Northern lights and blue lagoon

  A couple visited Iceland in October 2017

“Couple looking for a relaxing getaway to Iceland for northern lights hopefully and hotsprings and snowmobile. We're hoping to use Reykjavik as our base as we're looking at airbnb accommodation. It'll be our first time therefore we'll want to cover as much destinations as possible but not feeling rushed at the same time.”

Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Southern Highlights, and Golden Circle: 7-9 day Itinerary.

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast, Reykjavik

Day 1: Exploring Reykjavik
Day 2: Glymur Falls, Borgarnes, Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: More of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 4: Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Golden Circle
Day 5: The South Coast to Vik: Waterfalls, Beaches, Cliffs
Day 6: Skaftafell, Svartifoss, Hof, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Day 7: Drive back along South Coast to Reykjavik / KEF
Day 8: Blue Lagoon, Departure (Optional, if extra day)

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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. I’ll work with you to put together a great custom itinerary for your trip.

I would recommend spending some nights outside of Reykjavik during your trip so that you will have more time to explore some of the other areas. The end of September is the beginning of the northern lights "season", you will increase your chances by staying outside of Reykjavik (fewer lights), and even more by spending some time in the north, such as around Akureyri where the nights will be a bit longer.

You could even do a ring road tour if you wanted to, here's an idea for about 8-days along the ring road.

Hi Chris, thanks for the heads up.. we've decided that we're going to spend 7 days Iceland therefore we'll like to maybe just cover south of Iceland which includes golden circle, blue lagoon, black lava beach and etc? Do you think we'll have better chance of spotting northern lights in hella? I think that'll probably be the furthest I'm comfortable to drive if we're renting a car.

Chris McCarty
In that case, here is an idea for a drive that covers the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (volcanic areas, cool rock formations), and the South Coast. Hella isn't too far along the south coast, you should go at least to Vik to really get to see the major sights of the south (and I would recommend all the way to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon). If you like, you can spend 2 nights in Vik so that you have the choice to drive to Jokusarlon (2 hours each way) or stay closer that day based on how you are feeling about the driving.

If you're a bit limited on time, I would probably cut out the Golden Circle on that trip. It's the most popular area, but that's also because many people only visit for a couple days and they don't have the time to explore the other areas on this route.

This itinerary sounds good :)

Chris McCarty
I'm glad you like it. hHre is what I put together with details for each day and some hotel suggestions as well. If you have the extra day, I would recommend we move everything up a day and add on the last day that's currently listed as optional.

Hi Chris, thanks for the detailed itinerary :) How's the road conditions to al these places? Are there pretty straightforward and flat?

Chris McCarty
The roads are pretty good along this route. You may have a few gravel sections along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, but the rest should be fine.
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