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
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Hiking to Reykjadalur
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Champagne and hot springs
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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
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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
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Seljavallalaug Hot Spring Pool
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Sunrise at our Cottage

Day 3

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Skaftafell Glacier hike
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Diamond Beach
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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
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Driving along the Eastern Fjords
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Hverir Boiling Mud Pits
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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
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Grjotagja Cave
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Godafoss Waterfall
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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.
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Cows at Holtsel farm
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Views from the Holtsel farm
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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
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Fosslaug Hot Spring Pool
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Reykjafoss Waterfall
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Hlemmur Matholl

 

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