“My husband and I would like to see unique places, volcano, thermal springs and northern light. We love physical activity and fit to do so - not so extreme though. We don't have accommodation yet since we are not so specific on the geographical location yet. We will not have a rental car so we need some suggestions.”
Halldor Bjarkason, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on 5 Days in Iceland - 7 Unique Self-Drive Itineraries.
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Here is a 4-day itinerary I recommend:
25th November - Arrival in Iceland. Pick up rental car from the airport.
Drive to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where the Snæfellsjökull glacier dominates the landscape. Visit the beaches of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Overnight close to the glacier.
26th November - Continue driving around the peninsula, visit the Kirkjufell waterfall and mountain, lava fields and then head south to the Golden Circle area for the night.
27th November - Take a tour of Iceland’s most visited tourist attractions: the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the powerful and frequently erupting Strokkur geyser, and the Þingvellir rift valley in between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. Overnight in Reykjavik.
28th November - Explore the fascinating Reykjanes peninsula and visit the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Drive to the airport where you can return your rental car. Departure from Iceland.
Hi Halldor, thank you and this sound AMAZING. My husband an I are trying to get one more day (november 29) added to the trip. Can you rework the plan for that as well? I'm going over this itenerary with my husband soon. He is on business travel for couple of days. In the mean time, I'm going review the information closely and will get back to you.
am glad you like the plan :)
In the extra day you could visit the South Coast, including Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Dyrholaey arch & lighthouse, and Vik village. This would work well the day after the South Coast.
P.s. I would just like to add that late November is already a winter period in Iceland, so you can expect a reasonably high chance of snow and potentially icy roads. Therefore it helps if you have winter driving experience.
I will also be providing tips on how you can look out for the northern lights on your own during the trip.