Iceland Ring Road self-driving tour, counter-clockwise

  Family of 2 visited Iceland in June 2017

“Would like to travel the ring road with my dad who is an ACTIVE fit senior. Looking for help with itinerary and budget accommodations. Arriving early June 25 and departing late afternoon July 1. We have already reserved a small rental car. We mostly interested in scenic views, moderate hiking and history.”


Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on 8-Day Ring Road Itinerary: Explore Iceland’s Top Places Along Its Most Famous Road.

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Ring Road Adventure + Snaefellsnes Peninsula (CCW)

Day 1: Arrival, Blue Lagoon, and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2: Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches,
Day 3: Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Skaftafell, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Day 4: Scenic Eastern Fjords
Day 5: Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Day 6: Volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 7: South towards Reykjavik

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Chris McCarty
Hi, welcome to kimkim! I'm Chris and I will be your kimkim travel specialist for your trip to Iceland, and I can help put together a driving itinerary for you and your dad for the ring road, and highlight areas with nice views, good hikes, and some history and culture. I can also help find and reserve your accommodations and any other tours or activities that may interest you.

7 days is the shortest length I would recommend for the ring road, and I think it will be best to skip the Golden Circle loop to give you more time in other areas (it will be quite crowded in the peak season anyways).

Here is an general route idea for about 8 days (we can take out the Golden Circle day).

In June and July some areas may have very limited accommodations, so we can try to reverse the route as well to see if that offers more options.

Please take a look and let me know what you think, and then I can work to put together a custom trip itinerary for you based on your feedback.

Traveler
Hi Chris- I'm starting to realize that 7 days is quite ambitious for the entire ring road but I like the idea of reversing the route (counter-clockwise, right?)

We'd like to try the reverse route staying in Reykjavik on our last night (June 30) if possible. Along the route we'd like to see waterfalls, lava fields and glaciers. Your suggestions for appropriate stops and accommodations would greatly appreciated.

Chris McCarty
Hi, I am happy to put together a reverse route option for you. In June the availability can be rather limited, especially in a couple areas along the south coast (Vik to Hofn area). I'll prioritize a CCW route, but if the hotels are only available for the CW route then would that work for you as well?

An alternative option would be to spend more time in the west and north of Iceland and skip the more crowded south coast. Which would you prefer?

Traveler
We are flexible on the direction. We'd like to see the south if possible.
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