Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Personally i think just doing the south coast is enough ( days 1-4) but with added hikes and activities ( whale watching, waterfall hikes, secret lagoons, land cruiser trips into the interiors, boat trips int he glacier, glacier hike, volcano hikes etc). Spend 2 days at each place and explore rather than rush the whole ring road as it is allt he same after 3 ays. The north part is rugged and beautiful but you wont gain much.

Places we stayed at with the girls- Gerdi , Hofn / Welcome hotel, Vik/Glaesibaer guesthouse, Akureyi/Hofdi  cottages , Dalvik/Moar Guesthouse, Akranes.

Also I would not splurge out on accomodations as you will hardly be indoors and also the acco are usually of very high standards. Clean and simple.


Days 1-6

Days 1-9

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Day 1- Blue Lagoon

Total Driving Distance and Time: 21km, 22 mins

DAY 1- Reach airport, car hire and go straight to Blue Lagoon Spa ( saves time). Early morning or after 2 is better to avoid crowds. Buy tickets in advance.


Day 2- The Golden Circle: 

Total Driving Distance and Time: 165 km, 2.5 hours

Visit Gulfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir Park ( mid-Atlantic ridge) . 

Day 3- Reynisfjara black sand beach, Dyrholaey Arch, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss ( we went behind this waterfall )

Total Driving Distance and Time: 153km, 2 hours

All these places have been in the KJo – Dilwale 🙂

Day 4-Jokulsarlon, Glacier hike, Skaftafell waterfall ( where we got nearly kicked out!)

Total Driving Distance and Time: 140 km, 2 hours

Day 5-

Total Driving Distance and Time: 350 km, 4.75 hours (not including detours)

Longest day as it involves driving to the north west. Better not to stop for any detour unless you are really keen.

Day 6-Myvatn

Distance and Driving Time: 225 km, 3.5 hours

Myvatn town with its baths , Dettifoss waterfall ( missable place as you would have by now be fed up of waterfalls. So jsut relax and take it easy here)

Day 7- Akureyi

Distance and Driving Time: 140 km, 2 hours (not including the detour to Aldeyjarfoss)

Akureri, GodaFoss waterfall , whale watching

Day 8- Kirkjufell

Driving Time and Distance: 480 km, 6.5 hoursKirkjufell- supposedly the most photographed place in Iceland. I was not much impressed. Would personally not do this and go to reykjavik instad.

Day 9 – Reykjavik

2 days at least, it is a nice place, people usually overlook it. 

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