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Our 7 Day Iceland Road Trip Itinerary

Here’s the itinerary taken from our first trip to Iceland, March 2017. After years of procrastination, we finally sorted out flights and went.

Often, when you actually visit somewhere that has been on your wishlist for years it doesn’t live up to your expectations. This was NOT the case with Iceland.

We loved Iceland so much we are going back in the summer to explore the South East and North. This time we are going to check out some famous movie locations including Interstellar and Prometheus.

Our Iceland Travel Stats

Flights Easyjet from Bristol to Reykjavik (2 1/2 hours)
Rental Car Suzuki Jimny 4 X 4
Distance Driven 1107 km (688 miles)
Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik – 4 Nights
Egils Apartments, Borgarnes – 1 Night
Icelandair Hotel Vik – 1 Night
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel, Reykjavik – 1 Night
Arguments About Directions – 1

Iceland Route Map

The route of our Icelandic road trip


Day 1 – Travel Day And Reykjavik

Arriving at the Skuggi Hotel in Reykjavik after a two and a half hour flight with Easyjet from Bristol.

Then it’s a quick look around the city centre which is the most northerly capital city.


Day 2 – Reykjavik Food Tour And Street Art

Our first full day in Reykjavik. Looking around the city at the unusual street art and architecture.

Then it’s an Iceland food tour, trying traditional Icelandic food from Skyr to horse. Yes, that’s correct – horse!


Day 3 – The Golden Circle

Driving the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Taking in the sights of Thingvellir, Strokkur Geysir and the impressive Gullfoss waterfall.

The drive is about 250km (155 miles) and will take most of the day, start early to avoid the tour buses.


Day 4 – The Blue Lagoon

On a beautifully sunny day we take a trip to Iceland’s most popular attraction, The Blue Lagoon.
Floating in the naturally warm seawater is a perfect way to relax, even when the air temperature is -2°C.

You need to book in advance if you want to visit as numbers are limited.


Day 5 – Arkranes And Stykkishólmur

Leaving the city we drive north-west to Akranes, Borgarnes and Stykkishólmur. Driving through sun, wind rain and snow.

Stopping at the Akranes lighthouse and the stunning fjord Hvalfjörður.


Day 6 – Vik And The South Coast

From Borgarnes it is a drive down route 1 to the south coast. Stopping at the spectacular waterfall Seljalandsfoss and the Skogar folk museum.

Finally arriving during a storm at the black volcanic beach at Vik. Staying in the simple yet stylish Icelandair Hotel.


Day 7 – The Final Day

It’s an 180km (110 miles) drive back to Reykjavik. The storm had cleared to reveal Vik’s volcanic black sand beach. Stopping at the Solheimajokull glacier which has receded up the valley one kilometre over 10 years.

Our last night we stayed at the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel and try the fermented shark, Hákarl before we leave.

We did find the country expensive but you can find a range of places to stay for every budget in Iceland if you look hard enough. It’s cheaper in the Winter too. Have you been on an Icelandic road trip? What are your recommendations for our return trip in the summer?


Iceland Road Trip Itinerary

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  • Robert
    April 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Wow, what an amazing adventure! What a great post and videos offering inspiration to travel to Iceland. Have never really thought too much about it, but looks very unique and some absolutely stunning scenery. Thanks for sharing the great article! 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      It was such an interesting place we have booked to go back in the summer.

  • Christina Pfeiffer
    April 22, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Iceland looks like it’s small enough you can tackle multiple places in one trip. Love the idea of the videos. The Blue Lagoon looks like a lovely spot.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      You can do a few places in one trip although we would allow more than 7 days to do the whole ring road.

  • Gokul Raj
    April 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    My dream destination….I am waiting for the day when I will land up there and take my own roadtrip.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      It is our favourite destination at the moment.

  • Megan Jerrard
    April 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This is great! We loved our time in Iceland, we had 9 days so spent 2 in Reykjavik and surrounds and then did the ring road for the remaining 7 – was definitely not enough time – could easily spend a full year exploring here, we fell in love!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      We agree you do need to spend more time there. We are going back in the summer to explore further.

  • Arnav @ Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT
    April 24, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Haven’t been to Iceland yet, but reading your post and how you managed to go on a road trip after years of procrastination is really inspiring. Am definitely going to follow your footsteps some day and hit the road to travel and explore.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 24, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Iceland was a place we always wanted to go but it was always next year. So we are really glad we actually got around to going.

  • Jen Joslin
    April 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    This is a great and helpful guide! Thanks for sharing! Love that you have videos too. Iceland looks incredible!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      It is an amazing destination, we are looking forward to seeing it again in the summer.

  • Iza Abao
    April 25, 2017 at 3:45 am

    That was an awesome experience! You should have stayed at least 2 weeks. You visited excellent tourist destinations. I am very interested in going to the Blue Lagoon.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 25, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Yes, we wished we had more time to spend there.

  • Haze Tolentino
    April 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I’ve read a lot about Iceland lately and it makes my heart jump! I will surely put this on my list!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      You must visit if you get the chance.

  • Stacey Veikalas
    April 26, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Sounds Amazing! I have never been to Iceland but I would love to go and see the ring and the blue lagoon! I would also love the food tour Yum! Thanks for sharing, I will save for when we get to Iceland!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

      One thing we didn’t see was the Northern Lights, we were not lucky enough to get the right conditions.

  • Cai Dominguez
    April 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this itinerary. Very helpful, very beautiful country. I love watching your videos.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you for your comments, have you been or are you going soon?

  • Eva
    May 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Hello! Thanks for dropping me the link to your blogs about Iceland. After I returned I can’t help reading other people’s stories 🙂 I was very curious to see your hakarl face, and it seems like you found it “doable”. That was also my reaction, I was expecting it to be absolutely disgusting, but it was just very strong in taste, but edible. I had it with bread, that helped. But got no Brennivin to rinse my mouth afterwards 😛

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Yes – Hakarl isn’t that bad but we think it’s still a one-off experience. Don’t suppose yo would ever hear the phrase – “Fancy going out tonight, I really feel like a plate of Harkarl!’

  • Agness of aTukTuk
    June 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome itinerary! Iceland seems breathtaking and perfect for a road trip!