The Perfect 10 Day Iceland Itinerary: Planning an Iceland Road Trip

Winter, Autumn, Spring or Summer. No matter the season Iceland Itinerary should include an epic Iceland Road Trip.

From the North to the South, Iceland is filled with waterfalls, black beaches churches, mountains, hot springs and views that will make your jaw drop to the floor. It is no wonder that Iceland Itinerary’s are filling pinterest and stunning photos are stopping the Instagram scroll.

Whether you decide to take the whole 10 day Iceland Itinerary or choose to do parts of it, if this is your first time in Iceland, you cannot skip Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon, and the famous waterfalls in the South of Iceland.

With out further ado lets jump into the all of the tips, tricks and things to see and do in Iceland.

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When is the best time to visit Iceland?

Any time of year is the best time of year to visit Iceland!

The best time of year to visit Iceland depends on what you would like to see, and it might mean that you need to return to Iceland several times.

There are two main reasons people like to visit Iceland, for the Orcas and the Northern Lights. If you would like the chance to see both during your visit you want to travel to Iceland in late September.

Whale watching season is between May and September and the Northern Lights start to dance across the sky from September until April.

The famous midnight sun happens during the height of summer. Summer brings the long long days and the warmer weather. Through out summer there are plenty of festivals to keep you entertained as well.

If you are planning on hiking in Iceland you will want to visit in the summer as the dry weather allows for the best hiking.

Autumn is also a beautiful time of year to visit Iceland with the gorgeous leaves changing colours.

How much time do you need in Iceland?

For many travellers flying from the United States to Europe, they are able to add on a free stop over in Reykjavik. However, Iceland is such an amazing country that it really deserves more than a 24-48 hour stop over.

If you are really restricted by time I suggest taking at least four days to see Reykjavik and the South of Iceland. 10 full days will allow you to drive the entire Iceland ring road and if you are lucky enough to have 14 – 20 days you can really dig deep into Iceland see most of the main sites this gorgeous country has to offer.

The 10 day Itinerary does not cover the entire ring road itinerary but it will allow you to see a large portion of what Iceland has to offer.

How to travel around Iceland

Depending on the time of year you are visiting Iceland your mode of transport might change. When deciding on how to travel around Iceland just remember in winter Iceland experiences a lot of snow.

Group Tour

Group tours have become very popular in Iceland and they are a fantastic option if you don’t feel comfortable driving, or if you just don’t want to hire a car. Throughout the road trip itinerary below, I will provide some suggestions for tours that you might want to look into.

Camper Van

Van life has become a super popular way to travel around Iceland. Hiring a van can make Iceland a more affordable way to see Iceland. You can cook “at home” and your transport and accommodation is all rolled into one.

Depending on the size and type, one week in a motorhome/camper van for up to three people will cost around 500.

Rental Car

Finally, hiring a rental car is another option. If you’re not sure about living in a van and you’d rather stay in hotels along the way, then hiring a car is the option for you.

When travelling around Iceland in summer you might want to stop off at camp grounds but if you are travelling in winter, I recommend booking hotels.

If you hire a rental car you are not limited to the stops the tour groups visit and you can visit the popular stops in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Stops on your Iceland Itinerary

Below is an example Iceland Itinerary. If you are making your own way around Iceland you may choose to add to the itinerary or remove things depending on your preferences for your trip.

Day 1 – 2: Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon

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A bridge crossing the blue lagoon in Iceland

There are so many stunning places to visit in Iceland. As you drive around the Island you will find picture opportunity around every corner.

While most people will tell you that the Blue Lagoon is too touristy it is still one place you must visit what you holiday in Iceland.

The Blue Lagoon is a man-made lagoon with the warm water in it supplied by the Geothermal power plant that is nearby.

While there are many natural geothermal pools around Iceland this one is the best if you are not confident in the water, travelling Iceland with kids or on a tour.

The pools are manned by lifeguards (although it is funny to see them in full winter gear as they patrol the pools!) and there are rules that have to be followed if you are entering the pools with children. 

At the Blue Lagoon, you will find change rooms for men and women as well as some family changing rooms as well.  The rules like showering before you enter, floaties for kids and what to do after you have finished in the pools are all listing in the rooms and are explained to you when you arrive.

You can also stay at the Blue Lagoon in its luxury hotel, eat a meal at the fine restaurant or you can just swim and go. If you are wanting to take good pictures in the Lagoon you will need a waterproof camera or you will need a waterproof phone cover.

Take your time to get them and make sure you don’t leave them unattended on the side of the pools. One thing that is great fun is to get a slushy or a drink at the swim-up bar. Also if you are travelling in Iceland in winter get to the Blue Lagoon in the dark and watch the sunrise over the pools. This can be as late as 10 am so you do have plenty of time!

To get to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik you can go on a guided tour that takes you there and brings you back to Reykjavik, you can hire a car and drive yourself out there. There are limited public transport options and none of them will get you directly there, unfortunately. 

Reykjavik

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A view over the colourful city of Reykjavik with the ocean and snow covered mountains in the background.

Reykjavik is the beautiful capital of Iceland, but it’s not as you’d expect. The city isn’t overcrowded, or full of high rise skyscrapers, rather it’s quaint, charming, and very beautiful!

There’s lots to see and do in this city, and it’s an easy place to visit if you’re flying into Reykjavik airport. It’s a good spot to visit to start or end an Iceland road trip. One of the highlights of the city is the Hallgrimskirkja.

This beautiful cathedral is not only stunning from the outside and a very popular picture point in the city, but if you go to the top, you’ll enjoy stunning views across the entire city. If you’re interested in museums, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s the Maritime Museum, Art Museum, and the extremely unique Icelandic Phallological Museum.

Hallgrimskirkja cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

If you’re looking for great food and drinks, head down to Laugavegur (one of the oldest shopping streets) and you’ll have a wide range of bars and restaurants.

Reykjavik is a great place to visit year-round, but if you want to experience the midnight sun, then June to August is the best time, or if you want to experience the snow sparkle, which turns Reykjavik into a very romantic destination, then visit October through to late April. 

Where to stay in Reykjavik

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great accommodation in the city, but one recommendation is CenterHotel Plaza which is located perfectly for exploring the city, offers beautiful views and it’s competitively priced! 

Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Only a couple of hours from Reykjavik The Snæfellsnes Peninsula brings you dramatic landscapes. The National Park at the western tip of the Peninsla, you will find the Snæfellsjökull Volcano, which is topped by a glacier.

Hraunfossar Waterfalls

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Waterfalls flowing down the side of a cliff

Hraunfossar Waterfalls is a relatively small yet overly beautiful waterfall in Borgarfjörður, the west of Iceland, that looks absolutely beautiful and is easily accessible at any time of the year. 

You can get there by car or guided tours and see one of the most unique waterfalls in the country. It is just about 120km from Reykjavik and you can park your car at the parking spot and just have to walk for a few meters – and you will see it. There is no hiking required, no long walk to see this small waterfall.

Hraunfossar consists of several springs emerging under the edge of the lava field Hallmundarhraun

The water is from Langjökull Glacier which the second-largest glacier in Iceland (and which also feeds Gullfoss waterfall). The watercolor is quite unique but its most unique feature is its width – it is almost 1000 meters wide. The width and the watercolor make Hraunfoosar a must-see.

And Barnafoss..well, it is just next to Hraunfossar, so why not visit it, too? It is less spectacular but still interesting to see.

There is not that much to do and see around Hraunfossar – you can do some walks around but most paths are closed (please respect it). It will not take much of your time so you can also visit a lava cave (Raufarhólshellir) or visit the hot pools of Húsafell Hotel in the area.

Best time to visit: Hraunfossar looks incredible in summer and winter but the watercolor can change. After rainy days, Hraunfossar does not look as clear and beautiful.

Buðir

A black church in the middle of heather

Buðir, or the black church, is located on the South coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is one of three black churches in Iceland. The churches are black to help protect them from the harsh Icelandic elements.

The black church is very easy to access and can be seen from quite a way away. It is spot favoured by photographs due to the land scape a the minimalistic church in the middle of the rugged landscape.

Due to the remote location, the Black church is a beautiful places to see the Northern Lights if you are visiting during winter!

Svortuloft Light House

An orange light house at the end of a boardwalk

Kirkjufell

An arrow shaped mountain with waterfalls in the foreground

Kirkjufell is claimed to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. The mountain climbs to 463meters and is near the town of Grundarfjörður. Its unique arrow shape, remote landscape, costal location and beautiful waterfalls makes it a photographers dream.

When visiting Kirkjufell, park in the small car park near by and take the short walk up to the viewpoint. If it looks recognizable to you, you may have seen it in Game of Thrones.

Where to stay on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Hotel Husafell is a popular and quite luxurious hotel in the area that is probably the best choice to stay at.

Best Tours to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula on a small-group tour from Reykjavik. Take a walk along the coast in the village of Arnarstapi, find perfect views of Snæfellsjökull, and visit black pearl beaches at the edge of the peninsula. The tour provides pickups and drop-off at hotels that are in the center of Reykjavik.

Day 3: Drive to North Iceland

Prepare yourself for a long day as you head to the North of Iceland. The drive to Akureyri will take you around 5 hours not including any stops you make along the way. I suggest allowing yourself the whole day to get to Akureyri.

Spend the afternoon exploring Akureyri and spend the night before some more adventures tomorrow.

Where to stay in Akureyri

Akureyri is filled with beautiful boutique hotels so you will not have a hard time finding a cute place to stay.

Hrafninn Guesthouse is a family run guesthouse. Hrafninn has 12 rooms in total and located right in the center of Akureyri. 

Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi is located just south of Akureyri and has stunning views of the fjords. The rooms have classic décor but a modern feel and if you’re super lucky, you cn view the Northern Lights while sitting in the outdoor hot tub.

Day 4: Goðafoss

Goðafoss Waterfall

The Goðafoss in Iceland

One of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland is Goðafoss. The waterfall known as the “waterfall of the gods” is located just off the ring road.

Goðafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and is fed by the river Skjálfandafljót. The river flows in a 7000 year old lava field from the Trölladyngja volcano. The water falls from a height of 12 metres over a width of 30 metres.

You can views the falls from both sides of the river, allow an hour or two to explore the falls.

In the afternoon, go whale watching in Húsavík. Húsavík is one of the best places for whale watching in Iceland. Take a tour on a traditional Icelandic oak boat to explore the natural home of the whales.

A wooden church behind the harbour in Húsavík

Before heading on to Myvtan for the night, check out the wooden church in Húsavík. The church was built in 1917.

Where to stay in Myvtan

There are several hotels and guesthouses around this area, and one of the best options is the Hotel Laxa.

Day 5: Myvtan

Myvtan Geothermal Area

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Myvatan Geothermal Area in Iceland

The land of fire and ice is full of surprises and an amazing country to visit and explore.

One of the best places to visit and that anyone should include in any Iceland Itinerary is the Myvtan Geothermal Area.

Located in the North of Iceland, approximately 6-hour drive from Reykjavik, the Myvatan Geothermal Area has 36.5 square kilometers, here you can find incredible geological features, and a wealth of flora and fauna.

Start by visiting the pseudocraters, with stunning views with a mix of color and formation. Walk around the Myvatn Lake and loop around the small lake Stakhostjorn for outstanding views of this area. Just across from the Lake Myvatn, visit the Hverir Geothermal fields, an area filled with boiling mud pits fumes of smoke and strong smells of sulfur, with opportunities for stunning photography of this picturesque attraction.

If you are looking to relax while enjoying the views, visit the Myvatn Nature Bath, where the blue water pools face the geothermal landscape, and the temperature of the water is perfect, around 40C all year long.

Day 6: Heading South

Gjáin

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A waterfall in Iceland flowing over moss covered rocks

Step away from the popular tourist destinations in Iceland and step into a secret fairytale oasis called Gjáin. Located in the Þjórsárdalur valley, about 1-hour from the Golden Circle, Gjáin is tucked away off route 32.

Route 327 is best traveled by a 4WD vehicle, but with some walking it is possible to visit Gjáin without a 4WD vehicle. While traveling to Gjáin, it may seem like you are going in the wrong direction, but after some time you are greeted with a green, lush landscape dotted with small waterfalls. 

Follow the small path that descends into the fairytale land. Walk around the area to discover all the waterfalls, pools, and green landscapes everywhere.

Look for a small cave that seems to be home to small Icelandic fairies. Gjáin is an oasis so different from its surrounding landscape, it’s easy to believe this is the most beautiful place in Iceland. To make the most of your visit, plan ahead and pack a picnic lunch. Plan time simply to relax and take in the beauty.

Since this spot is off of the main tourist route, it is likely to enjoy the place completely alone and uninterrupted. This makes Gjáin a photographer’s dream! 

Where to stay in Gjáin

There are no local accommodations to Gjáin, but after a 45-minute drive back toward the Golden Circle, you can stay at the unique Klettar Tower. This guesthouse looks like a lighthouse and offers amazing views of the surrounding areas. 

Day 7: Golden Circle

Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir National Park)

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The rocks at the Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park in Iceland is one of a must-include stops on any Icelandic trip. It’s less than 50 km from the capital city and it’s well worth the short drive.

The park’s nature is amazing, and we must realize how important this place is in Iceland’s history. This park is the place where the Icelanders gathered from the 10th to the 18th century and created their Parliament. The remains from the ancient buildings are still visible.  

Another important fact about this national park and historic site is that this is the area where two continental plates meet. In fact, they separate from each other. The rift is clearly visible, and visitors can walk on a pathway that is between these two plates. Every year the plates move away from each other a tiny bit.

Thingvellir National Park is a favourite destination of divers who love to explore unique places. Divers can submerge in two areas of the rift and literally swim between two different continents. The water is clear, cold and the experience extraordinary.

Save several hours for visiting this park. The vast volcanic planes of rugged rocky terrain are picturesque and a pleasure to explore on foot. The pathways will lead you along lakes, gorges, and waterfalls.

Geysir

The great geysir erupting in Iceland

The Geysir also known as the Great Geysir is a must see on the Golden Circle. The geysir erupts every five to ten minutes and rises up to 40 meters in the air.

When choosing your viewing spot, don’t get too close to the Geysir as the water is boiling!

The area surrounding the Geysir there are plenty of cafes and shops. This makes for a great food break on your Golden Circle Itinerary.

Gull Foss Waterfall

The two tier waterfall at Gull Foss Waterfall

Gullfoss is a huge 2 step waterfalls with many viewing points around the waterfall. The upper level of the water is 11 meters high and lower level has a drop of 21 meters down to the Hvítá river.

Gull Foss means golden water falls and these falls are fed by the melting Lángjökull glacier. When you arrive at the waterfalls your will know why it is called the Golden Water Falls.

Be prepared for the large crowds at the waterfall and the ground is very slippery.

Kerid Crater

Aquamarine water in Kerid Crater

To escape the crowds of the Golden Circle, you need to head to the Kerid Crater. The bright blue/green waters offset the red walls of the crater.

Whilst the crater is 3,000 years old it is considered to be a young crater in Iceland as many of the other craters around the country are thought to be 6,000 – 7,000 years old.

Despite being on the best things to do in Iceland, it is located on private property. You will be charged a 400 ISK entrance fee to access the crater. Once you have parked your car you will have a short walk to reach the crater.

Golden Circle Tours

Make most the of the Golden Circle with an 11 hour tour from Reykjavik that takes you around the Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and the Blue Lagoon. The tour is a small group tour with a maximum of 19 travellers.

If you are staying in the center of Reykjavik the tour will pick you and drop you off at your hotel. If you would like to visit the Blue Lagoon you will need to bring swimmers and a towel (or though you can hire one from the Blue Lagoon) and you will need to pay your own entrance fee.

Day 8: South Iceland

Vik

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Reynisdrangar rock formations in Vik, Iceland

Popular for its black sand beaches and Game of Thrones locations, Vik is the southernmost village located in Iceland.

What makes Vik even more interesting is that it is very close, about 30 minutes or so from the abandoned and uber famous remains of an air crash and the Katla volcano.

The proximity to the volcano makes it a destination one should include on  your Iceland Itinerary, as in the event of an eruption, the Reyniskirkja Church that stands atop a tiny hill in Vik would apparently be the only part of the city that would survive.

It’s best to drive to Vik after renting a car, and it takes about 4 hours from Reykjavik to get here.

The Reynisdrangar rock formations present in the sea can be seen from Reynisfjara beach with innumerable black basalt columns, the cliffs of Reynisfjall mountain that are home to numerous birds like puffins, Dyrholaey arch are some of the things that you can visit while in Vik.

You can also enjoy some good traditional food while you’re here and even go for a beer tasting in the city.

If you plan an overnight trip, you can plan to spend a day at Skogafoss which is just 30 minutes away. Vik Cottages are a great option for lodging in Vik.

Dyrhólaey Lighthouse and Arch

The castle looking lighthouse at Dyrhólaey

One a clear day the views go for miles and if you are lucky, you might be able to spot a puffin.

The lighthouse was established in 1910 and was completed in 1927 and provides views of the Arch and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Light house guides ships already coast with its light that shines every ten seconds.

It is recommend that you use a 4WD as the road can be very slippery if the weather is wet.

The Dyrhólaey Arch

Dyrhólaey means the hill island with the door hole.

Sólheimajökull Glacier

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An image Sólheimajökull Glacier in font of a green cliff in Iceland

Sólheimajökull glacier is located in south Iceland, just over 2 hours drive from Reykjavík and almost halfway between the capital and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The small village of Vík is only 30-minutes from Sólheimajökull glacier and the HI hostel there is a convenient and relatively affordable base.  

Icelandic Mountain Guides runs several informative and exciting tours on Sólheimajökull glacier including glacier walks, ice climbing and kayaking. Prices range from 10,490 ISK for a short family-friendly walk, to 127,000 ISK for a glacier walk and ice climbing experience. Most of the walking tours are available all year, while kayaking is only possible in the summer months. 

As you can imagine, you need to dress appropriately for the weather – warm layers and waterproofs are particularly important, and whatever you do, don’t wear jeans! If you don’t have the right kind of walking boots, you can rent a pair from Icelandic Mountain Guides

Depending on the route you take, you may be able to peer down ice caverns and peak into crevices, all while learning about the geography of the glacier and how it was formed. If you choose the ice climbing tour, you’ll have the chance to try out your new skills on one of the glacier’s ice walls, a distinctive feature of Sólheimajökull. 

A glacier tour is a once in a lifetime experience and it’s also an opportunity to see the effects of climate change firsthand, as Sólheimajökull glacier is, unfortunately, receding every year. 

To make a day of it, why not visit Reynisfjara black sand beach on the way to or from Sólheimajökull? You could then spend another night in Vík before heading further along the south coast to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and beyond.

Skogafoss Waterfall

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Travellers observing the Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland

Your Iceland itinerary would not be complete without visiting Iceland’s biggest and baddest waterfall – Skogafoss. 

Measuring 60 meters in height and 25 meters in depth, Skogafoss stands proudly dominating the surrounding landscape. The waterfall originates from River Skoga with many more smaller waterfalls, and it’s part of the post glacier landscape. 

The waterfall produces lots of spray, so you won’t be able to come very close unless you don’t mind getting drenched. On a sunny day, the spray creates a beautiful rainbow.

On the right side of the waterfall, you will find a steep path with over 500 steps leading to a viewing platform. The track is well worth climbing because the view from the platform is stunning.  

You not only will be able to see fierce waters of Skogafoss crushing down from very close, but also the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape, including the sea.  If you’re planning to take photos, early morning light will be best, and to get the smoothness of the water, shoot in slow shutter. 

The best time to visit Skogafoss is just after sunrise when the sun rays glisten in its waters. The waterfall is 2 hours drive east from Reykjavik, which is a great destination for a city break in Europe.  On the way to Skogafoss, you can stop and see another beautiful waterfall called Gullfoss.

The entrance to see the waterfall is free of charge. Stay in Hotel Skogafoss situated in the local village Skogar.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

A cave looking out onto a waterfall with the sunsetting in the background

After leaving Vik, the first stop is another famous waterfall called Seljalandsfoss. Seljalandsfoss is located on route 1 Iceland. The water is magnificent and reaches 60 meters tall. The waterfall is fed from the Seljalands River.

One of the most unique things about the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is that you can walk behind the waterfall and take in the views surrounding the waterfall with the water flowing in front of you.

If you plan on walking behind the waterfall make sure you have proper shoes on as the ground is slippery and a raincoat as you are likely to get drenched!! Be aware that during the winter months you cannot go behind the waterfall as they close the path because it becomes too dangerous.

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Gljúfrabúi is next to Seljalandsfoss waterfall and is a lot less crowded. Gljúfrabúi is slightly lower at 40meters high and hidden behind a large cliff wall and is well worth a visit.

The Best South Iceland Tours

Discover the scenery of southern Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Explore the lava fields, icebergs, and glacier lakes as you visit the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Admire the black-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations of Vik, as well as the mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

Day 9: South East Iceland

Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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The icebergs on the beach at Diamond beach

The Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon are located on the south coast of Iceland between Höfn and Vík.  They are right on the ring road and are either side of the bridge that crosses the Jökulsá á Breiðamerkursandi river.  Both the lagoon and the beach have large parking areas and are clearly signposted from the ring road.

The glacial lagoon is filled with ice blocks from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier which can be seen in the distance behind the lagoon.  The icebergs are a range of colours from deep blue to humbug stripes of black and white.  The black is layers of ash within the glacier.  The lagoon has a walk along the edge and if you want to get closer then it is possible to take a boat ride out into the lagoon.

On the seaward side of the main road there is access to the beach.  Depending on the wind conditions and the tide this will have varying degrees of ice.  This could be a small collections of tiny pieces of ice or a whole beach covered large chunks of ice.  It really is luck as to what is there when you visit.   The ice stretches all along the beach so take time to walk away from the parking area and the crowds and explore on your own.

If you want a quieter location then there are a number of other glacial lagoons which are less visited including Fjallsárlón which has smaller boat tours out into the lagoon.

The icebergs on the beach at Diamond beach

As with other beaches in Iceland you need to be aware of the tides and waves which can wash you off your feet.  You should not climb on the ice as falling is a possibility and this area is a long way from help.

The beach is perfect for sunrise when the ice glistens in the morning sun.  The glacial lagoon looks particularly stunning at night and in the winter months is a fantastic location to view the northern lights.

If you want to stay nearby then the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is close and allows you more time to visit the beach and lagoon

Best Diamond Beach Tours

Discover southern Iceland and take a cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsarlon Lagoon on this scenic day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, trace Iceland’s spectacular south coast, a canvas of towering mountains, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell, and learn about the area’s geology and then go behind the cascading water at Seljalandfoss waterfall.

Day 10: Drive back to Reykjavik

Day 10 will take you back along the south coast to Reykjavik. The drive back to the capital will take around four and a half hours. Of course, this does not include stops or breaks. The coast is quite picturesque, so be prepared for a photo stops!

Other things to do in Iceland

If you are lucky enough to be in Iceland for more than 10 days here are some other places to visit in Iceland.

Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck

An abandoned plane crash on a black beach Iceland

The Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck is the remains of a 1973 US Navy DC plane that crashed on the Black sand.

The walk to the plane wreck is about 8km round trip along the beach. It is an easy but very uneventful walk to the plane wreck.

It is not recommended to walk to the plane wreck when it is snowing so check the weather ahead of time.

Sigöldugljúfur

The wall of waterfalls from Sigöldugljúfur with mountains in the back ground

Sigöldugljúfur is canyon with a wall of water falls. This located in the highlands of Iceland around two hours drive east of Reykjavík and is very unknown to many visitors to Iceland.

So if you like getting off the beaten path then Sigöldugljúfur is a must for you.

Diving at Silfra

Silfra is a rift that was formed by a divergent tectonic boundary between the American and Eurasian plates. The rift was formed in 1789 and ever since the plates have drifted further away from each other by 2cms a year.

For many travellers diving at Silfra is a big bucket list item in Iceland.

Tips for Travelling around Iceland

  1. The currency is the Icelandic Króna (ISK)
  2. Iceland is very expensive. If you are travelling on a budget, shop at the super market and cook at home.
  3. Pack layers! Even in the summer it is not as warm as you would expect, so dress warmly.
  4. It is legal to drive off road so stick to the roads and follow all the signs
  5. There are plenty of speed cameras on the roads so make sure you stick to the speed limit.
  6. Iceland is super popoular so book all accommodation and tours in advance
  7. If you want to go swimming do you research!! Many of the hot springs are too hot swim in and the water falls are too cold

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Have you been to Iceland? What have I missed on the Iceland Itinerary? Let me know in the comments below

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Tours: While I prefer to travel independently, I do love doing some tours once I’m in a destination. It is a great way to find out history, hidden gems, taste local food and get a local insight into your destination. I always use Viator to book my tours.

Train Travel: If you are planning on taking the train in Europe, I cannot recommend the Eurail enough! Check out The Ultimate Guide to the Eurail Pass to find out why

Car Hire: Planning an epic road trip across the US or through Europe, or anywhere! Check out Europcar, they are my go to for car hire all over the world!

Luggage Storage: Some times when we are travelling our check in and check out times don’t match with our departure times so we have to put our luggage into storage. Stasher Luggage Storage is the biggest Luggage Storage Network across the UK, France and Germany

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  1. This is a great itinerary and very detailed which I love. We spent 5 days in Iceland in May so didn’t have enough time to see all of the places you listed. Looks like another trip is in order!

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