Before going to Iceland I would recommend to plan out your trip and know what you want to see and do. Why? Because Iceland is so beautiful and there is numerous places to stop to visit. Be aware of the time frame you have, know how long the drive is and weather conditions! We went in late September early October and it was cold and windy but we still got some sun.
ICELAND ROUTE GUIDE (10 DAYS)
Day 1: Arrival
We arrived to Iceland in the morning and rented our car through Hertz because it was a reasonable price with a well known company. I guess everyone had the same thought because the line took about an hour to get our car.
Tip: We did not rent a 4×4 car and we were fine just stay on the F- Roads.Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar Island
If you have time I would highly recommend visiting this island because it is a little less touristy. It’s a small village full of colorful houses and farmlands all around. There are two volcanoes you can hike and get an epic view of Eyjafjallajökull! If you go in the warmer months you can spot local Puffins.
Tip: Check the weather conditions because they will cancel if the waves are too high. Day 3: Hoffel
This was when we did the most driving because we went from the west to the south coast. Our ferry from Vestmannaeyjar Island was delayed a couple of hours because of wind conditions. We ended up driving into the night but that’s okay! We moved things around and we got to do everything we still wanted!
Tip: If unfortunately you have a delay or travel issues don’t freak out just try to solve the problem and still enjoy your time there!
Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacier & Dimond Beach
We woke up the for first snow fall of the season and that was pure magic. We had booked a glacier tour were we got up close and personal to many glaciers and we also got to taste a part of one! On the other side of the road is Diamond Beach were parts of broken glaciers are heading out to the sea or washed out to the shore.Day 5: Svartifoss & Fjaðrárgljúfur
This waterfall is a fun hike to stretch out from all the driving! The hike is about 1.5 kilometers and you’ll see some smaller waterfalls along the trail. Next stop, Fjaðrárgljúfur the famous canyon from Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” music video. Unfortunately, because of it’s popularity most of the viewing spots are closed now and you have to stick to a trail.Day 6: Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, Skógafoss & Seljavellir Geothermal Pool
In 1973 this plane ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing and thankfully everyone survived. Now many tourist make it a prime destination to visit. To get to the famous plane wreck you have to hike 4km from the main road. Don’t worry it’ not a hard hike it’s just a long hike.
Day 7: Seljalandsfoss & Golden Circle
If you go to Iceland and you only have a short amount of time, I would highly recommend driving the Golden Circle. There are different spots with unbelievable views not far from each other. You will see waterfalls, hot springs, geyser and a crater all within the loop!Day 8 & 9: Reykjavik
We spent 2 days exploring this iconic city where you’ll find many museums, restaurants, swimming pools, shopping districts and a wild night life. We loved grabbing hot dogs from the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand and then going to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral for the highest viewing point of Reykjavik. Day 10: Blue Lagoon
The last day we wanted to just relax and enjoy the famous hot springs and that was the perfect way to end our adventure in Iceland. I would recommend just doing the basic price and going close to sunset.
Tip: Book your tickets at least 2 months in advance because they tend to sell out. MY ICELAND ROUTE
I laid out a map of the route we took while road tripping Iceland. You can always tailor it to what you want to see! What are you the most excited about seeing in Iceland? What are some of your favorite spots? Tell me more!