, including bathing in a geothermal river. Then hike the multi-colored Kerlingarfjoll Mountains—a cauldron of mud pools, hot springs, and fumaroles—and to the Gýgjarfoss waterfall. Next, take a ferry to Heimaey, in the Westman Islands, to view puffins and hike the dormant Eldfell volcano before returning to the mainland for a "Super Jeep" tour to hike the Laugahraun lava field and active Hekla volcano. Then enjoy a two-day adventure by Super Jeep into the Þórsmörk Valley, where hikes include a trek to the Gígjökull glacier.

Then drive east along the South Coast, visiting such iconic attractions as Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Svartifoss waterfalls and dramatic coastal formations of Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara. You'll also ride snowmobiles on Mýrdalsjökull glacier and tour Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon by Zodiak, as well as hike Fjaðrárgljúfur and Múlagljúfur canyons and atop the Skaftafellsjökull glacier. Then head back along the Ring Road for more hiking in off-the-beaten-path Þakgil and Remundargil canyons before ending in Reykjavik. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Iceland South & West Coast Highlights

Whale watching for orcas off the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and an amphibian boat tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon are just two highlights of this action-packed 11-day self-drive adventure that checks off the top sites and experiences of western and southern Iceland.

Check out the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel on a tour
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Keflavik, Explore Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 2 The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3 Orca Whale Watching from Ólafsvík, Stykkishólmur Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 4 West Iceland & Borgarfjörður Golden Circle
Day 5 Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Golden Circle
Day 6 South Coast Waterfalls & Black-Sand Beaches Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 7 Skaftafell Natural Reserve, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 8 Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike, Ferry to Westman Islands, Heimaey Westman Islands
Day 9 Explore Heimaey, Beluga Whale Sanctuary Westman Islands
Day 10 Ferry to Landeyjahöfn, Drive the South Coast, Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 11 Reykjanes Peninsula & Lava Tunnel Tour, Depart  

After picking up your 4WD upon arrival, and sightseeing in Reykjavik, head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula to explore the coastal basalt formations of Arnarstapi and Lóndrangar and the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. Whale watching for orcas will be a highlight before heading south to the Borgarfjörður region, including Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls and the Glymur waterfall. Next, hike in Þingvellir National Park, be awed by Strokkur geyser, bathe in the Secret Lagoon, and perhaps snorkel the Silfra fissure while touring the Golden Circle. Then head to the South Coast via the Ring Road.

Marvel at the iconic Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, explore the Skógar Folk Museum and view puffins atop the Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara cliffs. Then hike the sinuous Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and explore Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon by amphibious boat before donning crampons to hike atop the Sólheimajökull glacier. Next, spend two days exploring Heimaey island, including viewing puffin colonies and the Beluga Whale Sanctuary. Then hike the Reykjadalur geothermal valley before heading back to Reykjavik, where depending on your departure flight time you might explore the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Active Iceland Ring Road Adventure

This 11-day self-drive active adventure loops around the country via the Ring Road, combining visits to all the must-see sites with such exciting adventures as whale watching, snowmobiling across the Langjökull Glacier, and even snorkeling in the Silfra fissure.

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Keflavik, Blue Lagoon & Drive to Snæfellsnes Peninsula Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 2 Snæfellsjökull National Park & Guided Vatnshellir Cave Tour Blönduós
Day 3 North Iceland via Vatnsnes, Godafoss & Mývatn Nature Baths Lake Mývatn
Day 4 Húsavík Whale Watching, Hike Asbyrgi Canyon & Dettifoss Lake Mývatn
Day 5 Northern Volcanic Rift Zone to Eastfjords, Stuðlagil & Hike to Hengifoss Breiddalsvik
Day 6 Skaftafel via Stokksnes, Diamond Beach & Jökulsárlón Boat Tour Skaftafell
Day 7 Skaftafell Ice-Cave Hike, To Hella via Canyons, Beaches & Waterfalls Hella
Day 8 Golden Circle: Kerid Crater, Gullfoss, Glacier Snowmobiling & Geysir Golden Circle
Day 9 Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavik & Bubble Hotel Reykjavik
Day 10 Explore Reykjavik Reykjavik
Day 11 Depart Reykjavik  

Upon arrival, soak away travel stress at the Blue Lagoon, then head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to explore Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur black-sand beach, and Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Then head east via the Vatnsnes Peninsula (including the Hvítserkur sea stack) to explore the "Diamond Circle," taking in Godafoss and Detifoss waterfalls and the volcanically active Lake Mývatn region. You'll relax in geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths and whale watch from Húsavík. Continue via Stuðlagil Canyon and the Eastfjords to Jökulsárlón for a boat tour, then hike the Skaftafell glacier and an ice cave.

Next, hike Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and head along the South Coast via Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey (each with dramatic coastal formations), the heritage Skógar Museum, and Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Then, two days in the Golden Circle include visits to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area, snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hiking the Mid-Atlantic Rift, and snorkeling the Silfra fissure. There's even an option to overnight in a transparent globe at the Bubble Hotel! Plus, you'll get plenty of time back in Reykjavik to indulge in cultural pursuits for a day. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas