Iceland Itineraries

Iceland's difficult terrain takes time to negotiate, and you can't cover the whole country in a single trip. Our Grand Tour concentrates on Iceland's main sights, while our other suggested routes focus on two fascinating regions, the island's west and north, and the south and east.

Itinerary tips from Preeti: your Iceland Travel Expert

"Crafting your journey through Iceland is a thrilling adventure in its own right," says Preethi, our Iceland travel expert. Undoubtedly, the importance of putting together a well-designed itinerary cannot be overemphasized. Iceland is a tapestry of diverse landscapes, cultures, and experiences. 

From vibrant Reykjavik to the tranquil beauty of the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, each area has its special charm and attractions. A customized itinerary will be your guide to maximize your time and help you discover the hidden gems and cultural wonders that distinguish Iceland.

Drawing on years of experience and a deep local understanding, I will help you navigate the intricacies of planning your trip. Whether you're interested in exploring ancient sites, immersing yourself in vibrant local markets, or scenic hikes through volcanic terrain, a well-crafted itinerary ensures a seamless and fulfilling journey.

Let's work together to create a journey that reflects your interests, pace, and style, making your Iceland adventure unforgettable.

Seals perched on floating glacial ice in a deep blue glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, Iceland ©  Travis J. Camp/Shutterstock

Seals perched on floating glacial ice in a deep blue glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, Iceland ©  Travis J. Camp/Shutterstock

If you are planning your travel to Iceland yourself, use these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration.

For more inspiration, check our itineraries by duration: 5 days - 7 days - 10 days - 14 days

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5 day Iceland itinerary

Discover the magic of Iceland on a 5-day adventure. Start in Reykjavík, visit Hallgrímskirkja and the Blue Lagoon. Day 2 will reveal the wonders of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Zone and Gullfoss Waterfall. On day 3, travel along the south coast, admiring the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. 

Day 4 is dedicated to the Vatnajökull glaciers and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. End your journey with the serene East Fjords before returning to Reykjavík. This itinerary combines Iceland's breathtaking scenery and cultural highlights to create an unforgettable experience.

Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland

7 day Iceland itinerary

Experience a fascinating 7-day itinerary around Iceland. Start in Reykjavík, where you'll explore its cultural attractions, such as the legendary Sun Voyager ship. On day 2 you'll head to the Golden Circle, where you'll be treated to Singvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. On day 3, head south to see the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach. 

On day 4, you'll head to Vatnajökull National Park, home to massive glaciers and the enchanting Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon. Days 5 and 6 will be spent in the tranquil East Fjords before travelling north to Lake Myvatn, famous for its bird life and natural Myvatn baths. Your final day will be spent on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a treasure trove of rugged coastlines and mystical glaciers. This Icelandic adventure offers a mix of natural wonders and cultural attractions.

Myvatn Naturebaths, Iceland ©  Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Myvatn Naturebaths, Iceland ©  Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

10 day Iceland itinerary

Opt for a longer 10-day Icelandic itinerary, starting in Reykjavík with its vibrant culture and sights. On day 2, head to the Golden Circle to marvel at Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Day 3 takes you to the south coast to see Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and the black sands of Reynisfjar. 

On days 4 and 5, explore the Vatnajökull and Jökulsarlon glaciers. Travel through the tranquil East Fjords on days 6 and 7 before heading to Lake Mývatn and its natural baths. Day 8 will introduce you to the charm of Akureyri

On day 9, discover the dramatic scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. End your journey in the Westfjords, immersed in unspoilt beauty. This comprehensive itinerary showcases Iceland's diverse splendours, from volcanic vistas to quaint coastal towns.

Akureyri, Iceland © Shutterstock

Akureyri, Iceland © Shutterstock

14 day Iceland itinerary

Delve into an in depth, unique 14-day itinerary through Iceland's hidden gems and little-known landscapes. Your adventure begins with an introduction to the vibrant culture of Reykjavík. On day 2, discover the tranquil charm of Hveragerði, known for its hot springs and greenhouses. On day 3, head to the tranquil island of Heimaey, part of the Westman Islands. Day 4 will take you to the quaint town of Hólmavík, home to a history of witchcraft and folklore.

Day 5 reveals the serene beauty of the Strandir coastline, a remote area with dramatic cliffs and hot springs. Spend day 6 in the picturesque fishing village of Siglufjördur in the north of the country. On day 7, head to the little-visited Trollaskagi Peninsula.

Days 8 and 9 will be spent in the East Fjords, discovering the charm of Seyrisfjördur and the dramatic landscapes of Borgarfjördur Eystri. Day 10 takes you to the tranquil beauty of Husavik, famous for whale watching. On day 11, immerse yourself in the lush Bárðardalur Valley, exploring its hidden waterfalls and trails.

On day 12, you'll head to scenic Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park with its amazing glaciers and hiking trails. On day 13, discover the natural wonders of Landmannalaugar with its colourful rhyolite mountains and hot springs. On day 14, end your journey in the Þjórsárdalur Valley, surrounded by historical sites and natural beauty.

Husavik in Iceland © Shutterstock

Husavik in Iceland © Shutterstock

Grand Tour of Iceland

Two weeks in Iceland and no idea where to start? Our Grand Tour puts you on the right track.

Start your adventure in Reykjavík, a small but vibrant capital with stylish bars, museums and galleries. Take a dip in the tranquil geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, set in a lava field. Take a Golden Circle tour to see the historic Þingvellir Parliament site, the Geysir hot water eruptions and the stunning Gullfoss waterfall. Head to Akureyri on the north coast, famous for sunny summer days and a vibrant culinary scene. Embark on exciting whale-watching tours from Husavik, then visit the geological wonders surrounding Lake Myvatn.

Marvel at the majesty of Europe's largest waterfall, Dettifoss, cascading down a bottomless chasm. Venture into Iceland's uninhabited interior, a realm of glaciers and lava deserts with awe-inspiring views. End your journey on Heimaey, an autonomous island with steam-spewing volcanoes, cliff-top walks and abundant wildlife. This itinerary promises an unforgettable introduction to Iceland's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures.

Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

The best West and North itinerary

This one-week tour guides you through the best destinations between Reykjavík and Akureyri, including a detour into the West Fjords.

Begin in Borgarnes, where the Settlement Centre unravels the nation's enthralling history and Saga heroes. Cruise Breiðafjörður's waters in a rigid inflatable from Stykkishólmur, marveling at myriad islands and diverse birdlife. Experience rural tranquility with a night on Flatey, wandering through flower meadows to observe the island's abundant bird colonies. 

Discover Ísafjörður, the West Fjords' charming town, and indulge in sea kayaking adventures. Witness seals basking on volcanic sands at Ósar and enjoy a rejuvenating swim with breathtaking coastal views at Hofsós. Conclude in Akureyri, Iceland's second town, surrounded by Eyjafjörður's scenic landscapes, ideal for horseback exploration. This Icelandic odyssey promises cultural insights and natural wonders.

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik © Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik © Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

The best South and East itinerary

A one-week tour from Reykjavík to Mývatn via the south and east coasts, with an excursion into the fringes of the Interior.

Start in Borgarfjöður Eystri, a secluded spot rich in puffins, hiking trails and striking mountains. Witness Greenland sharks landing in the harbour, which adds to its maritime charm. Sail among blue icebergs at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon perched above a black sand beach. Skaftafell, a famous national park, offers a spectacle of waterfalls, glaciers and bogs, luring hikers with unlimited potential. 

Vik, a charming village near the southernmost point, invites you to explore black sand beaches surrounded by refreshing sea breezes. Finally, break camp and hike to the magnificent retreat of Þórsmörk, a high mountain valley adorned with bright wildflowers and surrounded by breathtaking peaks and glaciers. This Icelandic journey promises plenty of natural wonders and outdoor adventure.

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland © Jens Ottoson/Shutterstock

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland © Jens Ottoson/Shutterstock

The best time for an Iceland holiday

The best time to travel to Iceland depends on your preferences and itinerary. For those looking for the allure of the Northern Lights, September to March is ideal. If, on the other hand, you're drawn to summer activities, plan your visit between June and August

While the choice may depend on your specific plans, in general summer is the best time to explore Iceland's diverse landscapes and wide range of activities. Whether you're chasing the northern lights or enjoying a vibrant summer, Iceland welcomes you with its captivating beauty all year round.

Ties Lagraauw

written by Ties Lagraauw

updated 29.01.2024

Ties is a true world explorer - whether it be for work or leisure! As Content Manager at RoughGuides, and the owner of Dutch travel platform Reis-Expert.nl, Ties is constantly on the move, always looking for new destinations to discover.

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