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First timers to Iceland--itinerary

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First timers to Iceland--itinerary

My husband and I will be visiting Iceland July 20-28 for the first time. I have been doing a lot of research and have spent a lot of time making our itinerary. I wanted to throw it out there for feedback to make sure we aren't missing any "must sees"...and that it all makes sense from a time frame standpoint.

Friday: Arrive at 10:30 AM

Blue lagoon

Explore Reykjavik

Overnight in Reykjavik

Sat: finish exploring Reykjavik


Seljalandsfoss and Gljufurarfoss


Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur


Glacier hike at Skaftafell, Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon boat ride

Jorkulsarlon glacier lagoon

Diamond beach

Short Hike in skaftafell

Overnight in skaftafelll


Short Hike in skaftafell

Fjadrargljufur canyon

Seljavallalaug pool

Black beaches in vik and basalt columns

Dryholaey arches

Overnight in hella


Westman islands: rib boat tour, volcano hike

Overnight in hella

Wed: golden circle

Kerid crater

Secret lagoon

Fridheimer tomato farm





Overnight in Borganes



Kirkjufell, kirkjufoss

Whale watch

Saxholl volcanic crater

Djupalon beach



Overnight in hellnar

Fri: snaefellsnes

Vatnshellir cave


Icelandic horseback riding

Ytri-tuna seal beach

Budir church

Overnight in glymur

Sat: hike glymur waterfall

Explore bridge between two continents, gunnyver, grindavik (as time permits)

Depart at 9 pm

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Cologne, Germany
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1. Re: First timers to Iceland--itinerary

I assume all your accommodation is booked? I would also pre-book the glacier hike, the glacier lagoon boat tour and the RIB tour plus the ferry if you plan to take your car.

It looks like a well planned out itinerary.

The only thing I personally would be wary of is doing the Glymur hike Saturday morning when you need to catch a plane that night. If you run into any weather or car trouble or get in trouble during the hike you risk missing your flight. So personally I would spend the last day exploring Reykjavík or the Reykjanes Peninsula or maybe the Golden Circle. But I guess that depends on your risk threshold.

Enjoy your visit.

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2. Re: First timers to Iceland--itinerary

You might consider swapping the first and last day. Get your car at the airport, perhaps stop in Reykjavik for a bite to eat, then head the hour north to glymur.. hike and get back in time to check into your accommodations and then head out to explore the city. Leave blue lagoon and exploring the peninsula for the day of departure.. there are enough things to fill the day. You can add arnarkur lava tube to your last day as that’s in the area. It’s self guided and you don’t need to stay long. Wear good hiking boots and gloves. Also you must have good hiking boots for glymur. It’s a pretty robust hike in places, but well worth it. Have fun!!

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3. Re: First timers to Iceland--itinerary

I would not recommend driving longer distances on your first day if coming off an overnight flight from the US. Driving will require a 100% rested and alert driver to minimize the risk of drifting into oncoming traffic or off the road during a moment of inattention.

In my opinion spending the first day in the city to rest up and acclimatize is a smart choice.

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