7 days in iceland - 4 unique road trip itineraries, Iceland - Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Sukanya I. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Thank you Kim Kim and Preeti for planning this amazing trip to Iceland for us! It was spectacular and we can't wait to come back and tour North Iceland. Preethi was very prompt with answering all my questions and customizing the itinerary to our needs, I was 25 weeks pregnant and we had our 3 year old daughter along. In 6 days we were able to cover almost all major sights and then some, it was planned in such a way that we didn't have to drive more than 3-3.5 hours on any given day and even that was broken up into smaller distances. Driving in Iceland is almost a visual treat, you can't possibly get enough of the numerous waterfalls along the ring road or the friendly livestock that come up to greet you by the fence along the roads. It is hard to pick one favorite activity/destination but the experience at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon was surreal. We were also blessed with amazing weather for the entire week and the highlight of it was the numerous rainbows we managed to catch at the Gulfoss waterfalls.
That said, there were a couple of things we wish had been done differently. We had particularly requested a 4x4 automatic transmission car, but when we reached Enterprise they told us we could either take the only 4x4 manual car left or we didn't have a car. It wasn't end of the world but it wasn't the start to the trip I was expecting and my husband ended up being the only driver the entire trip. Also, for families traveling with little kids (car seat/stroller etc.) it would probably make life easier if they could rent a car from one of the onsite car rental agencies. It was a nightmare lugging everything to the car rental shuttle stop, trying to fight the crowds to get a place in the shuttle and finally getting to the car rental after 45 minutes.
The other thing I would have done differently is not staying overnight and spending 24 hours on the Westman Islands. The island was pretty much dead when we stepped out around 7pm for dinner, there wasn't much to see. The aquarium had shut down permanently, the resident puffin had passed away a while ago and these were the activities we were looking forward to. Also, since the ferry ride to the island was eventful with both me and my daughter getting seasick due to super choppy waters, we ended up skipping the circle boat tour that we were supposed to take the next day. It would have been nice to tour the archipelago but didn't seem worth the risk of getting seasick again. Instead we took an earlier ferry back to the main island and did the stable tour at Skeidvellir. That was the highlight of my daughter's trip being able to interact with the gorgeous Icelandic horses and riding them indoors.