Driving around Iceland
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 9:39 AM Last Post By: Vikingtraveller
Jan 21, 2013 12:29 PM
Jan 21, 2013 1:36 PM
1It depends on how much you want to see and do at the times you're not driving ;-)
If you also want to visit Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon and drive the Golden Circle (with Iceland's main attractions) then 5 days is definitetly not enough. If you just want to circle the island: 5 days would be possible, but it would not leave you much time to go on hikes or go on excursions like whale watching, glacier hikes etc.
Presuming that you do want to visit Reykjavik etc. I would advise you to stay close to Reykjavik and drive up and down in Eastward direction in 2 days, which allows you to see the Vatnajokull glacier (and hike it), the black beach of Vik and the glacier lake Jokulsarlon.
Jan 21, 2013 1:45 PM
2Addition: If you do want to visit the North part as well (which is really beatiful too) you could also consider flying in the morning from Reykjavik City airport to Akureyri, rent a car and drive to Lake Myvatn, visit the sites around there and fly back in the evening.
It will be quite a packed holiday though.
Jan 21, 2013 2:11 PM
3Bear in mind Easter is early this year, and you may find that travel is difficult in the East Fjords at this time of year. It would be possible to drive the ring road in 5 days, but you will face long days of driving to do it and have little time to enjoy the places you pass.
The Golden Circle (Geysir and Strokkur, Gulfoss and Thingvellir) could be done in a daytrip from R/vik, but it is worth spending some extra time at Thingvellir and walking some of the trails. Take a couple of days to drive the South coast and back again as far as Jokulsarlon. It's not to be missed, Skogafoss is a good place to stop the night, and you can hike up behind the waterfall, otherwise Vik is another good stopover.
Jan 21, 2013 2:13 PM
Jan 22, 2013 1:28 AM
5I did it a few years ago. My post with itinerary is in this thread:
Jan 22, 2013 8:37 AM
6Have you visited Iceland before? (That is, are you considering the Ring Road loop because you've already been to the sights - and sites - near Reykjavik? Or are you just concerned that you won't be able to keep busy for five days in the south?)
If this will be your first time in Iceland, I suspect that you will be able to find plenty to do without trying to do "the whole country" in five days. You might find it just as fulfilling - but a lot more relaxing - to combine day trips out of Reykjavik (Golden Circle, geothermal sites on the Reykjanes peninsula, etc.) with an overnight trip somewhere further afield (driving along the south coast and beyond to Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon, or a flight up to Akureyri and Myvatn).
Sure, it's possible to drive the length of the Ring Road in four or five days, but your carefully-crafted itinerary can fall apart if you happen to encounter a bad storm (snow or rain) at the wrong time.
Jan 22, 2013 12:52 PM
Jan 23, 2013 5:01 PM
Please...no...anything but that!
You've been to Iceland before, right?
Jan 24, 2013 1:22 AM
9'Please...no...anything but that!' Anything but what?
'You've been to Iceland before, right?' Right!
Jan 30, 2013 9:39 AM
10Thanks for all your advice. Will stick to the Reykjavik area for the five days.
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