5 Day Iceland Itinerary: How to Plan a First Trip to Iceland

I have a reputation for being an obsessive planner when it comes to our family vacations. But planning a trip to Iceland really took the cake. For our five days in Iceland, I spent over 20 hours pouring over guidebooks, maps, and blogs to create our 5 day Iceland itinerary. That’s a lot of work to plan a vacation, but it paid off.

Since our first trip to Iceland, I have returned twice, once in winter months and again to visit Snaefellsnes and the Westfjords in early fall. I have also become a certified Iceland trip planner, helping over 20 families with their Iceland vacations. With all this experience, I’ve updated this post from when I first wrote it in 2017 to include what I’ve learned, and some new attractions that have recently opened.

This Iceland itinerary covers a 5-day trip in the summer months when you can take advantage of the long days and lots of sunlight. I’ll provide a day-by-day itinerary for an Iceland road trip along the South Coast of Iceland, from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This self-drive trip includes the famous Golden Circle, beautiful waterfalls, and other natural wonders along the main road.

You can follow this 5-day itinerary at any time of year, but you will need to use more caution if you are driving in the winter. You wouldn’t have the same long days at that time of the year, but you would have a chance to visit the ice caves near Vatnajökull National Park and maybe even see the Aurora Borealis.

Eyjafjallajökull and farm

How to Plan a trip to Iceland: Know Before you Go

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Is 5 Days in Iceland enough?

If you are hoping to drive around the entire country on the Ring Road, then no, 5 days in Iceland is not enough. For your first time in Iceland, you don’t need to cover the entire island. You can pick different parts of the country to give you a taste of the magic of Iceland. Most first-time visitors to Iceland will choose to visit Reykjavik, the Capital Region, and the Southern Coast of Iceland covered in this itinerary.

How Much Does a Trip to Iceland Cost?

Before you go, it is important to realize that even if you find cheap airfare, Iceland is an expensive country to visit. I have put together this Iceland budget guide to help families and others understand how much a trip to Iceland costs, depending on your budget and interests.

Keep in mind that when you visit greatly impacts costs, with the most expensive times being between June through August and during the festive season. To reduce costs, plan on staying in guest houses and vacation rentals in the countryside and limiting your time in Reykjavik. You can also focus on free activities, like hiking, and minimize paid tours and excursions. It is hard to avoid Iceland’s high-priced food, but you can minimize your food budget by planning casual meals and preparing many of your own meals.

The black sand of Vik in Iceland
The black sand beach at Vik

When to Visit Iceland

Trying to “do” Iceland in 5 days means you are going to be busy, so it is best to go in the summer when the days are long. I have also visited Iceland in the winter, but I still prefer summer when there is more daylight for exploring.

Keep in mind that a trip to Iceland means long days with a lot of driving and also moving hotels frequently. Even with only five days in Iceland, there is no getting around moving a couple of times if you want to minimize driving. It is possible to stay in Reykjavik and take day trips, but you will be doing even more driving (or time spent on tour buses.)

Given the limited amount of time, you will likely want to focus your attention on the South Coast for your first trip to Iceland. This will allow you to fit in Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and maybe even the Glacier Lagoon.

If you want to drive the entire Ring Road and get to the more remote places like the Westfjords, you are going to need at least 10-14 days.

Getting to Iceland

Iceland Air

IcelandAir (which codeshares with JetBlue) is the primary carrier for flights to Iceland, with direct flights from New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, and Orlando. The newly launched Play Airlines offers great budget fares (replacing the now defunct WOW Airlines) and United and Delta also offer a few direct flights from the USA.

On our first trip, we flew IcelandAir from Boston to Keflavík, arriving at 11:40 pm on the summer solstice, just in time to get the full effect of the midnight sun. These days, flights usually arrive in the early morning, which leaves you with the conundrum of what to do until your accommodations are ready for check-in.

Ideally, you would book for the night before, arranging for an early morning check-in, but that is going to cost more. Since most flights to Iceland are fairly short, from the East Coast of the U.S. at least, you will be tired and it is hard to hit the ground running with a busy day.

If you have a hotel, you can at least drop off your bags and walk around to stay awake. If you are staying in an Airbnb, there is luggage storage at the main bus station. On my last trip, I ended up hanging out at the Hlemmur Food Hall until our Airbnb was ready. Many people will choose to make their first stop at the Blue Lagoon, as it is the perfect place to relax and kill some time until check-in.

Getting Around Iceland

5 days in Iceland -- rent a car from Sixt
Driving near Dyrhólaey

Unless you are planning on using a private driver or taking tours, you will need to rent a car in Iceland. If you are going to just base yourself in the city and take day trips from Reykjavik, you can book the FlyBus to get from the Keflavik International Airport to the main bus station (where you can switch to another bus for hotel drop-offs.)

I would recommend using Auto Europe to check car rental rates from multiple suppliers. Depending on where you are going, you probably won’t need an SUV, but if you are going to drive into the interior on any of the “F” gravel roads, it is a requirement. We were glad we had a 4×4 just for getting through the bumpy dirt roads you often drive on to get to waterfalls, hikes, and some tours, especially in parking lots.

When renting a car in Iceland, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Lines at the rental car offices can be quite long, be prepared and be patient.
  • Additional insurance (particularly gravel and ash) is HIGHLY recommended and costly — build this into your Iceland budget

Keep in mind that you don’t want to rely entirely on Google Maps when you are driving as what its says looks like the better way can sometimes take you on interior F roads that aren’t even open. Also, your GPS will generally tell you something takes less time than it actually will — give yourself plenty of time for driving and stops along the way.

Where to Stay in Reykjavik

5 Days in Iceland -- if you visit Reykjavik you should definitely go inside the Harpa Concert Hall to see the light refracting through the glass walls

Reykjavik is a small, walkable city. If you stay anywhere in the core downtown area, you are no more than a 20-30 minute walk to all the main attractions. The city itself is clean and very safe.

Reykjavik has been growing and it is no longer quite as hard to find a hotel room. (See my list of family-friendly hotels in Reykjavik.) Since hotels are so pricey, vrbo was the way to go for our family.

I’ve stayed in multiple vrbo apartments downtown that have been under $250 a night which worked out perfectly (except for the late check-in and the need to carry luggage upstairs.) The convenience of a hotel is ideal but the apartment rentals are much more budget-friendly. At least now there are some options for those that want to use points, including the Canopy by Hilton and the Marriott Edition.

For more suggestions on planning a trip to Iceland, make sure to read my separate post on Iceland travel tips!

5 Days in Iceland Itinerary: Exploring the South Coast

As mentioned earlier, if you only have 5 days in Iceland, a popular option for first-time visitors is to explore Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, and the South Coast. If you have already been to Iceland, or you are looking to get a little more off-the-beaten path, you can also check out my itineraries for the Snaefellsness Peninsula and the Westfjords. Together, these also make an excellent five-day Iceland itinerary.

Day 1 – Reykjavik

Sun Voyager sculpture in Reykjavik

On your first day in Iceland, if you are arriving in the morning, you may want to plan a stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavik to kill some time before you can check into your accommodations. Personally, I find the Blue Lagoon very touristy (see my Blue Lagoon review here), but I know many feel a trip to Iceland isn’t complete without seeing the Blue Lagoon. At least if you get there very early in the morning the crowds won’t be too bad.

As an alternative, you could try the newer hot springs at Sky Lagoon, which is closer to the city and offers beautiful views overlooking the water. If you don’t have a car, you can also book a ticket including transfers.

After checking in to your accommodations, grab some lunch (see my recommendations on where to eat in Reykjavik.) Next, take a walk along the waterfront to see the Sun Voyager sculpture and make your way over to the stunning Harpa Concert Hall (Austurbakki 2). Be sure to walk around inside to see the light reflecting through the glass and the beautiful architecture.

After the Harpa, walk over to the Old Harbor for a Puffin Express boat tour or an express whale watching tour. The puffin tour is just an hour, leaving you plenty of time to explore but also giving you a view of these cute little birds.

If it is too cold to get out on the water, another great option is to visit the Perlan. This glass dome-shaped building includes an ice cave and a planetarium show that makes you feel like you are under the Northern Lights. It is a great option for those that have limited time in Iceland but still want to experience some of its magic.

Another alternative, especially for those that miss out on a whale-watching tour, would be a visit to the Whales of Iceland exhibit downtown. Kids will especially love the 23 life-size replicas of whales and the interactive exhibits.

After the afternoon activity, take some time to explore and shop along Laugavegur, which is the main shopping street in the city centre and finish off with an elevator ride to the top of the Hallgrímskirkja church (Hallgrímstorg 1) for beautiful views over the city.

Get a good night’s sleep on your first night because you will be exhausted and need your energy for a full day tomorrow.

Day 2 – Golden Circle

5 Days in Iceland -- a sample itinerary includes a visit to Gulfoss in the Golden Circle
Gulfoss Waterfall

Begin your second day with a hearty breakfast from Sandholt Bakery (Laugavegur 36) or at your hotel/apartment.

I recommend spending the second day on a self-driving Golden Circle tour and keeping your home base in Reykjavik, so you don’t need to switch hotels every night.

If you are interested in joining a small group tour, I would recommend using Hidden Iceland. Use promo code WE3TRAVEL to get 10% off scheduled group day tours with Hidden Iceland. I did a tour with them recently and was so impressed with their knowledge and customer service.

If you want to avoid the big tour buses at each attraction, plan to do the Golden Circle counterclockwise, starting at the 6,500-year-old Kerid Crater for a quick walk around the caldera. Next, you may want to plan a stop at the Secret Lagoon for a more rustic and natural hot spring environment.

Another popular spot on the Golden Circle route is at Fridheimar, a restaurant and tomato farm, which uses geothermal energy to heat the greenhouses that are the source of those fresh salads you can find in Iceland. If you want to have lunch, be sure to book a table in advance.

Your next stop will be at the impressive Gullfoss waterfall. Give yourself enough time to walk along the various viewpoints and take in the double rainbows that you often find above the waterfall. Many find this the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland, but you will see my favorite tomorrow.

Once you are done at Gullfoss, it is a short drive just ten minutes down the road you will come to the Geysir Visitor Center. It is then a short walk across the street from the parking area to watch the reliable Strokkur geyser erupting.

While it isn’t as tall and impressive as Old Faithful in Yellowstone, I love that you can get up close (and you don’t have to wait as long for the eruption.) Just before it erupts, a giant blue bubble forms that then explodes upward in a spray of steam and water. You can also spend time walking through the geothermal area, but generally, this stop shouldn’t take too long.

If you have time in your day, add a stop at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa for a dip in their pools and a tour of their thermal bakery (they bake bread in the ground but reservations are needed).

You can also have a late lunch there or you could stop at Efstidalur II, at Blaskogabyggd 801, a farm hotel and restaurant with great homemade ice cream.

The last stop of the day is at Thingvellir National Park (þingvellir National Park), the site of the country’s first Parliament and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a Game of Thrones filming site and a spot where you can see the rift between the North American and Eurasian continents (and even snorkel between the tectonic plates!)

To be honest, the views here aren’t that remarkable but it is a good spot if you want to do a bit of hiking. Generally by the end of the day you are getting tired of getting in and out of the car and might prefer just a short stop.

You can return to Reykjavik for dinner, or stop at Lindin, at Lindarbraut 2 in Laugarvatn. Lindin specializes in seafood (including whale and puffin) and game (like reindeer burgers) and isn’t the most kid-friendly but it was fine for our foodie family.

Day 3 – South Coast

Sejlandfoss waterfall

On your third day, you will want to check out of your hotel early and arrange for a hotel room in the town of Vík or ideally near the Glacier Lagoon for the next night or two. This will be a long and busy day exploring some of the most beautiful spots on the South Coast. Be sure to stock up on snacks before you head out.

Depart Reykjavik early to make the most of your day and drive east along Rt 1 (aka the Ring Road) for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Rt 249 towards the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. You will see the waterfall as you drive towards it and don’t be surprised if you see quite a few tour buses too.

Hopefully, you can sneak in there between the bus tours and enjoy the falls without the crowds, but keep in mind that even when Iceland is crowded, it is nothing like the crowds you will find somewhere like Niagara Falls.

One of the fun things at Seljalandfoss is that you can get to walk behind the waterfall, which is one of the coolest things I’ve done. Just be sure to wear good non-slip, waterproof shoes and a raincoat and rain pants because even to get close to the falls you will get soaked from the mist — see my Iceland packing list for more suggestions!

I also wouldn’t recommend attempting to walk behind the waterfall in the winter as the area surrounding the waterfall is pure ice and you will need crampons or microspikes if you want to get close (see my Iceland winter packing list.)

After walking behind the falls, follow the path a few hundred meters further along the cliff face to the Gljufurarbui waterfall. You will need to enter into a crevice in the cliff and walk through a small stream to find this hidden waterfall. So many people on bus tours overlook this hidden gem but it was a highlight of our trip! You will need some good waterproof hiking shoes to get in there though unless you don’t mind cold, wet feet for the rest of the day.

If you are hungry, there is usually a food truck or a fish and chip stand set up at Seljalandsfoss.

After you have had your fill at Seljalandsfoss, continue on Rt 1 for another 30 minutes to the Skogafoss waterfall in Skogar. You can walk to the foot of the falls and also climb a staircase to see the falls from above. I personally think this is the most beautiful waterfall on this 5-day Iceland itinerary. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the falls! You may think these are going to be short photo stops but the waterfalls are so impressive that you will want to take time just to enjoy the views from every vantage point.

When you are done, continue along Rt 1 to Rt 218 to Dyrhólaey (35 minutes), a stone sea arch where puffins nest. You’ll need to drive up a steep, narrow dirt road to reach Dyrhólaey. Just note that this area is closed during puffin nesting season in late May and early June.

Standing on the sea arch at Watching puffins at Dyrhólaey and seeing the contrast of the green grass with the black sand below

We lucked out because it was open when we visited and by leaning over the cliff slightly we got some close-up views of these cute little puffins. Just be very careful here as there are no guardrails along the cliff edge and the wind can be quite strong. There is also a cute lighthouse on the promontory.

Next, head back to Rt 1 and follow it to Rt 215 to Reynisfjara (30 minutes), which is home to a black sand beach with amazing basalt columns, caves, and sea stacks. This is an iconic spot in Iceland that you won’t want to miss.

There is also a small cafe here that serves up a delicious meat soup — a classic Icelandic dish.

Reynisfjara black sand beach and cliff

If you haven’t eaten yet, stop for lunch in Vík and take a walk out to the black sand beach to see the famous Reynisdrangur rock formations. I would also recommend checking out the new Icelandic Lava Show to experience the “fire” part of the land of Ice and Fire.

You may want to choose to stay in this general area on the south coast for two or three nights to minimize moving around. Some options include:

If you are continuing on to the Glacier Lagoon this day, it is a long drive and you can stop for dinner at Systrakaffi at Klausturvegi 13, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustri. This nice cafe offers simple fare like pizza and hamburgers, but also nicer entrees like a very well-prepared arctic char. If you can’t find lodging near the glacier or closer to Vik, this is a good spot to look for a vrbo.

If you are staying near the glacier lagoon, drive across the lava fields to the Jökulsárlón Lagoon.

Day 4 – Icebergs & Glacier Hiking

Getting up close to icebergs in the glacier lagoon
Getting up close to icebergs

If you are staying on the south coast, start off with a drive east to the Jökulsárlón Lagoon. You can see icebergs from the beach, but I would recommend a boat tour to get up close to them. Unless you have little kids, a zodiac boat tour will get you up close to all types of icebergs and you can also get up close to the glacier face.

If you cross the bridge between the lagoon and the sea, you will get to Diamond Beach. It was named for the large chunks of ice that wash up on shore, glittering on the black sand beach like diamonds.

If you are visiting in the winter, you can take a tour of an ice cave instead. Although I wouldn’t recommend driving out here by yourself in the winter unless you are very comfortable driving under winter conditions (be sure to check out my tips for visiting Iceland in the winter.)

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When you have finished at the Lagoon, you can drive back towards Reykjavik or Keflavik, stopping again on the South Coast.

In the afternoon, I’d recommend a glacier hike. Near the glacier lagoon, you can take a hike on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park. On our trip, we took a three-hour glacier hike with Arcanum Tours on Sólheimajökull glacier.

Glacier hiking in South Iceland

Day 5 – South Coast / Reykjanes Peninsula

If you have five full days in Iceland, you have one more day of adventure before heading home. However, if you are flying out late on your fifth day, you should start to make your way toward Keflavik and take a self-driving tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula before heading to the airport.

If you have kids, they would enjoy a visit to the Viking World Museum near Keflavik airport to see a full-scale replica Viking ship that actually sailed from Iceland to Canada and the U.S. You can learn about Viking history and Norse mythology. Outside there is a small petting zoo and playground.

However, if you don’t fly out until your sixth day, take another day to enjoy some more activities along the south coast. A few I would recommend include:

I hope that you leave Iceland just as in love with this magical country as we did — exhausted, exhilarated, and enthralled.



5 day Iceland itinerary puffins and waterfalls


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Publish Date: April 27, 2022

68 thoughts on “5 Day Iceland Itinerary: How to Plan a First Trip to Iceland”

  1. I am looking forward to really carefully READINg this for some great tips as I plan my 30th birthday. I am looking to go the first week in september. thank you in advance!

  2. Hello! This is such a wonderful resource – thank you so much for sharing your itinerary! My husband and I are headed to Iceland in late September/early October. We’re also planning to rent a car through Sixt. I’ve read a few horror stories about renting cars in Iceland, so I’m trying to decide which extra insurances to add. May I ask if you added on gravel protection or other protections? We plan to stay on Ring Road and head to the Golden Circle. We will not be traveling on any F roads. We will likely decline CDW so that we can be covered through our American Express credit card. Thanks in advance for your input!

    1. Yes, we did add that coverage and I would recommend having that coverage from someone because even some of the attractions like waterfalls have gravel roads and parking lots.

  3. your post is really informative. im traveling To iceland on april23-30 with my husband and my 1 year old son. what ITINERARY do you think is suitable for us since my son is STill small. would you still recommend for us to stay 4 NIGHts in Reykjavik and the 2 nights in vik? thanks so much!

  4. This was so helpful and looks like the perfect trip. We are planning to go to iceland for about 7 or 8 days at the end of July (can we dogsled then?) with our 18 and 16 year old. We are a very active outdoor family. I love your itinerary because I don’t want to have to drive somewhere every day. I know you said you wished you stayed in vik for 2 nights. I notice you posted one hotel there of the three you named that you liked. The other two are in different locations. Can either of those be used to see the golden circle/glacier hiking etc.? Any other suggestions for activities??

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful! I believe you can dog sled in July but I’d check their website. IcelandAir Hotel Vik would be a great choice but Hotel Ranga is also a great location for Golden Circle and glacier hiking. While you may not be making huge day trips from Reykjavik every day, you will still be moving around quite a bit, that is just the nature of going to Iceland, you need to drive to see the sights. Other great activities are the Buggy adventure, super jeep tours, Into the Glacier, glacier lagoon boat tour, whale watching, rib safari around the Westmann Islands…so much to do!! If you want to go in July I’d look into your hotels ASAP as many are already fully booked. Have a great trip! If you need planning help, check out my planning services as well.

  5. Hi tamara,
    Thank you for the valuable information! tHE PICS AND VIDEOS ARE GORGEOUS. We could not resist taking this trip after reading your blog :-). We are planning to travel to iceland with kids age 4 &61/2 FOR 7 days & 6 nights around the end of june . BASED ON THE AGE RESTRICTION ON ACTIVITIES LIKE DOG SLEDDING AND GLACIER HIKING, WOULD YOU STILL RECOMMEND STAYING AT vIK or geysir for 2 nights instead of homebase at Reykjavík with day trips? TIA!

    1. I would recommend staying out in Vik if you can find a place. That way you don’t have to have extremely long days just to see the waterfalls and such. You could even do one night out at the glacier lagoon to see what on the duck boat tour and not have really long rides all in one day.

  6. Incredible guide Tamara! My wife and I are following this guide almost to a T so you saved us a ton of work!

    P.S. I was trying to find a way to support ($) your amazing work – I clicked your links to book some tours (Puffin, Arcanum, etc.) but not sure if you get a referral fee for those.

    1. Thank you so much Rikin! I don’t think any of those are affiliates but some hotels and things are so I really appreciate the effort.

      1. polly pickering

        Hello, we are booking a August sunday to sunday trip, only 7 days but would like to use your advice and stay where you may get referrals etc., let me know if we can email you ?
        thanks much- Polly

        1. You can email me at tamara(at)we3travel.com. If you are looking for August 2017 you are going to have a really tough time finding hotel availability though as most will have booked up a few months back.

  7. Hello Tamara, where did you fit Gulfoss into your visit? I saw a picture of it but not listed on your itinerary.

    1. We did it on the day we went dog sledding. We were staying out in Geysir and hit the geyser and Gulfoss that afternoon.

  8. Dear Tamara, I really enjoyed reading about your trip and all the recommendations. We are planning a trip to Iceland and really would like to get your help planning. Thank you!

  9. We are traveling through (2 adults, with our 6 & 11 year old) and have an 11-hour layover at Keflavik. Having a difficult time deciding if we should do the Blue Lagoon along with the Viking World Museum or shuttle over to Reykjavik for a bit. Any advice?

    1. When are you traveling? 11 hours is a good amount of time. I’d be tempted to find a tour out to see some of the waterfalls (Skogafoss and Sejlandfoss) so you could get a real sense of the landscape that makes Iceland so unique. Personally I didn’t love the Blue Lagoon and would think most kids wouldn’t want to stay in the water longer than an hour so it would be hard to do spa treatments and relaxation unless you traded off some with the kids. Altogether you would only spend 3-4 hours there tops if you also ate there. I definitely loved the Viking World Museum but you only need about an hour there. If you rented a car you could do that and Reykjavik. Unless you went out on a whale watch or puffin tour (summer), then you don’t need the whole time to explore downtown Reykjavik. I hope that helps!! Be sure to check out some of the other posts for more detail on many of these activities. Have fun!

    2. Blue Lagoon is a must! I spent 12 years in Iceland growing up. I am planning to take my family back soon. The last thing I will waste my money on is a museum. They can read that in books. There is so much beauty to Iceland that needs to be experienced!

  10. Loved this! My fiancé and I will be going for our honeymoon this June. Very helpful. So there was snow for dog sledding in June? That’s when y’all went correct?

    1. Yes, you have to drive out to a glacier an hour or two north of Reykjavik to get to the snow but we did it in June.

  11. Iceland has been on my list for a long time. So glad I have a resource here when we finally make it happen!

  12. Keryn @ Walking On Travels

    The perfect summer itinerary! I love it! Definitely pinning for our next trip over.

    1. Thanks for pinning! It was a super-busy trip but if you can spread it out a little more, it will be easier with littler kids.

  13. I love how you laid this out. I saw cheap flights for Iceland at the beginning of summer it sounded tempting but bc we knew nothing about it we didn’t jump and purchase them. Wishing we had… but I added it to our list for the future anyways. The sledding seemed absolutely amazing!!!

  14. Very nice article and it seems like you had so much fun. I am also planing on going there soon with my kids. I am a traveler like you and I have been traveling over 10 years and not been to the Island yet. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. Enjoy your trip Marc! If you have any questions I can help with just let me know. Great to connect!

  15. Suze The Luxury Columnist

    Your dog sledding experience must have been amazing! I’d love to visit Iceland and to see those beautiful glaciers

    1. Thanks, it was. I can’t wait to share more pictures and video from that experience. Coming soon!

  16. Is it still a place worth visiting in january for a new years trip or will it be too cold? 5-10 days both seem like a great op tion.

    1. I know a lot of people who have gone in the winter to see the northern lights. You won’t be able to do as much with limited sunlight though. Check out some posts on a Brit and a Southerner — they went last December.

  17. Carolyn @ Holidays to Europe

    Thanks for a fantastic resource. We are planning a visit to Iceland next year in late June/early July so I’ll be bookmarking your guide and referring back to it as I finalise my itinerary.

  18. we just returned from a 10 day visit to Iceland, our second. We traveled via WOW. They are an efficient and competent airline, but one that weighs every bit of luggage. Pay careful attention tontheir luggage limits. On our first trip we dod the Golden Circle, so this time around we travelled to the west fjords. It was wonderful, in particular we enjoyed Budir and Hvaamstangi. We would also recommend Kex, in Reykjavik.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations John and your thoughts about WOW. That is what I expected based all all their restrictions.

  19. Oh, you’re making me want to go back!
    We were there exactly the week after you but had 11 days there so snuck in a few more places, all wonderful, but still just south and west coast so must go back some day! (I have a 5-year-old so didn’t want to do too much driving.)

    We *did* fly WOW Air (out of London and then over to Berlin) and they were perfect – a fun and reliable airline, would happily fly them again.

    1. Amanda, so good to hear about WOW — now I wouldn’t mind giving them a try and the fares are great. Anything you would say is a must do on the West Coast? I wish we could have taken more time to see more and also go at a slower pace. Thanks for commenting!!

    2. Hi, I will be traveling with childrens 5,7 year old at the end of September. I’d like to take them with us to the glaciers, ice caves, waterfalls, see northern lights (hopefully!) and such but most of the tours I’ve read have a minimum age requirement of at least 8 years of age. Can you recommend a tour that will allow younger children?

      1. I’d recommend getting a car and self driving and spending one night in the country where you can see the northern lights from there.

  20. iceland looks amazing! I’ve been considering this destination for a while so thank you for sharing.. I’m the same way if I’m travelling somewhere I’ve never been before or know very little about

    1. Good, I hope it can help then! Iceland is a terrific country that I hope you get to explore.

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