We were so excited to plan a trip to Iceland after our travels to the other Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland). So many people kept telling us how beautiful it was there!
Where to Visit in Iceland
We planned a 5-day, 4-night trip that included Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, Vik and parts of the southern coast, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula and parts of the western coast. These areas were the most we could do within the 5 days we had, but we will definitely be heading back to Iceland to explore more of the eastern and northern parts!
Top Things to do in Iceland
Some highlights from our trip included swimming in geothermal hot springs, hiking to multiple breathtaking waterfalls, riding Icelandic horses on the beach, the delicious fresh seafood and SKYR yogurt (yum!), and the stunning landscape at every turn.
Recommended Itinerary in Iceland
We flew into Keflavík International Airport around 8am on a red-eye from Boston. From the airport, we rented a car and drove straight to the Blue Lagoon; it's on the way to Reykjavík and we knew we could not check into our hotel until later that day. Read more about Reykjavík here.
After Reykjavík, we headed down the Ring Road (Route 1), through Selfoss and Hella, to Vik. Read more about Vik and southern Iceland here.
After Vik, we headed to a fishing town just north of Reykjavik via the Golden Circle, starting at Kerid and ending at the Thingvellir National Park. Read more about the Golden Circle here.
We spent the night in Akranes, then woke up and drove north along the Ring Road to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and went horseback riding at Stóri-Kálfalaekur. We explored the remainder of Snaefellsnes Peninsula on our last day before heading back to the airport. Read more about west Iceland here.