Road Trip Around Iceland – Road.Travel

Road Trip Around Iceland

Road Trip Route. Drive around the whole island, Enjoy out this world sceneries, Visit waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves.

Iceland is the place where movies about other planets are filmed without any decorations. If you are not ready to pay for a spaceflight, you can travel here. It will turn out a little bit cheaper. This journey is definitely worth its cost. The scenario offers you to go on a road trip around the whole island. You will see the incredible beauty of waterfalls, geysers and glaciers, swim in hot springs and hike through national parks. And the road between these places is already a good reason to visit Iceland. In order to fully enjoy all the places planned come here during the summer months. Due to the fact that in some places it may be difficult to find cafes and restaurants, some breakfasts and dinners are planned in hotels.

Uninhabited Nature. From: Reykjavík

Kirill Khomko. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Arrival to Reykjavik

Welcome to Island! Start your journey as you wish, depending on your arrival time. Don't forget to rent a comfortable car for this unique adventure.

Fish Market (Fiskmarkaðurinn)

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, take the car and go to Reykjavik. Start with a walk in the centre of the city if you have time and then – come to the Fish Market for dinner.

Day 2: Explore the city

Before driving out to the road around the island, explore the capital of Iceland. You will have an opportunity to see the city's most famous sights, try local food at the top rate venues and walk around the lighthouse.

Reykjavík Roasters

One of the best coffees in town according to the reviews.

Church of Hallgrímur (Hallgrímskirkja)

Hadlgrimskyrkia is probably one of the most famous attractions in Reykjavik and Iceland. It took more than forty years to build this majestic building! According to the architect's idea, the unusual shape of the building should symbolize a volcano and the lava that tends to rise.

National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands)

Someone wrote that this is one of the best museums ever visited. Exhibits are not big but very interesting and there are a lot of interactive boards.

Icelandic Fish & Chips

This organic bistro serves incredibly tasty fish and chips with an Iceland twist.

Sun Voyager (Sólfar)

A sunny navigator - a sculpture of John Gunnar Arnason, a fairytale boat, an ode to the sun. It was created to celebrate the discovery of new territories, dreams and hopes for progress and freedom of humanity.

Grótta

Grótta is a tiny island connected to Reykjavík. While originally containing a farm, today it houses a lighthouse, bird haven, and recreation area. There are really few walks as romantic as this one.

Grillmarkaðurinn

One of the best restaurants in town. It has a very rich menu of delicious dishes. Visitors advise trying the ready-made "fish experience".

Day 3: Blue Lagoon

This day will be more about the relaxation before the long journey around the whole island. Pay a visit to the supermarket to buy food and water for the road and then visit and enjoy the hot waters of the Blue Lagoon resort.

Te & Kaffi

Good coffee, great bagels, good tea. Nice atmosphere and popular among locals.

Krónan

Here you can buy different snacks and water for the road. Prices are quite ok by Icelandic standards.

Blue Lagoon (Bláa lónið)

Such an unusual color of water in the lagoon has, thanks to blue-green algae and silicon molecules that reflect the sun's rays. You can swim here at any time of year, because the water temperature never falls below 36 degrees Celsius.

Lava Restaurant

This restaurant offers a unique dining experience. The chefs take pride in using fresh Icelandic ingredients and the lunch and evening menus range from light dishes to gourmet meals.

Kleifarvatn

Great place for a hike or drive by, lots of scenic views with the black sands and volcanic rock formations.

Day 4: Waterfalls & Hikes

Today, you will visit several picturesque waterfalls of the south, walk along the famous black sand beach and hike down the gorge before going to the next lodging.

Seljalandsfoss

Ready to admire the fabulous scenery? Then it's time to go to Selialandsfoss Falls. The waterfall is surrounded by emerald green hills and on a sunny day you can see rainbows appearing among the splashes of water. It is also interesting that if you bypass the water jets on the path, you can find yourself in a grotto and see the waterfall from the inside - a very unusual experience!

Skógafoss

No wonder if you think you've already seen this place somewhere, because this is where the scenes from the movie "Tor: The Kingdom of Darkness" were shot. The height of the Skougafoss waterfall is approximately the same as the previous one, but it is more powerful and full-flowing. According to local legends, behind the waterfall is the treasure chest of Trassie Torolphson, the first Viking to settle in Iceland.

Reynisdrangar

Rheinisdrangar - basalt sea cliffs located under Mount Rheinisfjal. There's also black volcanic sand here. In 1991, this place was recognized as one of the ten most beautiful untropical beaches in the world. Legend has it that the rocks appeared when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to the ground and daylight illuminated them, turning them into stones.

Halldórskaffi

A delicious veggie burger is served here as well as some other things. A great view of the mountains from the patio.

Fjaðrárgljúfur

The canyon, which has a depth of up to 100 meters and a length of about 2 km, with the river flowing through it. The unusual relief of this area was formed for thousands of years, thanks to the streams of melt water from the glaciers.

Day 5: National Park and Glacier

This day will consist of easy short drives and long scenic walks. The first half of the day is dedicated to the hike in the national park and after lunch, you will visit one of the most famous glaciers in the world.

Vatnajökull National Park (Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður)

Start the day with a walk through this national park. There are many different paths for hiking. Check the options upon arrival at the tourist centre.

Veitingasala

Cafe with excellent views of the national park. Good food at reasonable price.

Jökurlsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón)

Here you can go on a boat tour in the glacial lagoon. Website of the company is in the event details.

Day 6: Fjords and Gufufoss Waterfall

After visiting a garden with very strange looking stones you will have an opportunity to see the fjords of the east of Iceland. In the second part of the day, you will see one more waterfall, probably the most beautiful one.

Stone Garden

No comments. Surreal place. Just in time to rest from driving and take a walk.

Hólmarnir

If you are already hungry, go for the lunch first and then come back here to walk and enjoy the views of the fjord. There is a small footpath that you can follow from the parking lot. It's not far. Do it and have an amazing view over the Fjord.

Randulff's Sea-House

Authentic lunch at its best! It is advised to try goose or deer meat.

Gufufoss

On your way to the hotel make a stop at this waterfall.

Álfacafé

You can dine here or at the guesthouse. According to one of the visitors – it's an amazing find in a small village of 130 inhabitants.

Day 7: Love Cave & Nature Baths

After a long but scenic drive in the north, you will come to a famous cave. Get inside and you will probably recognize the view if you watched the Game of Thrones. In the afternoon, visit the hot natural baths and drive by a volcano.

Grjótagjá

A long way, but the destination is worth it. If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones, you will like this place even more! The scene with John Snow and Igritt was filmed in this cave.

Daddi's Pizza

According to feedback from visitors and local residents, the best pizza in the whole northern Iceland is served here.

Jarðböðin – Mývatn Nature Baths

Today was a long journey by car, so you can relax in the local hot springs.

Hverfjall

A hike to the volcano or around it will take too much time, but you can have a look at it at least.

Bryggjan

Go here for dinner. You will not regret! You will probably be the only tourists inside.

Hagkaup

You can restock snacks and water for the rest of the route in this supermarket.

Day 8: Huge Waterfall and Stone Giant

I bet you have never seen a stone giant before. It's time! After hiking around the Goðafoss waterfall in the morning, driving further back to the west and having lunch, go and visit the Hvítserkur – mighty rock formation that looks like a giant crawling out of the water.

Goðafoss

Although Godafoss is a small waterfall, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the whole of Iceland due to its unusual shape resembling the crescent and the surrounding picturesque landscape.

Áskaffi

Today's route is quite long. You can make a stop for rest and lunch here.

Hvítserkur

Some call this mountain as "elephant", some see it as a frozen giant. In any case, the view is simply stunning!

Sjávarborg

At the end of the day – a lovely fish restaurant with great views. There are also vegetarian options.

Day 9: Hot Springs

Apart from the usual hikes at the waterfalls, today you will visit the hot springs and the geyser.

Deildartunguhver

Imagine that the water temperature in the spring is approaching a hundred degrees! Passing by bubbling geysers, you'll see thick clubs of steam - a spectacle of wonder and even frightening. By the way, the Icelanders were able to "tame" Deyldartungyuhver, and today he supplies hot water to all nearby communities.

Gullfosskaffi Ehf

A cafe with a gift shop. There is also a beautiful waterfall nearby.

Gullfoss

Gudlfoss also means "golden waterfall" in Icelandic. Where did this name come from, it is not known for sure, there is a version of the reflected in the splashes of sunlight, and there is - a treasure trolls hidden nearby. But the real treasure is the view that opens up in the place where two powerful streams of water meet.

Strokkur

In the valley of thermal springs there are many both sleeping and active geysers, the spectacle is truly impressive. The good news for road travelers is that parking is spacious and completely free of charge.

Lindin

It's advised to try the fish soup here.

Day 10: Back to Reykjavík

Today, you will return to Reykjavík for a final night before departure. On your way there, stop at the national park for one more last hike.

Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir þjóðgarður)

On our way to Reykjavik we will visit a truly fabulous place - Tingvellir National Park. There are plenty of interesting ways to spend time here - you can walk along the hiking trails, enjoy the tranquil views on the lake shore, go to waterfalls, or go scuba diving, plunging into the rift between the tectonic plates!

Restó

Upon your return to Reykjavik have your lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Food for all tastes.

Reykjavik Art Museum / Hafnarhús (Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Hafnarhús)

The port house is one of several buildings of the Reykjavik Art Museum. Here you can get acquainted with the works of already recognized masters of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as with the works of rising stars. Fans of modern art must visit!

Handknitting Association of Iceland

A knitting collective that sells traditional handmade hats, socks and sweaters, or you can buy yarn and knitting patterns and do it yourself.

Gamla / Old Iceland

Traditional Icelandic dinner. Nothing to add.

Mikkeller & Friends

The best bar with craft beer in the whole Iceland! Excellent final for the perfect adventure!

Day 11: Departure Day

Hope you will enjoy Iceland as much as I did! Have a nice a safe flight home. Don't forget to drop off the car in time.