When traveling around Iceland during the summer, you wouldn’t want to miss out on anything, right? 10 days would give you the timeframe to include almost everything you must see.

In this article, I tell you exactly how I would do a trip around Iceland in 10 days total.

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Downtown Reykjavík. Photo by Golli.

Day 1. KEF Airport – Reykjavík

The first day always depends on when you’re arriving. Is it early in the morning, afternoon, or in the evening? I always recommend staying on the first day in Reykjavík. Experience life in the city of Reykjavík, do walking tours, visit museums, go for a swim and get ice cream!

If you’re arriving early in the morning I recommend reading this article.

Before you start your trip around Iceland; Stock up on essentials, if you’re planning on camping we recommend purchasing the camping card, which is a way cheaper alternative.

Here's everything you need to know about camping in Iceland.
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Reynisfjara (The black sand beach). Photo by Golli.

Day 2. Reykjavík – Golden Circle & South Coast

Let’s hit the road and start our trip around Iceland! But first, I’ll tell you that the first day is going to be a long day, so start no later than 9:00. When visiting Iceland for the first time, you can’t skip the main attractions like the Golden Circle and South Coast. But you kind of want to get over with it in one day so you can start to think about the less famous spots.

When I look up articles like this for my own trips, I like to have them really targeted, so it’s easy for me to see the information I’m looking for without reading every single word. So, that’s what I’ll try to do as well.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Þingvellir National Park
  2. Gullfoss waterfall
  3. Geysir
  4. Friðheimar – Tomato farm and restaurant (stop for lunch)
  5. Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  6. Skógafoss waterfall
  7. Reynisfjara – The black sand beach
  8. The village Vík

Stay overnight in Vík, there are plenty of options for accommodation and a nice campsite.

Driving duration: approx. 5 hours.
Trip duration: the whole day.

Glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón (The glacier lagoon). Photo by Berglind Jóhanns

Day 3. Vík – Glacier lagoon

One of my favourite parts of the journey. When driving from Vík, soon you’ll start to see Vatnajökull glacier (the largest ice cap in Iceland, and the second largest in Europe) in distance and during the drive, you’ll have an amazing view of the glacier all the way to your end location.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Eldhraun
  2. Skaftafell
  3. Svartifoss waterfall (approx. 45 min hike, one way)
  4. Jökulsárlón – Glacier lagoon
  5. The diamond beach

Note, when you’ve reached Skaftafell, you’ll be able to see the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur.

Stay overnight in Höfn. It is a small and charming town in Southeast Iceland, has a lot of options for accommodation and a nice campsite. Höfn is known for the best langoustine, I recommend trying out the langoustine sandwich or soup, my favourite!

Driving duration: approx. 4 hours
Trip duration: 8-9 hours

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Seyðisfjörður. Photo by Golli.

Day 4. Höfn – Seyðisfjörður

Continuing our trip around Iceland, you’ll notice how the landscape changes, and trust me, you’ll be experiencing that few times during your trip. Almost like you’ve entered another country.

Now, we have beautiful fjords surrounded green mountains and small villages.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Stokksnes
  2. Steinasafn Petru Museum
  3. Vök baths
  4. Fardagafoss waterfall
  5. Church and colourful boardwalk in Seyðisfjörður

Stay overnight in Seyðisfjörður, one of my favourite towns in Iceland. A small and beautiful town surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. There is a nice campsite and of course a lot of options for accommodation. Spend some time in the area, there are beautiful waterfalls that you can hike to.

Driving duration: 4+ hours.
Trip duration: approx. 8 hours.

Dettifoss waterfall
Dettifoss waterfall. Photo by Berglind Jóhanns.

Day 5. Seyðisfjörður – Húsavík

Now we have made it to the other side of the country. Are you ready for a long but beautiful day? The Northeast is one of my favourite part of the circle going around Iceland. It has so much to offer.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Hengifoss waterfall
  2. Stuðlagil canyon (read more about the hike here)
  3. Dettifoss waterfall (The most powerful waterfall in Europe).
  4. Ásbyrgi
  5. Geo Sea in Húsavík

Stay in Húsavík, it is a really nice town in the North. It is really much known for the best spot for whale watching.

Driving duration: approx. 6 hours.
Trip duration: assume the whole day.

Check out the selection of whale watching tours from Húsavík and Akureyri. 
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Víti crater. Photo by Berglind Jóhanns

Day 6. Húsavík – Mývatn – Akureyri

Entering the world of hot springs and volcanoes. Start the day with a soak in warm water, the Mývatn Nature Baths are often said to be the Blue Lagoon of the North. Next up, explore the geothermal areas, try to get used to the smell because that’s pretty much what you’ll be smelling throughout the day while exploring Mývatn area.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Mývatn Nature Baths
  2. Hverir geothermal area
  3. Víti Crater
  4. Grjótagjá cave and hot spring
  5. Hverfjall volcano
  6. Skútustaðagígar
  7. Goðafoss waterfall

Stay overnight in Akureyri. It is the fourth largest town in Iceland. Enjoy some city life, go out for drinks, get ice cream or go see a movie! Or do all of it!

Driving duration: approx. 3 hours.
Trip duration: approx 8 hours.

Amazing 10 Day Road Trip Around Iceland
Hvítserkur. Photo by Berglind Jóhanns.

Day 7. Akureyri – Hvammstangi

Our road trip around Iceland is closer to the end but lets not think about it, we’re here to enjoy! Prepare for a change in landscape, once again. Now we’re back to farmland, be aware of the sheeps, in the summer they roam free in the wilderness so you might see a lot of them by the side of the roads or even in the middle of it. Just slow down and allow them to move out of the way. Some sheeps are lazier or more stubborn than others so one honk doesn’t harm nobody.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Siglufjörður
  2. Local swimming pool in Hofsós (with amazing view)
  3. Sauðárkrókur
  4. Hvítserkur
  5. Hvammstangi

Stay overnight in Hvammstangi. It is the largest community in West Húnaþing and it offers an excellent camping site, swimming pool, hotels, and museums. Consider visiting the Icelandic Seal Center and the Trade Museum.

Driving duration: approx. 5 hours.
Trip duration: approx 9 hours.

Amazing 10 Day Road Trip Around Iceland
Ísafjörður. Photo by Golli

Day 8. Hvammstangi – Ísafjörður

Now it’s time to head to the Westfjords. Before you hit the road, check out the website road.is to see how the condition is on the roads, even during summer there can be road closures. It’s a long drive and you want to be sure that you’ll make it without any trouble.

Enjoy the ride to Ísafjörður, the road takes you into many stunning fjords. Be on the lookout for seals, they really much like to chill by the shore in the fjords.

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Arctic fox centre
  2. Heydalur
  3. Ísafjörður

Stay overnight in Ísafjörður, it is a beautiful town surrounded by some dramatic landscape. If you have time and energy you should go for a hike. Read more about the trails here.

Driving duration: approx. 5-6 hours.
Trip duration: approx. 7-8 hours.

Amazing 10 Day Road Trip Around Iceland
Dynjandi waterfall. Photo by Berglind Jóhanns

Day 9. Ísafjörður – (ferry) – Stykkishólmur

Regarding rental cars when planning on going to the Westfjords; if you plan on going to Látrabjarg or Rauðisandur, you should rent a 4×4 vehicle. If you stick to the paved road you easily get away with renting a small and cheaper vehicle.

It is kind of hard to leave the westfjords, but I would say that the right way to do it is to take the ferry from Brjánslækur to Stykkishólmur. The ferry stops at the island Flatey, but not long enough for you to go off the ferry. Enjoy the view from the boat and try to spot puffins out on sea.

Take a look at the ferry schedule here. 

Consider stopping at these locations: (reachable on a small vehicle).

  1. Dynjandi
  2. Flókalundur
  3. Take the ferry from Brjánslækur to get to Stykkishólmur
  4. Stykkishólmur

Stay the night in Stykkishólmur. It is my favourite town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and it is the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification.

Driving duration: 2 hours +
Ferry duration: 3 hours
Trip duration: approx. 6-7 hours

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Day 10. Stykkishólmur – Reykjavík / Keflavík

Our trip around Iceland is coming to an end. Enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on the 10th day. Some people like to say that the peninsula has it all, if you want to see the different landscapes of Iceland and you only have one day, travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It has volcanoes, glacier, lava fields, black and gold beaches, majestic mountains and seals!

Consider stopping at these locations:

  1. Kirkjufell mountain
  2. Snæfellsjökull National Park
  3. Lóndrangar
  4. Arnarstapi
  5. Bjarnafoss waterfall
  6. Ytri Tunga – spot the seals

When is your flight? if this is the end of your trip in Iceland, I recommend staying one night in either Reykjavík or Keflavík, so you’ll be well rested after the 10th day of your trip around Iceland.

Driving duration: approx. 4 hours
Trip duration: approx. 8-9 hours

When travelling around Iceland it is good to know where the museums are, either stop by our tourist information and get the Museum guide book or get the information online.

I hope this helps you with planning your trip around Iceland! Don't hesitate to contact us or stop by our office if you have any questions.

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