Whenever I went to Iceland, we flew Icelandair and had a great experience. I recommend getting a late night departure so that you’ll arrive super early into Iceland. Take a 2-3 hour nap as soon as you get in and your body will be good to go for the rest of your trip.
Grab breakfast (or brunch) at Brauð & Co and take a walk around the Northern harbor. Walking around will help you wake up and give you a nice initial lay of the land.
This sounds stupid, but check out Fly Over Iceland. It’s an immersive movie where you’re suspended in air. It was such a great way to start our trip– kind of like a trailer for what was to come.
If hungry, check out KEX/Hostel Burger for lunch.
Continue walking around central Reykjavik, just explore and get lost.
We chose to do the southern half of Iceland and drive along the ring road– it was such a great taste of everything Iceland had to offer and was relatively easy to do. We decided to end in the town of Hof and stayed at the Fosshotel and had such a great experience!
Grab breakfast pastries and snacks on your way out (you will have stretches of time where you don’t come across anything. So bring food and stop for gas when you see a station!)
There are so many different waterfalls and places to stop at along the way, but here are some of the places I’d recommend stopping on the way out.
I highly recommend booking a secluded Airbnb for a night or two, it’s great way to see the stars (and hopefully the Northern Lights if you’re there during the season!) I’d recommend choosing a location in between Hof and Reykjavik. We really loved being close to Vik. This was the Airbnb we booked and it was AMAZING.
Then Reynisdragnar, black sand beaches (please, please use caution at this beach. DO NOT go near the water as there are very serious sneaker waves.)
Lunch at one of the great restaurants in Vik
Dinner at Airbnb
Day Six: Drive Back to Reykjavik
Check out of Airbnb and make your way back to city. Hit up any of the waterfalls you might have missed on the drive in.
We decided to do two hot springs on our trip and I highly recommend! It’s a great way to end your trip. I’d recommend going this night at sunset.
Day Seven: Chill Day in Reykjavik or Snæfellsnesvegur
Depending on how you feel and when your flight leaves the next day will determine if you have another chill day in the city or venture north to Snæfellsnesvegur, a beautiful national park with some of the most iconic Icelandic scenery.
The Laundromat Cafe: American style diner
Brauð & Co: Delicious pastries
Kex Hostel Reykjavik: Burgers
Mat Bar: Tapas and wine bar
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur: Hot dog stand
Skool Beans: Coffee shop in a school bus
Restaurant Suður-Vík: Fancy Icelandic food
The Soup Company: Soup in bread bowls
Smiðjan Brugghús: Amazing burgers
Misc. Location Restaurants
Friðheimar: Reykholt (East of Reykjavik) tomato based restaurant in greenhouse
Fosshotel restaurant: Hof (Eastern tip of Iceland) fancy Icelandic food