Summer Adventure in Iceland

  A couple visited Iceland in July 2017

“We want to see and experience Iceland. We're not big city people, and prefer nature and quaint towns. We like to drive ourselves and follow an itinerary. Hot springs, waterfalls, mountain scenery are all a must. We prefer bed and breakfast stays or quaint local hotels. Would like to do the whole ring.
- Laura G.”

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

Day 1: Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2: North to Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: More of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 4: North to Akureyri
Day 5: The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls
Day 6: Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Day 7: Scenic Eastern Fjords
Day 8: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
Day 9: Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches
Day 10: South Coast to Golden Circle
Day 11: Golden Circle, Reykjanes Peninsula, Departure

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Hi Laura, welcome to kimkim! I will be your kimkim specialist for your trip to Iceland.

Here is an idea for a 14-day Ring Road trip that I can customize and shrink down to 12 days. Please take a look and let me know which of the areas interest you the most and I can focus it around those.

Laura G:
Hi Chris - How about the 8-day tour? That would give us a day to arrive and relax and a day on the back end before coming home. Can we drive that ourselves? We'd make it a10-day trip instead.

Yes, you can do that as well. 

Laura G:
Is there terrain where we would need an SUV?

There are a couple areas that you may want to go onto some of the F-roads, which require 4WD. However, it is not necessary and you can see a lot without driving on those roads as well.

This is what I'm thinking for lodging location each night:

7/22 - Reykjavik 
7/23 - Borgarnes 
7/24 - Snaefellsnes 
7/25 - Akureyri 
7/26 - Myvatn 
7/27 - Seydisfjordur 
7/28 - east fjords 
7/29 - Skaftafell 
7/30 - Vik 
7/31 - Reykholt 
8/1 - depart

It will give you a full day the first day (and a fairly easy second day). On 8/1 you would also have a pretty easy day, around the Golden Circle area, or you could check out the Reykjanes Peninsula and/or the Blue Lagoon before your flight.

Laura G:
Sounds good!
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Traveler Review

Really was a great trip. Day 2 needed a bit more instructions on sequence of stops. Food recommendations give were excellent, we could have used more recommended restaurants near we're we were booked to stay each night. Everything was really great and we had an awesome time.