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10 Day Travel Itineraries in Iceland

Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice! Iceland has grown hugely in popularity over the last few years as travellers have begun to discover everything this incredible country has to offer. Whether you're visiting in the winter or the summer, you're looking for a self-drive tour around the Ring Road, or you'd prefer the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, we have the perfect itinerary here!

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Day 1 & 2 - Reykjavík/Akureyri - Eyjafjörður is a scenic spot to enjoy the local wildlife and small villages in the area. Opt to go on a whale-watching excursion or just explore the gorgeous surroundings!

Day 3 & 4 - Akureyri/Borgarfjörður - Head to Mývatn lake, stopping en route at Goðafoss waterfall. In Mývatn, explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð. Visit Dettifoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.

Day 5 & 6 - Borgarfjörður/Hofn - Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður behind and travel down the coast, driving through the beautiful and majestic eastern fjords. En route to Hofn, catch a glimpse of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe.

Day 7 & 8 - Hofn/Vik - Marvel at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, with a chance to see seals sunbathing on the bright blue ice. The massive icebergs floating towards shore tower over visitors. Stop by Diamond Beach, which gets its name from chunks of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier that float to shore. As these blocks of glacier ice melt, they develop a crystal clear sheen, set against the black sand of the beach. Continue on to Skaftafell National Park with time to explore before continuing on in the evening to the small town of Vík.

Day 9 & 10 Vik/Reykjavík - Visit Reynisfjara beach. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss. Explore the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park. Head to the Blue Lagoon the following morning and relax in the warm mineral waters. 

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10 day Iceland winter itinerary


Day 1 & 2 - Golden Circle - The Golden Circle is the most popular day tour in Iceland. Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, and Thingvellir are classic destinations for any visitors to this beautiful area. Add something unique to your experience and visit the big volcanic crater called Kerid. 

Day 3 & 4 - The island of the Volcanos - Start the day by taking the ferry over to the Vestmannaeyjar Island and discover a fresh volcano called Eldfell. 

Day 5 & 6 - Glacier & Waterfalls - Start the day going to the mainland by ferry. On the south coast, you can see many of the most beautiful places in Iceland. A great combination of Ice, lava fields, lagoons, huge mountains, volcanoes, and rough black coastline. Stop by the waterfalls in Reynisfjara Black Beach. Enjoy a unique glacier walk in Solheimajokull. 

Day 7 & 8 Hiking to the Hengifoss - Go through the highlands from the East to the North of the island, discovering the magnificent at Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Lake Mývatn is also one of the wonders of Iceland. It is a unique natural environment created in a lava eruption 2300 years ago. 

Day 9 & 10 - Whale watching in Húsavík and Godafoss - Head to Húsavik, which has become the whale-watching capital of Europe in the last year. Then visit Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods

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10 day Iceland self-drive itinerary

 
Day 1 & 2 -  Reykjavik - Perhaps visit the interactive Wonders of Iceland exhibit at the Perlan Museum and learn interesting facts about glaciers, including visiting a man-made ice cave. After the exhibit, check out the observation deck, which provides a 360° view of the city. Reykjavik City Hall is also a nice place to visit to get to know more about Iceland.

Day 3 & 4 - Borgarfjordur - Drive through the town of Borgarnes and learn about the first Viking settlers in the area at the popular Settlement Museum. Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (the Children's Falls). Near Deildartunguhver you can indulge in hot spring relaxation at the new Krauma natural geothermal spa.

Day 5 & 6 - Borgarfjordur and Langjokull Glacier - Explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas. This area is a hidden gem filled with ever-changing scenery, glacial views, and Viking-age history. Langjokull Glacier offers exciting adventures such as exploring a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier.

Day 7 - South Coast - See the magnificent waterfall Skogafoss, site of hidden treasure. Nearby is Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of mementos from this region’s past housed in beautifully-preserved old turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village where you can admire the stunning views of a black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Reynisdrangar. 

Day 8 & 9 - Vatnajokull National Park and Vatnajokull Glacier - Visit the park‘s majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers several winter hiking possibilities. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise, and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance.  

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Icelandic
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Reykjavík, Gullfoss, Vík
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Jul-Aug for hiking & Oct-Mar for northern lights
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