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Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

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Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

Hi! Based on research here I formulated this 10 day itinerary. Can you please let me know what places are not as important and what am I missing?

Day 3 seems like too much - is it?

DAY 1

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The Blue Lagoon Spa

Reykjanes

sleep in Reykjavík

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DAY 2

Golden Circle

- Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park - Silfra Snorkeling

- Þingvallavatn lake

- Haukadalur to see Strokkur and Geysir

- Gullfoss waterfall

( Langjökull snow mobile - maybe)

Sleep in Hvolsvöllur

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DAY 3

Hvolsvöllur (Lava Center)

Seljalandsfoss (waterfall) +

Seljavallalaug (natural pool)

Skógafoss (waterfall)

Arcanum

Sólheimajökull - glacier -- or --

Mýrdalsjökull - ice cave (off the path)

Dyrhólaey

Reynisfjara (Black sand beach)

Reynisdrangar

Vik (black sand beach)

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Svartifoss (Black waterfalls)

Skaftafell National Park

sleep in Vatnajökullare (Jökulsárlón or Höfn)

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DAY 4

Jökulsárlón - glacier lagoon - boat ride

Diamond Beach

Driving through Eastfjords

sleep in Egilsstaðir

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DAY 5

Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area

- Námaskarð (hot springs)

- Skútustaðagígar (pseudo-craters)

- Dimmuborgir (lava formations)

Krafla (volcano)

Mývatn Nature Baths

Húsavík whale watch

sleep in Akureyri (2 nights)

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DAY 6

Jökulsárgljúfur (Vatnajökull National Park)

Asbyrgi Conyon

Dettifoss Waterfall

or Eyjafjörður area - Súlur peak

Akureyri whale-watch or horse-ride

sleep in Akureyri

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DAY 7

Akureyri (spend more time)

Tröllaskagi

Siglufjörður

Hofsós (thermal pool)

sleep in Blönduós

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DAY 8

passing hills of Vatnsdalshólar and Þingeyarkirkja church

Eiríksstaðir (Viking Lighthouse)

Stykkishólmur (fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay)

Súgandisey

Snæfellsjökull (glacier and volcano)

Djúpalónssandur 9beach)

Hellnar (town)

Arnarstapi (town)

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

sleep in Snæfellsnes

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DAY 9

Borgarnes (hot spring)

Deildartunguhver (hot spring)

Hraunfossar (Waterfall)

Barnafoss (Waterfall)

Langjökull (ice cave)

or Viðgelmir (lava tube)

Fossatún (waterfall)

sleep in Reykjavik

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Day 10

The Blue Lagoon

Fly back

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1. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

It looks ok as a starting point.

Have you found accommodation in the areas you are planning to stay? If not that may determine if your plan is possible.

What do you mean with Arcanum? Are you planning a tour with them?

I would try to stay somewhere between Hvolsvöllur and Vík on day 3 if you can find accommodation and move Fjaðrárgljúfur, Svartifoss and Skaftafell National Park to day 4. You won't have time to hake at Skaftafell beyond Svartifoss, though, or do a glacier hike and it will be a long day.

Are you planning any longer hikes or activities? If so that might not work with this plan. If it is mostly a road trip with shorter photo stops and you don't mind early starts and long days, it could work.

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2. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

We are leaving at end of August. Did not have a chance to book but I will get it done - I know its peak season but it will happen ;).

1. Arcanum - I just read it - I thought it was a destination

2. No long hikes - we are very light hikers (1-2 hours) - no serious heights.

What changes would you recommend?

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3. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

Best check and book accommodation first. Then you can come back and get feedback on what is or isn't possible in each area.

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4. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

Day 3 is insane

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5. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

MooreUSa - should I remove something from DAY 3? Move it to another day?

What should I do?

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6. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

On day 3 I would focus on the south coast, up to Vik.

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7. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

You should look at a map and google the places you want to go to figure out if:

A) They really are places (like Arcanum, as mentioned)

and

B) You really want to go to there

and

C) How long it will take.

This is called "research" and although you state in your first post that you did "research" it's obvious that you just cut and pasted info from various sources.

Do A/B/C and you'll quickly see how much time each site will take and what you can and cannot reasonably do in one day.

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8. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

I just booked the flights and am scrambling to book the lodging as everyone tells me that it will be difficult. However, in order for me to book the lodging I need to know how many days in which area. Therefore, I put all attractions of the areas and trying to figure out if they are correct and how many days. I am afraid if I take many days to do extensive research I will lose out on the lodging/pricing. As soon as I have the lodging booked I will do a lot more research In the attractions. Now, however, I am hoping the community will guide me in the right direction. Having said all that are my days correct? Should I remove a day from somewhere else and add to DAY 3 area?

Again, looking for community help.

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9. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

As it stands, your Day 3 is very full, and to accomplish it all you will have to move along smartly and have an early start and a late finish. Can you do that, yes. Is that the best approach? Depends if you want to see absolutely everything no matter what, or you want to be able to take your time if you see something that really catches your eye, or if the weather is crappy, and so on. As to adding a day in that area and moving activities to other days farther along...it’s the same question, right? How much do you want to pack into those days?

As Northern Traveller says, your itinerary is just a theory at this point. You need to see what accommodation you can arrange in some of the areas where the supply is limited. Once you get that organized, you can juggle and re-arrange. It’s also my opinion but I think most people try to pack way too much detail into their daily schedules. Three or four stops a day to get out of the car, walk to the site (which may be a distance from the parking), have a good look, walk back - that’s a good plan. Then you will also stop several times here or there for a photo op, a snack, the bathroom, etc. And you may be slowed down by weather sometimes. You can’t really do six or eight big things in a day and still enjoy them.

See what you can find for accommodations and work from there.

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10. Re: Please help with 10 Day Iceland itinerary

I just returned from a 14-day visit to Iceland. The best advice I can give: Slow down. Savor the things you choose to see and do. I would choose, every time, seeing less stuff but not being rushed. I found the south coast the least relaxing, it was the end of my trip (early June) and lots of tourists were starting to arrive. It seemed so many people were darting around, trying to get to this and that. I totally get it when you have limited time - you want to make it worth the while.

Personally? I skipped the Golden Circle and don't regret it. I saw and did *so many* cool things, with time to be spontaneous, discover things on the fly, stop and take in random views along the way etc.

Not for everyone, but I love to read and one of my favorite things was just stumbling upon perfect reading spots (a picnic table, a soup-and-bread roadside cafe, etc) and not feeling I had to watch the clock. Of course I was solo...

Ten days is a long time - you'll be able to see so much, regardless! Start with accommodations and then dig deeper on that list and see if you're willing to scratch some stuff. You can cancel most reservations if you decide to change your itinerary.

Just one person's opinion, but I hope it helps!

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