An Epic Iceland Road Trip – Travel Itinerary and Tips

An epic Iceland road trip - includes a two week travel itinerary and tips.

As some of you already know, my ‘proper’ job is working in Product and Development for a Scandinavian tour operator. This entails doing research and going to Scandinavia to meet activity suppliers, check hotels, try local food and find out the best things to do in any given area.

One of the highlights of my job (apart from conversing with the occasional handsome Viking) is going to Iceland and hiring a car with my colleague once or twice a year to keep our knowledge and Icelandic program up to date. Even though it seems impossible, I always manage to fall deeper in love with this country each and every time.

After several of these trips, I’ve accumulated some useful information over the years that I think you’ll find helpful for your own travels. To showcase this, I’ve put together a travel itinerary for Iceland to give you some guidance on where you should go on your very own road trip.

Map of Iceland road trip along the Ring Road.

On a road trip in Iceland you'll always see horses

 

Thingvellir/Golden Circle: 2 nights

After picking up your hire car from Keflavik airport your journey begins eastwards to Thingvellir. I suggest spending time here first (or perhaps somewhere like Hella or Selfoss) instead of Reykjavik because I think you should finish your trip in the capital city.

On your first evening you’ll probably just want to settle into your accommodation and explore some of the nearby scenery depending on what daylight you have left.

On your second day it’s all about exploring the Golden Circle route. Comprising most famously of Thingvellir National Park, Geyser Area and Gullfoss, I always describe these three attractions as a microcosm of Iceland because it includes a National Park, an erupting geyser and an epic waterfall – the essential components of Iceland’s staggering landscape. Bonus sightings on the route include Oxararfoss and Kerid Crater.

Iceland road trip - don't forget the Golden Circle route. which includes Strokkur Geyser

Gullfoss water in Iceland - see my travel itinerary for more inspiration on things to see in Reykjavik

Even if you were only in Iceland for 48 hours and using Reykjavik as your base, I’d encourage you to embark on the Golden Circle as a day trip.

Accommodation: I am a huge fan of Hotel Grimsborgir, it’s one of the nicest hotels in the whole of Iceland. Hotel Ranga is also a superb choice with excellent food. Both places have hot tubs too!

 

Vik/Black Beaches: 1 night

Today you will make your way to Vik, passing several attractions on the way, including Seljalandsfoss and my personal favourite; Skógafoss, also known as ‘curtain waterfall’.

Don't forget to visit Skogafoss waterfall

Iceland’s southernmost town is Vik, and it also happens to be its prettiest too. Nestled at the bottom of a lush valley overlooking the ocean, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting to spend the night.

Road trip to Vik in South Iceland - see travel itinerary

Geology nerds will freak out at the ‘fingers’ of basalt rocks that eerily jut out of the sea and can be seen from almost anywhere in Vik. To get a better look, I recommend going to the nearby black beach where you’ll also discover caves and super cool basalt columns.

You also shouldn’t leave this area without driving to Dyrholaey – a 120 metres high promontory where a startling arch-shaped rock emerges from the sea.

Accommodation: There’s not that much in the way of accommodation in Vik but Icelandair Hotel Vik is definitely the best and has gorgeous views of the ocean.

 

Skaftafell/Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: 2 nights

An Iceland road trip - don't miss Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

From Vik you take the drive eastwards towards the area of Vatnajökull National Park which encompasses Skaftafell and many other too-good-to-be-true sights, including the almighty Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – one of Europe’s most incredible natural wonders.

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - South Iceland road trip - see my travel itinerary for more information.

As soon as I saw the icebergs emerge my jaw dropped to the floor and hung down long enough to catch the tide. Even the seals were giving me a funny look! Wait, did I mention seals? That’s right. You might be able to spot them lounging around on a few icebergs – very much like a Rubenesque figure on a Chaise Lounge.

I suggest spending two days around Skafkafell so you can also go hiking, and catch a glimpse of the enigmatic waterfall of Svartifoss which is hidden inside the National Park.

Visit Svartifoss Waterfall when doing a road trip of Iceland

Another place you shouldn’t miss is Svinafellsjökull, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull.

Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland - road trip intinerary.

Accommodation: Again, accommodation is quite sparse in this region but I would say the newly opened Fosshotel Vatnajökull comes out top.

 

Egilsstaðir/Fjords: 1 night

Breaking up the drive between south and north Iceland is Egilsstaðir in the east. Egilsstaðir is located next to Lagarfljot river, where Iceland’s very own Lochness monster reportedly lives.

Before reaching your accommodation you will pass the harbour town of Höfn, famous for its lobster, so much so in fact, it has an annual lobster festival. This is a good place to stop for something to eat before reaching your final destination.

In this region you should explore Selkogur Forest and visit Hengifoss, Iceland’s third highest waterfall. If you visit during the summer months there’s a strong chance of seeing puffins especially at Borgarfjördur Eystri, a small community surrounding the harbour and home to a large puffin colony.

Accommodation: For a cosy place in a stunning location, look no further than Guesthouse Egilsstaðir. It’s also voted no.1 on Trip Advisor for this area. It’s more basic than some of the other accommodations I’ve listed but that’s because there are no luxury accommodations in this area as such, however the quality is very good.

 

Mývatn/Akureyri: 3 nights

I love North Iceland! Akureyri is commonly known as the ‘Reykjavik of the North’ since it’s the second largest urban area in Iceland with a population of 18,000 (still minuscule by most standards!).

Street art in Akureyri, North Iceland

Huge street art in Akureyri.

However, instead of staying in Akureyri I would suggest having nights in Mývatn because the scenery is out of the world (seriously, like another planet). You can always have a day trip to Akureyri, it’s got some cool shops and cafés for you to peruse for a few hours.  But the highlight of the north really is the whole area around  Mývatn and the lake, it’s made up of some of the strangest, trippiest, most captivating landscapes I’ve ever seen.

Must-see place around Mývatn

  • Godafoss –Also known as Waterfall of the Gods, this is one of the prettiest waterfalls in Iceland. For photo opportunities it’s definitely worth walking to each side of the waterfall to get different perspectives.
  • Dettifoss –To experience the wrath of Mother Nature go to Dettifoss, reportedly the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe!

Visit dettifoss - see my Iceland travel itinerary for more information

  • Dimmuborgir – A world of its own; a park filled with bizarre lava formations. Dimmuborgir has inspired much Icelandic folklore, it is believed this is where the earth connects with the infernal regions.
  • Hverir Geothermal Area – There’s a high chance that you’ll smell this place before you even see it! Hverir is a large field of bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and sticky red soil. This is easily one of my favourite places in North Iceland.
  • Hverfell – This volcano can be seen from miles away: broad, conical, black and shaped in a stereotypical cone, Hverfell demands attention. You can hike to the top of the crater for 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
  • Grjotagja – Entering through a crack in the ground, stop off for a few minutes to climb down into this low-ceiling tunnel harbouring a clear-blue steaming pool. However, unless you’re here in the winter, the pool is too hot to jump into during the summer – enter with caution!
  • Viti Crater – Translating to Hell’s crater, this explosion crater formed in 1734 by a massive eruption in the Krafla volcano, known as Mývatnseldar that lasted for five years.

Accommodation: I’ve stayed in a few hotels in Mývatn and the quality isn’t as high as in South Iceland, however, I can say Hotel Laxa is the nicest, and Sel Hotel Mývatn is also good with a nice view of pseudo-craters. In the region you might also want to look at cabin accommodation, I saw quite a few but I’ve not personally stayed in any myself so I’m not able to make a sound recommendation I’m afraid.

 

Snesfellsnes Peninsula: 1 or 2 nights

It’s a long drive, so set off early from Mývatn and head southwards to the Snesfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland; a strip of land elbowing out into the North Atlantic Ocean.

The place is filled with humongous mountain ranges on one side and the ocean on the other; you’ll never get bored of the scenery. Signs of rough seas and strong winds shape the landscape. Craggy, wild and brooding – think of the sea clashing against the Yorkshire Moors and create the scene for yourself.

Iceland road trip itinerary, including the Snesfellsnes Peninsula

My favourite place on the peninsula is Djupalonssandur, everywhere you look are reminders of Iceland’s volcanic origins – expect black beaches and bizarre rock formations.

Most people stay in the picturesque harbour town of Stykkishólmur where you will find brightly painted buildings overlooking skerries and rocky islets. Recently, the town was featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where bizarrely it was masquerading as Greenland!

Nearby Stykkishólmur is Grundarfjörður where the Shark Museum (Bjarnarhöfn) lies. If you dare, try the Icelandic delicacy of hákarl, better known as rotten shark. If you want to know whether I managed to swallow the stuff, you can read my earlier post.

The Shark Museum in Iceland - Road trip itinerary.

Perhaps the most iconic attraction on the peninsula is the much photographed Kirkjufell mountain. Though if it’s foggy you’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

It’s also worth pointing out that you can get a ferry up to the West Fjords from Stykkishólmur, passing the tiny island of Flatey en route.

Accommodation: What’s my favourite hotel in the whole of Iceland? It’s a tough call, but Hotel Budir on the Snesfellsnes Peninsula takes the crown. It’s stylish, elegant and boasts incredible views. 

 

Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula: 2 nights

Finish your Icelandic road trip in Reykjavik

After one or two nights exploring the Snesfellsnes Peninsula set off in the morning southwards towards Reykjavik where it’s time to enjoy city life after nearly two weeks of absorbing the countryside.

En route to Reykjavik you must make a detour to Husafell to see one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls – Hraunfossar. The name of the waterfall translates to ‘Lava Falls’. From Husafell you could also go on a trip inside a glacier… taking you through various ice tunnels after travelling by a massive trunk made for snowy conditions. It’s rather exciting!

Into the Glacier, Iceland

It’s also worth stopping off at Borganes to visit the Settlement Centre which traces the roots of the Iceland Sagas. However, if that doesn’t pique your interest, the café and restaurant might – the food is very good!

Once you arrive in Reykjavik, the essential things you must see are Harpa Opera House for its incredible architecture, the main street of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja Church – not forgetting to purchase a ticket for access to the top floor for a fantastic panoramic view of the city. For more information on things to do see my Top 10 Reykjavik post.

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik - travel itinerary

Reykjavik has a really eclectic array of cafes and restaurant, many with their own charm. I really recommend trying the seafood, highlights include langoustine at Icelandic Fish & Chips and the lobster soup at Seafood Baron. And for some truly Icelandic food go to Cafe Loki, it’s located directly opposite the church so you can’t miss it.

If you’re looking to incorporate life in the city with wildlife, join a whale-watching tour, an activity which departs several times a day from the harbour.

To finish up your trip drive along the stunning shore of the Reykjanes Peninsula. This coastline is extremely exposed to the elements, few things make you feel more alive than standing atop volcanic cliffs and feeling the vibrations of the waves crash against your feet. It’s an experience I hold vividly in my memory and close to my heart.

Just like Hverir geothermal area in North Iceland you can find the South’s equivalent at both Seltun and Gunnuhver. From a distance you should know you’re getting close when you catch sight of plumes of smoke rising from the ground, it’s a rather common sight in Iceland but one that always builds my excitement nonetheless.

 

Got a few more nights?

Ok, let’s carry on…

 

The Pretty Fishing Village of Siglufjörður

Siglufjordur fishing village in North Iceland - Travel itinerary for Icelandic road trip.

Instead of spending three nights at Mývatn, you could spend two nights there and one night in the small village of Siglufjörður.

The small yet perfectly formed village of Siglufjörður was once known for its silver sea with its abundance of herring, thus giving it the nickname ‘Herring Town’. The golden age of herring lasted just over 100 years, from 1867 to 1968, leading to an economic boom and Siglufjordrur was at the forefront of this boom. Often, the herring from this one town alone provided more than 20% of the country’s total export income.

Though there is no longer any herring, its heritage has been wonderfully preserved at the charming Herring Museum.

Nearby is Hofsos, a popular place to go if you want to soak in a pool overlooking the ocean, but the real attraction is the huge expanse of basalt columns stretching all along the coastline. Surprisingly, very little has been written about these basalt columns so you heard it hear first!

Basalt columns in Hofsos North Iceland - road trip travel itinerary

Accommodation: I had the pleasure of staying in the brand new Siglo Hotel, and I would recommend it to anyone, it’s already winning awards and is easily the best hotel in the North Iceland. Easily. Just look at the pictures…

 

West Fjords: 2 nights

The one place I’ve yet to visit is the West Fjords, it’s the the most remote area of Iceland as well as the least visited. Approximately only 3% of visitors to Iceland visit here in spite of its many attractions.

The greatest pull for visitors to travel to this hard to reach place are the Latrabjarg bird cliffs, thousands of puffins arrive here during the summer along with guillemot, razorbills and fulmars.

You shouldn’t miss Dynjandi either, often cited as the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland by Icelanders.

 

Lastly, don’t forget…

To get out of your car! Personally I always have the urge to jump out of the car every five minutes and I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Go for a hike or a walk because nothing will bring you closer to nature. But whilst we’re in nature let’s always remember to be respectful of her.

I wouldn’t say mountains are particularly steep in Iceland but be careful when walking on volcano rubble. I recommend investing in some decent walking boots.

Lastly, don’t forget your camera, your inner photographer will never forgive you if you did.

 

General information

Fly withIcelandair or you might be able to find more affordable tickets with EasyJet or Wowair.
Hire car – Avis
Get more information atTiny Iceland and my Iceland archives – theculturemap.com/category/iceland
Prefer to let someone else arrange everything for you?Taber Holidays
What to wear – See my packing list
Best time to go – All year round, but I particularly love the summer months for its endless hours of sunlight. But if the Northern Lights are your focus, go between September – March.

I hope you’ve found this itinerary useful, let me know if you have any questions!

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'An Epic Iceland Road Trip – Travel Itinerary and Tips' have 52 comments

  1. February 4, 2016 @ 9:33 am Van (@snowintromso)

    I mean I honestly love my job but…. can I have yours too?? Seriously, how amazing to be paid for roadtrippin Iceland! And your pictures are fabulous, as always 🙂

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    • February 12, 2016 @ 7:44 am Shing Yoong

      Haha if we need another member of staff, I’ll let you know 😀
      Thank you, but it’s easy – Iceland is so photogenic as you know!

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      • March 7, 2016 @ 12:52 pm juanita

        just wondering what camera are you using on here? its amazed me the pictures I’ve seen here, super clear and I enjoyed very much reading your blog. cheers!

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        • March 18, 2016 @ 12:27 pm Shing Yoong

          Hi Juanita, sorry for the late reply, I’m just using a Canon 550d, it’s nothing too fancy but does the trick! And for up-close shots I like to use a 50mm lens.

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    • March 18, 2016 @ 10:15 pm Cathy

      Was there for a solo two weeks at the beginning of September and it was soooo much more than pitiful words can describe! Go. Best deal is to take Icelandic Air to European destination like Berlin or Copenhagen hit Iceland for seven days on the way and seven days on the way back, if flying in and out of US airport….Boston or Baltimore. Do it. I had fabulous airbnb experiences.

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      • April 5, 2016 @ 9:21 am Shing Yoong

        Glad to hear Iceland did not disappoint Cathy! I’ve never used Airbnb in Iceland, but I think it would be an awesome place to do it, the people are great and the local places are always stunning!

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  2. February 4, 2016 @ 3:54 pm Christine Marchese

    Hi,

    I just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog. It is easy reading that is very knowledgeable and interesting.

    Thank you!

    P.S. Scandanavia has captured my heart.

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    • February 12, 2016 @ 7:51 am Shing Yoong

      Thank you for your lovely comment Christine. I’m happy you find my blog interesting, and even happier to read that Scandinavia has captured your heart!

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  3. February 5, 2016 @ 6:42 pm Audrey

    So happy to find this today! 🙂 We are planning to spend 2 weeks in Iceland in September and I was wondering how much time I should allow to each place, especially if we have to pre-book hostel and such (although we are still thinking about camping if it’s still possible at this time of the year in Iceland). This makes is way easier 🙂 Thanks!!

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    • February 24, 2016 @ 11:02 am Shing Yoong

      September is a great time to go Audrey, a lot of these photos were taken during the same month! The weather in September is still pretty good so you should be ok camping. Maybe we can do a combination of both hostels and camping? Whatever you decide, you’ll have an incredible time! Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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  4. February 8, 2016 @ 6:42 am Carolyn

    Thanks for all the great info. I’m heading to Iceland for the first time in June. Unfortunately I’ll only have a week there but I have a full itinerary planned including quite a few things you mention. We are going dog sledding near Husafell but I hadn’t heard of the ‘lava waterfall’ until I read your post, so I’ll definitely add that to my list.

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    • February 25, 2016 @ 8:26 am Shing Yoong

      Hi Carolyn! I went to the see the husky dogs near Husafell too, they’re gorgeous, have a fantastic time sledding! I’m glad you gleaned some new information from this article – the lava waterfall is well worth the slight detour en route! Let me know if you have any questions before your trip and I’ll happily try and answer time. Otherwise, enjoy!

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  5. February 8, 2016 @ 8:40 am Victoria@ The British Berliner

    This is great Shing!
    I know everyone is writing about Iceland at the moment but I consider you the true Scandinavian girl!
    Would I like to visit? Yes! Yes! Yes!
    p.s. Looooooove the photographs! 🙂

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    • February 25, 2016 @ 8:30 am Shing Yoong

      Ahhh I love that you call me the true Scandinavian girl!! Haha, I’m not sure about that, but boy, do I love being there Victoria! 😀

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  6. February 9, 2016 @ 11:00 am Megan

    yea ive decided to join you next time. please make sure you have a car that fits an extra person in the back, k thanks 😉

    i need to make it to svinafellsjökull. that picture just looks MAGICAL. one of my goals this year was to take my man to iceland, but i dont think itll happen in 2016. sigh…. i need to find a way to change this.

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    • February 25, 2016 @ 8:35 am Shing Yoong

      I want to see you and your man in Iceland in 2016!! And I would also like to have you on one of our road trips. Waaaaaa we gotta make it happen!

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  7. February 9, 2016 @ 1:21 pm Suraj

    Looks amazing and some great tips for our next trip in summer. Thank you!
    We recently (December) returned back from a 4 day driving trip to Iceland and loved it! Here’s our trip details: http://bit.ly/1nrDXmb

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    • February 25, 2016 @ 8:37 am Shing Yoong

      Thanks for sharing, looks like you guys had an epic trip too!

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  8. February 29, 2016 @ 6:02 am Maggie

    Such a lovely blog! I’m glad I stumbled on it while browsing the web and an amazing post. Especially Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon looks so beautiful. Thanks for information about such beautiful places.

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    • February 29, 2016 @ 9:12 am Shing Yoong

      Jokulsarlon is unbelievable Maggie, I hope you visit one day!

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  9. March 7, 2016 @ 7:13 pm Mary @ Green Global Travel

    Great tips!

    Iceland is a very beautiful country that many travelers love. It’s always great to have an idea of what to see in the country.

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    • April 5, 2016 @ 9:22 am Shing Yoong

      Thanks Mary, I know Iceland has become very popular among nature lover and thrill seekers, and it’s no surprise why!

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  10. March 18, 2016 @ 10:50 am Yvonne

    Thank you so much for this amazing article!
    Im planning a road trip to Iceland in May and we do have almost the same route (but the other way around). Still, I didn’t know about so many little hidden places you mentioned and I wrote them down directly.
    Thanks again and happy travels,
    xx Yvonne

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    • April 5, 2016 @ 9:31 am Shing Yoong

      Have an awesome road trip around Iceland Yvonne, I’m glad I could point out a few gems for you! Let me know if you have any questions before you go and I’ll happily try and answer them! X

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  11. April 9, 2016 @ 2:56 pm Christine Z

    Hi Shing, I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog, but not soon enough… I already booked a 3-day round trip on Airberlin, I wonder if I should call to extend the return date… I have rented a small Opel at the airport, and I plan to head to Vik/Horgsland in Day 1, and back to east Golden Rings/Gersers in Day 2, and Thingvellir/Reykjavik on Day 3. Is this doable? Also could you let me know if the 3-digit roads, such as 365 and 427, are paved roads? And lastly, any chance to see the Northern Lights in late April? 😉 Thanks so much for your response!

    Christine

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    • April 9, 2016 @ 3:13 pm Shing Yoong

      Hi Christine, your itinerary is doable for just 3 days! It’s a shame you don’t have longer, but you have an excuse to go back, right? 😉

      I’m not entirely sure about those specific roads but most 3-digit roads are paved. The main roads you have to avoid (unless you’re in a bigger 4×4) are the F roads which are not paved and often consist of pot holes.

      Depending on when you’re there in April, towards the end of the month it does get lighter so your chances reduce, however, there are lots of fantastic sightings in April so hopefully you should be in luck! Have a fantastic time, and let me know if you have anymore questions that I can try and help with!

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      • April 12, 2016 @ 6:12 pm Christine Z

        Hi Shing, thanks so much for your quick response. I just read now, somehow I didn’t get the email notification. I will definitely avoid the un-paved roads. I will be there from 21st to 24th, 4 nights in total. Fingers crossed.. Thanks!

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  12. April 14, 2016 @ 2:30 pm Purnama Wati

    Many places I wanted to visit, including where are you discuss here. I want to go there, but I do not have a travel companion who wants to go there. I can just see travel photos there, so sad myself.

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    • September 13, 2016 @ 12:18 pm Shing Yoong

      Hey Purnama, you should take a leap of faith by travelling solo! Iceland is an incredibly safe country – it’s perfect for solo female travellers.

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  13. May 31, 2016 @ 2:04 pm Mr.Loto

    I’m writing from italy, I found your blog stumbling and i like it very much. The places you’ve visited are really beautiful, I did not think that Iceland had such beautiful landscapes and your photographs are well done.
    🙂

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  14. June 12, 2016 @ 7:57 am Arun

    Hi, looking up on Iceland I believe your blog/ website is a must visit to plan and way better than any other have come across as yet.
    I am planning a trip next year ..was planning for June but I found out most of the accommodations are booked at the time and also read would be too crowded n touristy and is way expensive for car rental etc. I am now finalizing March with hope to catch Northern Lights too, just wondering if the above itinerary would be an option to explore at the time.

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    • September 13, 2016 @ 12:23 pm Shing Yoong

      Hey Arun, I’m really sorry for the delay in getting back to you. March is an excellent time to go as the days are beginning to get lighter (especially toward the end of March) and the Northern Lights can still be seen until the beginning – middle of April. The above itinerary does indeed work for that time of the year, though since the weather is less predictable at that time of the year I wouldn’t suggest getting a dinky vehicle. Wrap up warm too!

      If you have anymore questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll get back to you sooner 😉 Enjoy your trip.

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  15. June 21, 2016 @ 1:41 am Shirley Goodman

    Hi Shing, I found your blog so helpful. I’m planning a trip 9/14/16 arriving @ 7:30 AM and staying for 4 nights and 5 days. If I hire a car and head to the Golden Circle the first day(Thingvellir,geysers,Gulfoss waterfall,Kerida and perhaps snowmobiling if time allows) where should I stay with the hope of travelling the 2nd day(9/15) to Vik,Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss and Jokulsarlon. Staying overnight where? on the south coast and perhaps glacier hiking the 3rd day(9/16) and heading back to Reyjkavik seeing the city perhaps whale watching and then Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. I’d like a quality hotel but I don’t want to pay for luxury. Any suggestions and is this doable. I don’t think I have time for Snaefellsness. I appreciate your assistance!

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    • September 12, 2016 @ 9:19 am Shing Yoong

      Ahh Shirley, I’m really sorry for the late reply, although I’m sure you’ve already booked everything, I’m glad I can at least wish you a fabulous time! I hope you’re all sorted and packed, and just in case these questions are still relevant I’ll reply on the off-chance.

      If you are hoping to see Vik and Jokulsarlon in one day, I advice you to get up early and then drive straight to Jokulsarlon (you’ll have time to jump out of your car to see Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss) spend time there, before turning back to spend a night in Vik (or Skaftafell if Vik is fully booked). In the morning you can explore the black beach at Vik and also nearby Dyrholaey.

      I agree, trying to see Snaefellsnes would be too much, exploring Reykjavik and South Iceland is perfect for your length of stay. In terms of the Northern Lights, it’s all dependant on the weather, the sky needs to be clear and you need to be away from light pollution so head out toward the nature. You may wish to join a tour which your hotel will probably be able to organise it for you. If you have the budget opt for a tour in a mini-van instead of a big coach, it’s a much better experience and you’re more likely to go off the beaten track.

      Enjoy your trip!

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  16. June 21, 2016 @ 1:43 am Shirley Goodman

    Oops I forgot to ask above. Where and when do I go to see the Northern Lights weather permitting?

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  17. June 29, 2016 @ 11:30 am Alina Jack

    Hmm.. You really did a wonderful job. But I am amazed. Is it really ice, It’s looking like a big crystals piece. Didn’t you feel cold there?

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    • October 29, 2016 @ 11:39 am Shing Yoong

      It’s always a good idea to wrap up warm, but funnily enough, I don’t think it’s as cold as the name ‘Iceland’ suggests 😉

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  18. June 30, 2016 @ 9:40 pm Alena

    Wonderful post!! We are here right now and ending our ring road trip, you got every best detail about this amazing country! I think I would also add friendly sheep:) lol ! Bravo!

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    • October 29, 2016 @ 11:33 am Shing Yoong

      Hi Alena, sorry for the late reply but I’m pleased to read you agree with my itinerary after visiting Iceland. Hope you enjoyed this country as much as me! And yes… the sheep, how could I forget to mention – they’re everywhere after all?!

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  19. July 14, 2016 @ 5:02 pm LJM

    Is there anywhere in Iceland to snowmobile 28thAug 2016-3Sep 2016?? If so Where and how or who to book through.

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    • September 15, 2016 @ 5:29 pm Shing Yoong

      Hello, I’m really sorry for this delayed reply. Although it’s no use for you now I’ll still reply just in case someone else would like to know the answer. I’ve found this tour company who seem to offer snowmobiling across Mýrdalsjökull glacier during the summer season (also offers pick up from Reykjavik). Here’s the link: http://www.arcanum.is/en/tours/day-tours-from-reykjavik/snowmobile-tour

      Hope you had a fabulous trip!

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  20. August 12, 2016 @ 12:35 pm Benji Palus

    I just wanted to write to let you know what an amazing resource you are! I’m planning a trip to Iceland next year to gather painting references and I almost feel like I don’t need to look anywhere else for info, lol. I’m so glad I found you! Thanks!!!!

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    • September 15, 2016 @ 5:13 pm Shing Yoong

      Iceland’s landscape is super inspiring so I hope you find lots of painting references for your future work Benji. Glad you found my site useful, though if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll try to answer them for you. Enjoy your trip once the time comes!

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  21. August 15, 2016 @ 1:56 am Salman

    Hire me! 😉

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    • October 29, 2016 @ 11:30 am Shing Yoong

      Haha, if I ever need (and can afford!!) an assistant you’ll be the first port of call 😉

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      • October 29, 2016 @ 11:50 am Salman

        Hehe.. Thanks Shing!
        Will be waiting! 😉

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  22. October 24, 2016 @ 3:21 am Pierre

    Hi Shing,

    First of all, congratulations for your blog ! I would only have 2 questions for you :
    – How long was your trip for all these places you visited ?
    – Have you ever been there in March ?
    I’m planning to go to Iceland around end of March. What do you recommend to visit at this period ?

    Once again wonderful blog !

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    • October 29, 2016 @ 11:26 am Shing Yoong

      Hi Pierre! I’ve been to Iceland quite a few times so not all of these places were done at the same time, but if you’d like to travel this route, I would assign a minimum of 10-12 days, and a few more days if you’d like to include the West Fjords (which is shown in the top left on the map at the top of this article). Obviously, the more time you have the better, but I appreciate time is often a luxury we don’t have!

      Yes, I think March is a great time to visit as the days will be longer and for this reason I suggest going towards the end of March. You might even see the Northern Lights as well which tend to finish mid-April. In regards on what to see it depends on what you like… if it’s your first time in Iceland and you have less than a week I would suggest exploring Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and the South Coast (drive east all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon).

      If you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask!

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  23. February 21, 2017 @ 6:00 am ASHWIN BHAT

    Really loved all your travel and writing 🙂
    Hoping to see more of them. Good luck and stay safe 🙂

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  24. June 4, 2017 @ 11:17 pm K Con

    4 of us are going mid Sept 2017 for 2 wks so need 2 rooms everywhere around the ring road. We will have a car. Do we need to book all accommodations in advance? Or can we just wing it at that time of year?

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  25. June 4, 2017 @ 11:20 pm K Con

    Another question…is there any advantages/disadvantages in driving the ring road in the opposite direction?

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  26. June 8, 2017 @ 12:54 pm Natasha Sen

    Before your great post, for me Iceland is a place which has only ice but now reading your post I get to know that there is lot more to than just ICE.. Will be thinking for an Iceland tour soon..

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