Solo trip in Iceland for 6-7 days

  Traveler looking to visit Iceland in August 2017

“I travel relatively frequently, but this will be my first time attempting a completely solo trip, in a completely foreign land. I am travelling on a budget, and would prefer the cheapest accomodation where possible. Even sleeping bag pods! I am open to interesting experiences such as this: https://fossatun.is/camping-pods/

I would very much like to do Iceland's route 1 by car, and i'd like some advice on whether or not it is advisable for this to be done solo, and in such a short time span. I learned to drive manual, but I'm a little out of practice, and would prefer automatic. (might also not be a good idea, since I come from a country where we drive on the left). I would like to live in different accomodation every night as I make my way around the ring road.

I am interested in landscape photography and have less interest in other activities such as helicopter tours so as to keep costs low. I might be interested in horse riding if it's not too expensive though!

I'd like to immerse myself in Icelandic culture, but i'm not sure if I will have the time to check out both the nature and the towns/cities in depth. My main objective is to complete route 1, and snap some powerful landscapes and vistas. I am particularly interested in seeing Kirkjufell, Svartifoss waterfall, maybe the Solheimasandur plane wreckage, and I hear there are black sand beaches? Any recommendations are welcome!”


Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Iceland in Winter: How to make the most of limited daylight.

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Ring Road, including Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 1: Late Arrival, stay near KEF
Day 2: North to Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: Scenic Drive to Akureyri
Day 4: The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls
Day 5: Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Day 6: Scenic Eastern Fjords
Day 7: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Skaftafell
Day 8: Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches, Departure

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Chris McCarty
Hi, welcome to kimkim!

Thank you for contacting us to help with your travel plans to Iceland later this month. 7 days for the ring road can be a bit fast paced, but doable. Personally, I would recommend skipping the Golden Circle in this amount of time. It's a popular area, but you will see many other great waterfalls and better geothermal sights in the north around Lake Myvatn (no Geyser, but many other geothermal elements). If you're into landscape photography, spending more time in the north and East fjords should be on your list as well (check out Seydisfjordur for example).

I'll attach a ring road article we put together that has more details a well.

Summer is quite busy along the south coast, so it may be hard to find accommodations in certain areas, but for just 1 person it may be possible.

Here are some places you can stay each of the night based on current availability. As you can see, the night around Vik will be more expensive than the others due to limited availability at this time
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