Two weeks in Iceland is an excellent amount of time to hit the road and journey along the northern and southern coasts and into remote fjords on an ultimate summer highlights trip. Or, if you're visiting in winter, focus on the Golden Circle's waterfalls and glaciers and the southern portion of the famed Ring Road. Other options include a faster-paced winter itinerary that consists of the northern Diamond Circle and a hiking-focused trip featuring a four-day trek and off-road adventures.

Itinerary #1: Iceland Summer Ring Road Adventure

Perfect for first-time visitors, this summer Iceland road trip gets you out exploring the country's remote and rugged landscapes while also dedicating time to must-see highlights along the famed Ring Road. Starting in Reykjavík, you'll journey along the southern Ring Road to the untamed Eastfjords, then head north to Lake Mývatn before driving along the northern section of the Ring Road to the Westfjords and back down to Reykjavík. Throughout, you'll explore ice caves, lava tubes, glaciers, and waterfalls and spend nights in quaint villages.

A hiker stands at Gullfoss
A hiker stands at Gullfoss
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Iceland, Reykjavík City Tour & Culinary Delights Reykjavík
Day 2 Drive to Hella via the Golden Circle: National Parks, Geysers & Waterfalls Hella
Day 3 Day Trip to Highlands, Waterfalls & Hot Springs Hella
Day 4 Drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Waterfalls, Coast & Ice Caves Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 5 Drive to Höfn, Canyons, Glaciers & Diamond Beach Höfn
Day 6 Drive to Egilsstaðir, Stop at Fishing Villages Egilsstaðir
Day 7 Drive to Lake Mývatn, Visit Waterfalls, Canyons & Caves  Lake Mývatn
Day 8 Drive to Hvammstangi, Whale Watching & Hvítserkur Hvammstangi
Day 9 Drive to Ísafjörður, Visit the Arctic Fox Center Ísafjörður
Day 10 Drive to Bildudalur, Westfjords Tour & Dynjandi Waterfall Bildudalur
Day 11 Drive to Stykkisholmur, Shipwreck & Látrabjarg Cliffs Stykkisholmur
Day 12 Snæfellsnes Peninsula Beaches, Waterfalls & Villages Húsafell
Day 13 Drive to Reykjavík, Lava Cave & Waterfalls Reykjavík
Day 14 Visit the Blue Lagoon, Depart Iceland  

Welcome to Iceland! Begin your adventure with a leisurely day in Reykjavík before picking up your rental car and setting off along the famous Ring Road. Over the following five days, you'll slowly make your way to Egilsstaðir, located in the heart of the Eastfjords. Along the way, spend two nights in Hella, an ideal base to venture into the emerald green valleys of Gjáin, and a night each in Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Höfn. During this portion of your road trip, you'll also stop to admire several waterfalls, embark on an ice-caving adventure at Katla UNESCO Geopark, and visit the iceberg-decorated Diamond Beach.

Your road trip continues to Lake Mývatn, located in the far north of Iceland, and en route, "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts will be thrilled to stop at the hot spring-filled Grjótagjá cave. You'll next make your way west again, this time along the northern Ring Road with a stop in Akureyri for a whale watching tour and an overnight stay in Hvammstangi. A night each in Ísafjörður and Bíldudalur follows on your itinerary, which are great bases to explore the remote Westfjords. Then, round off your road trip loop with explorations on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula before returning your car in Reykjavík. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Iceland Winter Highlands Jeep Adventure

Experience Iceland's dramatic yet serene frozen landscapes on this winter adventure, which has been specially crafted for those seeking a private trip and who love donning their cold-weather gear. You'll quickly discover just how uninhabited the country is as you travel from Reykjavík to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, then eastward to Höfn, and finally south to Vík. Along the way, customized transfers ensure every day is catered to your preferences, while excursions like snowmobile tours, buggy rides, and glacier hikes keep your adrenaline pumping.

Ride Icelandic horses across winter landscapes
Ride Icelandic horses across winter landscapes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Iceland, Visit Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík Food Tour Reykjavík
Day 2 Transfer to Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Hiking, Kayaking & Waterfalls Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3 Transfer to Húsafell: Sea Cliffs, Waterfalls & Glacier Tour Húsafell
Day 4 Highland Road to Hveravellir, Hveradalir & Kerlingarfjöll Kerlingarfjöll
Day 5 Glacier Snowmobile Tour & Golden Circle Highlights Hella
Day 6 Þórsmörk Super Jeep Tour & Buggy Ride Hella
Day 7 Landmannalaugar Super Jeep Tour: Waterfalls & Hot Springs  Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 8 Southern Fjallabak Tour & Mælifell Volcano Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 9 Skaftafell Glacier Hike, Jökulsárlón Lagoon & Diamond Beach Höfn
Day 10 Day Trip to Stokksnes Peninsula & the Eastfjords Höfn
Day 11 Transfer to Vík, Canyons, Yoda Cave & Zipline  Vík
Day 12 Þakgil Hiking & ATV Safari Vík
Day 13 Waterfalls, Beaches & Horseback Tour, Transfer to Reykjavík Reykjavík
Day 14 Visit Sky Lagoon, Depart Iceland  

Your ultimate winter adventure begins with a rejuvenating afternoon at the Blue Lagoon and an overnight in Reykjavík. Then, leave any traces of the city behind while transferring to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you'll admire the three-tiered Kirkjufellsfoss and hike along coast cliffs. Numerous scenic drives and thrilling adventures await over the following days as you travel along the Kjölur Route to Kerlingarfjöll and down to Hella and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. These include a visit to the "Valley of the Hot Springs," a glacier snowmobile excursion, and a Jeep adventure in Þórsmörk (Thórsmörk).

The second week of your adventure begins with an invigorating day exploring Fjallabak Nature Reserve's volcanic landscapes, followed by a transfer to Iceland's southeastern coast. Your destination is Höfn, and during your two-day stay, you'll hike alongside Jökulsárlón lagoon and 4WD through the glacier-carved Breiðdalur Valley. Afterward, transfer south to Vík, where an ATV adventure showcases the wild landscapes surrounding Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and a horseback tour brings you deep into volcanic landscapes. Lastly, return to Reykjavík to catch your onward flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Frozen Iceland: Ultimate Winter Ring Road Experience

Explore Iceland from top to bottom and from east to west on this ultimate winter road trip. Ideal for travelers who prefer keeping on the move, you'll drive along the famous Golden Circle, Diamond Circle, and Route 1 (Ring Road) while overnighting in nine different destinations. Along the way, embark on "Super Jeep" excursions, witness the northern lights, hike atop glaciers, and rejuvenate with idyllic dips in natural hot springs.

Take a boat ride on Iceland's glacial lagoons
Take a boat ride on Iceland's glacial lagoons
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Iceland, Drive to Reykjavík, City Tour Reykjavík
Day 2 Glacier Tour, Hot Springs & Nightlife Reykjavík
Day 3 Drive to Hella, Golden Circle Tour & Viking Feast Hella
Day 4 Super Jeep Tour, Lava Caving & Hot Springs Hella
Day 5 Thórsmörk Super Jeep Tour & Hiking Hella
Day 6 Drive to Vík via Waterfalls & Coast, Northern Lights Chase Vík
Day 7 Drive to Höfn via Glacier Hike, Zodiac Tour & Diamond Beach Höfn
Day 8 Drive to Egilsstaðir, Explore the Eastfjords & Vök Baths Egilsstaðir
Day 9 Drive to Lake Mývatn: Canyons, Caves & Hot Springs Lake Mývatn
Day 10 Drive to Akureyri, Diamond Circle Tour & Hot Springs Akureyri
Day 11 Drive to Laugarbakki via Fishing Villages, Turf Houses & Beer Spa Laugarbakki
Day 12 Drive the Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Beaches & Waterfalls Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 13 Day Trip to the Blue Lagoon, Return to Reykjavík Reykjavík
Day 14 Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula, Depart Iceland  

Your two-week trip begins upon your arrival at Keflavík Airport, where you'll collect your rental car and drive to the welcoming capital of Reykjavík. Spend your time here museum hopping and embarking on a guided glacier hike on Langjökull; then, on the morning of Day 3, you'll set off along the Golden Circle. Your first destination is Hella, and during your stay, explore an ancient lava field and Thórsmörk by "Super Jeep" before continuing to Höfn. En route, overnight in the coastal town of Vík for a chance to see the northern lights and stop by Jökulsárlón for a Zodiac boat tour.

Midway through your adventure, bid farewell to southern Iceland and drive to the Eastfjords' capital of Egilsstaðir for a relaxing stay featuring the geothermal Vök Baths. Continue north to Lake Mývatn next for another dip in natural hot springs and to explore Krafla volcano. Then, drive along the Diamond Circle to the colorful town of Akureyri, and after a night here, you'll explore the rugged Kolugljúfur gorge on your way to Laugarbakki. With three days left on your road trip, squeeze in an exploration of Snæfellsnes Peninsula before returning to Reykjanes Peninsula, where your departing flight awaits. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Iceland Highlands Trekking & Eastfjords

Active travelers will delight in this adventure-filled, off-the-beaten-path trip in Iceland, which brings you far off the tourist trail and into the wilds of Iceland's remoteness. Throughout, you'll embark on a four-day trek along the 34-mile (55 km) Laugavegur Trail, paraglide over the southern coast, and explore the rugged Streiti coast on an off-road Jeep. In between, fuel up at local restaurants serving fjord-fresh seafood and unwind in natural hot springs.

You'll traverse incredible Icelandic landscapes on the four-day Laugavegur Trek
You'll traverse incredible Icelandic landscapes on the four-day Laugavegur Trek
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Iceland, Blue Lagoon & Downtown Reykjavík Reykjavík
Day 2 Transfer to Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur Trek Day 1 Landmannalaugar
Day 3 Laugavegur Trek Day 2 Landmannalaugar
Day 4 Laugavegur Trek Day 3 Landmannalaugar
Day 5 Laugavegur Trek Day 4, Transfer to Reykjavík Landmannalaugar
Day 6 Pick Up Rental Car, Drive to Vík: Waterfalls & Coast Vík
Day 7 Katla Ice Cave, Lava Show & Paragliding Vík
Day 8 Glacier Hike & Diamond Beach, Drive to Höfn Höfn
Day 9 Drive to the Eastfjords, Streiti Jeep Tour Breiðdalsvík 
Day 10 Drive to Egilsstaðir, Canyon Tour & Vök Baths Egilsstaðir
Day 11 Drive to Lake Mývatn, Visit Waterfalls, Canyons & Caves  Lake Mývatn
Day 12 Drive to Akureyri, Visit Goðafoss & Whale Watching Akureyri
Day 13 Scenic Flight to Reykjavík, Museum & Viking Tour Reykjavík
Day 14 Depart Iceland  

Straight off the plane at the Keflavík Airport, your trip begins with a dip in the Blue Lagoon and a leisurely evening in Reykjavík, which will energize you for the upcoming four-day hut-to-hut hike. Known as the Laugavegur Trail, this trek takes you from the Laugahraun lava field, along Lake Álftavatn, and under the imposing Mount Einhyrningur. Then, once you reach the birch forests of Thórsmörk, you'll catch up with your driver for a transfer to Reykjavík. Collect your rental car the following morning and continue your adventure by driving to Vík, where you'll tour an ice cave and experience paragliding. 

The second half of your trip features a thrilling road trip along the Ring Road from Vík, east to Breiðdalsvík, and onto Akureyri, and throughout, there's no shortage of adventure. Stop in Skaftafell Nature Reserve for an epic glacier hike, embark on a Jeep excursion along the rugged Streiti coastal area, and hike to an observation platform overlooking Stuðlagil Canyon. You'll also trek through the forested glacial canyon of Ásbyrgi and join a whale watching tour before taking a scenic flight to Reykjavík. Lastly, top off your adventure with a Viking-led city tour and another visit to the Blue Lagoon. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in Iceland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 2 Weeks in Iceland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas