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Iceland – 10 Day Ring Road Itinerary

Much of this is a copy and paste (including her wonderful emojis) of what Mrs Z posted on her Facebook travel group. This trip was done in mid August in almost perfect weather. Watch road conditions if you attempt this at other times. 10 days is the minimum to do this. If you only have 9 days, skip Snæfellsnes, but thats not to say its skippable.

Day 1 – Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon. Allow a couple of hours.

Explore Reykjavik. Main streets, Sun Voyager, Harpa Concert Hall, hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Lunch at Cafe Loki – Try to sit upstairs, traditional plate (no fermented shark for us. Stinky food not my jam, and I havent found a single soul that liked it), Lamb Shank soup, smoked trout, Rye Bread Ice cream (yes!!!)

Dinner at Skal! – Inside Iceland’s first Food hall – sunchokes, skirt steak, arctic char. Excellent!

Perlan Museum

Stay at Reykjavik Residence Apartment. Recommend!

Day 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Geirabakarí Kaffihús – Good midway point stop. Bakery was the location of “Papa Johns” in ”The secret life of Walter Mitty”.

Kirkjufellsfoss – GOT sight, highlight

Lunch at Gilbakki – fish soup 😋, date pesto on a bagel. Fantastic lunch in the lone restaurant in Hellissandur where you can find some interesting murals. Like a mini Wynwood (Miami)

Djúpalónssandur beach – Very cool, atmospheric black beach

Lóndrangar – short stop, dramatic cliff views

Hellnar – nice little walk toward Arnastapi, and a good stop for coffee break with a view

Arnarstapi – Bárður, Gatklettur

The story of Bárður Snæfellsás the area first settler –

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge – This was a fail for us. We walked inside the Gorge until reaching a dead end too soon (large boulder), need waterproof shoes

Búðakirkja – Black Church – The Motif #1 of Iceland. The most photographed structure. Dark skies actually help in this case

Bjarnarfoss waterfall – Cool, relatively unknown waterfall. Short hike to the bridge

Ytri Tunga – Beach where you may find seals, and whale skeleton

Buffet Dinner and stay at Langaholt Guesthouse. Fine stay, nice setting. There’s not much else in the area

Day 3 – Drive to Husavik

Grábrók crater – The largest of three volcanic craters, mostly covered in moss. It stands 170 m/550 feet tall. The last eruption was around 3400 years ago. Can be windy 👍. Beautiful views from the top. Bathroom at the restaurant in the gas station just prior. You just need to buy something. And by something, I mean more chips 

Kolugljúfur Canyon – Another cool stop on the way. As nice as the waterfall is, the canyon is the highlight. Walk down under the bridge, but can be slippery 👍👍. Unpaved road to get to the site

Sjávarborg Restaurant – Backtracking 10 km or so, but worth it. Seafood soup, fish of the day ❤️❤️

Glaumbær Farm & Museum (cool cafe inside that looks like a tea parlor ) 👍

Akureyri – Second largest city, cute downtown, good hot dog, ice cream stop. Park by the church

Goðafoss – Goðafoss got its name when Christianity was declared the official religion of Iceland, so the locals threw Norse pagan gods statues into the waterfall. Park and do the east side, by N1 gas station ❤️❤️

Dinner at Naustið – Mussels, fish and chips, Arctic char. Good, but second night better

Stay at Fosshotel Húsavík (2 nights)

Day 4 – Myvatn

Dettifoss – Take the paved 862 to the west lot, largest and strongest waterfall in Europe, Another 15 minutes walk against the flow to Selfoss – allow 1-1&1/2 hours total here

Hverir – Very cool Geothermal area. Nice setting. 👍

Grjótagjá – Quick cave stop. This is where Jon Snow and Ygritte had their romantic rendezvous 🤔

Lunch at Vogafjós Farm Resort – Good Burger! 👍

Hverfjall – 20 min steep hike to crater of a 2500 y/o volcano

Lava field Dimmuborgir – Volcanic rock formations – if time allows

Skútaís – Farm Ice Cream 👍

Skútustaðagígar – a park of pseudo craters, much more appreciated with a drone, but pleasant walk. If time and black midge flies allow. Myvatn afterall is named after the midge flies

Geosea in Húsavík – Geothermal Sea Baths – Try to go at sunset if its a nice day

Dinner at Naustið – Second meal. Fish of the day, fish soup. This is the strength of this place. Reserve in advance.

Day 5 – Northeast

Beitarhúsið – Nice middle of nowhere pit stop for coffee, lunch or whatever. Try the love balls

Stuðlagil Canyon – One of the highlights of the entire trip. Park at the second lot, a mile or so after crossing the bridge, very bumpy ride especially the last mile. Parkplatz Klaustrusel – Stuðlagil on Google. 3&1/2 mile round trip hike. Allow 2-3 hours. 

Seydisfjordur – Beautiful drive down to this Picturesque town. Check out the blue church, Fish n chips lunch at Fancy Sheep food truck. 👍

Gufu waterfall on the way back. Short stop

Litlanesfoss, Hengifoss – Steep hike, about 2 hours total (3.6 mile round trip). Unique fall, but not a must. Litlanesfoss halfway just as impressive. Looking back we probably should have relaxed at the hotel spa, or a town pool.

Dinner and stay at Gistihusid in Egilsstaðir

Day 6 – East

Drive toward Höfn on road 1 (against Google advice). Numerous short stops on the way:

Petra’s Stone Collection – very cute 👍




Hvalnes Lighthouse – stop if not cloudy or foggy

Red chair – Yes, its just a red chair on a rock

Hofn – Langoustine lunch in Pakkhús 😋 – skyr cake 😋😋

Diamond Beach – Park at the west side.  Waves can sneak up.💎💎💎

Múlagljúfur Canyon – Better light in the morning but tomorrow is busy, turn at 63.9886667, -16.3971589, 1.5km rough road to the parking lot, 30-45 minute walk to the viewpoint. We tried but elected to skip due to weather, but this seems like a relatively undiscovered gem

Dinner and stay at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon – go to sauna and hot tub. Get the steak tartare, huge dishes

Day 7 – Glacier lagoon, drive to Vik

Jökulsárlón Zodiak tour 9:30. Arrive by 9 👍

Fjallsárlón Glacier Parking – Walk to observation area to see glacier up close

Hofskirkja church – turf covered roof and unique cemetery. The last turf church built and one a few remaining 

Svartifoss –  “the black waterfall”, the basalt columns inspired the design of Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík. parking 700 ISK, 90 min round trip. 

Lunch at Kjarr Restaurant – cute location w waterfall view on some days, nice pastas especially the seafood

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon – Allow an hour. Walk till the metal deck 👍👍

Dinner at Black Crust Pizzeria  – liked the pizza but not the smell of clothes after. 

Reynisfjara Beach – black sand and puffins in season

Stay at Hotel Vik

Day 8 – South

Explore Vik’s other side:

        Reynisfjara beach – Columns and black sand beach and caves. Be careful of sneaker waves

        Dyrhólaey – lighthouse and dramatic black beach views 

Skógafoss – Try to come before 10 to beat the tour groups, go up the stairs and hike waterfall alley for at least one mile or at least until Fremri-Fellsfoss. Allow 2 hours. Best hike of the trip 

Lunch at Mia’s Country Van – Fish & Chips 

Kvernufoss – park at Skogar museum, 10 minute walk to the falls, waterproof clothes if you opt to go behind the fall. Rainbow if sunny 

Seljalandsfoss – go behind the waterfall, will get wet, slippery – wear waterproof gear

Gljufrabui – 5 minute walk from Seljalandsfoss (go left), hop on wet stones to go through canyon in water to get to waterfall

Secret Lagoon 👍

Dinner at Messinn Selfossi – Very popular with locals, but disappointing overall. I think we just ordered the wrong dishes for us (wolffish lacking in texture). Reserve if you go.

Stay at Hótel Kvika (2 nights) – Budget hotel but comfortable

Day 9 – Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour with Arctic Adventured – Pickup at 8:15 from Selfoss N1 Gas Station 👍👍👍 ( take sandwiches and snacks with you ). Long day, a lot of driving but highly recommend

Dinner at Fjöruborðið Restaurant ❤️

Day 10 – The leftovers



Þingvellir National Park

Fly home

Important tips

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