Everything You Need To See In Iceland – A 10-Day Trip
In case you are considering taking a few days off and visit Iceland, make sure that you don’t do it in the winter since it can be pretty cold and icy. So, the best time to go there is between April and September and you will need to rent a car to make the most out of it.
Day 1: Reykjavik – Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi
Most companies fly to Reykjavik. So, it is just a matter of finding the right flights for you.
While at Reykjavik, you should make sure that you head to the famous Ring Road, making your first stop at Seljalandsfoss. This amazing waterfall is beautiful and you should try to get there in time to see the sunset.
Just about 200 meters down, there is another waterfall that is somewhat hidden – the Gljúfrabúi. You just need to find the canyon and get inside it.
Day 2: Skogafoss – Vik
While you are heading from Seljalandsfoss to Skogafoss, you may fall in the temptation of visiting the famous Seljavellir hot springs. However, we don’t advise you to do it since the pool water is just dirty. Here are some of the places that you shouldn’t miss:
On the right side of the waterfall, there is a hike up with stairs. Make sure that you get up there and see rainbows from the above.
Dyrhólaey and Puffins:
This coastal view is simply amazing. You will be able to see the Kirkjufjara black sand beach as well as colonies of puffins. You can even walk around them.
Day 3: Vik to Hof
During your road trip between Vik and Hof, you need to make sure to stop to see:
The Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon:
This is an old canyon that has been carved by the Fjaðrá river.
Glacier Hiking at Skaftafell National Park:
At the Skaftafell National Park, you will find a wide variety of glacial tongues. So, if you like hiking, this is a great opportunity that you can’t miss.
The Svartifoss waterfall:
This is another amazing waterfall that is surrounded by a beautiful basalt column.
Day 4: Hof to Höfn
While this is a short drive, only 120km), there are two spots that you just can’t miss:
Jökursálón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond black sand beach
Day 5–7 Höfn to Myvatn
Now that we just ended the drive through the south coast, it is time to go north again. While you will need to drive a lot, the truth is that this is by far the best way to get to know Iceland. Besides, since you will be making regular stops (the views will continue to surprise you along your stay in Iceland), you won’t even notice the long drive.
Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss:
These two waterfalls are simply astonishing. Besides, these are also two hidden gems since most tourists don’t usually come to this area.
Dettifoss and Selfoss:
If you have enjoyed the numerous waterfalls that you have been seeing, you will love these ones. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and if you catch the sunset, it makes it even better.
This waterfall is a bit south of Lake Mývatn and you’ll be able to have the place all for yourself.
Myvatn thermal baths:
After such a long drive, it’s time to get out of the car and relax both your mind and body. So, just make use of the Mývatn thermal baths.
Day 7 – 8: Myvatn to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Now, it’s time to get moving to the west, to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to be more precise. This is a drive of almost 500km. On your way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, make sure to make the following stops:
These are natural hot springs and once you’re in here, you’ll get an amazing view over the Fjords.
The best thing you can do is to try to reach here before sunset. Located right next to a lagoon and framed by Kirkjufellsfoss, you’ll love this peaceful scenery.
Day 8 – 10: Landmannalaugar
If there is something that you will remember from this trip to Iceland is Landmannalaugar. While there are roads to get there, you need to ensure that you have a 4WD vehicle. However, since renting these can be very expensive, you have the opportunity of booking a shuttle.