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October south coast itinerary

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October south coast itinerary

Hey Guys,

Need some advice for our itinerary in October. This will be our third time to Iceland, the first time we did all guided tours included the south coast for 1 day so we saw the main sights (Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara Beach, Dyrhólaey). Our second time in Iceland we attempted to do thorsmork with the same guide and the car broke down and we headed back to the city without seeing anything, so we are trying again to see the south coast since we fell in love with it. My main question is regarding my 3 nights in vik. I want to see Jökulsárlón and our hotel is in Vik. So I know we will be driving back and forth on same road for 2 days (we weren't planning on getting a 4x4 rental). What your best advice to see these places as far as timeline. And any suggestions for restaurants/cafes in the south. We don't want to cook on our vacation, we do enough of it back home.

Day 1: land early

-Blue Lagoon

-Viking World?

- Sightsee Reykjavik and stay for 2 nights

Day 2: guided tour of hekla and landmannalaugar

Day 3:

- guided tour of thorsmork (includes Seljalandsfoss)

- dropped off around 3pm to renal car in hella

- drive towards vik - hotel is in vik for next 3 nights

-skogafoss - (we've seen it before on a previous trip) could skip

-Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

-Reynisfjara Beach (seen before)

-Dyrhólaey (seen before on previous trip)

-hotel -black beach suites

Day 4 and Day 5: want to see these places am I missing anything?

-Hjörleifshöfði

-Fjaðrárgljúfur

-Stjórnarfoss

-Svartifoss

-Fjallsárlón

-Jökulsárlón

- Diamond Beach

-possible glacier hike

Day 6 in Vik

- Head to airport flight is at 5pm

(not sure if I can fit anything in before the flight)

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1. Re: October south coast itinerary

This is a decent plan for summer but October is winter in Iceland.

How much extreme winter driving experience do you have, and are you prepared to just stay put in case of a storm?

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2. Re: October south coast itinerary

It’s very risky to spend the last night in Vik and plan to take a flight out the following day at 5 pm. You need to be at the airport three hours before the flight, and also allow time to check the car in. If you run into bad weather that morning you have no margin for error.

You don’t need two nights in Reykjavik when you arrive. You could spend the first and last nights in town, and move your schedule up by one day.

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3. Re: October south coast itinerary

Yes we are both experienced drivers in snow. And this will be our third time in Iceland in October, of course weather is unpredictable. I didn't think Vik to the airport would be an issue? I know google maps says about "3 hours," and I remember driving back to Reykjavik with our tour from reynisfjara and it not being a major issue. Still think its a bad idea to leave first thing in the morning?

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4. Re: October south coast itinerary

I wouldn’t chance it in October, when there could be sudden snow squalls and slippery roads. Hwy 1 is two-lane route, as you know. If there is a big accident or a slowdown during a snow event, you could be slowed right down to a crawl for miles. Anyway, you have a Reykjavik night you could move to the last night. Why not do that for peace of mind?

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5. Re: October south coast itinerary

We drove from Vik to Reykjavik in a snow storm and we were scared $&*"less. Worst drive I've ever had, and I drive in New England winters all the time.

If you are "Long Island" prepared, you're not prepared for an Iceland storm. New England doesn't prepare you, either.

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