Epic Iceland Roadtrip Itinerary for 12 days

Iceland was absolutely stunning and I’m already dying to go back. We spent 12 days there in mid-October, the weather wasn’t perfect for the majority of the trip but it was still stunning. Not everyone is lucky enough to get 12 days so check out Natasha’s post on her weekend adventures around Iceland. There are also many tours leaving from Reykjavik, like this tour of Iceland’s South Coast.

We rented a campervan from Camper Iceland and decided to do an epic Iceland roadtrip, which requires an epic playlist. I definitely can’t squeeze all of Iceland into one blog post, so I figured I would  start with my itinerary and link from there to each area. Tourism is booming in Iceland now so I would suggest going as soon as possible. We were surprised at the amount of tourists around the island in its “off season” but we are glad we did it at this time because we couldn’t imagine the crowds in the summer! Also check out my packing list for cold weather travel.

Fun facts:

Did you know the majority of the population actually believe in elves, trolls and ghosts? Roads have been rerouted so as not to disturb the elves living in certain rocks. People even have little elf houses on their properties!

There are no forests in Iceland, there are a few evergreen trees dotted here and there but no actual forests, you can see for miles on a clear day!

Vatnajokull Glacier is Europe’s largest glacier.

Icelandic horses are the purest breed in the world.

Epic Iceland Roadtrip Itinerary

So will just give you a brief look at what we got through on our Iceland roadtrip.

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Our actual route for our epic Iceland roadtrip

Day 1:

Landed at Keflavik at 2.30pm, went to Camper Iceland to pick up our Jeep Super Camper. From here we did our groceries and drove out to Thingvellir National Park.

Day 2:

Golden Circle

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Gullfoss was the high point of our Golden Circle day

We hiked around Thingvellir. Drove out to Geysir and Strokkur and hiked around the area there and then onto Gullfoss. Stopped by the not so Secret Lagoon, but didn’t stay, the weather was so bad. We drove straight out to Seljalandsfoss where we parked for the night.

Day 3:

Iceland’s South Coast

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Rainy morning at Seljalandsfoss

We woke up to another rainy and windy day so we walked around at Seljalandsfoss and then made our way to Skogafoss where we snapped some pictures from the car park. We continued on to Vik, stopping off at one of the black sand beaches on the way and continued towards Skaftafell. It was so beautiful on this road despite the weather so we took lots of tracks off the main road and stopped at many sites to snap pictures. We reached Skaftafell around 4pm and hiked to the glacier and back.

Day 4:

Iceland’s South Coast to the Eastern Fjords

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Looking back to Svartifoss

We hiked to Svartifoss waterfall early the next morning and beat the crowds then we continued onto Jokulsarlon. Then we began our long drive through the Eastern Fjords up to Eglisstadir where we camped for the night.

Day 5:

Eastern Fjords to the North

We continued our epic Iceland roadtrip by driving to Seydisfjodur, which was stunning and then onwards to the Myvatn area.

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Crazy views on the drive up North

Day 6:
North

We spent this day waterfall chasing, from Dettifoss and Asbyrgi Canyon through Husavik and down to Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss.

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Selfoss at sunrise

Day 7:

Long driving day, we went to Hvitserker and then continued our drive out towards the West Fjords, we stayed at a campsite just outside of Laugarholl Hotel where there was a pool and some turf houses.

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No better way to end the day than a nice swim, hot shower, some wine and a beautiful sunset

Day 8:

Iceland’s Westfjords

We went hot spring hunting and then took the best F-road across to get over to Bildudalur and found another amazing hot spring. We drove to Dyjandi that evening and camped there.

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Beautiful views of the Fjords driving to Bildudalur

Day 9:

Iceland’s Westfjords

Rainy hike up to Dyjandi and then we drove out to Patreksfjodur and had lunch in a little cafe.

We hopped aboard Ferry Baldur and sailed straight into a storm on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 10:

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Our main goal today was to get amazing shots of Kirkjufell which we managed to do between the clouds and rain. From there we drove out to Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and made it back into Reykjavik that evening.

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The iconic Kirkjufell

Day 11:

Reykjavik

Walked around and did the major sites of the capital city and then drove out to Grindavik to camp.

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Rainy day in Reykjavik. View from the top of Hallgrimskirkja

Day 12:

Blue Lagoon at 8am to see the sunrise. Our epic Iceland roadtrip had come to an end, we dropped off our car and then went to the airport 🙁

We covered a lot of stuff, if the weather was better in some places we could have seen more like on the Snaefellsness Peninsula. This only means we will have to come back and see more of Iceland next  time in some better weather!

21 Comments

  • Sarah October 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

    No, if only somebody could do something about the weather in Iceland, eh? But you managed to fit a lot into 2 weeks and I’m guessing staying at campsites saved a lot of money too. Hotels are expensive.

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    • Stace October 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Yes and most of the camp sites were technically closed so they didn’t even charge anything! which was great! We got through so much it was quite exhausting but it was an amazing trip!

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  • Diane October 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful trip & page you have done.
    XXxx

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  • Tina and Jimmy October 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

    How much fun would that be? An Icelandic Road trip sound like a great pleasure and your photoes are stunning, there is so much beautiful scenery in Iceland and I can’t wait to go in Late winter. Although, I think it will be more of a boozing trip to check out the ice bars 🙂 Wouldn’t mind finding West Fjords to see the hot springs!

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    • Stace October 26, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Ahhhh It was beautiful! That sounds fun too! Im going to do a post on eacg area including the westfjords and the springs we found!

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  • Clare October 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I love Iceland it’s such a beautiful country. I did the golden circle tour and then also visited the south coast. Next time I would love to go back in summer and hire a car and see the rest of the country, it looks stunning from your pics 🙂

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  • Juliette | Snorkels to Snow October 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Trolls & Elves! Actually in Norway they’re big on trolls there too. My Dad has a growing collection of trolls from our trips to Norway (my grandfather was from Bergen). Iceland is probably the number one destination on my bucket list so thanks for this information! I would love to do an Icelandic road trip!

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  • Janine October 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    How lovely! I love the fact that the locals believe in elves and trolls. It reminds me of the leprechaun houses in the Aran Islands of Ireland! I would love to get to Iceland someday! It truly looks gorgeous.

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  • Courtney Jones October 27, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Wow, wow, wowww I NEED to get to Iceland! Every day on your roadtrip sounds amazing, and your photos are so great! I love that they believe in elves, trolls and ghosts as well 😀

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    • Stace October 27, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Ahh go as soon as you can. It was stunning!

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  • OmniyaFareed Shafik October 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

    wow Iceland is one of the places Im dying to go to. Your roadtrip is awesome

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  • Mimi October 27, 2016 at 8:46 am

    well that is indeed a hell of a epic journey! wow. You did the whole iceland experience quite deeply! Bookmarked for sure!

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  • JM October 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    This is absolutely so fun. Visiting Iceland is a dream for me but doing a road trip is a much more of a heavenly desire. ICELAND is stunning and places are really jaw dropping.
    JM | Man Of Wanders

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  • loudysdream October 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    amazing pictures, i would love to do the same adventure one day <3 can't wait for the next adventure

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  • Yasmin October 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Love this post! I’m dying to go to Iceland and reading this has just made me want to go even more! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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  • Sarah November 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    In a moment of insanity prior to our trip to Iceland, we decided to rent a camper van and drive the ring road in three days. It ended up being the BEST decision we’ve ever made. Although it was a ton of driving, we loved every second of our time there! Unfortunately we didn’t have time, nor were the F-roads open, to see the Westfjords. Must get back someday!

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    You just can’t go wrong with Iceland, can you? I mean so many people tell us about it and we simply can’t wait to visit. We are totally afraid of the cold, but we reckon it’s so worth it, especially because we want to rent a car and just explore. Saving your article!

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