Iceland Itinerary Ideas

Take it from experience, outer space doesn’t seem so far away when you step onto the alien landscapes of Iceland. Situated at the junction of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, Iceland still feels like an untouched haven of natural paradise, even with the recent increase in foreign visitors. Depending on the timing of your Iceland itinerary, you might experience the wonder of days without sunlight or nights as bright as days—otherwise known as the midnight sun.

Whether you only have the option of a few days to explore Iceland or a couple weeks, Inspirock’s free Iceland travel planner will help you maximize your time seeing all that this spectacular nation has to offer. From geothermal pools, waterfalls, and geysers to the breathtaking Northern Lights, you’re spoiled for choice. Let the sample itineraries below guide you on an Icelandic adventure that will be like no other.

The Reykjavik Experience

Reykjavik from above by: Didier Jansen (CC)

If you’re one of the unfortunate people who have only a few days to see Iceland, don’t fret. With our free Reykjavik itinerary planner, you can maximize your sightseeing and see the main highlights that draw visitors to this amazing country and its capital. Walking down Reykjavik’s streets lined with colorful buildings and seeing the view from atop the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja are only a sample of the Nordic things you can see and do here. If you’re like me and love to get a feel for the local culture, Reykjavik’s various museums will give you a sense of the people who call it home. And no trip to Iceland is complete without a swim in Blue Lagoon, the country’s most popular geothermal bath.

More Reykjavik attractions await you on this 3-day trip:

The Untouched North Iceland Itinerary

Selfoss Waterfall by: Andres Nieto Porras (CC)

Go where very few tourists go: the north of Iceland. Our free Iceland travel planner lets you explore the otherworldly landscapes that dominate the north of this island nation, where you may question if you’re still on Planet Earth. A visit to Akureyri and Husavik in the north includes the famous Selfoss Waterfall. Plus, you’ll get the chance to meet locals who live away from the cities. Make sure to keep your eye out for the majestic Icelandic horses, a purebred species only found within this small country. To top it all off, the further north you are, the greater your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

More northern attractions await you on this 6-day Iceland itinerary:

Getting “Off the Beaten Path”

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall by Claire Cox (CC)
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall by: Claire Cox (CC)

Once in a while, I think we can all agree that we like to get away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What a perfect opportunity to explore the hidden gems in the southwest of Iceland! This nature-heavy itinerary created with our free Iceland trip planner includes time in Reykjavik before venturing out through the landscape, with visits to a variety of majestic waterfalls and geysers. With seven days of travel, you can take your time and enjoy every breathtaking view. Cap off your Iceland trip in the southernmost city of Vik, with its famous black sand beach. Those of you willing to brave the cold, take a dip into the Icelandic waters for an everlasting memory.

Discover unforgettable nature on this 7-day Iceland itinerary:

The Ring Road Iceland Itinerary

On the road near Myvatn by Nick (CC)
On the road near Myvatn by: Nick (CC)

If you’ve dreamed of seeing all the gorgeous sights that Iceland has to offer, then this itinerary is for you. Not only do you get to explore the nation’s beautiful capital, but you’ll also get to discover the hidden gems that many other tourists miss. Start in Reykjavik, then visit coastal towns like Vik and Hofn, and see natural wonders in Myvatn and Geysir. Visit the untouched north and trek along hiking trails through snowy mountains. A trip via the Ring Road encircling the country allows you to experience both the sophisticated city life and the lunar landscapes of the countryside. This popular route is the perfect way to see it all and, of course, take more photos than you can possibly imagine.

Check out the breathtaking sights on this 16-day Iceland itinerary:

Time for a Nordic experience

If after reading this you’ve made the impulsive decision to book those flights and pack your bags, use our free Iceland trip planner to create a tailor-made travel plan for your vacation. Whether you plan to have a short visit or stay awhile, Inspirock is here to help you create everlasting memories.

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