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Iceland is the kind of place where you could easily spend weeks and be in complete awe of its beauty. But if you have to keep it real and are short on days, here is a 6-day itinerary based on our overall experience.


6 Days







Day 1 - Arrival & Blue Lagoon

Day 2 - Golden Circle, Snorkeling & Northern Lights

Day 3 - Natural Hot Springs at Hveragerði, Reykjadalur

  • Catch up on some sleep! Start the day with a leisure breakfast at Ion Hotel Bar

  • Check-out from Hotel Ion and drive to Hveragerði, which is the starting point for a hike to Reykjadalur where you can also bathe in a hot river - You can join a hiking tour or horseback riding tour to Reykjadalur

  • Try geothermal baked breads at Kjot & Kunst Bakery

  • Check-in at Hotel Rangá, Suðurlandsvegur

  • Dinner at Hella restaurant at Hotel Rangá, an excellent place to try some Arctic fish.

  • Post dinner, grab some wine and relax away in an outdoor hot tub under a starry sky!

Day 4 - Chill at Hotel Ranga

  • Hotel Ranga provides the perfecting setting in a secluded rural area and the hotel offers a number of outdoor activities as well

  • Keep in mind that Day 5 is going to be a long day with lots of driving, you could always use this day to laze around and sleep in!

Day 5 - Explore Southwest Iceland & Jökulsárlón

  • Check-out form Hotel Ranga and target to hit the road by 7am

  • Just driving south along the Ring Road unfolds fantastic scenery, stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall and Dyrhólaey

  • Head south and stop by the quaint village of Vik to explore its black sand beaches

  • Head southwest, and make a wikiwiki stop at Skaftafell

  • Drive to Jökulsárlón glaciers - This is an absolute must see place! Book guided ice caving tour to crystal ice cave from Jökulsárlón glaciers. Check timings and assume 3-hours of total activity time

  • Time to head back, drive east and check-in at Vik HI hostel for the night

Day 6 - Explore Reykjavik

Additional Tips: Driving In Iceland

  • Fairly straightforward as there is one circular road called Ring Road to follow

  • Four wheel drive cars recommended, as it gets really windy in some areas - Be extremely careful when you are opening the car doors

  • Driving by yourself is the best option as it gives you immense flexibility and is not that difficult - It also helps to drive around mindlessly at night in search of northern lights in absolute darkness than be in a tour bus

  • There are no streetlights once you move out of Reykjavik

  • Park the car against the direction of the wind to prevent it from toppling over

  • When visiting in winter, remember that days are shorter so check the sunrise and sunset timing and start your day as early as possible

Hidden Gems

  • Take a Journey towards the Center of the Earth in a unique Volcano Tour at Thrihnukagigur Volcano in Iceland - It's only available in summer, involves bit of a hike but perhaps the only place where you can actually descend down a volcano (One that’s still on my list!)

  • Take a tour of the stunning ice caves located in the south east at Vatnajokull

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