Explore the best of the west and south with this 7-9 day itinerary. Hike through lava fields, along cliffs, and up volcanoes in Snaefellsnes. Walk behind waterfalls, on black sand beaches, and on glaciers in the south, and finish with a tour of the famous Golden Circle with tips to avoid the big crowds.
Iceland 7-Day Tours & Itineraries
With one week in Iceland, you have enough time to drive the full ring road around the country, Iceland's classic self-drive trip. A few extra days lets you explore a bit more and add a few popular detours or excursions, such as whale watching in Husavik or another day to explore the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west.
With just 7 days, we reconned maximizing your time by spending just 1 night in Reykjavik preferably on your last night.
If you prefer to keep the driving to a minimum, focus your time exploring the regions closest to Reykjavik: the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, and South Coast. Some travelers pack these regions into as little as 5 days, but there is plenty to keep you exploring for a full week or more.
Those looking to get a bit further from the most-visited areas can explore the remote Westfjords region which offers some of the best natural beauty and hiking trails.
Trekkers can complete the classic Laugavegur hut-to-hut trek in the highlands from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork in 4 to 5 days with enough time to still see the South Coast or Reykjavik area.
You can find more detailed itinerary ideas below, or read from our recommended list of unique ways to explore Iceland in 7 days.
See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 7-day trips in Iceland.
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This 7-day itinerary will take you to the north, away from the crowded south coast. On this trip you will enjoy the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the scenic and remote Westfjords.
On this scenic road trip, you'll skip Iceland's busier south coast in order to explore the lesser-known Snaefellsnes Peninsula and northern beauties of Akureyri, Husavik, and Lake Myvatn. This all-season itinerary is especially ideal for anyone interested in the unique geological features of Iceland, with lava fields, volcano hikes, massive waterfalls, and geothermal pools—all there for the taking.
The Icelandic Highlands are home to some of the most spectacular scenery and breathtaking landscapes on the planet. Trek the famous Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails, camp in the Valley of Thor, and walk through volcanic valleys and canyons on this epic week-long adventure.
This self-drive tour takes you along Iceland's south and west coasts for those in search of unique family adventure. After a day exploring the capital city, Reykjavik, you'll head west to the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in miniature" with a bit of everything (and a fraction of the crowds). You'll then continue to the more popular Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall), and finish with two nights along the south coast discovering glaciers and black sand beaches.