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What can you do on an Iceland Stopover?

One day

Morning

  • Go to the top of Hallgrimskirkja church for a great view of Reykjavik.
  • Walk around the harbor area and see local fishermen in action.
  • Visit the Harpa performing arts center and marvel at its architectural beauty.
  • Explore the shops and boutiques on Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
  • Tour one of the numerous museums and when you get hungry try an Icelandic hot dog! Tip: Ask for “the Clinton” if you go to the Baejarins Beztu hot dog stand.

Afternoon

 

Evening

  • Enjoy famous Icelandic cuisine at one of Reykjavik’s numerous restaurants.
  • In the summer months take in the midnight sun and if visiting in the winter search for the northern lights.
Three days

Day one

  • Explore the shops and boutiques on Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
  • Enjoy a whale watching tour.
  • In the summer months take in the midnight sun and if visiting in the winter search for the northern lights.

Day two

Take the Golden Circle tour, which includes many of Iceland’s natural wonders, including:

  • Geysir, home to the geyser from which the word originated and many other curious geothermal wonders.
  • Thingvellir National Park, home to the Viking parliament and an area where you can see the rifts created by the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Gullfoss, Iceland’s Golden Falls, which is one of its many impressive waterfalls.

Need to wind down? Add on a stop at the Laugarvatn Fontana, a natural spa including hot springs, pools, and saunas.

In the evening, return to Reykjavik to experience famous Icelandic cuisine or catch some live music.

Day three

Before you head out to the airport, we suggest:

  • Trying out Reykjavik’s geothermal beach, Nauthólsvík 
  • Enjoying a cup of coffee in one of Reykjavik’s many cafes.
  • Warming up in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.
One week

Day one

  • Explore the shops and boutiques on Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
  • Warm up in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.
  • In the summer months take in the midnight sun and if visiting in the winter search for the northern lights.

 

Day two

  • Drive from Reykjavik to the Vik area, stopping at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
  • Continue to Skogafoss, another beautiful waterfall.
  • If you are a hiker spend some time in Thorsmork or hike to the top of Skogafoss.
  • Spend the afternoon on a glacier walk on Solheimajokull.
  • Explore the black sand beaches in and around Vik.
  • Visit Eyafjallajokull, site of the 2010 eruption.

 

Day three

  • Spend the day in Vatnajokull National Park which includes Europe’s largest glacier.
  • Visit the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where many blockbuster films have been shot and be on the lookout for seals and walruses that like to play among the icebergs.

Day four

  • Drive the route from Hofn to Egilsstadir, perhaps the most beautiful in Iceland with mountains on the left and the ocean on the right.
  • On your drive be on the lookout for reindeer, which live exclusively in the east of Iceland.
  • Spend the night in the Egilsstadir area.

 

Day five

  • Drive from Egilsstadir to Akureyri, stopping to enjoy the sites of Lake Myvatn, including: bubbling mud pools, the Myvatn Nature Baths and a massive lava field that is rumored to be the home of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads.
  • Visit Husavik, a cute town known for its whale watching trips in the summer.
  • Spend the night in beautiful Akureyri which is set on a long fjord and has fantastic restaurants and shops.

 

Day six

Take a break in the Akureyri area and experience all it has to offer, including:

  • A boat trip.
  • A local brewery.
  • Take a day trip to places like Siglufjordur, a gorgeous village..
  • In the winter months go skiing or on a search for the northern lights.

 

Day seven

Make your way back to Reykjavik and enjoy your last day in Iceland.

Before you head out to the airport, we suggest:

  • Trying out Reykjavik’s geothermal beach, Nauthólsvík
  • Enjoying a cup of coffee in one of Reykjavik’s many cafes.
  • Warming up in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Planning a trip to Iceland

We have put together this map and suggested travel itineraries so you can make the most of your time while exploring our lovely island home.

If you are visiting for two days or less we recommend basing yourself in Reykjavik and taking advantage of the numerous excursions and activities in the area.

If you have three days or more then consider renting a car and traveling all or part of Iceland’s famous Ring Road which circumnavigates much of the island. Whatever you decide, be sure to bring this map!