4 Days in Iceland: A Whirlwind Itinerary of All the Best Places
You will be spellbound by Iceland’s natural beauty. Thundering waterfalls, “diamond” beaches, floating glaciers, towering sea stacks, mystical canyons … this country almost seems unreal! We had 4 days in Iceland to explore all these main highlights in addition to trying out the top foodie spots. It was a whirlwind of a trip but completely worth it. This itinerary can only be accomplished if you go during the summertime when the Midnight Sun occurs. Read on to find out how we did it.
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DAY 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE
Arrive at the airport in Iceland on a red-eye flight at 9:35 am.
1:15 pm: Arrive at Thingvellir National Park and see Oxarafoss Waterfall and Almannagjá Gorge, where the earth is pulling apart! Afterward, warm your body up with some delicious homemade tomato soup at Friðheimar Farm.
DAY 2: WATERFALLS + GLACIER + SEA STACKS
10:00 – 11:30 am: Walk behind one of the most spectacular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Drive 25 minutes more to Skógafoss Waterfall.
3 pm: Watch the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Enjoy hot, creamy lobster bisque at a food truck.
7:30 pm: Enjoy walking along the mystical Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.
9 pm: Check into the hotel and grab dinner in the town of Vík. Then check out the towering sea stacks next to the crashing ocean.
DAY 3: PUFFINS + HOT SPRINGS + REYKJAVIK
11 am: Drive to nearby Dyrhólaey to see if you can spot some puffins.
7 pm: After a hot shower, walk around Reykjavik to check off all the top sites: Bæjarins Beztu Pyslur (famous hot dog stand), Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall, and Sun Voyager.
DAY 4: BAKERY + BLUE LAGOON + FLY HOME
10:45 am: Walk around downtown Reykjavik one more time and pick up some cinnamon buns at the local bakery, Braud & Co.
6 pm: Drop off rental car.
8:20 pm: Fly back home.
MAP VIEW OF 4-DAY ICELAND ITINERARY
WHO WILL LIKE THIS ICELAND ITINERARY
- Outdoor adventurers
- Road trippers
BEST TIME TO VISIT ICELAND
- The best time to go to Iceland is mid May-mid August! This time frame is when the Midnight Sun occurs, where the sun never fully sets. We went in early July and were able to pack in a ton of activities and hikes late into the night.
- The other time to consider coming to Iceland is late September -late March IF you want to see the northern lights. The peak of the lights is in September and March, which corresponds with the Equinox. However, there is no guarantee. It all depends on the weather.
- Skeiðvellir Panorama House (1 night)
- Hotel Kria (1 night)
- Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel (1 night)
- 11:50 pm direct flight from the east coast of the United States to Keflavík International Airport (KEF), which took about 6 hours.
- 8:20 pm direct flight from KEF to the United States
CAR RENTAL & HOW TO GET AROUND
- All the sites in Iceland are quite spread out. I would highly advise renting a car. We used the local company, Blue Car Rental. I highly recommend them!
- None. This is one of the few trips we did not need a tour for any portion of our road trip. Iceland is truly a DIY destination.
- None. All of the restaurants we chose did not require reservations.
WHAT I WOULD HAVE CHANGED
- Find out why I would skip the Reykjadalur Hot Springs in this itinerary.
- Of course, if you have more days to spare, the extra time would make this road trip much more relaxed.
- We LOVE snorkeling and have snorkeled all over the world. If there was more time, I would have loved to snorkel between the two continents at the famous Silfra fissure. Next time!
- I would have loved to have seen the Blue Ice Cave while we were visiting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
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