So first off, I won’t bombard you with photos in this post because I know you’re most likely here because you honestly just want itinerary ideas. I’ll keep photos to a minimum, just a few to highlight the itinerary items, but for those of you wanting to peruse my 500ish Iceland photos, be my guest. Here’s the link.
Day 1 – Arrive in Iceland at the Keflavik International Airport, pick up rental car from Sixt, drive to Reykjavik, explore the city.
My “must see” spots in the city include
- Þjóðminjasafn Íslands (National Museum of Iceland)
- Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
- Sólfar (Sun Voyager)
We didn’t want to overcommit ourselves on the first day since we knew we would most likely be combination of sleep deprived and jet lagged, so we dedicated this day to exploring Iceland’s capital city.
Day 2: Leave Reykjavik to drive half the Golden Circle, stop overnight at a private cabin in Bragabót.
Main stops for this day:
- Kerið Crater
- Skálholt Cathedral
We decided to break the Golden Circle up into two days so we could enjoy more stops that were off the beaten path of this famed drive. We stopped halfway and stayed in the most amazing little Airbnb. It was a private cabin on a chicken farm that had the most amazing views, during the winter I’m sure the Northern lights would look amazing from their geothermal powered hot tub. If y’all are interested in this cabin, let me know and I can link you to it!
Day 3 – Second half of the Golden Circle to the Reykjavik harbor, stop overnight.
- Þingvellir National Park
- Reykjavik Harbor
We spent a good part of the morning talking with the owners of the farm and learning about life in Iceland. I loved learning more about local living. When we decided to book all of our accommodations through Airbnb, this was exactly the experience we were hoping to have. We got back on the road and headed out to finish the Golden Circle, which at this point really just consisted of Þingvellir National Park. We were told that we would spend about 2 hours at the park, but we ended up spending more like 7 hours hiking and exploring. When we were done and our feet were sore, we hopped in the car and headed back into Reykjavik. For this night, we decided to stay in a different part of Reykjavik (the Harbor) and experience some new sights. I loved this area of the city, there was a lot of choice for local seafood and decently priced eats. Also, lots of museums! We didn’t get a chance to visit any of them because we got in past their closing times. Sad day.
Day 4 – Leave Reykjavik to drive along the southern coast, stop overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
We began our trip along the coast by hitting the major stops:
- Eyjafjallajökull Erupts
- Skógasafn (Skogar Museum)
- Reynisfjara Beach
The place we stayed overnight was pretty far out of the way, but amazing. I would recommend finding accommodations that are closer to the main highway though.
Day 5 – Leave Kirkjubæjarklaustur to drive along the southern coast, stop overnight in Höfn.
- Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
- Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
The Glacial Lagoon was definitely one of my most anticipated stops on this trip and it did not disappoint! Höfn was our last stop of the day, and our turnaround point in the great Icelandic roadtrip. It was a charming little town with majestic views of the sea and mountains.
Day 6 – Depart Höfn, drive back west to Reykjavik.
- DC-3 Crash at Sólheimasandur
This day was mostly dedicated to driving (all the way from Höfn back to Reykjavik!) but we scheduled two big stops along the way. One was a glacier hike in Skaftafell, which was probably the coolest thing we did during the entire trip. You can read more about it here. The other was the Sólheimasandur DC 3 Plane Wreck, which I honestly wouldn’t recommend (you can read why here).
Day 7 – Explore Reykjavik.
- Reykjavik CityWalk
This was the day we were originally planning to hike to Glymur, but we were so exhausted from all the previous hiking and adventuring we had been doing. Instead we opted to partake in the Reykjavik CityWalk tour, which was amazing! I recommend this to everyone, but I will say it’s more of a first day activity rather than second to last day. Oops! We also went and poked around Harpa which, we found out, is a nice place to sunbathe and take a nice little nap.
Day 8: Depart Reykjavik, visit the Blue Lagoon, return rental car, and depart from Keflavik International Airport.
- Blue Lagoon
On our way to the airport we decided to stop by the Blue Lagoon, which worked out great. I’m glad we didn’t dedicate an entire day to it, since we got bored of it pretty fast. Neither of us are the “lounge at the beach all day” type. We both like to be hiking, and quite literally adventuring around instead, so a spa day at the Lagoon isn’t too appealing to us. We spent about 45 minutes soaking and exploring the waters before we decided to head on to the airport. It was nice and relaxing, and we were so refreshed as we embarked on to Boston for the next leg of our honeymoon.