A bridge crosses the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon.

The Ultimate 10-Day Iceland Itinerary

Magnús Ólafsson

Day 1 - Reykjavik

  • Day 2 - Caving & Hveragerdi

Day 3 - Waterfalls, Reynisfjara, & Klaustur

Day 4 - skaftafell & jokulsarlon.

  • Day 5 - The East Fjords & Egilsstadir
  • Day 6 - Asbyrgi

Day 7 - Myvatn

Day 8 - husavik & akureyri, day 9 - husafell.

  • Day 10 - Reykjanes & Homecoming

Ready for 10 days of adventure? Look no further than this amazing Iceland itinerary.

Discover 10 adventure-filled summer days of authentic travel—our ultimate 10-day Iceland itinerary is sure to cater to your highest expectations. In addition to guiding you to incredible landscapes and secret natural gems, this well-thought-out selection of Iceland's must-see attractions covers the Ring Road and more. Read on to explore the best 10-day Iceland itinerary.

Many travelers wonder how much time they need in Iceland. We believe 10 days is optimal to take in a range of incredible attractions and activities. 

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Other Considerations for This 10 day Iceland Trip Itinerary

  • The following is a 10 day Iceland summer itinerary. Take this trip between May and September to allow sufficient daylight hours to see all our recommended attractions.
  • You will spend one night in each location, allowing you to complete the entire Ring Road and uncover hidden gems.
  • Because the summer months in Iceland are busier, we advise you to pre-book your accommodation . 
  • Although this is a summer itinerary, you will still need to bring warm clothing to Iceland.
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Mode of Transport for Your 10 day Iceland Travel Itinerary

Iceland has no railway system, and although the Icelandic bus system is relatively accessible and straightforward, trips are both expensive and infrequent.

When traversing the country, therefore, we recommend that you rent a car , as it allows you to control your own pace and explore hidden paths and less-used roads where you are sure to discover many secrets.

With the speed limit set at a modest 56 miles per hour (90 kilometers per hour), Iceland's quiet highways provide ideal road trip conditions where you have ample opportunities to marvel at the breathtaking scenery.

And remember that if you do not have the necessary means of driving by yourself, you always have the option of going on a  Guided Ring Road of Iceland Tour .

With your sights set on central  Reykjavik , where you have booked your accommodation, pick up your car at the Keflavik International Airport . First, drive through the lunar vistas that make up the Reykjanes Peninsula . Here you can immerse yourself in Iceland's spectacular landscapes, spontaneously discovered by simply looking out your car window.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular visitors destinations in Iceland.

Over 70 percent of the people who visit Iceland make their way to the Blue Lagoon  geothermal spa, making it Iceland's single most popular attraction, and with good reason. Named in 2012 as one of National Geographic's "25 Wonders of the World," this outdoor spa is in the middle of a rugged black lava field in  Grindavik . The Blue Lagoon, located 13.4 miles (21.6 kilometers) from Keflavík Airport, has warm milky-blue water and supposed extraordinary healing powers.

Should you arrive in Iceland early in the morning, a visit to the Blue Lagoon would be an ideal choice for the day. The journey ahead will provide you with ample opportunities to bathe in many of Iceland's magnificent natural and artificial pools. You could also visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day or skip it altogether.

The Reykjavik skyline, complimented by a full rainbow.

When you have checked into your accommodation, take advantage of the closeness to Reykjavik's thriving city center. You can discover a multitude of shops, museums, restaurants, and cafes and explore the old harbor district of  Grandi . It recently transformed into a vibrant arts venue filled with workshops, restaurants, and galleries. 

In the evening, dine at one of  the best restaurants in Reykjavik  before joining the radically liberal  nightlife in Reykjavik , which is famed for its avant-garde atmosphere and flamboyant crowds.

Just make sure that you save some energy for the journey ahead.

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Day 2 - Caving & Hveragerdi  

Start the second day of your 10-day Iceland itinerary by driving 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) east of Reykjavik into the  Blafjoll Country Park . Spend the late morning and early afternoon exploring what is widely considered the most magnificent natural phenomenon of its kind, the empty magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur  volcano.

Inside The Volcano is one of Iceland's most exhilarating geological tours.

Photo from  6-Hour Volcano Tour Inside the Magma Chamber of Thrihnukagigur with Transfer from Reykjavik

After a 1.8-mile (3-kilometer) hike through Blafjoll's volcanic wonderland, an open cable car will take you through a narrow, funnel-shaped opening and slowly lower you 393 feet (120 meters) into the enormous Thrihnukagigur magma chamber.

A  Thrihnukagigur volcano tour  is an excursion into the cold heart of a dormant volcano, where orange and scarlet walls tell stories of ancient cataclysms and terrible destruction.

The geothermal valley of Reykjadalur is one of the most popular areas for hot springs bathing.

Hot water perpetually pours from the Reykjadalur's surrounding hills, forming a warm stream at the bottom of the valley, where you can bathe and unwind while enjoying the mesmerizing scenery.

The Icelandic Horse, an icon of the country.

If you are thirsty for a more daring approach, a guided horseback tour  takes you further into the mountains above Hveragerdi. Here you will discover mighty lava fields and geothermal hot spots of bubbling mud pools, solfataras, and fumaroles. At the same time, you will enjoy riding the pony-sized Icelandic horse .

The rock arch of Dyrholaey is part of what defines Iceland's South Coast.

The third day of your 10-day Iceland road trip takes you further east, across the southern lowlands where Seljalandsfoss , one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, awaits you by the highway.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall drops over 197 feet (60 meters) over a misty cavern where you can walk behind the cascade. Experience its mystical force from the point of view rarely granted by mother nature.

Seljalandsfoss is a feature of the South Coast of Iceland.

Your next stop of the day is Seljavellir, where an old path takes you to  Seljavallalaug outdoor pool , one of Iceland's oldest swimming pools and the south's most iconic construction.

Since 1923, the pool has collected the lukewarm water that steadily seeps from the hills. You are free to bathe in this stunning example of organic architecture to this day.

Six miles (10 kilometers) east of Seljavellir, the mighty  Skogafoss  waterfall, one of Iceland's most significant, plummets 197 feet (60 meters) from the towering cliffs that make up the border between the coastal lowlands and the Icelandic Highlands .

After accosting this mighty aqueous guardian of the south, you would do well to visit the Skogar Folk Museum , whose six buildings display more than 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts.

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Spend the late afternoon exploring  Reynisfjara  beach, one of the world's most beautiful black sand beaches.

Perpetually hammered by the ruthless North Atlantic surf, Reynisfjara has titanic rock formations and hexagonal basalt columns that make up an enormous cliff face on which strange dark caves gape towards the open sea. 

Please be advised that strong undercurrents, heavy surf, and cold water temperatures make  entering the sea extremely dangerous , and one should not do so under any circumstances. 

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Photo by Regina Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

After exploring Reynisfjara, you head east towards  Kirkjubaejarklaustur  town, where you will lay your head for the night. 

The bright summer evening provides the perfect conditions for exploring the Systrafoss waterfall and the magnificent Systrastapi (Sister's Rock). This strange rock hill towers from the southern lowlands, 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) from the village. 

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The South Coast is defined by its mighty glaciers.

On the fourth day of this epic 10-day Iceland Ring Road itinerary, enjoy the journey into  Skaftafell  nature reserve. This incredible landscape covers over 2,982 square miles (4,800 square kilometers) of utterly surreal wildlands. Black desert sands meet a birchwood oasis under a spur of the Vatnajokull ice cap.

Skaftafell is famed for its warm summer climate, and locals offer excellent services, including guided glacier hiking tours and ice cave tours , transportation, food, and accommodation. From Skaftafell's visitor center and campsite, many hiking trails will take you into dreamlike realms of mesmerizing beauty.

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On Fossaleid (Trail of Falls ), Hundafoss waterfall will be the first and highest of a set of cascades on the path to the majestic  Svartifoss  (Black Falls) waterfall. It tumbles from a tall row of black basalt columns in a forest clearing, like a reality gap. 

Thirty-four miles (54.7 kilometers) east of the campsite, you will find one of Iceland's most treasured masterpieces of nature, Jokulsarlon  Glacier Lagoon.

Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in which you can join countless seals traveling amongst the towering mountains of ice that have broken off from the Breidamerkurjokull  glacier in the north.

For decades,  Jokulsarlon tours  have attracted large crowds worldwide, and to this day, they remain one of Iceland's most popular tourist activities.

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But when the titanic icebergs of Jokulsarlon have melted to the size of a mere cubic meter, the Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi glacial river ferries them south into the sea. Here, the waves polish them into table-sized blocks of ice that eventually wash onto the obsidian sands called  Diamond Beach . 

Diamond Beach is where 1,000-year-old glacier fragments slowly fade into unity with the significant drop of water called the Atlantic Ocean.

Spend the rest of your day here before heading back to Skaftafell for a well-deserved good night's sleep under a glacier bathed in the scarlet rays of the midnight sun . 

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Day 5 - the east fjords & egilsstadir  .

On day five of your 10-day trip to Iceland, you set your sights on the small township of Egilsstadir , the largest settlement in the Eastern Region , where folklore and science have waged a fierce battle for centuries.

Lagarfljot , Iceland's third-largest river, splits the unofficial Eastern capital. It is allegedly home to the Icelandic equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster , the serpentine creature known as Lagarfljotsormurinn .

Documented sightings of the great worm of Lagarfljot first occurred in 1345 and continued well into the 21st century. Still, it wasn't until 2012 that a video recording finally provided the irrefutable evidence that ultimately proved the creature's existence.

And within the blink of an eye, legend had become fact.

Before you have the possibility of chancing upon a close encounter with the Lagarfljot Worm, enjoy the three-hour morning drive towards Egilsstadir. Your reward is crowd-free vistas of windswept mountains, picturesque villages, and an array of waterfalls so stunning that they are even said to rival their southern counterparts.

Lagarfljot, a lake in Iceland, is said to hold a legendary monster.

The dramatic east coast has long fjords with steep sides and jagged glacier-forged peaks. The fjords contrast with fertile farmlands, blooming meadows, and green groves.

Fifteen miles (25 kilometers) south of Egilsstadir, the  Hallormsstadaskogur  National Forest covers over 740 hectares (7.4 square kilometers) of varied landscapes, making it the largest forest in Iceland.

The east of Iceland has striking mountains.

Forests are a rare phenomenon in Iceland, and before you reach Egilsstadir, a visit to the forest would be well worth your while. Hallormsstadarskogur boasts over 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) of footpaths and marked trails, two fully-equipped campsites, and boat and horse rentals.

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Day 6 - asbyrgi  .

Day six of your 10-day Iceland road trip takes you 118 miles (190 kilometers) northwest of Egilsstadir and into the mystical horseshoe-shaped  Asbyrgi  canyon (The Shelter of Gods). According to numerous local sources, their steep sides are towering cliffs that are the principal dwellings of the hidden Icelandic people (Huldufolk).

Asbyrgi is one of the most spectacular features of Iceland.

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

One of those paths is a stone-stepped trail that leads to the crystal clear and still Botnstjorn pond. This small body of water is all that remains of a nameless waterfall, which in primordial times fell roaring from the cliffs above.

Today, Botnstjorn has a viewing platform that allows for a peaceful moment where you can pay a silent tribute to the aquatic spirit that once was the master of this realm.

Legend claims that Asbyrgi formed when Odin's eight-footed horse, Sleipnir, graced the earth with a touch of one of its hooves. Most geologists, however, maintain that catastrophic ice-age flooding of the Jokulsa a Fjollum glacial river brought Asbyrgi into existence.

Spend the day in Asbyrgi's soft but rocky embrace and secure a night of sweet dreams by remembering to pay your respects to the hidden people in the cliffs above you. 

  • Book a  Ring Road Self-Drive Tour With Asbyrgi  here 

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From Asbyrgi, head northeast inland and onward to Lake Myvatn , 55.7 miles (89.7 kilometers) away. Here you will traverse ethereal landscapes formed in a cataclysmic volcanic explosion more than 2,000 years ago.

The Lake Myvatn area is a diverse, spectacular place in north Iceland.

Myvatn is one of Iceland's largest lakes, famed for its multiple bird communities, vibrant plant life, and the many natural wonders surrounding the lake itself. These include the bubbling sulfuric mud pools of the  Namaskard  pass, the enormous tuff ring volcano crater of  Hverfjall , and the massive  Krafla  volcanic caldera. Krafla is fiercely active and last erupted in 1984.

Krafla is a crater lake in north Iceland.

You will find one of Iceland's most precious natural marvels, the  Dimmuborgir  (Dark Cities) lava fields east of the lake.

Legend has it that Dimmuborgir came into existence when Lucifer was banished and cast from the heavens. Upon landing east of Myvatn, the fallen angel quickly amassed an infernal hoard of lost souls and established the Catacombs of Hell, much to the dislike of the local light elves.

There was chaos and confusion. Demons fought light beings under a burning sky. Still, eventually, the elves drove Satan's army far into the nether regions before turning the unusually shaped lava fields into a cross-dimensional elven capital of their own.

Steam rises from the vents near Myvatn.

Stories like this may come across as nonsensical at first. Still, when you consider the area's incredible geothermal potency, Myvatn's mythological association with fire, brimstone, and burning underworlds becomes quite understandable.

Myvatn is an amazing place to spend a day in North Iceland.

Around the lake, you are more than likely to happen upon numerous caves filled with hot water, many of which rank amongst the world's most magnificent natural baths.

But since small earthquakes regularly alter the area's geothermal conditions—sometimes raising water temperatures to extreme and even life-threatening levels—you should always  connect with locals  before bathing in the caves. 

Whales are a common sight in North Iceland.

From Myvatn, a picturesque morning drive takes you into the northern Skjalfandi Bay  and the quiet little town of  Husavik , which has made a name for itself as the whale watching capital of the world.

Because of the multiple species of whale that flock to their feeding grounds in the waters of Skjalfandi bay, Husavik is the very best whale watching harbor in Iceland, with local operators boasting an unmatched 99 percent success rate.

Whale watching is an amazing experience in North Iceland.

On a  Husavik traditional whale watching tour , you are more than likely to encounter the white-beaked dolphin, the harbor porpoise, and even the titanic blue whale. However, the gentle minke whale is by far the most commonly sighted animal, its curious nature often allowing visitors to watch it from a very short distance. 

In the early afternoon, visit the local  Whale Museum  and the Exploration Museum , whose ancient artifacts and fishing vessels witness Iceland's incredible maritime history.

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From Husavik, a 56-mile (90-kilometer) drive takes you west to Akureyri , the largest town in Iceland outside of the capital area, with a population of 20,000. 

Although Akureyri lies only 62 miles (100 kilometers) below the arctic circle , the town greets you with mild, pleasant weather and an easy-going atmosphere. 

Akureyri has started to rival Reykjavik as Iceland's go-to cultural hot spot. Before you rest for the night, spend the late afternoon and evening exploring the town's many attractions, including an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and museums. 

  • See also:  13 Best Things to Do in Akureyri

On the second to last day of your 10-day Iceland road trip, start your day early and drive to the old pastoral hamlet of Husafell , 196 miles (316 kilometers) from Akureyri.

Set in dense birchwood forests between two glaciers, this ever-popular outdoor activity center makes for an ideal place to spend a day of easy hiking and sightseeing.

Excellent footpaths and hiking trails lead into the beautiful Husafellsskogur forest, towards the Ok and  Eiriksjokull glaciers, and onto the vast Hallmundarhraun lava field. The lava field is home to numerous caves, including Surtshellir  and the enormous Vidgelmir .

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Vidgelmir cave is 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) long, with gigantic domes reaching astonishing heights of over 49 feet (15 meters). These measurements make it the most extensive cave of its kind in Iceland and one of the largest lava caves in the world. 

Although Vidgelmir's sheer size is spectacular to behold, the cave's true uniqueness lies not in its enormity but its beautiful vibrant colors. They come to life in numerous locations, where a lights system ensures that visitors thoroughly enjoy their underground adventure. 

  • Book a  Vidgelmir Cave Explorer Tour  here

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Just over 9 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Vidgelmir, you will find another natural marvel, the  Hraunfossar  waterfalls flowing into the Hvita River.

Do not miss Hraunfossar waterfalls, ranked among Iceland's most magnificent waterfalls. They are only a short drive from Husafell's service center. Husafell has a small grocery store, a filling station, a swimming pool, and an information booth where you can book cottages, reserve space on the campground, or book a room for the night in the local  Hotel.

Day 10 - Reykjanes & Homecoming  

On the very last day of your 10-day Iceland road trip itinerary, you will travel 119 miles (192 kilometers) southwest of Husafell onto the ultra-volcanic  Reykjanes Peninsula . Marvel at the massive ridge of black and red lava fields where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drift apart.

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a volcanic wasteland.

Around every turn, you will stumble upon superb examples of Iceland's volcanic nature, such as the steaming  Kleifarvatn lake and the vibrant  Gunnuhver  and Seltun geothermal fields with bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles.

In Sandvik , a footbridge overarches a small canyon on the peninsula's southern point. Here, you can walk between the two separating continents.

A bridge crosses the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon.

It is easy to lose track of time and space in Reykjanes' volcanic landscape, so make sure to save a moment for the Blue Lagoon, should you not have gone there on your first day.

The steamy world of black rock and milky-blue water makes for the perfect finish to your visit to Iceland. In the misty lake, you are bound to soak away all of your tension and prepare your body for the journey back home.

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The Best Iceland Itinerary: 7 Days (2024)

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Looking for a 7 day Iceland itinerary? One full week in Iceland is an optimal amount of time to see the country.

Iceland can be explored in even less time (see my 5 day itinerary ) but 7 days in the country is much better – it gives you a lot more legroom; more time to see the things there are to see, and to enjoy them.

My first trip to Iceland was 6 full days. Based on that experience, I know that that one extra day would have been very beneficial. I’m going to show you our basic itinerary and how we structured it, but also point out the things that I later realized we missed- so that you don’t miss them too.

Iceland itinerary 7 days

I’m positive that this Iceland 7 day itinerary will show you the most fascinating and stunning sights in South Iceland.

So, let’s jump in!

What To Know About This Itinerary

✅ People generally rent a car to exploring Iceland for one week, although you don’t need to. Below, there’s an example of one Iceland 7 day itinerary with a car, and one without.

✅ This 7 day Iceland itinerary includes 7 full days in Iceland . It doesn’t include the arrival or departure day. Set aside an additional 1-2 days for your flight days

✅ It can be done with all ages. There is quite a bit of driving on day 3, which was frustrating for my 7 year old when we went. There also might be a few activities you decide not to do if you’re in Iceland with really young kids. Overall though, you can take the itinerary and fit it to your group’s needs

✅  It can be done year round. My husband and I have visited Iceland in August and in February , and I will make recommendations of what you should keep in mind for winter or summer

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Iceland Itinerary: 7 Days (Road trip)

Arrival day in iceland.

On your arrival day in Iceland, try to fit Blue Lagoon in right after you land at the airport and pick up your rental car.

Blue Lagoon is only a 25 minute drive from the Keflavik airport, so many people visit there right before or after flights. Doing it right after landing in Iceland gives you a chance to refresh after your flight.

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If you do head to Blue Lagoon, budget to spend around 2 hours there; including the time needed to check in, shower beforehand, and soak in the hot springs. It closes at 10pm.

After Blue Lagoon, (or after you leave the airport if you opt not to visit the lagoon) the goal is to head further east. This will save time on Day 1.

Pro Tip: There’s a small town called Selfoss just east of Reykjavik that has some grocery stores. It might be a good idea to stop there to pick up snacks, and food for road.

Drive about 90 minutes east of Reykjavik on the Ring Road 1, and check into an accommodation near a town called Hvollsvollur.

Here are some accommodation options in the area:

  • Hellisholar Cottages  (where we stayed) Beautiful wilderness views from the cottages
  • Kviholmi Premium Apartments – Free parking and wifi, rooms have a small fridge and coffee maker
  • Fljotsdollir HI Hostel – Former farmhouse converted into a hostel. Have access to a kitchen, and luggage storage (Important – you need to email or call to book , and pay in cash only upon arrival.)

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Day 1: Journey to Vik, making stops along the way

Total Driving Time:

After grabbing breakfast, set out earliest for your journey towards Vik. There is a only X of driving time to reach the town of Vik, but three stops to make along the way.

1. Stop #1: DC plane engine

Time required: 1-2 hours

As soon as you check out of your accommodation near Hvollsvollur, head straight to the DC Plane Wreck if you’re interested in seeing it. It should only be an 5-10 minute drive from your accommodation.

This plane crashed in the early 70s, (luckily no one was hurt) and is today a very popular tourist attraction.

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There is a carpark to visit this airplane, but be aware that it’s a 4 km (2.4 mile) hike from the carpark to the airplane.

For this reason, you’ll need about 2 hours to visit the plane, to account for the walking. The other option is to take the shuttle, which is a 10 minute ride, each way and will save you time.

The shuttle to the DC airplane needs to be booked online in advance. The earliest shuttle leaves at 10am, and I would recommend grabbing a seat on that one, to leave more time in the rest of the day.

Pro Tip: All ages can ride the shuttle. The costs is 3,000 ISK per adult (equivalent to to just over $20 USD.)

2. Stop #2: Seljandsfoss

Time required: less than an hour

Seljandsfoss is without a doubt, one of the best waterfalls in Iceland . A big part of what sets it apart is the walkway behind the waterfall, that allows you to view it from all angles.

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There is a carpark just a short walk to the waterfall, and then you can probably spend around 30 minutes doing the loop around the waterfall, admiring it from all angles.

Pro Tip: If you have any rain gear with you (which I’d highly recommend for Iceland) wear it to visit this waterfall, as it is very misty behind the waterfall. I only wore a hoodie, but it got a little damp.

3. Stop # 3: Skogafoss

Around 30 minutes after leaving Seljandsfoss waterfall, you’ll arrive at the other most popular waterfall in Iceland – Skogafoss. Skogafoss is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country, with a drop of almost 200 feet.

While you can’t walk behind it, there is a staircase that allows you to walk up to the top and get a photo of the cascades falling over the cliff.

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Skogafoss waterfall is about a 5 minute walk from the large parking lot. You can stand near the bottom and get photos in front, and climb up the staircase.

Head back to your car for another short drive to the final destination for today.

4. Final Stop: Vik

It should be early afternoon by the time you arrive in the village of Vik i Myrdal. Usually just called “Vik,” the village has about 300 residents, and is known for its cute red and white church on a hill, surrounded by dramatic terrain.

things to do in vik, iceland

I recommend stopping at Black Sands Beach, or walking there after parking in Vik.

You can either park at the Black Sands beach parking lot, or you can park in Vik (which is what we did) and walk to Black Sands Beach, which takes around x minutes.

5. Head to Black Sands Beach

The most popular attraction in Vik is, by far – Black Sands Beach. You can visit this before or after checking into accommodation, but I would recommend before.

Black Sand Beach

Black Sands Beach is known for its tall basalt columns. On certain days, when the tide isn’t in, you can get up close to them, and even sit on them. Climbing isn’t recommended, although you might see people doing it.

There are washrooms and a place to grab fast food at Black Sands Beach. You can also head into the town of Vik if you’re hungry – there are several restaurants which I’ll list below.

Places to Stay overnight in Vik (1 night)

  • Budget:  Hótel Vík i Myrdal  Scenic views from the hotel, restaurant on-site and breakfast is included
  • Mid Range:   Hótel Kría  Located amongst the mountains with full-length windows, Hotel Kria offers a free hot breakfast
  • Luxury:  Hótel Katla by Keyhotels  Outdoor hot tubs and sauna, just 5km from Vik. Breakfast included


Places to Eat in Vik

If you’re craving American-style fast food, then head to Smiðjan Brugghús for burgers or Black Crust Pizzeria for pizza.

For Icelandic cuisine, there is Restaurant Suður-Vík , and Halldórskaffi .

Pro Tip: I also highly recommend Skool Beans Cafe for one of your Vik meals. It’s a converted school bus turned into a café.

Day 2: Glacier Hike + Glacier Lagoon

On the morning of day 2 in Iceland, grab breakfast at your accommodation, and check out.

After you’ve checked out, head to the meeting spot for the Sólheimajökull glacier hike which is just a 5 minute drive from downtown Vik.

1. Sólheimajökull Glacier hike in Vik

Time required: 3 hours

Sólheimajökull Glacier is.

It’s important to know that all travellers must be 8+ years old to hike the Sólheimajökull glacier. If you have young kids with you, then there are many other things to do in Vik that I’ll list below.

If you want to do the glacier hike, the earliest one leaves at 9:30am, there’s also a 10:30am option. Book the glacier hike in advance , as it’s one of the “likely to sell out” activities.

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The Sólheimajökull glacier hike will take you with a guide through some very interesting terrain that is probably unlike anything you’ve seen. I felt like we were on the set of Star Wars or something (apparently, some Star Wars scenes were shot here.)

All your equipment is provided, and a guide will lead you through the terrain. It was one of the highlights of our trip in Iceland, so I highly recommend the Sólheimajökull glacier hike.

If you don’t want to do the Sólheimajökull glacier hike, here are some other things to do in Vik:

  • Go check out Dyrholaey, which is popular for nesting puffins in the spring. 12 km or 7.4 miles from Vik
  • Katla Ice Cave tour – 3 hours long. Book here
  • Go horseback riding – book on the Vik horse adventure website  here.

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If neither of these things interest you, you can also simply drive straight to Glacier Lagoon and have extra time there.

2. Drive to glacier lagoon

Time required: 2.5 hours

After your glacier hike or whatever other morning activity you choose in Vik, make your way to Glacier Lagoon.

Glacier Lagoon is probably the most iconic attraction in Iceland, so I would head straight there without stopping. (There will be opportunity to make stops when you come back the other way tomorrow.)

If you did the glacier hike, it might be a good idea to grab lunch in Vik before heading to Glacier Lagoon.

Otherwise, there is a cafe at the Glacier Lagoon that is open until 5, 6 or 7pm depending on the time of year.

Pro Tip: To have more time at Glacier Lagoon, I recommend having a snack prepared, and just heading straight there after the glacier hike and having a bigger meal later. But the choice is yours.

3. See glacier lagoon and diamond beach

Time required: 1 hour minimum, maybe up to 2

Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are only a 2 minute walk from each other.

You could spend x admiring the lagoon, and the large blocks of ice at the diamond beach. This is what we did. I simply just wanted to take in the sights. We sat there for a long time just admiring it, as I’d never seen anything like this in my life.

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If you want, there are boat tours in the glacier lagoon – and some of them leave later in the day.

You can go kayaking on the glacier lagoon (about $150 per person for a 2.5 hour tour starting at 3:30pm.)

Or, there are boat tours that you can book through the Glacier Lagoon directly that leave as late at 16:20 and 17:40. See details and book here .

diamond beach

4. Check into accommodation for 1 night

Aim for an accommodation that is just west of Glacier Lagoon, to make your drive tomorrow shorter and allow more time for visiting Svartifoss waterfall if you choose to.

Here are some options just west of Glacier Lagoon:

  • Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon  (20 minutes from Glacier Lagoon)
  • Hotel Skaftafell  (40 minutes from Glacier Lagoon)

Day 3: Journey back to Reykjavik, making stops along the way

Check out of your accommodation, and start making your way back west on the Ring Road 1, the way you came.

There are two optional stops to make on the way that I’d recommend – Svaritfoss waterfall , and the Canyon.

Stop # 1:Svartifoss waterfall

Time required: Around 2 hours

Svartifoss is a really unique looking waterfall, surrounded by basalt columns (the same kind you find at black sands beach.)

Visiting may not be for everyone, because you need to walk for about 1 hour to get to it. It’s an easy, family-friendly walk however.


The trail to follow to get to Svartifoss is 3.2 km or 1.9 miles roundtrip. It’s a great way to start your morning and get some steps in before the long day of driving ahead.

Stop # 3: Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

We had not planned to see Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, but saw the turn-off from the Ring Road. Turns out, I am so glad we saw it.

This canyon was used in a Game of Thrones scene (where Daenerys Targaryen flies her dragons through it.)

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

You don’t need a lot of time to visit the canyon, but you could spend up to an hour if you wanted to. There’s a walkway along the top of the cliffs that you can walk along, enjoying the views.

We probably spend about half an hour walking along the cliff’s edge, and it was definitely time well spent.

Pro Tip: Visiting Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is free of charge, and there is a parking lot located about 3 km from the Ring Road.

Stop #4: (Optional) Lunch stop in Vik

Vik is another 68 km (42 miles) – around 50 minutes driving time from the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon canyon in case you want to stop for lunch.

Continue on to Reykjavik after lunch, which will take another 2 hours from Vik.

Stop # 4: Check into accommodation in Reykjavik

Here are some recommendations for places to stay in Reykjavik:

  • Budget: Hotel Reykjavik Grand
  • Mid-Range: Hotel Orkin
  • Luxury: Entire Villa with Outdoor Sauna and Views of Reykjavik

Day 4: Explore Reykjavik

Yesterday was a long, busy day on the road, so use day 5 to take it easy and explore Reykjavik.

At this point, you could turn in your rental car if you want to. You could still use it, or you could take day tours from Reykjavik for day 5 and 6.

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Things to do while walking around Reykjavik (doing them in this order would work as they’re all within walking distance of eachother):

  • Walk along the harbour, and check out the Sun Voyager sculpture (pictured above)
  • Walk down Laugavegur street in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, which is full of restaurants, bars and Icelandic souvenir shops
  • Visit the famous Hallgramiska church, go inside and climb to the top for a view of Reykjavik. (It costs  ISK 1000 for adults to climb to the top and you must be 7+.)
  • Visit the The Settlement Exhibition which shows you the Viking history of the city and of Iceland. It’s right downtown, just a short walk from attractions


Optional evening activity in Reykjavik: Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Tours in Reykjavik typically start between 9 and 10pm, and run for 2-4 hours. It isn’t guaranteed that you’ll see the lights.

Check the Aurora borealis Iceland forecast in advance. If you want to book a northern lights tour for tonight or one of the next 2 nights, then here are some options:

  • Northern Lights Yacht cruise from Reykjavik (2 hours) about $100 per person
  • Northern Lights Bus tour from Reykjavik (4 hours) and about $150 per person

northern lights in iceland

Day 5: Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a drive east of Reykjavik that includes four very special gems that are worth seeing – the famous Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall and the Kerid Crater.

In fact, I think its worth it to come to Iceland just to see these things alone. Expect it today a good full day (5-8 hours, depending on how long you want to spend at each place) to explore the Golden Circle.

golden circle map

If you’re not wanting to do your own driving, there are several Golden Circle tours offered out of Reykjavik.

Stop # 1: Thingvellir

Time needed: around 2 hours

Thingvellir is a good ‘first stop’ on the Golden Circle, because its the place where you likely need the most time.

You could spend lots of time at Thingvellir National Park – all day if you wanted to. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, and known for being the one place in the world where you can stand between two continental plates – Europe and North America.

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In the summer, you can do scuba diving or snorkeling between the two continental plates . (Takes about 3 hours, and costs around $170 per person.

There are also walking and hiking trails, as well as horseback riding in the park.

  • You could do a 4.3 km (2.6 mile) hike to Öxarárfoss Waterfall  
  • Lögberg – Drekkingarhylur  hike, which is only 1.6 km (0.9 miles) and fairly easy.
  • Thingvellir Loop , which is quite challenging and takes about 3 hours to complete

See more details of the above the Thingvellir website.

Stop # 2: The Geysir

Time needed: 20-30 minutes

Be sure to make a stop at the Geysir to see the x foot tall explosion of water into the air. It ‘erupts’ every 15 minutes, so you will need at least 30 minutes to see it erupt twice.

We stood there in the rain with groups of other tourists to watch it go at least twice.


You want to witness the geysir least once without your camera, so you can experience it – but then you might want to do a second time with your camera to get a good shot of it. Depending on how quick you are, you might need at least 45 minutes here.

You can also take some time to walk around the whole area, as there are other little bubbling ponds of geothermal water, plus a second (smaller) geysir.

Stop # 3: Gulfoss

Time needed: 30 minutes

Gulfoss Waterfall is near the Geysir, just 10 minutes away. You can get views from a distance, plus walk along the path way which will take you right in front of the cascades (see photos below.)

gulfoss waterfall

You will likely be hungry by the time you arrive at Gulfoss. There’s a restaurant on-site where you can grab food. See the menu here.

Stop # 4: Kerid Crater

Time needed: 20- 30 minutes

Kerid Crater is very cool, and worth seeing- but if you’re completely ‘done’ by end of the day after seeing the other three attractions, you could skip Kerid Crater (either do it tomorrow, or just omit all together.)

If you have the time and energy, Kerid Crater can be a quick stop. You can view the crater from above, and even walk down to the water’s edge. The water is a turquoise colour, and the sand reddish.

kerid crater

Day 6: Snaefullness Peninsula

One of the best things about spending a full 7 days in Iceland is that you have time to see the Snaefellness Peninsula, which is one of the best places to visit in Iceland – which most tourists miss out on.

Snaefellness is just as scenic as the Ring Road, but you can see much more in a shorter distance and with less time. It’s just under 2 hours north of Reykjavik.

In addition, it takes around 2 hours to drive around the entire peninsula – but you should add another couple hours onto that, to account for all the stops you’ll make.

If you’d rather not drive, book this day trip to the Snaefellness Peninsula from Reykjavik . (11 hour tour, for about $120ish per person and leaves at 8am and 9am.)

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Drive towards the peninsula. It will take just under 2 hours to drive there from Reykjavik, and you should give yourself the rest of the day to explore it. There are some really beautiful and incredible things to see.

snaefellness peninsula map

Here are some stops to make (in order) on the Snaefellness Peninsula.

1. Gerðuberg Cliffs 

Gerðuberg Cliffs are basalt cliffs, similar to the ones at the Black Sands Beach. There is a parking nearby, and you only need a short amount of time to admire these symmetrical rock formations. If you’re lucky, you may even see some wild horses!

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2. Budakirka

Time needed: 10 minutes

Budakirka is a black wooden church built in the 1800s, surrounded by the Icelandic countryside and the sea.

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It’s worth a quick stop stop (10-15 minutes) to take some photos of, and admire the surroundings.

We didn’t go inside the church, and I don’t think you can or even need to. The main draw is just to see it from the outside with the surroundings because its so quaint looking.

3. Arnastapi village

Arnastapi is a small town in Snaefellness. It has a few good places to eat, such as Stapinn (good portions of comfort food) or Samkomuhúsið Arnarstapa for Icelandic food.

Pro Tip: These are not by any means the only places to eat on the peninsula – there are restaurants scattered throughout.

3. Bárður Snæfellsás Statue

Time needed: 10-15 minutes

The Bárður statue is one of the most interesting things to see on the Snaefellness peninsula. It’s a 19-foot tall statue of Bárður, a human giant hybrid from Icelandic sagas.

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It’s interesting to look at, but even more so if you have interest in Icelandic folklore. It was built by an Icelandic sculptor in the late 1970s and is a popular stop for those visiting the Snaefellness peninsula.

We stopped here, and walked right up to the statue. Like others, its just a quick stop but worth checking out for its uniqueness.

4. Lóndrangar

Lóndrangar are rock pinnacles and cliffs right along the sea, and 100% worth a stop on the Snaefellness peninsula. They’re located right at the western tip of the peninsula, and are popular with nesting birds.


We spent about 20 minutes walking along the cliffs, checking out the rock formations and the archway.

It can be windy along the cliff, so be sure to wear something warm!

5. Kirkjufellsfoss

Time needed: around 30 minutes

Kirkjufellsfoss mountain and waterfall is probably the most iconic thing to see in Snaefellness. It’s so distinct looking – the mountain reminded me of something from a Dr. Seuss book, and with accompanying small waterfall its quite the sight.

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There is a hike you can do, but it would take 2 hours so there probably wouldn’t be time for it today.

We just simply parked and took photos of Kirkjufells, which you can do in less than an hour.

The parking fee for Kirkjufell at the time was 700 ISK, and you can access the lot year-round. Road 54 leading you to the lot is mostly paved, with some gravel sections.

After Kirkjufellsfoss , make the 2 hour drive back to Reykjavik. There are some small towns to stop at along the way, such as Borganes if you want to grab food – but otherwise you could wait until you reach Reykjavik.

Day 7: Discover Iceland’s wildlife or natural wonders

Spending the last day seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is a great way to leave you in awe of this amazing country. There are puffin and whale tours out of Reykjavik in the summer, and some fascinating museums to visit.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Puffin tour (summer only) 1 hour tour, they leave frequently throughout the day from Reykjavik. About $50 per person
  • Whale-watching tour (summer only) 2.5 hour tour and about $100 per person.
  • Perlan Museum of Wonders – amazing museum with interactive exhibits about Iceland’s geology. There’s a man-made ice cave, and and aurora show, lots of information. We spent hours here and loved it.
  • Whales of Iceland -really interesting museum where you can see live-size structures of whales, and learn about them. Great for adults or with kids . I love whales, so this was one of my favourite things to do in Reykjavik. It’s located just north of the old town, about a 15-20 minute walk. There’s plenty of parking. See admission ticket options here.

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Iceland Itinerary: 7 Days FAQ

Here are the most commonly asked questions about spending a week in Iceland

Is 7 days enough to see Iceland?

Yes, 7 days is enough time to see the best of Iceland. You can fit quite a bit into 7 days in Iceland. It gives you enough time to explore all the the highlights on the south Ring Road, Reykjavik, and a little bit of Western Iceland (north of Reykjavik) too.

Is 1 week in Iceland too much?

One week in Iceland is not too much – it is ideal. You need a bare minimum of 5 days in Iceland to make the trip worth it, and two extra days gives you more time to see extra things that you wouldn’t have time for in 5 days.

How many days in Iceland to make it worth it?

You need at least 5 days in Iceland to make it worth the visit, because it takes at least 2-3 days to do the trip out to Glacier Lagoon and back. Plus, you still need to see Reykjavik and some of the surrounding areas.

Can you do the Ring Road in 7 days?

You can do with south Ring Road only in 7 days. Theoretically, you could do the full Ring Road in 7 days, but you would spend more of your trip driving than having a chance to really enjoy anything, and I don’t recommend it.


Final Thoughts on Spending a Week in Iceland

I hope that this Iceland 7 days itinerary has given you every step you need for your week in Iceland. I truly hope that has given you each of the steps and knowledge you need to see everything you want in this short time.

7 days isn’t a lot, but you can see a lot in Iceland in that time. I truly hope that this itinerary has been helpful, and that you have a great week in Iceland!

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10 Days Iceland Itinerary: (10-14 Days) Road Trip Ideas

Iceland, the land of ice and fire, is a huge deal lately. This island nation was “off the radar” for a while, but has recently seen explosive growth. Here is my 10 days Iceland itinerary (for 10-14 day road trip ideas!).

I traveled to Iceland for a road trip with my husband in August. The lack of traffic and easily navigable roads make this an ideal place to explore by car . You can follow your own pace, and see sights tour buses won’t make it to. 

Here is our 10 days iceland itinerary: road trip route.

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DAY 1 :   Arrive to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík . Pick up rental car at the airport, and drive to the city center. Explore on foot, and see City Hall , Parliament , and Tjörnin Lake .

Next, visit the national museum of iceland . if you want to get out of the city for a bit, there are loads of day trip ideas from reykjavik you can look into, from there, drive to the modern church of hallgrímskirja . pay to go to the top of the tower and enjoy scenic views  finally, we went to a lock box with “ iceland camping equipment rentals ” to pick up the camping equipment we rented and load it into our car. this was so convenient because flying from the us with these items wouldn’t have been practical. start your iceland itinerary out strong.

Hallgrimskirja Church, Reykjavik, Iceland

Lodging : Igdlo Guesthouse – Small house with a nice location and quiet surroundings

Read more: Iceland Things to Know Before You Go !

DAY 2 :   Drive to the town of Hella , then on to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall . Walk across a broad field to find it nestled in a hillside, and then follow the trail to go up behind it. While there, also visit Gljúfrabúl , a waterfall inside of a cave.


Next, head to Iceland’s most famous waterfall: Skógafoss . You can hike up to the top of the falls for an epic (and misty!) view.


Now it’s time for a visit to a “secret” volcanic heated pool called Seljavallalaug . Popular among locals, the hike to the pool is about 20 minutes, and has a changing room at the top. The water is in a concrete basin next to the hillside, and is naturally heated from the underground thermal activity.

Seljavallalaug Hot Pool Iceland

Drive on to see Sólheimajökull Glacier . The pristine white ice is blackened from volcanic ash, and while signs tell you not to touch it or get too close, everybody does anyways.

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Continue on to Dyhórlaey , a scenic cliff-side area with a lighthouse centerpiece. From the top, you can see a view of some rocks forming natural archways.


Next up is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara . Here you can see the uniquely shaped basalt columns that attract so many visitors.


Carry on to the town of Vík , a place where an ice-cream sundae can cost $15. We made the mistake of dining out, but the prices are outrageous so I don’t recommend this!

Lodging : public campsite vík – a flat field with subpar shower facilities- $27 per tent, day 3 :   first on the itinerary today is fjaðrárgljúfur canyon . this was one of the most beautiful places i have seen in all my life i’d never heard of it, and it was a hugely pleasant surprise it’s a short hike, and even in the rain it was absolutely stunning..

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Drive on to the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur (best name ever!), and get hot chocolate! Then, if you want, visit the underwhelming site of Kirkjugólf . This is a natural basalt rock formation that looks like a man-made church floor.


Continue on to the wilderness area of Skaftafell , the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Once there, take the uphill hiking path to Svartifoss Waterfall , a fall tumbling over black basalt columns on its sides:

If you are in good shape or an avid hiker, continue on from svartifoss to hike kristínartindar mountain . a round-trip hike will be about 4-6 hours, and a clear day will get you a view of the vatnajökull ice cap . if you’re like me, you let your husband hike this without you, and take a nap in the car while you wait 😉 check out the views while on the hike below.

Kristínartindar hike, Vatnajokull

From there, we decided to skip the visitor center campsite, and went off-road a bit. We found an awesome spot near a glacial lagoon to set up our tent, and fell asleep to the sound of seals!

Camping Near Jokulsarlon

Lodging : Camping in a field near Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Day 4 :   enter vatnajökull national park again, and visit the glacier area of skaftafell . see seals, and watch icebergs rapidly flow through the pristine blue water towards the lagoon. you could sit on the bridge overlooking the lagoon for hours, watching as the icebergs crack off and move., be sure to take an amphibian boat tour ($43/person) of the jökulsárlón glacial lagoon . book ahead of time, they often sell out we had to wait two hours for our departure time, but there is plenty to see in the interim. the ride on the boat itself is fun, although wet and cold..

Jokulsarlon Amphibian Boat

From the park, head to Diamond Beach ( Breiðamerkursandur ) , a surreal place where large chunks of glacial ice litter the shore in stunning formations. Next, drive on to Höfn , a town that welcomes you with a narwhal statue! Grab lunch at Hafnarbúðin , and try some langoustine !

Diamond Beach Iceland

Afterwards, drive by Hvalnes for a quick mountain view. Stop next at Djúpivogur , a very small hillside town. This town was super quiet, and besides a souvenir shop and a strange egg exhibit , there isn’t much going on there.

Make your way next to the artsy east-coast fishing town of seyðisfjörður . it’s very colorful, with a few nice restaurants (expensive of course) that serve horse meat. this wasn’t our style, so we ate at skaftafell bistro , a cozy place with pizza and board games. t, he public campsite there was too crowded for our liking, so we explored a bit and set up our tent in a meadow full of lilacs, and strangely surrounded by trees (i say strangely because iceland has almost no trees anywhere) ..

Seyðisfjörður Town Iceland

Lodging : Camping in a field near Seyðisfjörður. “ Wild Camping ” in Iceland is a common practice

Day 5 :  the first stop today is dettifoss waterfall . walk down a small trail, and you will end up at the top of the falls looking down. you can get quite close to the ledge, so be careful also fyi, this place is epic.

Dettifoss, Iceland

Drive next to the horseshoe shaped Canyon of Ásbyrgi natural area. Then,  Húsavík town! We booked a whale watching tour with the company Gentle Giants in advance, and had time to explore town before our boat left.

We walked around the wharf and marina, layered on warm clothes, then headed out in our boat to find some whales our guide sara was fantastic, and within forty minutes we saw our first whale in total, we saw 6 humpback whales . it was phenomenal to see them come up so close to the boat .

Gentle Giants Whale Watching

Once you leave Húsavík, drive to the town of Laugar  in Reykjadalur for the night.

Lodging : Hótel Laugar – A boarding school dorm used as a hotel in the summer

DAY 6 :    Instead of going to the beautiful but overpriced (and crowded) Blue Lagoon , go instead to the more spacious and even more scenic Mývatn Nature Baths . This place is fantastic! At $38/person it is a steal too! Relax in the soothing thermal waters, surrounded by steam from the local volcanoes.

Myvatn Nature Baths

The ominous Krafla Caldera is next on the list. Hike up the rim of the old crater Víti , which was created after the volcanic eruption of Krafla in the year 1724.

Krafla Caldera - Viti Crater. Ten Days Iceland Itinerary.

Go next to the lava field of Leirhnjúkur . This line of black rocks traces what was once the lava flowing out of Krafla Volcano. As you hike, you will see many steaming fumaroles , and notice hot spots on the ground. There are several bubbling mud-pots, and vents that shoot out steaming water too. Don’t stray from the trails!

Leirhnjukur Lava Field

From there, venture to the Hverarönd and Hverir geothermal area. Here you can see gushing, steaming geysers- along with their sulfur stench! In the surrounding hills, you will see ancient lava trails and smoke seeping out of the ground everywhere you look.

Hverir Geothermal Area

After, make a quick stop at the Grjótagjá Cave . It used to be a swim-hole, but after a volcanic eruption in the 1970’s it became too hot to safely swim in and was closed to the general public. It is now mega popular thanks to a Game Of Thrones scene filmed in it.

Drive on next to dimmuborgir , a place known as “the dark castles”. do one of the short loop trails, and notice how eerily silent it is. there are no bugs, no birds, just quiet. it is an unusually shaped lava field, but it looks like an abandoned city., there is also an ancient legend that trolls live here in the many small caves  afterwards, briefly see the craters at skútustaðir ..


Next, make a stop at the big and wide Goðafoss Waterfall . It’s beautiful, but pales in comparison to what’s next! If your car is capable, take the “F-Road” and drive on the gravel until you reach Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall . Nobody else was there, and it was absolutely unreal!

Leave remote aldeyjarfoss, and drive down to akureyri , a big town in icelandic standards. it’s full of charm, and has a big variety of shops and restaurants., lodging : public campsite: hamrar – basic accommodations with showers available., day 7 :   spend some time exploring and shopping trendy akureyri . afterwards, we stopped at a small town called dalvík for its once-a-year fish festival (but of course this won’t be the case for everyone)., it has a photogenic harbor and loads of traditional homes, and we had the chance to try a huge variety of seafood. if seafood is your thing, you can find traditional dishes like raw arctic char , and plokkfiskur there..

Raw Arctic Char

Depart Dalvík, and drive on the Tröllaskagi Road . Full of high cliffs, blue fjords, and epic scenery, this is the part of the road trip to blare some inspirational music!

If you watch closely, you might be able to spot some whales out at sea like we did. also, at some point you will have to go through a crazy, never ending tunnel called héðinsfjarðargöng , so be prepared, on the drive, pass the town of olafsfjördur . eventually arrive to the fishing town of siglufjördur , a very quiet and isolated place centered around a small marina. we went to the historic herring museum and old fish factory there. as you continue the drive, pass by the mounds of vatnsdalshólar . in this area, there are icelandic horses too iceland itinerary.

Herring Museum Siglufjordur

The next stop is the legendary troll cliff of Hvítserkur . It supposedly looks like a troll, and legend says it was frozen in stone for all eternity. It is very scenic, and sits on a black sand beach.

For dinner, drive to the town of hvammstangi . we ate at hladan kaffihus – a charming cottage styled place where you can buy owner maria’s knitted goods, or go out back and check out the whale bones and dried up monster fish (it adds character, you know)., lodging : public campsite: búðardalur campsite – good location with quality bathroom facilities, day 8 :   today is all about exploring the snæfellsnes peninsula , so get ready first, stop at stykkishólmur town. it has a lighthouse on top of a cliff, and of course a nice view. it’s another typical icelandic town, but a good representation of the scenery the peninsula is known for.

Snaelfellsnes Peninsula

From there, take the rough F570 road to see the  ancient Songhellir Cave , famous for its echoes. It was a bit of a rough hike, and I fell- so only do this hike if you have coordination!! Next, go to the small fishing village of Arnarstapi . It has some incredible cliffs, and a hiking path at the foot of Mount Stapafell.

Leave there, and head towards the fishing hamlet of hellnar. if you want to throw your money away, you can check out the $15 bread and butter plate at fjöruhúsið (i know iceland has pricey food for travelers, but this crossed the line)., it was in a scenic spot, sure. but- be smart and use your rented picnic table instead we had our own meal, with the same view of the bay, but for much cheaper iceland itinerary.

Hellnar Lunch

Moving on, make a quick stop at the gravity defying basalt rock pinnacles of Lóndrangar . Then, up next is the site of Djúpalónssandur. Take the hiking path down to the water, and spend time climbing the basalt rock formations. The “sand” in the area is actually smooth, black volcanic rock, so be careful walking! Also, be on the watch for seals swimming around!


At this site, there are also the remains of a shipwreck from 1948. Behind that, there are 4 large rocks that comprise part of a centuries old “strength test”. If you have arm muscle, give it a try! From there, drive  on to Grundarfjördur town. This is home to the “most photographed site in Iceland”, Kirkjufell.  

Lodging : grundarfjördur hostel – bunk-beds (no sheets or towels provided) and a shared rr, pricy for what it was., day 9 :    leave grundarfjördur and head towards borgarnes . if you’ve read up on icelandic folklore, you’ll know about the famous “ saga of egill ” . if you care about egill like i do, you can stop at the old cemetery of borg á myrum . some of the stones date back to the 12th century, and one of them includes ancient runes ., next, drive to hvalstöðin , home to the grabrok crater and its ancient lava flow. take the stairs to hike the rim of the crater. it is a unique experience to look down into an ancient volcano.

Grabrok Crater

Make a quick stop next at the powerful geyser of Deildartuneildguhver and the attached power plant. Just be prepared, because it is nasty smelling!

From there, stop in the town of reykholt , home to an ancient thermal bath from the icelandic legend “ snorri’s saga ”. we ate lunch by the church, and if you get into icelandic folklore like me, 😉 make sure to stop at snorralaug , or “snorri’s pool”., move on next to the two popular waterfalls: hraunfossar and barnafoss . hraunfossar is huge, very wide, and shockingly blue. barnafoss is smaller, but still neat to see. its name means “the children’s falls” after an icelandic folktale involving two young boys drowning in it..


From there, enter the iconic Þinvellir National Park (pronounced Thingvellir) . Walk towards the continental rift, and stand on the divide between the Almannagjá tectonic plates . These are what separates Europe from North America!

Walk on the trails toward alþingi , the historic site where the first icelandic parliament met in 930 ad. nearby, you can see the remains of the ancient tent city of búðir , where the people stayed during these early governmental meetings..

Continental Divide Thingvellir Iceland

Hike next to the pool of Drekkingarhylur , where people were punished for witchcraft. If they were accused, they faced the fate of being drowned in these pools. Also nearby is the deep, clear, coin-ridden pond of Peningagjá . Oh tourism.

Walk next by the icelandic prime minister’s getaway cottage (known as þingvallabær ) make a quick stop at the church of þingvallakirkja too. in this area, you will also see the super popular silfra fissure . recently, everyone wants to come here to scuba dive between the continental plates. next, head to the town of akranes for the night..

Silfra Fissure

Lodging : Wild-Camping on an isolated hillside overlooking þingvellir below. Watch out for the sheep!

Day 10 :      today, start out by hunting for the elusive brúarfoss waterfall . we read several blogs with detailed instructions on how to find it, but it was still a struggle. we almost gave up, but with some last minute luck, we found it, finally, it is time to finish your visit to the 3 tourist sites known as iceland’s golden circle . first up was þingvellir, from yesterday.. second, head to the crowded gullfoss waterfall . it is huge and powerful, so worth a stop- but not nearly as peaceful or remote as others..

Gullfoss Waterfall

Drive next to the site of Geysir ( pronounced gay-zeer ), the original hot water spout which all future geysers derive their names from. The geyser Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes, and is truly amazing to see.

The main geyser, or “geysir”, had been essentially dormant for the past 100 years, but recently blew in february 2016. it is rare to see it blow, and is now basically considered inactive. with that, you’ve completed the 3 golden circle sites , faxi waterfall is a nearby place where we had lunch. nobody else was there, so i recommend it if you want some peace and quiet afterwards, drive past hellisheiðarvirkjun , an enormous geothermal power plant., if you like hiking, take the long uphill trek (along with evil biting flies) to  reykjadalur hot springs . a beautiful, geothermal valley famous for its “hot river”, here you can have a relaxing yet muddy swim in the long and winding creek., on the hike down, we walked past a small geyser, and i was sprayed with hot sulfuric water- so be careful finally, end your trip in the city of reykjavík.


Lodging : Hotel Keflavík : Closet size room with shared bathroom facilities by the airport.

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I adore Iceland but only got to spend a couple of days there. Your itinerary sounds amazing, and I’m saving it for a time when I get to spend longer there. Isn’t it just the most gorgeous landscape?!

It is stunning- and there is SO much to do and see, and it’s all so different. I’m surprised at how many people I hear of only doing 1-2 days there, I feel like it deserves 10 days minimum! 🙂

Iceland is such an amazing destination full of some of the most amazing sites. We spent 4 days in Iceland in January and loved it. We spent a day driving to Vek and seeing all the amazing sites in between.

I’d love to go back in winter, I’m sure it’s an entirely different world than what I saw in the summertime!

Wow, you were lucky to travel all the country. I been wanting to go to Iceland but the exchange rate is too expensive for Canadians. I really love your pictures! Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon looks absolutely beautiful!

It was definitely quite pricy for us as Americans too! A gas station hotdog ran us about $10US which would buy me 10 here for example! We saved money by wild-camping though, which is nice that they have that option!

Iceland has such beautiful landscape. It is so cool to see glacier up close. I’d totally be up to hike to the top of Dettifoss Waterfall!

Very well done! So many people are writing about Iceland, but generally the articles leave me pretty unsatisfied, with many questions unanswered. You covered all the bases. Awesome!

Hi Michelle,

Did you use many F Roads? What kind of car would you recommend hiring to optimize our experience in Iceland?

Thank you 🙂

Hi Jessica- Be sure to check your email from me 🙂

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Iceland , with its otherworldly landscapes and natural wonders, offers a magical experience for those with limited time. In just five days, travellers can embark on a whirlwind adventure, immersing themselves in the raw beauty that defines this Nordic gem. From the shimmering glow of the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky to the geysers that shoot plumes of steam into the air, here’s our guide to planning an Iceland 5-day itinerary.

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik © Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik © Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Is 5 days enough for Iceland?

The geographical expanse of Iceland, with its remote regions and varying terrains, necessitates thoughtful planning. If focusing on Reykjavik and nearby landmarks, like the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, five days can provide a well-rounded experience. 

However, those desiring exploration of more distant areas such as the Westfjords or North Iceland might find the timeframe limiting due to considerable travel distances.

Certainly, five days is a great amount of time to explore some of Iceland’s many landscapes. Nevertheless, for a more comprehensive understanding of Iceland, a more extended stay is recommended.

Places to visit on a 5-day Iceland itinerary

There are many parts of Iceland that are worth visiting. Keep in mind that though, due to the geographical spread of these attractions, it's essential to choose wisely, as it's not possible to cover all of them in just five days. That said, spending five days in any of these areas of Iceland is sure to be a memorable experience.

Our first pick is the charming capital city of Reykjavik. While here, explore the colourful streets, visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, and stroll along the historic Old Harbour. Reykjavik is not only a hub of Icelandic culture but also a great base for day trips to nearby natural wonders.

South Coast

The South Coast of Iceland is renowned for its stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, and impressive glaciers. Highlights include the powerful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the otherworldly Reynisfjara Beach, and the Solheimajokull Glacier. 

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

For those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience, the Westfjords beckon with their remote beauty and tranquility. Rugged cliffs, fjords, and bird cliffs characterize this region. This is a great choice for those who prioritize a more remote and less touristy experience.

North Iceland

The northern part of Iceland is known for its geothermal areas, waterfalls, and unique landscapes. Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, offers a charming atmosphere and easy access to nearby attractions like the Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Myvatn.

Blue Lagoon

No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon . Located conveniently close to Reykjavik, this geothermal spa is renowned for its milky blue waters and rejuvenating properties. Relax in the warm mineral-rich waters surrounded by lava fields—a perfect way to unwind after exploring Iceland's natural wonders.

Skaftafellsjokull glacier, Iceland © Shutterstock

Skaftafellsjokull glacier, Iceland © Shutterstock

Itinerary #1: Iceland Golden Circle & South Coast

On this 5-day itinerary , you’ll explore some of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Kick off your Icelandic adventure with day 1's arrival, immediately diving into the Golden Circle's wonders: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park, with optional off-the-beaten-path explorations.

Day 2 features a scenic drive along the south coast, stopping at Seljalandsfoss for a unique waterfall experience, the rainbow-adorned Skogafoss, and the dramatic Reynisfjara black sand beach.

On day 3 , explore the majestic Vatnajokull region with hikes in Skaftafell and visits to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and quieter, equally stunning spots. Day 4 is a leisurely return to Reykjavik, with stops at hidden gems like Fjadrargljufur canyon, offering optional hikes or cultural activities.

The journey wraps up on day 5 with the diverse Reykjanes Peninsula exploration, ensuring a memorable blend of Iceland's famous sights and undiscovered treasures in just 5 days. Read more .

Itinerary overview

Check out this Iceland 5 days itinerary.

  • Arrive and pick up your rental car.
  • Drive to the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular sightseeing route.
  • Explore the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park.
  • Optional activities and exploration of lesser-visited gems.
  • Travel along the scenic south coast, featuring famous attractions and offbeat sites.
  • Visit Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the waterfall.
  • Capture the picturesque Skogafoss with possible rainbows.
  • Explore the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara with views of Reynisdrangar sea stacks and Dyrholaey cliff.
  • Explore Southeast Iceland dominated by Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier.
  • Hike in Skaftafell nature reserve, including the Skaftafellsjokull glacier tongue and Svartifoss waterfall.
  • Visit Jokulsarlon, the famous glacier lagoon, and its "diamond" beach.
  • Discover lesser-visited glacier lagoons, the ancient Fjadrargljufur canyon, and charming towns.
  • Drive back towards Reykjavik, stopping at lesser-visited gems like Fjadrargljufur canyon, Thakgil, and Solheimasandur black sand beach.
  • Optional hikes, activities, or museum visits along the route.
  • Explore the Reykjanes Peninsula.
  • Departure arrangements.

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Pool with boiling geothermal water at Hveravellir is actually in the heart of Iceland © Philip Fuxa/Shutterstock

Pool with boiling geothermal water at Hveravellir © Philip Fuxa/Shutterstock

Itinerary #2: North Iceland Fly and Drive

On this 5-day itinerary you’ll take a journey to North Iceland, one of the most captivating regions in the country. Start with a scenic flight to Akureyri on day 1 . Explore this northern capital's downtown, museums, and galleries.

Day 2 takes you to Lake Myvatn, with its unique volcanic features like Dimmuborgir lava park and the Grjotagja lava cave. On day 3 , journey along the Diamond Circle, from Dettifoss Waterfall to the Asbyrgi Canyon, exploring the Hljodaklettar basalt formations and ending in Husavik for whale watching.

Day 4 is all about Akureyri's charms and nearby natural wonders like the beautiful Godafoss waterfall, Hvitserkur Sea Stack, and seal spotting on the Vatnsnes peninsula.

Finish your adventure on day 5 with the Reykjanes Peninsula's unique landscapes before your departure. This 5-day itinerary offers a perfect mix of Iceland's culture and nature. Read more . 

Myvatn Naturebaths, Iceland ©  Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Myvatn Naturebaths, Iceland ©  Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

  • Arrive and transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Akureyri.
  • Enjoy a 40-minute scenic flight with aerial views of the stunning landscape.
  • Spend the evening exploring the capital of North Iceland, including its charming downtown area, architectural sites, museums, and art galleries.
  • Explore the volcanic Lake Myvatn area surrounded by diverse natural wonders.
  • Visit Dimmuborgir lava park, Skutustadagigar craters, bubbling geothermal areas, and the Viti and Hverfjall craters.
  • Discover the Grjotagja lava cave.
  • Follow the Diamond Circle route from Dettifoss Waterfall to Vesturdalur Valley and Asbyrgi Canyon.
  • Explore Vesturdalur Valley with Hljodaklettar basalt formations and Raudholar hills.
  • Visit the beautiful pond and serene forest area in the basin of Asbyrgi.
  • Head to Husavik, known for whale watching and GeoSea geothermal sea baths.
  • Explore Akureyri, the heart of North Iceland, with a charming downtown area, architectural sites, museums, and botanical gardens.
  • Visit the Godafoss waterfall, nicknamed "the beauty."
  • Explore North West Iceland, discovering lesser-visited gems like Hvitserkur Sea Stack, Borgarvirki Fort, and Vatnsdalur Valley.
  • Look for seals along the coastline of the Vatnsnes peninsula.
  • Discover the Reykjanes Peninsula

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Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Itinerary #3: North Iceland Circle

On this 5-day itinerary you will explore North Iceland, an enchanting region that captivates visitors year-round with its abundant wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. 

Begin your adventure with a flight to Akureyri on day 1 , where you'll enjoy scenic views before exploring its vibrant downtown, museums, and galleries.

Day 2 is all about the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn, including the Dimmuborgir lava park, Skutustadagigar craters, and the Grjotagja lava cave.

On day 3 , travel the Diamond Circle route, visiting the powerful Dettifoss Waterfall, the basalt formations of Vesturdalur Valley, and the tranquil Asbyrgi Canyon. Day 4 takes you back to Akureyri to enjoy its downtown charm and botanical gardens, followed by visits to the picturesque Godafoss waterfall and hidden gems like Hvitserkur Sea Stack in North West Iceland.

Your journey concludes on day 5 with a leisurely breakfast, a drive to Akureyri International Airport, and the return of your rental car before catching your departure flight.  Read more .

Husavik in Iceland © Shutterstock

Husavik in Iceland © Shutterstock

  • Arrive and transfer to the domestic airport.
  • Take a 40-minute flight to Akureyri, enjoying scenic aerial views.
  • Spend the evening exploring the cool capital of North Iceland, including its charming downtown, architectural sites, museums, and art galleries.
  • Explore the volcanic Lake Myvatn area.
  • Visit Dimmuborgir lava park, Skutustadagigar craters, bubbling geothermal areas, Viti and Hverfjall craters, and the Grjotagja lava cave.
  • Follow the Diamond Circle route to Dettifoss Waterfall, Vesturdalur Valley, and Asbyrgi Canyon.
  • Visit the basin of Asbyrgi with a beautiful pond and serene forest area.
  • Explore the fishing village of Husavik, known for whale watching and GeoSea geothermal sea baths.
  • Explore Akureyri, the heart of North Iceland, with a charming downtown, architectural sites, museums, and the Lystigardurinn botanical gardens.
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
  • Proceed to Akureyri International Airport.
  • Drop off your rental car and catch your departure flight.

Water reflections at Isafjordur, west fjords, Iceland © Robin Runck/Shutterstock

Water reflections at Isafjordur, west fjords, Iceland © Robin Runck/Shutterstock

Itinerary #4: Circling the Westfjords

On  this itinerary you’ll explore the offbeat paths of the Westfjords, discovering untouched destinations where nature's wonders and creativity shine at their finest. 

Begin your 5-day Iceland trip with a flight to Isafjordur on day 1. Spend the evening exploring its charming downtown.

Day 2 involves a scenic drive through the Westfjords. See the majestic Dynjandi waterfall and drive along beautiful fjords like Arnarfjordur and Dyrafjordur. On day 3 , head to the Southern Westfjords. Visit the light-colored Raudasandur beach, known for its seals. Explore Latrabjarg cliffs, ideal for bird watching and puffin photos.

Day 4 is about exploring Isafjordur Bay's stunning fjords. Stop at Hvitanes Cape for seals, Litlibaer for waffles, and Valagil Gorge for a hike. End the day in Isafjordur's historic town center.

Your journey wraps up on day 5 with a return flight to Reykjavik. Depending on your flight, visit the Blue Lagoon.  Read more .

Latrabjarg cliffs, Iceland © Shutterstock

Latrabjarg cliffs, Iceland © Shutterstock

  • Take a 40-minute flight to Isafjordur, enjoying scenic aerial views.
  • Spend the evening exploring the charming downtown area of this picturesque town.
  • Explore the road between the northern and southern Westfjords.
  • Marvel at the majestic Dynjandi waterfall, an icon of the Westfjords.
  • Drive through scenic fjords, including Arnarfjordur, Dyrafjordur, and Onundarfjordur.
  • Discover the stunning light-coloured beaches in the Southern Westfjords.
  • Visit the red-hued Raudasandur, home to a seal colony.
  • Explore the Latrabjarg cliffs, a prime spot for bird watching and puffin photography.
  • Experience the stunning beauty of Iceland's fjord landscape along Isafjordur Bay.
  • Make stops at Hvitanes Cape to see seals, Litlibaer for the best waffles, Sudavik to meet arctic foxes, and Valagil Gorge for a hike.
  • Explore the picturesque town of Isafjordur with a rich maritime history and a well-preserved town centre.
  • Enjoy a short flight back to Reykjavik's domestic airport.
  • Transfer to the international airport for departure.
  • Depending on flight time, consider spending time at the Blue Lagoon before leaving.

Dynjandi waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Dynjandi waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Itinerary #5: Best of the West 

On this  5-day itinerary you’ll embark on the less-travelled routes winding through the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes peninsulas. 

Start your trip with a 40-minute flight to Isafjordur and enjoy the evening exploring its picturesque downtown.

Day 2 takes you on a scenic drive through fjords, fishing villages, and mountain passes. Don't miss the majestic Dynjandi waterfall and the beauty of Arnarfjordur, Dyrafjordur, and Onundarfjordur. On day 3 , visit the Southern Westfjords' light-colored beaches. Explore Raudasandur's seal colony and the Latrabjarg cliffs for bird watching and puffin photos.

Day 4 is dedicated to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, home to the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano. See the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall and enjoy the peninsula's diverse landscapes.

Wrap up your journey on day 5 in West Iceland. Visit unique waterfalls and powerful hot springs. If time permits, hike to Glymur waterfall in Hvalfjordur fjord.  Read more .

Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes peninsula, Iceland © Shutterstock

Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes peninsula, Iceland © Shutterstock

  • Drive through beautiful fjords, fishing villages, and mountain passes.
  • Explore the majestic Dynjandi waterfall, an iconic Westfjords attraction.
  • Enjoy the scenic route through Arnarfjordur, Dyrafjordur, and Onundarfjordur.
  • Visit the stunning light-coloured beaches in the Southern Westfjords.
  • Explore the red-hued Raudasandur, home to a seal colony.
  • Discover the westernmost point of Iceland at Latrabjarg cliffs, known for bird watching and puffin photography.
  • Explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula dominated by the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano.
  • Visit the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall near Grundarfjordur.
  • Discover the diverse landscapes, including lava fields, rock formations, beaches, and wildlife.
  • Explore West Iceland, home to unique waterfalls and Europe's most powerful hot spring.
  • If time allows, visit Hvalfjordur fjord to hike to Glymur, Iceland's second-highest waterfall.
  • Drive to the airport for departure.

Mountain Stapafell in the background at Arnarstapi Village in summer sunny day in Iceland © takepicsforfun/Shutterstock

Mountain Stapafell in the background at Arnarstapi Village in summer sunny day in Iceland © takepicsforfun/Shutterstock

Prepare for your 5-day Iceland itinerary 

Meticulously curated by our local travel experts, each itinerary is a carefully crafted experience. Explore further details in our guide on the optimal time to visit Iceland , discover the best activities in the region, or find additional Iceland itineraries for inspiration.

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updated 30.01.2024


Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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