7-Day Iceland Ring Road Trip Itinerary

Driving around Iceland is pretty simple because there’s only one road. Nicknamed the “Ring Road” – the famous route 1 thoroughfare runs all the way around the island and is considered one of the best road trip adventures in the world. If you’re wondering what can be accomplished in 7 days, check out this itinerary. We covered a lot of ground and never felt rushed. Glaciers, hot springs, mountains, black sand beaches, boiling mud – Iceland has it all! Please note: we visited in the spring and decided to skip the Western Fjords region.

Day 1

  • Land in Reykjavik
  • Buy some alcohol at Duty-Free
    • Alcoholic drinks are really expensive in Iceland. This is will save you money.
  • Pick up rental car
  • Breakfast in Reykjavik at Prikið ehf
  • Get food and snacks at Bonus
  • Reykjadalur Hot Springs
  • Check-In at Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Happy hour beers
  • Dinner
  • Explore Reykjavik Bars
  • Live Jazz music at Húrra
Hiking to Reykjadalur
Champagne and hot springs
Live music at Húrra

Day 2

  • Coffee at Reykjavik Roasters
    • Make sure to stop in here. The coffee is fantastic!
  • Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui Waterfalls
  • Seljavallalaug Hot Spring Pool and hiking
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Check-In at Hvoll Cottages (near Vik)
    • Unique cottages right on the beach outside Vik
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljavallalaug Hot Spring Pool
Sunrise at our Cottage

Day 3

Skaftafell Glacier hike
Diamond Beach
The Milk Factory Hotel

Day 4

  • Delicious breakfast at the Milk Factory Hotel
  • Drive through scenic Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir (3.5 hr drive)
    • NOTE: In the summer you can drive a shorter route directly to Egilsstaðir
  • Lunch in Egilsstaðir (gas station hot dogs)
  • Drive to Hverir Boiling Mud Pits (2 hr drive)
    • Very weird geothermal area that feels like another planet
  • Check-In at Guesthouse Storu-Laugar
  • Soak in our private hot tub
  • Watch for Northern Lights
Driving along the Eastern Fjords
Hverir Boiling Mud Pits
Northern Lights seen from our Guesthouse in Laugar

Day 5

  • Homemade breakfast at our Guesthouse
  • Explore Lake Mývatn
  • Grjótagjá Hot Spring Cave
    • Several scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed here
  • Drive to Húsavik
    • Beautiful small port town
  • Godafoss Waterfall
    • Definitely my favorite waterfall from the trip
  • Drive to Akureyri
    • Iceland’s second largest city
  • Check-In at apartment in Akureyri
  • Buy groceries and supplies at Bonus
    • We cooked breakfast at our apartment every morning
  • Dinner at Greifinn
    • Get the Troll Burger if you’re hungry
Grjotagja Cave
Godafoss Waterfall
The Troll Burger

Day 6

  • Make breakfast at apartment in Akureyri
  • Explore downtown Akureyri
  • Visit Holtsel farm and try their fresh-made ice cream
  • Drive up to Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort
    • During our stay the 2018 Icelandic Winter Games were going on
  • Dinner at apartment. We cooked pasta that evening to save some money
  • Night out in Akureryi
    • The local bars are a lot of fun. Götubarinn had a piano that a local guy was playing traditional Icelandic songs. Everybody seemed to know the words except for us.
Cows at Holtsel farm
Views from the Holtsel farm
Local guys performing at the bar

Day 7

  • Breakfast at our apartment in Akureyri
  • Drive to Reykjafoss and Fosslaug Hot Spring Pool
    • My favorite hot spring from the trip out in a scenic mountain valley
  • Drive to Reykjavik (3.5 hour drive)
  • Check-In at hotel
  • Dinner at Hlemmur Mathöll
    • Hip new food hall in Reykjavik. Try the Arctic Char from Skál and grab an nitrogen-made ice cream at Ísleifur Heppni
Fosslaug Hot Spring Pool
Reykjafoss Waterfall
Hlemmur Matholl


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