7 day Iceland Itinerary Aldeyjarfoss

The Ultimate 7 Days in Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Iceland is a travel hot spot for good reason – it’s magnificent! On this 7 day Iceland itinerary you’ll be blown away by the sheer volume of amazing thing things to see and do.

From the modern town of Reykjavik to the famous black sand beaches near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland is an island of wonders. An Iceland Road Trip is the best way to see all the coolest things.

This Iceland Ring Road Itinerary is set up for 7 days in Iceland but we’ve made notes on the best places to add more time so you can easily adjust it to 10 days or 2 weeks.

Visiting Iceland is a trip of a lifetime that deserves a top spot on your European Bucket List.

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Planning your trip to Iceland last minute? Here are the tours and hotels we recommend. The 12 Best Boutique Hotels in Reykjavik and the Coolest Hotels in Iceland around the Ring Road will also be very helpful planning your trip.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary

Weather and Best Time to Go to Iceland

Iceland travel offers different experiences year round. While summer is the most popular time to go, don’t write off spring and fall, especially if you want to see the Northern lights.

The shortest day of the year, December 21 has 4 hours of daylight and the longest, June 20 has 21 hours but the 3 hours of supposed darkness is more like daylight on a cloudy day.


  • Daylight Hours – Summer is a perfect time to visit for midnight sun. You will be able to do so many things per day with the extra daylight hours. We often didn’t check into a hotel until 10 or 11pm. Personally I loved all the daylight hours but we often forgot to eat before restaurants closed and ended up eating at the gas station/mini mart more times than I care to admit. We also had to wait up until midnight for a sunset photo.
  • Weather is a mild and pleasant 50-65°F. Although the weather is warm for Iceland, you will still need a warm clothes. See the packing list below.
  • Prices – The Iceland trip cost is higher in summer and you’ll need to book the coolest Iceland hotels early due to the big summer crowds.
  • Icelandic Highlands – You will have access to multiple areas including Landmannalaugar. Enjoy incredible hikes and a true experience in Iceland’s wilderness. The driving routes are usually open from late June to mid September.

Fall and Spring

  • Northern Lights – Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights. October through March are the best times to see them. If you are going for Northern lights, check the predictions before you book your flights. Also, plan to stay at least 4 nights to improve your chances of seeing them.
  • Ice Cave Tour – The crazy cool experience of going into ice caves happens when it’s safe (basically not summer).
  • Sunrises and sunsets – you will get to enjoy more dramatic sunrises and sunsets and they will happen at times that are easy to manage with your sleep schedule.
  • Prices – This is the time to get a better deal. It’s also a much nicer time to see things without tour busses.
  • Weather – As you can imagine, the weather will be cold but most of the places you will visit are near the sea and that helps to regulate the temperature. You can expect the coldest Iceland winter temps to average 35°F. Fall and spring 40-50°F with fall being the wettest.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Around the Ring Road

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Reykjavík Rooftops

7 Days in Iceland Starting Point: Reykjavik

Reykjavik, is a perfect starting point for your first or last night. Walk around and acquaint yourself with this charming, walkable town filled with bright rooftops and Scandinavian design.

There are terrific restaurants. You’ll also find cute shops, a nice museum and Hallgrimskirkja church like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Reykjavik is known for it’s nightlife and trendy bar scene. If you love a good party, pack accordingly. During the summer months, there are festivals and other fun events like the Secret Solstice, also known as The Midnight Sun Festival.

I didn’t count this as a day on our Iceland Ring Road itinerary because we just used it as time to arrive and get oriented for our trip.

Our flight to Keflavik International Airport landed at 2pm. We rented a car and went to the grocery store by the airport.

Then drove to our hotel for the night Reykjavik Marina – Berjaya Iceland Hotels. The hotel was so artsy and fun with the most comfortable room and was walking distance to everything.

While this town is somewhat expensive, you can also manage Reykjavik on a budget. If you only have time for a long weekend in Iceland, Reykjavik is the place to stay.


Hallgrimskirkja & Downtown Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja church is one of the tallest buildings in Reykjavik at 244 feet and has an incredible view of the city.

You can go inside and take an elevator to the top for the incredible view of Reykjavik. The ticket price is 1,200 ISK (9 USD) for adults and less than $2 for kids 7-16.

The iconic church, with a design that is a nod to the basalt column landscapes of Iceland, also has religious services and concerts that you can attend.

Since it sits right at the top of the main shopping area, you can walk around to check out the cute shops or grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants.

We had a fantastic dinner at Caruso, a cozy Italian restaurant in a historic building. Another, more casual option, is Baejarins Beztu Pylsur famous hot dog stand.

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall hosts the Icelandic Symphony and Opera in addition to other events.

Definitely check the event schedule while you are in Reykjavik to see if there is something you would enjoy.

Regardless, it’s worth a visit to see the interesting architecture and you can take a guided tour of the building.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

Day 1: The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a Highlight of an Iceland Road Trip

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a fantastic place to see on a tour of the Iceland Ring Road but it is also a good Reykjavik day trip.

if you have an extra day and need something to do. We took a private photo tour of the area with Bragi from Arctic Shots. It was expensive but worth it if you are trying to learn photography.

You can easily tour by yourself using the stops we mention below or take this popular and much more affordable Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour.

The best parts about this area aside from it’s beauty, is the close proximity to Reykjavik (about an hour) and the lack of tourists.

Our day started out with seeing the best cows ever. Iceland provides a sensational opportunity to interact with animals. You will literally see animals like cows, sheep and Icelandic horses everywhere.

If you decide to pull over to interact with them, make sure you are legally pulling over onto the side of the road.

We saw people stopping in the middle of the highway, which apparently happens often and will get you a ticket. Not to mention that it’s dangerous.

The other interesting thing we saw were a lot of farms with bales of hay rolled up in plastic covers.

At first we saw huge white rolls and then we saw pink ones that raise awareness for breast cancer. They look so pretty dotting the landscape.

Iceland Itinerary Black Church

Búðakirkja – the Famous Black Church

This is a pretty stop for photos but it’s not the most interesting thing you will see in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Don’t stop for too long because there is so much to see on this day.

Londrangar Iceland West Coast


The expansive coastline is incredibly beautiful with black and white sand beaches. Londrangar, shown above, is an area with basalt cliffs and pillars.

When you get off the road, there is a parking area and then a walking path to the viewpoint. You can leisurely explore the area on foot.

Those taking photos might catch some cool wildlife with a big telephoto lens.


This black pebble beach is such a nice place to stop. From the parking area, you take a short walk through a lava field where you’ll find a small lake.

The beach is full of these black pebbles and remnants of a ship wreck that have surprisingly lasted on this beach since 1947. They are the rusty colored shards in the photo above.

You will also see the Lifting Stones, 4 large rocks that fishermen would use to test their strength.

If you want to test your own strength they weigh 154kg, 100kg, 54kg and 23kg.

One word of caution, this is not a good place to swim in the ocean. Fatal accidents have occurred and you will see warning signs posted.

Iceland Puffins

Puffins & Svortuloft Lighthouse

It’s very exciting when you get a chance to see puffins. There’s something about them that is so cool.  

Puffins are typically found in the Westfjords but we were lucky to find some right by Svortuloft lighthouse.

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is part of West Iceland so I’m sure it’s not unheard of to find them where we did. Keep an eye out and you might get lucky too.

Svortuloft lighthouse

I love the bright colors in Iceland like the Svortuloft lighthouse. The cheery colors probably help in the dead of winter.

There is another smaller orange lighthouse nearby. We got super lucky to see puffins here.

Kirkjufell Mountain

Kirkjufell Mountain

Kirkjufell mountain is definitely one of the most photographed spots in Iceland and exciting to see in person.

We arrived around 7pm and were happy to find it completely empty. You can hop out and just quickly see the area or take some time and explore.

To get the photo that everyone loves, you need to walk from the car park up towards the waterfalls. There is a bridge to cross over and walk down.

Iceland ring road sunset at midnight

Midnight Sunset

We left our guide Bragi around 9pm. It was a LONG sightseeing day. We got food at the gas station in Borgarnes.

It’s not ideal to eat at the gas station, I know, but the Snaefellsnes peninsula is a long day trip.

You could easily plan a 2 day itinerary for this area if you really want to explore.

Our day ended with us trying to find our bed and breakfast under the spectacularly beautiful setting sun at midnight.

Many people love Guesthouse Hvítá but we didn’t realize we were getting a shared bathroom (whoops). By the time we booked, everything was sold out so we were happy to find accommodations.

If you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay with the nicest hosts, it’s lovely to get some time out in the country where they are located.

West Iceland

Best Places to Stay in West Iceland

  • Fosshótel Reykholt – Great location for a Ring Road trip because it’s close to the highway and many West Iceland attractions.
  • Hotel Hamar – Set on the outskirts of town, the comfortable Scandinavian styled rooms have beautiful countryside views. The hotel has a great restaurant, golf course, pool, sauna, jacuzzi and aurora wake up calls to see the Northern Lights.
Iceland road trip

Day 2: Akureyri, Northern Iceland Itinerary

Day 3 was the beginning of our first big drive on the Iceland Ring Road. The road conditions are amazing and it feels like an open invitation to experience this wondrous country. Driving from the Snaefellsnes peninsula to Akureyri.

Northern Iceland landscapes

While there are not towns to visit along the way, you will often want to take pictures during this 3.5 hour drive. Other than the somewhat long drive, we didn’t make any big stops so we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy Akureyri.


The delightful town of Akureyri is the second largest city in Iceland and a great place to stay for the night.

There are plenty of things to do in Northern Iceland but if you are just in Akureyri as a stopping point on the ring road, my advice is to walk around and enjoy.

Start your day with a yummy breakfast at Kaffi Ilmur, a little yellow house perched on a hill.

From there you can make your way up to Akureyrarkirkja church stopping at the cute shops along the way.

Continue on your walk to the Akureyri Botanical Garden. There have the prettiest flowers. Head back towards town and stop for lunch at Akureyri Fish & Chips.

For the afternoon, take advantage of Akureyri’s position on the Eyjafjörður Fjord, and take a 3 hour whale watching tour.

If you are a nut like me and want to actually venture into the Arctic Circle, you can catch a flight from Akureyri airport to Grimsey Island, where you can go for a day tour to see oodles of puffins.

You can also get to Grimsey Island by 3 hour ferry from the town of Dalvik, which is a 40 minute car ride.

Where to Stay in Akureyri

Iceland Waterfalls

Day 3: Northern Iceland Waterfalls and Adding to Your 7 Days in Iceland

We decided to spend day 3 seeing all the amazing natural sights of Northern Iceland and working our way to Egilsstaðir, East Iceland for night 3.

The drive from Akureyri to Egilsstaðir is 3.5 hours. We took detours off the road to see Aldeyjarfoss, Detifoss and Selfoss.

The detours added 3 hours to the drive time not including time to get out and explore.

Iceland itinerary Godafoss

Goðafoss Waterfall

Goðafoss waterfall is breathtaking and huge. All my photos only show a small part of the waterfall but I found this beautiful shot of Godafoss with snow.

This was also the most crowded spot we visited in Northern Iceland probably because it’s right off the Ring Road.

It’s definitely worth the trip but the next waterfall was so much more exciting.

7 day Iceland Itinerary Aldeyjarfoss


My favorite waterfall of the trip is accessed by 4 wheel drive, off the main road by 40 minutes.

Most people don’t know about Aldeyjarfoss because it’s in the middle of nowhere. Honestly, the most spectacular things we saw in Iceland were on 4WD roads.

You will be missing out if you don’t get a 4WD contrary to a lot of advice I’ve seen on the internet.

In the summer, some people use a 2WD to get there but your rental car insurance may not cover the mountain road.

Aldeyjarfoss will add 1.5 hours onto your drive time for the day but it is soooo worth it.

You will drive and down a long road and then all of a sudden you will be blown away!

Skjálfandafljót river drops down through basalt columns and fans out into the basin below.

We were there with 4 other people and it was MAGNIFICENT! To get there you take the ring road to route 842 and then turn on to F26.


Icelandic sheep

Lake Mytvan

We were greeted by these cute friends on the drive around Lake Mytvan. Icelandic sheep are pretty funny.

They have a huge desire to cross the road. No matter where they are, you will find them wanting to cross to the other side.

They will let you take their photo but they don’t want you to get too close unlike the cows and horses around Iceland.

Lake Mytvan

Lake Mytvan is a protected volcanic lake that has a lot of wildlife. The surrounding area, referred to as the Diamond circle, is chock full of fascinating, active, geothermal wonders.

If you have enough time, stay overnight and use this area as your home base. It’ll also give you a chance to visit the Mytvan Nature Baths, a smaller version of the Blue Lagoon

Important Gas Tip: Get a full tank of gas in Reykjahlíð when you leave Lake Mytvan. You won’t see another gas station for awhile. We had some stressful moments thinking we were going to run out. Also, you need a credit card that takes a pin to use the pump. Your ATM card will work if you don’t have that type of credit card.


A 10 minute drive will get you to otherworldly geothermal field of Hverir. The landscape is comprised of multicolored clay with boiling mud pits and natural steam vents called fumaroles that let off a surprising amount of steam.

It honestly feels like a different planet and it’s right on the ring road. Hverir sits at the base of Námafjell, a mountain that you can quickly hike and see more steaming wonders. There is no cost to visit Hverir.

Iceland road trip krafla lava field

Leirhnjúkur Lava Field

Hop in your car for another 10 minutes to get to the Leirhnjukur Lava Field. It’s located inside the Krafla caldera.

From the parking lot, there are 2 walking paths through some of the most active landscape, from beautiful algae covered lava rock to bubbling mud pits to actual smoking ground seen above.

There hasn’t been an eruption here since 1970 but the ground is still smoking which is shocking.

Leirhnjukur Lava Field

The short trail is an easy 2.4 mile loop that will give you a good view of all these natural wonders.

It’s so interesting, you may want to continue onto the larger loop which will add an extra mile onto your walk.

Stick to the path where it is available and the signs that tell you where to walk so you don’t ruin your shoes.

7 Days in Iceland Dettifoss

Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. When you are standing near it, you can’t help but think how you would be dead in one second if you got too close and there is no one to stop you.

This is a true waterfall/nature experience unplugged. The raw power of Dettifoss is mind-blowing. Even though it looks close on the map, it will take you 1 hour to drive from Leirhnjukur to Dettifoss.

You can visit Dettifoss and Selfoss (below) from the east (road 864) or west (road 862). Here are some things to consider if you are only visiting one side.

  • View: I prefer the views from the east side and if you are there for photography and only choosing one side, the east side is better, especially if you are walking to Selfoss. Bring a wide angle lens and something to wipe your lens from the waterfall overspray.
  • Path: The west side has the easier, flat walking path. On the east side, you will be navigating your way across rocks which weren’t difficult at all but it’s not as easy as a flat path. Wear sneakers/hiking boots with decent tread.
  • Drive: The west side is a 23 km paved road and the east side is a longer 32 km gravel road.
Selfoss Waterfall

Selfoss Waterfall

Selfoss and Dettifoss share the same parking area. To get to Selfoss, you take a 30 minute easy hike from Dettifoss.

What’s interesting about Selfoss is the amount of falls down a long plain. It’s really pretty if you have the time.

After seeing these waterfalls, we did a 2 hour 15 minute drive to Egilsstaðir to stay overnight.

In hindsight, it was a really long day and I would have added an extra day to our Iceland itinerary in between day 4 and 5.

We left Akureyri after breakfast and arrived in Egilsstaðir at 11:30 pm. If you aren’t planning to go to the off the beaten path waterfalls, it’s very manageable but those waterfalls were worth our entire trip to Iceland.

If you opt for adding an extra day between 3 and 4, consider adding Studlagil basalt canyon, and a 5.5 mile round trip hike to Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss and the town of Seydisfjordur that has a rainbow street leading up to a sweet blue church.

One of the nicest things about spending time in East Iceland is that most tourists don’t make it that far and there are plenty of amazing things to see and do.

Day 4: East Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

The 3.5 hour drive from Egilsstaðir towards Vatnajökull National Park is filled with one amazing view after the next.

There are 3 ways to get from Egilsstaðir to South Iceland. The first is the Ring Road (route 1), which is open all year.

We opted for Route 95, which is open during summer months and has incredible views of Flögufoss waterfall and the Eastern Fjords below. I unfortunately didn’t take a picture. Sorry folks.

The last is the shortcut Route 939 a steep gravel road that should be avoided on any day that has rain, fog or wind as it’s dangerous and scary.

We pretty much made a beeline from Egilsstaðir to Höfn stopping only for a bathroom break. The views of the coastline are amazing and we can see why so many people love the Eastern Fjords.

We stopped in Höfn for a delicious lunch at the Pakkhus Restaurant before heading to our hotel Fosshotel Vatnajökull to check in for the night.

The hotel was 6 miles outside of town in an area that was right off the Ring Road but felt remote and just gorgeous.

It has a view of the glacier that makes you feel like you can drive right to it, so we did and had one of the most magical experiences of our whole trip.

7 Days in Iceland Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier

We took a detour off the Iceland Ring Road when we saw Vatnajökull Glacier.

Our 4 wheel drive felt like it would fall apart driving over the rocky road but at the end, we were the only people at this peaceful, jaw dropping lagoon at the base of a massive glacier.

Just us and quiet stillness that I will never forget! I took photos that really don’t do this area justice but we actually drove there twice from the hotel because it was so spectacular.

To get directions to the same spot, google Hoffellsfjöll viewpoint or the Hoffell Glacier hiking area parking lot.

Iceland Itinerary Day 5: Southeast Iceland

Most of our Iceland road trip up to this point was very calm because we were outside the route people would take for a 2-5 day Iceland itinerary.

South Iceland is much more crowded and got increasingly more so as we got closer to the Golden Circle.

That said, the places we visited on Day 5 were spectacular, even with the extra people and it was only 50 minutes to our first stop.

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Lagoon is another glacial lagoon at the base of Vatnajökull National Park filled with Icebergs that have calved off of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.

This one is filled with many more icebergs and you can take a boat trip around the vibrant blue icebergs or just view them from the shore.

There are ice caves in this area with tours that start at Jökulsárlón Lagoon base camp. The ice caves are typically open from October to March.

Iceland Ring Road diamond beach

Diamond Beach

Jökulsárlón Lagoon opens up to the ocean and the ice drifts down the channel and lands on the beach. The area is known as Diamond beach.

It seems impossible that glistening glacial ice would be laying on this perfect black sand beach next to the ocean on a sunny summer day – but it does and there is tons of it. I thought it would only be a winter thing.

Iceland Waterfalls Svartifoss

Svartifoss Waterfall

From Jökulsárlón Lagoon it’s about a 45 minute drive to the parking area for Svartifoss Waterfall.

It’s an uphill, but not that hard 1 mile hike to get to this beautiful basalt waterfall in Skaftafell National Park.

You will be able to see Skaftafell also has some beautiful ice caves and glacier hikes. This area is a nature lover’s paradise with tons of hiking trails.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

One hour past Skaftafell National Park, you can stretch your legs by taking a walk into the breathtaking, 330 foot deep and 1.25 mile long, ancient Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

To get there, you will take Road 206 off the Ring Road. Drive a little less than 2 miles to the parking area.

You can see the canyon from the top (an easy path) and bottom (requires some wading through water).

It is periodically closed to protect the vegetation. The prettiest time to visit is summer when the canyon is green or winter when it’s covered with snow. If you visit in winter, you will need crampons and a 4×4 for the road.

Iceland Ring Road Eldhraun Lava Field Algae

Eldhraun Lava Field

From Fjaðrárgljúfur heading towards Vik, you can see the enormous Eldhraun Lava Field about 10 minutes down the ring road.

Caused by an eruption from 1783-1784, it had a massive toll on Iceland and Europe overall.

Now, it looks like a huge peaceful, teletubby area with delicate woolly fringe moss that you are not allowed to walk on.

I found this pretty stock photo to show you, so no, that’s not us standing on the moss.

Vík Black Beach

Vík Black Beach

Another 45 minutes on the Ring Road and we finally checked into Hotel Vík í Mýrdal. It’s a quiet, comfortable and stylish hotel that’s really well located. You can walk across the street to the beach. So we did!

Iceland Itinerary Day 6: South Iceland

Even a 3 day Iceland itinerary will allow you to experience the south coast of Iceland. There is so much to see and do that you can be as busy as you want.

If you don’t want to do a full Iceland ring road itinerary, you can go from Reykjavik to South Iceland in a rental car or take a tour and have someone else do the driving.

Reynisfjara Beach

We started Day 6 right right across the street from Hotel Vík í Mýrdal. Reynisfjara Beach has that incredible black sand and super cool basalt columns.

Behind these basalt columns is a basalt alcove/cave that’s huge. There are black sea stacks out in the water that are home to many sea birds including puffins.

Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

This plane wreck was high on our list and we unfortunately decided to skip it because we were running out of time. Here’s the scoop if you want to visit.

Plan at least 2 hours for this visit. You can prepay your parking for the Solheimasandur parking lot here. The GPS coordinates are 63°29’28.4″N 19°21’48.2″W. Then you need to walk 2 miles to the plane and back.

During certain times of year, there is a shuttle bus that is available or bikes that you can rent. The shuttle as of 2023 is $22.

Skogar Museum

Skogar Museum

These cute moss covered turf houses are actually a folk museum. In addition to showcasing the traditional housing, these are some of the few remaining turf houses in Iceland.

Make sure to stop and visit. You’ll also find over 15,000 artifacts that really paint a picture of the amazing history of Iceland.

Iceland Ring Road Skógafoss


Skógafoss attracts a large amount of visitors but you can still get up close and personal to enjoy the view of this 227 foot waterfall.

As you can imagine, there’s quite a big spray from such a large waterfall so wear a raincoat.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the hiking trail that will take you 527 steps up to the top where the Skógá river goes over the falls and you’ll get an expansive view of the beautiful area.

The Skógá trail continues on for a 4.2 mile out and back hike along the Skógá river where you’ll see more waterfalls. You will also hear this trail referred to as Waterfall Way.

If you are planning to camp in Iceland, you’ll notice the popular Skógar campground right as you enter.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Seljalandsfoss


The circular path around the back of 200 foot Seljalandsfoss allows for sensational photos.

Being able to go behind a waterfall is so cool. The path is pretty wide in some parts and very narrow in others where its gets quite slippery.

I know I sound like a broken record but you will definitely get wet here. Bring a rain coat and trail shoes to this one.

Iceland Waterfalls Gljúfrabúi

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Gljúfrabúi is the secret 130 foot waterfall, hidden in a cave, that’s only a 10 minute walk from Seljalandsfoss. You have to wade through a shallow stream into this cave that looks like a crevice in the rock. Don’t miss it.

For more details on this waterfall and all the others in this post, check out the 15 Must-See Iceland Waterfalls.

Icelandic horses

Icelandic horses are on the smaller side but are full of personality and attract a lot of attention. My son took a million photos of these beautiful horses that are more than happy to model for you.

Iceland Itinerary Day 7: The Golden Circle

This area of Iceland is the most heavily visited. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir geothermal area, Gulfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park (also referred to as Thingvellir National Park).

You can rent a car and see all three in one day or you can easily take a guided tour. If you are making a short visit to Iceland, this will give you a sense of the awesome beauty available.

Iceland Itinerary Gulfoss


Gulfoss is a two stage waterfall that drops into a canyon. There are multiple vantage points to get a full perspective. This was by far the most crowded waterfall with tons of tour busses.

It’s completely worth the visit because it is breathtaking but I would encourage you to go see waterfalls in remote locations to experience the raw beauty of Iceland’s terrain.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Geysir

Strokkur Geyser

Strokkur Geyser erupts every 4-8 minutes shooting 60-130 feet into the air. It’s quite impressive. This is also a popular attraction with lots of people. If you hang out for 20-30 minutes, you will definitely get to enjoy the geyser in between tour groups.

Iceland itinerary Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park

At first glance Þingvellir National Park may not seem that exciting. The area is pretty but there are jaw dropping spots all over Iceland. What’s remarkable about Þingvellir National Park is not always seen above ground. The geology in this rift valley allows you to walk, dive and snorkel between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

The Flosagjá fissure, pictured above, is seen above and below the water. You can walk through the tectonic plates at the Almannagjá gorge. Along the way you’ll be treated to a view of the Öxarárfoss waterfall.

If you want to go for a major bucket list experience, snorkel between 2 continents in the Silfra Fissure. The tectonic plates here drift 2 cm apart every year. Snorkeling through the crystal clear, freezing cold water, is made possible by the dry suit you’ll be wearing. Those that want to dive here need to be certified and have experience diving in a drysuit.

Iceland Ring Road Blue lagoon

Visiting the Main Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland and it’s only 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavik.

Since it’s so popular, we recommend reserving your Blue Lagoon Entry ticket ahead of time. It includes entry into the water, a mud mask, use of a towel and one drink.

If you don’t have a car, you can also book your Blue Lagoon ticket with round trip transportation from Reykjavik included.

Blue Lagoon Hotels Private Experience

If you prefer a more relaxing visit, we highly recommend staying at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland. In addition to being one of the best hotels in Iceland, guests have access to the Blue Lagoon without all the crowds.

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, hotels in Iceland sell out and you need to book them well in advance. Due to that, we missed the opportunity to stay here.

Thankfully there is now a second option by staying at the Silica Hotel at Blue Lagoon Iceland. Your stay includes entry to the public Blue Lagoon pool and they also have a private blue lagoon pool.

Both of these hotels are a perfect place to stay for your first few night or two in Iceland since they are conveniently located near the airport.

7 Day Iceland Itinerary Travel Tips

  1. Go to Iceland ASAP. It’s a bucket list trip that will blow you away.
  2. Spend as much time as possible. Our 7 day Iceland itinerary could have easily been expanded to a 10 days.
  3. Rent a car and go around the entire Ring Road. All of my favorite sights were outside of the famous Golden Circle. Driving in Iceland is very easy – great roads and directions. If you are driving during the winter or possible bad weather, always check current Iceland road conditions.
  4. If you want to see the coolest places in Iceland and have the best adventure, get a 4-wheel drive. A regular car will allow you to see tons but one of the best parts of an Iceland road trip is seeing the most incredible, massive glaciers, waterfalls, etc… almost completely by yourself. No ropes to keep you from falling in. No tourist paths or bathrooms. Just you and nature.
  5. Pack well. During the summer, there were times we would be in t-shirts and an hour later freezing in a parka, hat and gloves. Bring layers. The weather changes all day. Winter is obviously colder.
  6. Iceland is an expensive place to visit. Here are some tips for visiting Iceland on a budget.

Iceland Packing List

The weather in Iceland is kind of crazy. If you are going in summer, plan for fall clothing like long sleeve tees, pants, and a light jacket. You really don’t need summer clothes.

Layers are important because the weather changes all day long. You can experience all 4 seasons in a day.

There were times I was fine with a long sleeve tee and an hour later my teeth were chattering with a puffer jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves.

  • Plug Adapter for Iceland – Iceland uses the European two prong C or F adapters.
  • Raincoat – There’s a lot of back spray at waterfalls so bring a longer raincoat that covers your butt. This raincoat is thin and easily packable. A red or yellow one will stand out and look great in photos.
  • Warm Jacket – You need at least a lightweight puffer jacket in summer. In winter you need a really warm jacket.
  • Waterproof Trail Running Shoes or Hiking Shoes – You need waterproof hiking shoes or trail runners because the terrain is slippery and wet. These are the waterproof hiking shoes that I wear.
  • Beanie hat – Trust me, you will take this on and off all day.
  • Gloves
  • Camera and Drone
  • Tripod for great waterfall shots.
  • Camera FilterThis 10 stop filter for your DSLR will give you those smooth water photos.
  • Waterproof sleeve for your camera to protect it from rain/overspray.

Iceland is a visual cornucopia of mesmerizing sights. There’s no better way to see this amazing country than to drive around the Iceland Ring Road.

This 7 day Iceland Itinerary gets you all the way around the Ring Road but moving at a slower place, a Ring Road Itinerary can easily keep you busy for a few weeks.

If you are a cyclist, there are plenty of people that do cycle-tours too. Start planning early – Iceland is a hot destination.


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  • Reply
    Nikki Becker
    February 25, 2024 at 12:44 am

    Hi there! This has been SO HELPFUL! I am curious, and maybe I just missed it, but what dates did y’all go?

    • Reply
      February 25, 2024 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Nikki – we went in July. Hope you have a great trip!

      • Reply
        Nikki Becker
        February 27, 2024 at 10:34 pm

        sorry, one more question…could you share more info on the roads taken to get to the glacier and lagoon on day 4? THANKS

        • Reply
          February 28, 2024 at 5:01 am

          Hi Nikki – I don’t want to tell you the wrong road so google Hoffellsfjöll viewpoint or the Hoffell Glacier hiking area parking lot. This is what is listed as the address CJ92+6V8, 781 Hoffell, Iceland. Let me know if you can’t find it.

  • Reply
    April 28, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    What spectacular photos you take!! We loved Iceland when we went. The Blue Lagoon was other-worldly.
    Now that I’ve read your itinerary, we’ll have to go back since we missed a few things!
    Thank you for always offering us such great content.

    • Reply
      April 30, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Thank you Shauna! The Blue Lagoon is amazing! I’m so glad you found my post helpful, that’s the best thing to hear!

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