Iceland was absolutely stunning and I’m already dying to go back. We spent 12 days in Iceland 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 for this Iceland road trip itinerary 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 road trip, 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 Iceland roadtrip 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.
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.
Iceland 12 Day Itinerary
So will just give you a brief look at what we got through on our Iceland road trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eastern Fjords to the North
We continued our epic Iceland road trip itinerary by driving to Seydisfjodur, which was stunning and then onwards to the Myvatn area.
We spent this day waterfall chasing, from Dettifoss and Asbyrgi Canyon through Husavik and down to Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To round up our Iceland road trip itinerary we walked around and did the major sites of the capital city and then drove out to Grindavik to camp.
Blue Lagoon at 8am to see the sunrise. Our epic Iceland road trip itinerary had come to an end, we dropped off our car and then went to the airport 🙁
We covered a lot of stuff in our 12 days in Iceland, 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!