There are so many amazing things to see in Iceland it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary. Two weeks is a perfect amount of time to spend in Iceland. It enables you to drive the whole ring road at a more leisurely pace. Read on for my tried and tested Iceland two week road trip itinerary.
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The Best 2 Week Iceland Road Trip Itinerary
Day 1 – Exploring Reykjavik
Your two week Iceland road trip begins in the capital, Reykjavik. Take a walk along the marina front towards the Harpa Concert Hall, a strikingly beautiful glass building on the water front. Make sure to pop inside as its even more beautiful from within.
Continue on your walk along the front to Sólfarið the Sun Voyager sculpture. The sculpture resembles a steel viking long boat and sits with views of the bay and Mount Esja.
I assume you will be a bit peckish by now so cross the road (you do not have to double back as the above map suggests) and head towards Braud & Co for breakfast. They sell the most delicious pastries and cakes, make sure you try the chocolate milk!
Continue up the road to Hallgrimskirkja, the largest and most distinctive church in Iceland. Take the elevator ride to the top for gorgeous views over the rooftops.
Before heading back to your hotel for a rest, spend some time exploring the streets of Reykjavik. On the way grab a famous Icelandic hotdog at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.
When you are ready for dinner head to Svarta Kaffid for the most delicious soup filled bread bowls. Don’t leave it too late as it gets super busy. You can either spend the evening enjoying the (expensive) nightlife or head back to your hotel for a drink at the bar and an early night in preparation of the big road trip beginning tomorrow.
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Day 1 overview
- Harpa Concert Hall
- Sólfarið Sun Voyager Sculpture
- Breakfast – Pastries & Cakes at Braud & Co
- Hallgrimskirkja Church
- Lunch – Hot dogs at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
- Dinner – Soup filled bread bowls at Svarta Kaffid
Day 2 – The Golden Circle
Today begins the road trip! This is the most touristy section of the two week road trip. Coach tours run from Reykjavik around the golden circle daily but it is still worth a quick visit.
Grab some breakfast at the Laundromat Cafe before leaving your hotel and heading towards þórufoss Waterfall. Although not technically part of the golden circle it is still a beautiful site.
Continue on to Thingvellir National Park where you should walk through the Almannagja Gorge, visit Þingvallakirkja Church, the Silfra fissure and Öxarárfoss Waterfall.
If you have time stop by Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal baths before lunch at Fridheimar Farm (this must be booked in advance). Fridheimar Farm sells delicious all you can eat tomato soup along with many other tomato themed dishes, tomato ice cream anyone?
After lunch make a quick stop at Faxi Waterfall then head over to witness the phenominal Strokkur Geysir, which blasts water 15 to 20 meters in the air every 10 minutes or so.
The last stop of the day is Gulfoss Falls where, if you get too close, you will find yourself drenched by the waterfalls powerful spray. Head to your apartment for the night in Selfoss where you can cook yourself up some dinner.
Day 2 overview
- þórufoss Waterfall
- Thingvellir National Park
- Almannagja Gorge
- Þingvallakirkja Church
- Öxarárfoss Waterfall
- Silfra Fissure
- Laugarvatn Fontana – Geothermal Baths (3.800ISK ~ £28pp / 11am-10pm)
- Lunch – Tomato Soup buffet at Fridheimar Farm (must book in advance)
- Faxi Waterfall
- Strokkur Geysir
- Gullfoss Falls
Day 3 – More Wonders Near the Golden Circle
You aren’t venturing too far today, instead exploring more around the same area. Head first to Skalholt, once the wealthiest and most influential settlement in Iceland. Today it is home to a large cathedral, a turf house and museum which you can explore.
Next up head towards Bruarfoss Waterfall, on google maps it is called Bruarfoss Waterfall access bridge. Finding this access to the waterfall is an adventure in itself, we were not able to find the ‘official’ parking. Instead we took a long walk through a residential area, which looks like it has been shut off to vehicles because of tourists. According to reviews on trip advisor you can park next to the bridge where the highway crosses the Bruar river and walk upstream. Good luck with that, its all part of the fun!
Once you have found Bruarfoss (or not!) head towards Hjálparfoss Waterfall which is thankfully straightforward to find. You can also head further up this way to Gjáin Valley and Haifoss Waterfall, although you will need a 4×4 to get to them.
On your way back to Selfoss (if you haven’t seen enough waterfalls today) make a quick stop at Urridafoss Waterfall.
Day 3 overview
- Bruarfoss Waterfall
- Hjálparfoss Waterfall
- Gjáin Valley
- Haifoss Waterfall
- Urridafoss Waterfall
Day 4 – Southern Iceland
Start today off with a visit to the Secret Lagoon thermal pool, it opens at 11am but if you get there slightly early they will still let you in and you will have the pool to yourself.
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Once you are feeling suitably relaxed jump back in the car and head to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. This waterfall is amazing because you can walk all the way behind it, do not miss this experience. Make sure you wear your waterproofs as you will get soaked through.
Next up continue along to Skogafoss Waterfall. This is another magnificent waterfall which you can walk right up to the base of and feel the power of the water. Again you will get wet, so waterproof up. You can also take the stairs to the top of the falls for an alternative view from above.
Now you are probably soaked through so head straight to the hotel to check in, get changed and dry off your wet clothes before heading out again to the town of Vik. Pop into the Strondin Bistro for some lunch/dinner, the BBQ burger is so yummy. Spend some time in Vik, head up to the church which overlooks the town and then head down onto the beach.
On the drive back to your hotel take a detour to Reynisfjara Beach. This stunning beach with its basalt columns and black sand will take your breath away. You could easily spend hours here just taking it all in.
Day 4 overview
- Secret Lagoon – Gamla Laugin (2.800ISK ~ £20pp / 11am-8pm Avoid 2-5.30pm)
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Dinner – Strondin Bistro
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Day 5 – Southern Iceland Part 2
There is still more to see in Southern Iceland so kick off today by driving to Dyrhólaey Arch. Be warned it is very windy up there so you might not want to stick around too long.
Your next stop is the Solheimasandur place wreck, an abandoned plane wreckage on the middle of a beach. The walk to the plane is about an 8km round trip so be prepared to walk for about 45 minutes each way, depending on how fast you walk of course.
After your hike I’m sure you will be hungry so head back to Skogafoss where there is a nice Bistro restaurant you can grab lunch. If you are interested in museums there is the Skogar Folk Museum here aswell which you could enjoy afterwards.
Now its time to head to a secret waterfall aka Kvernufoss. If you head to the far right of the Skogafoss area, past the museum and past some grey industrial buildings, you should see a stile over into a field. Follow the trodden down grass path round to the left until eventually you will come to the beautiful waterfall. Like Seljalandsfoss you can walk behind this one too, but there won’t be hardly anyone there!
Spend as long as you like here as there are no more plans for today. You can head back to Vik for dinner and enjoy a nice early night.
Day 5 overview
- Dyrhólaey Arch
- Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
- Lunch – Skogafoss Bistro
- Skogar Folk Museum
- Kvernufoss Waterfall
Day 6 – Southern Iceland Part 3
Today is going to be a real highlight, it includes my favourite place in the whole of Iceland. You have much to see before you get to that though!
First up head towards Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, aim for Hunkubakkar guesthouse and you will be on the right road. Take a hike along the top of the canyon and enjoy the viewpoints from above. I believe the hike down into the canyon is currently closed, but you can check before you go.
Next up is quite a long drive to Skaftafell National Park. Once at the park you can either hike to Svartifoss Waterfall (2 hours) or hike to Skaftafellsjökull Glacier (1.5 to 2 hours).
For the next stop you will be driving past your hotel for the night, so depending on the time you could pop over and check in before continuing on. Whichever you choose head to Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon, but don’t stay too long as the next stop is the real gem.
Continue just up the road to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Drive right up to the bridge and park on the left before it, then head down to the lagoon. It is breathtakingly beautiful. From here you can watch the icebergs float out under the bridge to the sea. Cross over the road and down to the beach known as Diamond Beach. The ice washed up on the beach glitters in the sunlight like diamonds. If you are not visiting in summer you will want to stay here until sunset as it makes for a gorgeous photo.
Once you are all iceberged out double back to your hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. For a cheaper meal you can also order food from the bar. I recommend the club sandwich!
Day 6 overview
- Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
- Skaftafell National Park
- Svartifoss Waterfall Hike (2 hours) or;
- Skaftafellsjökull glacier hike (1.5-2 hours)
- Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
Day 7 – Eastern Iceland
Accommodation: Stormur Cottages (2 nights)
Day 7 is a long day of driving up the east coast towards the fjords. Along the way you can stop at the Stokksnes peninsula and admire the majestic Vestrahorn mountain. I believe there is a small fee to access the peninsula as it is on private land.
Other than that you can just enjoy the beauty of the drive and pull over to admire the scenery whenever you wish.
Once you have checked into your cottage you might want to pay a visit to Lagarfljót Lake, supposedly home to a serpentine lake monster similar to the Scottish monster at Loch Ness.
There are also some adorable Icelandic horses living on the field next to the cottages which you should say hello to!
You will probably be tired from the drive up so cook up some dinner in your cottage and take the opportunity to have an early night before more exploring tomorrow.
Day 7 overview
- Lagarfljót Lake
Day 8 – The East Fjords
Today you will be exploring the beautiful east fjords. It does involve a lot of driving back and forth along the same roads, but I promise it is worth it!
First up head to Seydisfjordur, probably the most well know of the fjord towns. Home to the famous blue church with the rainbow road leading up to it. Spend some time exploring the town on foot. If you enjoy hiking there is a nice 6-8km hike called the Waterfall Lane hike.
Next up retrace your route back to Egilsstaðir and head down towards Mjóifjörður Fjord. On the way make sure to stop at the stunning tiered waterfall Klifbrekkufossar. Please note that the road leading to the fjord is gravel and steep in places. It will be closed if you are visiting in winter. Make sure to drive right to the end of the fjord to visit the Dalatangi lighthouses.
When you are ready retrace your steps back to route 92 and continue on your drive through Reyðarfjörður, Eskifjörður and finally on to Neskaupstaður. Up until 1949 Neskaupstaður was only accessible by sea. Nowadays it is connected by a 7,000 meter long tunnel, called Norðfjarðargöng through the Oddskard mountains.
Feel free to go at your own pace, explore the towns themselves, or just pull over at various points to take in the amazing views.
When you are ready head back to your cosy little cottage to cook up some dinner.
Day 8 overview
- Seydisfjordur Fjord Town
- Waterfall Lane Hike
- Klifbrekkufossar Waterfall
- Mjóifjörður Fjord
Day 9 – Northern Iceland
You will want to start the day nice and early as there is a long drive today over to the Northern area of Iceland.
Before you set off however it is time for a morning hike. Head over to the parking lot for Hengifoss waterfall and strap on your hiking boots. Hengifoss is the third highest waterfall in Iceland and the hike should only take you 40-60 minutes from the parking lot. Along the way you will see the smaller but equally impressive Litlanesfoss.
Once back in your car and on the road continue to follow the ring road towards Dettifoss waterfall. This drive will take a couple of hours. You can drive either to the east (route 864) or the west (route 862) of the waterfall as it is accessible from both sides. Just note the main parking lot is on the west and this is a tarmac road, whereas the east, route 864 is gravel and closed in winter.
Dettifoss is quite the impressive waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. Water thunders over the ledge and the resulting spray can be seen quite a distance. Whilst you are here, if you have the energy, you can also take a short 1km hike upstream to Selfoss.
By now you are probably exhausted so stop by Myvatn Nature Baths for a quick relaxing soak before heading on to your cottage for the night.
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Day 9 overview
- Litlanesfoss & Hengifoss Waterfalls
- Dettifoss Waterfall
- Selfoss Waterfall
- Myvatn Nature Baths (3.800ISK ~ £28pp / 12pm-10pm)
Day 10 – Northern Iceland Part 2
Today there is not too much driving as everything is relatively close together. There is however a lot to see so you will want to get an early start.
Start your day off with a quick visit to Storagjá Fissure. This runs alongside the road in a seemingly normal field. Find somewhere to safely park and hop over into the field. Part way along the fissure there is a staircase down into it and you can explore down below. You will notice a small hole with a rope leading into it. This is where people used to swim in the geothermal waters. Unfortunately it is no longer safe to do so because of the algae.
Jump back into your car and head for the Hverir Geothermal Area (also known as Námafjall). Here you will find a vast field of boiling mud pits and smoking fumaroles. The landscape is truly epic, you will feel like you are on another planet. As with all geothermic areas in Iceland you will notice the overwhelming smell of sulphur. My top tip for you is to make sure you wear suitable shoes as the ground is super sticky. Your shoes will be caked in mud after a walk around these fields.
A quick detour away from the lake will take you to Krafla Power Plant. This is a geothermal power plant, harnessing energy from the geothermal activity in the area. You can visit the Krafla Visitor Center to find information on geothermal energy and on the station’s electricity production.
If this isn’t your thing a short way past the power station is Víti Crater Lake. Víti is an explosion crater formed by a massive eruption in 1724, now filled with aqua blue water. You can take a 1 hour hike around the entire rim of the crater. Leave a little longer if you plan to venture down to the water.
Heading back now towards the lake, stop off at Grjótagjá Cave. Grjótagjá is a small lava cave featuring a stunning geothermal pool in its depths. You can climb down into the cave to view the pool but you can no longer bathe in it as it is too hot. You may recognise the cave from an iconic scene in Game of Thrones.
Next up is a visit to Hverfjall Volcanic Crater. This dark black explosion crater is a full kilometre wide. A short 20 minute walk from the car park will take you up to the rim. If you also wish to hike around the rim this will take another hour.
Finally head over to your last stop of the day, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields. This dramatic expanse of lava fields were formed during an eruption some 2,300 years ago. There are a range of hiking routes through Dimmuborgir taking you among the dramatic and otherworldly rock formations. You can choose to spend as little or as long as you like here before heading back to your cottage.
Day 10 overview
- Storagjá Fissure
- Hverir Geothermal Area
- Krafla Power Plant
- Víti Crater Lake
- Grjótagjá Cave
- Hverfjall Volcanic Crater
- Dimmuborgir Lava Fields
Day 11 – Northern Iceland Part 3
Before continuing on the ring road today take a detour up to Húsavík Town. Húsavík sits on the northern coast of Iceland and is know as the Whale Capital of Iceland. Reportedly Whales have been spotted on 98% of trips in recent years (source). Spend some time exploring the town and maybe book yourself on to a whale watching trip depending on how much time you want to spend here.
Once you are ready to continue on, retrace your steps back the way you came and on to Góðafoss Waterfall. This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, usually translated as Waterfall of the Gods. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. You can view the waterfall from either side so feel free to take your pick.
Continue on the ring road until you reach Akureyri Town. Akureyri is the largest town outside of Reykjavik. It has a rather interesting looking church which you might want to pay a visit it called Akureyrarkirkja. While you are here you could also grab some food if you don’t feel like cooking tonight.
The next leg of the journey down to the Snaefellsnes peninsula is rather long so you will be stopping an hour or so south of Akureyri to break up the journey. Your cottage for the night has a lovely shared hot pool for you to relax in after a busy few days.
Day 11 overview
- Húsavík Town
- Góðafoss Waterfall
- Akureyri Town
- Akureyrarkirkja Church
Day 12 – Down to Snaefellsness
Today is a long 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive down to Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. There are no scheduled stops today so just take your time and enjoy the drive.
Once you reach your hotel and have checked in, take some time to explore the area on foot. Cross the causeway by the harbour and head up to the Súgandisey Island lighthouse. There is a short climb to the top. Enjoy the wonderful views out to sea and back across the town.
Cross back onto the mainland and head towards Stykkishólmskirkja church. This is a striking looking church overlooking the town.
On your way back to the hotel stop by Skurinn for some dinner. The burgers and Nutella milkshake are delicious.
Day 12 overview
- Súgandisey island lighthouse
- Dinner – Skurinn
Day 13 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Today begins your exploration of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Often referred to as “Iceland in miniature” Snaefellsnes has everything from a glacier-capped volcano, lava fields and basalt cliffs to sandy beaches, waterfalls and tranquil fishing villages.
Your first stop of the day is Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall and Kirjufell Mountain. “Church Mountain” is distinctive in shape and one of the most photographed places in Iceland. The waterfall is small for Icelandic standards but you can cross over it and enjoy the view across to Kirjufell.
Continue driving to the westernmost tip of the peninsula to Skarðsvík Beach. This is a stunning golden sandy beach surrounded by black lava rock. The golden sand is a stark contrast to Icelands mainly black beaches.
You are now driving through Snæfellsjökull National Park which stretches the entire western tip of the peninsula. Stop off at Djúpalónssandur Beach a black pebble beach which has the remains of a shipwreck strewn across it.
Try to book onto a tour of Vatnshellier Lava Cave. You will descend 35 metres into the earth and follow the path of the lava flow from some 8,000 years ago. You will be provided with helmets and head torches to light the way and briefly, in the depths of the caves, will turn off all lights to be plunged into darkness. This is a tour not to be missed, see reviews and book here.
If you have time after your tour make a quick stop at the Londrangar Basalt Cliffs. They are uniquely shaped rock pinnacles, remnants of ancient volcanic basalt, protruding from the ocean.
Head on over to your hotel to check in then pop over to Arnarstapi Village to have a wander. Make sure to grab some dinner from the local family run fish and chip van, Mönsvagninn.
Day 13 overview
- Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall & Kirjufell Mountain
- Skarðsvík Beach
- Djúpalónssandur Beach
- Vatnshellier Lava Cave (3.250ISK ~ £24PP / 11am-3pm)
- Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
- Dinner – Arnarstapi Village
Day 14 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula Part 2
Today is your final day exploring the beautiful Iceland. You will cover the lower coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula and end the day at a cottage close to the airport.
Your first stop is Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge. Make the short walk from the car park up to the rift in the rock face. You can follow the stream right up into the gorge. With a little bit of rock hopping through the stream you can enter the gorge. Depending on the level of rainfall you can also climb up to a small waterfall section. Beware your feet may get a bit wet.
Make your way to the Búðir Hotel and the Búðakirkja Church. Pay a visit to the iconic black church and then pop into the hotel for a snack and a hot drink.
Drive inland to the Gerðuberg Cliffs, your last stop of the day. The cliffs are a kilometre long and comprise of perfectly shaped hexagonal basalt columns.What looks like a sculpture is actually a natural formation from an eruption thousands of years ago. Rivers of lava ran off the cliffs. The sea rapidly cooled them, causing them to take the shape you see today. You can climb to the top of the cliffs or simply admire them from below.
It’s unfortunately time to leave the peninsula. Drive the 2 & 1/2 hours down to Sandgerdi, to your cottage for the night. It is conveniently located near to the airport so perfect for catching your flight the next day. It has a hot tub so spend the evening relaxing after a fun filled but busy two weeks.
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Day 14 overview
- Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
- Snack & hot drink – Búðir Hotel
- Búðakirkja Church
- Gerðuberg Cliffs
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