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Iceland: 4 day itinerary

Actually it’s more like a 3 full days and two half days itinerary, but that makes for a poor headline. Anyways, I thought that I’d share my travel itinerary for my first trip to Iceland.

… and I’m writing “first trip”, because I know for sure that I’ll have to make trip no. 2 with all the beautiful sights that I can’t fit into my schedule this time around.

This itinerary is for the non-driving traveler (I don’t have a drivers license – yet). Next time I visit Iceland I plan on having a license, so I can make a longer trip driving around the ring road.

For this trip I plan on getting around by bus (tours). All of my excursions are pre-booked with pick up and drop off arranged at my hotel. I used whatson.is to research and book everything.

Check out what I have planned for my first Iceland visit:

Thursday

Arrival to KEF airport around 3 PM.

Pre-booked flexible Flybus ticket to go directly to my hotel in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik sightseeing by foot (If you want you can book a guided tour, but I prefer going solo):

Sights:

  • Sólfarið (The Sun Voyager)
  • Harpa (Concert hall)
  • Hallgrímskirkja (Church and view point)
  • Laugavegur and downtown Reykjavik (Shopping street)
  • Tjörning (City pond)

Dinner in Reykjavik:
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Apparently Iceland’s unofficial national food: Hot dogs)
Check out my Icelandic Food Guide for more ideas on what to eat in Reykjavik.

… and a local beer at Skúli Craft Bar

Friday

11 hour bus tour to West Iceland: Snæfellness Peninsula Tour with Bustravel Iceland. Pick up a 9 AM at my hotel.

Sights:

  • Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss (A very famous mountain and waterfall)
  • Djúpalónssandur (A black beach famous for “The Lifting Stones”)
  • Hellnar (An old fishing village close to some beautiful rock formations)
  • Arnarstapi (Another old fishing village, also close to some beautiful rock formations)
  • Snæfellsjökull (A mountain with glacier on top)

Dinner in Reykjavik

SALT for some langoustine soup and salmon.
Check out my Icelandic Food Guide for more details on this.

Saturday

Museums and walk around in Reykjavik:
Sights:
Perlan (Museum and view point)

Honestly, I had planned to see more, but Perlan was really good and I had a great time browsing at the gift shop, checking out the observation desk and drinking hot cocoa in the café, so I sticked around a lot longer than expected.

Foodie adventure around Reykjavik on my own:

  • Myrin Mathus at the BSI Busterminal to try svið (sheep’s head)
  • Kaffí Vinyl for some more hot cocoa
  • Glo Vegan for some early supper before my evening activity

For more about these places check out my Icelandic Food Guide

The Blue Lagoon 7 PM to 10 PM (with a 6 PM bus transfer booked from/to my hotel).

Note: You need to prebook your visit to The Blue Lagoon at bluelagoon.com and do it as soon as possible if you want to be able to pick between the good time slots.

Sunday

10 hour bus tour to Southern Iceland: South Shore Adventure with Reykjavik Excursions. Pick up a 08:30 AM at my hotel.

Sights:

  • Skógafoss (Really big waterfall)
  • Sólheimajökull (Glacier tongue that’s part of the Mýrdalsjökull that lies on top of the Katla vulcano crater. Bonus info: The famous Eyjafjallajökull is also a part of the Mýrdalsjökull)
  • Vík (Small town)
  • Reynisfjara (Also called Black Sand beach) with Reynisdrangar (Very unique rock pillars and rock formations)
  • Seljalandsfoss (Very beautiful waterfall that you can go behind and get the full 360 experience)

Shopping in Reykjavik

66 North (An Icelandic fashion brand that’s really cool and in Reykjavik they have several stores. If you want to buy some Icelandic fashion you go to 66 North)

Dinner in Reykjavik
At Snaps. I had lobster ravioli and smoked salmon – yum!

… and a beer afterwards at Kaldi Bar.

Check out my post on great places to have a beer in Reykjavik.

Photo by Zé Zorzan on Unsplash

Monday

Breakfast, packing and spa at my hotel in Reykjavik.

Check out and departure for KEF airport by Flybus with pre-booked pick up at my hotel at 12 PM.

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