Iceland 2 Week Itinerary – A Complete Travel Guide

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Iceland 2 Week Itinerary - A Complete Travel Guide

Plan your trip with this Iceland 2 week itinerary.

It’s no secret that Iceland is an amazing destination. Be wowed by this truly spectacular country. From mountains to waterfalls and glacier lagoons to black sand beaches, it’s a spectacular place to visit if you love exploring nature. However, it might be a little daunting to plan a trip to Iceland, especially if you’re looking to venture outside of Reykjavik and the popular Golden Circle route. Don’t worry – I’ve done all the research for you! After spending hours upon hours of research, combined with traveling around Iceland for two weeks (and stumbling upon spots I didn’t read about in guide books), I’ve put together a complete Iceland travel itinerary for 14 days.

Do you need any inspiration to travel to Iceland? Check out our Iceland From Above Video, an incredible drone video that will give you instant wanderlust.

 

Here are a few helpful Iceland tips that you’ll need to know before you go.

Iceland Travel Tips: Know Before You Go

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The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic króna, but don’t worry about bringing too much of it. Most places in Iceland accept and prefer credit card payments, so it’s entirely possible to travel without any cash on you. Speaking of cash, Iceland is a pretty expensive country to visit. Even though the flights are cheap, we found that dining out at restaurants and buying beer at the bar was pricey.

Money saving tip: Stay at cottages and guest rooms along your journey that have kitchenettes. We mostly cooked all of our own food and saved a great deal. Splurge at a couple of restaurants. Otherwise, buy groceries and prepare your own meals. Buy beer at the store to save even more money, too!

Depending on the time of year, you’ll experience different climates and the days will be longer or shorter. When we traveled to Iceland in June, the days were long and the sun only went down for a couple of hours each night. Touring Iceland by car was even easier because the hours of daylight were extended until 11:00pm or even midnight. You could spend more hours on the road if you choose to do so on your Iceland 2 week itinerary.

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The weather in Iceland can change on a dime, so plan accordingly. You should definitely bring a waterproof jacket if you’re going to Iceland in June, and be sure to pack layers. There were some days when I ventured out in a tank top and leggings, and there were other times where I was wearing a shirt, a heavy sweater, and a jacket. Bring a hat and gloves. In June, you can expect the weather to mostly feel like a spring day. However, it can rain off and on quite unexpectedly. Thankfully, when we visited Iceland in June, we only experienced two rainy days out of 14! That is very lucky. I hope you have similar luck with the weather, too!

For electronics, Iceland uses a standard European two prong Schuko plug. Bring adapters if you’re from other areas in the world that don’t use that plug. Remember not to bring appliances where the voltage varies, like hair dryers, shavers, or straightening irons. I found a straightening iron that works worldwide that I bring along on my travels. Most accommodations have hair dryers, and there’s always the option of buying battery operated shavers, too.

Flights to Iceland

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Flying from Toronto to Reykjavik is a breeze. Iceland is a very appealing country for many worldwide travelers as you can include Reykjavik as a free stopover destination. However, I recommend that you extend your stay in Iceland to 2 weeks to fully experience the country. That way, you can rent a car and drive around the whole Ring Road and beyond. We found a seat sale with Wow Air between Toronto and Reykjavik. With many budget airlines, you’ll have to pay extra for carry-on and checked baggage, which can often make the seats equally as expensive as other airlines. Check out Skyscanner to find cheap flight deals and compare prices now.

Money Saving Tip: Looking to save on your flights, accommodation, and more? Check out my guide to travel price comparison websites that will save you money!

When flying from Toronto to Iceland, chances are that you’ll arrive super early in the morning. For this reason, many people choose to visit the Blue Lagoon upon their arrival because they won’t be able to check in to their hotels until later in the day. However, we reached the Keflavik Airport at around 4:30am and the Blue Lagoon didn’t open until 9:00am. Justin and I decided to relax in the airport for a little while before heading into Reykjavik for breakfast.

Getting to Reykjavik

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The Keflavik Airport is about a 45 minutes drive away from Reykjavik. Traveling by bus is the cheapest and best option to get from the airport to Reykjavik. I recommend booking your bus ticket in advance online. The Flybus will always be waiting according to the flights that come into the airport. There will always be a seat for you on the bus, even if your flight is early, late or delayed.

The bus trip transports you to the BSI Bus Terminal. If you chose a Flybus+ ticket, you board a smaller bus that will take you directly to your hotel. We knew that our apartment wouldn’t be ready for some time, so we departed the Flybus at the BSI Bus Terminal. Inside the bus terminal, there are lockers where you can store your belongings. We stashed our luggage and bags there so we wouldn’t have to lug them around town.

Day 1: Reykjavik

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For our Iceland 2 week itinerary, our first day in Reykjavik was a little bit of a blur. Naturally, we didn’t plan too many activities or things to do because we knew we’d be jetlagged and tired. Instead, we wandered around town at our leisure after grabbing a bite to eat. We explored the waterfront, popped into a few shops, and discovered street art. Thankfully, we were granted an early check-in to our apartment, Opal Apartments (Laugavegur 151) in downtown Reykjavik. Right on Laugavegur Street, we were only a short walking distance away from every attraction and sightseeing opportunity in town. You can read more about our two night stay at Opal Apartments by clicking here.

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Justin and I made the mistake of having a nap that lasted until nearly 9:00pm. Don’t do this! Once we woke up, we discovered that many restaurants had closed for the evening. Luckily, we had a kitchen at our disposal. We walked over to a grocery store near the Hallgrimskirkja church called Krambúð was open for 24 hours a day. Furthermore Krambúð had lots of vegan meals and ingredients, like Violife cheeses, sausages, steaks, and snacks. We stocked up on seitan steaks, rice, plant-based milk, and an assortment of other ingredients and snacks to last us a couple of days.

Day 2: Reykjavik

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Ready for day 2 of our Iceland 2 week itinerary? We woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore Reykjavik! Here are a few of the sights that I recommend that you check out:

  • Hallgrimskirkja: It’s the tallest church in Iceland and it towers above all other buildings in Reykjavik. The architecture is modern and intriguing, and there’s an amazing view of the city from the top. You simply must check it out.
  • Laugavegur: The main shopping street and one of the oldest streets of Reykjavik. You’ll find boutiques, bars, restaurants, interesting houses and street art all along Laugavegur. It literally translates to mean “wash road” and used to lead to the hot springs where the whole city’s washing was done. Hit up the Lebowski Bar if you’re looking for a fun places to enjoy a pint (but be prepared for the steep price tag).
  • Walk along the harbourfront for a beautiful view and check out Sólfar (The Sun Voyager) statue. The Harpa concert hall is also located on the waterfront. It’s a magnificent building from the outside and the inside, and you should definitely venture inside if you have the time (or even catch a performance!).
  • Consider picking up a Reykjavik City Card for free admission to several city attractions, thermal pools, transportation, and other discounts, too.

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For meals, I highly recommend splurging on dinner at Kaffi Vinyl (Hverfisgata 76), an entirely vegan restaurant and record shop in Reykjavik. We also stopped at Reykjavik Chips () for perfectly seasoned fries and yummy dips. For more details on where to visit and dine in Reykjavik, check out our Reykjavik 1 Day Itinerary. You can also watch a video all about our day in Reykjavik.

Day 3: Rental Car and Golden Circle

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On our third day in Reykjavik, we departed the city and picked up our rental car from Go Car Rental. A Go Car Rental shuttle van picked us up from our accommodation and transported us to their rental center and office. We chose a 4WD Suzuki Jimny with an automatic transmission (sadly, neither of us can drive a manual car). We wanted to have the flexibility to drive off the Ring Road, so we opted for the four wheel drive vehicle. If you’re not planning to drive on any of the F-Roads (which we didn’t end up doing), you probably don’t need a 4WD car.

The staff members were very friendly and helpful. They gave us a map, a card for a small discount on gas at certain gas stations, and tips about the must-see spots in Iceland. We were warned that there are speed traps throughout Iceland. Justin and I felt really well prepared as we got behind the wheel to begin our adventure. Want to do some price comparisons first? Click here to search for car rentals in order to get the best price.

Safety Tip: Always drive with your headlights on in Iceland, even during the day. It’s the law! We didn’t know this and drivers kept flashing their high beams at us. We figured it out and turned our lights on for the remainder of the trip.

Why Rent a Car in Iceland?

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Renting a car in Iceland was such a good idea as we drove all over the place. The best part of a road trip around Iceland? Being able to stop wherever you want, whenever you want. If we saw something that looked interesting, we pulled over to take a look. If we decided to spend two hours at that one waterfall, we did it without any difficulty. On many days, we reached our accommodation late at night because we were out exploring all day. A car rental gave us the flexibility to make the trip exactly how we wanted it.

The Golden Circle

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Even if you’re only spending a few days in Iceland, I recommend renting a car and doing a self drive tour of the Golden Circle. It’s close to Reykjavik and will give you a great introduction to the natural wonders of the country. The Golden Circle consists of three main sites: Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park), Geysir, and Gulfoss.

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland’s first parliament. Thingvellir is also the only place in the world where two individual tectonic plates are visible above ground. Most tectonic plate boundaries are only seen underwater. At Thingvellir, the ridges of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates tower above the ground. You can walk between them. The rift runs right through Þingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. At the Silfra Fissure, a crack between the North American and Eurasian plates at Þingvallavatn, you can snorkel or scuba through the middle. There are plenty of other amazing natural marvels at Þingvellir National Park, so be sure to check out my post about The Golden Circle to read more information about everywhere you need to go.

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Our next stop of the Golden Circle was Geysir, the place for which all geysers are named. Unfortunately, Geysir rarely erupts anymore. However, there’s a slightly smaller one called Strokkur that erupts very regularly. You can see the hot water burst from the surface once every two to ten minutes. While we were visiting, Strokkur erupted a few times. The water shoots anywhere from 15 to 40 meters high. It’s quite the sight!

The last stop on our Golden Circle self drive tour was Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls. It’s a gigantic and stunning waterfall, even on a rainy day. I enjoyed the moody atmosphere as the raging waters plunged over the cliff edge. There are paths along the waterfall so you can get a closer look. We didn’t spend too much time here due to the rain, but it’s quite a magnificent stop. Here is a video of our trip around the Golden Circle if you’d like to see these sights in motion.

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You can read all about our Golden Circle self drive tour here or check out this amazing group tour if you prefer a bus tour over driving yourself. Spend the night at Gesthus Selfoss. We booked a charming cabin that had its own hot tub. You can also stay at their campgrounds if you’re looking for a budget option. The location put us right on track to continue our Ring Road tour the following morning. Check out our full review of Gesthus Selfoss, read the reviews of other trusted travellers, and book your stay here.

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Day 4: The South Coast

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Ready for day 4 of our Iceland 2 week itinerary? It’s time to visit the south coast of Iceland, and we were left truly in awe of this gorgeous region. You can cover a lot of ground in a day, including multiple waterfalls, black sand beaches, and several other interesting stops. You’ll drive entirely on the Ring Road (Route 1), the main highway that encircles the whole country. It’s a paved road with numerous points of interest on the way.

Safety Tip: It might seem like a no brainer, but safely pull off to a parking lot or to the side of the road if you see an intriguing pit stop. There are so many stories of tourists in Iceland causing traffic accidents because they stop right in the middle of the highway to get out and wander around. Don’t be a silly tourist! Use your own common sense.

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We drove from Selfoss to Vik, and continued our journey to our accommodation for the night near Hofn. This was a big stretch of driving, but it’s totally doable in a day. Here are some of the exciting places we visited:

  • Seljalandsfoss: a famous waterfall with a 60-metre drop. It’s possible to walk behind the waterfall. Be sure to bring your rain jacket! 
  • Gljúfrabúi: a secret waterfall in the same area as Seljalandsfoss. It has a cute name, “the one who lives in the canyon”. As we continued to walk on the path, we could only see the very top of Gljúfrabúi peeking out from the large cliff (called Franskanef). However, there’s a narrow entrance in the Franskanef Cliff, thought to be the home of elves. 
  • Turf houses at Drangshlíð: a charming little discovery at the side of the Ring Road in South Iceland
  • Skógafoss: one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland that’s absolutely stunning. Climb up the staircase to the top of the mountain to view the waterfall from above.
  • Sólheimasandur Plane Crash Site: the wreckage remains near the Sólheimasandur black sand beach. It’s about a 45 minute walk to get to the ruins of the plane. It’s well worth the trek, even if it does end up being a little bit overcrowded.
  • Reynisfjara, the black sand beach: Justin and I admired the views from the peak before venturing down to the nearby Kirkjufiara Beach to put our own footprints in the sand. There’s nothing quite like this scenery – deep blue waters, black sand beaches, and far off rock formations, shaped over centuries.

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Click here to learn more details about doing a self drive tour of South Iceland. You can also opt to book a tour of South Iceland from Reykjavik if you don’t have a car. Here is our video of exploring South Iceland for the day, as part of our 2 Weeks in Iceland Travel Vlog series.

After a long day exploring the unbelievable sights of Iceland’s south coast, we stopped for a quick bite at a restaurant in Vik called Halldorskaffi. As vegans, we were able to order a vegetable pizza without cheese (there’s a veggie burger, but it has cheese in it). We gobbled it up quickly as we were pretty hungry after such an adventurous day. You can also check out a restaurant called Smiðjan Brugghús for a vegan kale and quinoa burger with onion rings, vegan aioli and Violife cheese (wasn’t available when we originally travelled to Iceland, but you can check it out nowadays!).

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Justin and I spent the night at Lambhus Cottages in southeast Iceland. They are adorable self catering cottages on a peaceful and quiet farm. Savor the breathtaking views of Vatnajökull Glacier from your own private cabin. Check out our full review, the reviews of fellow trusted travellers, and book your stay from their official website.

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Day 5: Southeast to East Iceland

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Continuing in a counterclockwise direction around the Ring Road, we visited areas of Southeast Iceland and East Iceland.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Justin and I had to backtrack a tiny bit to take an unbelievably awesome zodiac boat tour at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Book your tickets well in advance as the small zodiac boat tour sells out. There’s a larger boat that heads out to the glacier lagoon, but the zodiac boat allows you to zip along the water. We got super close to icebergs (close enough to reach out and touch them!) and the massive glacier wall. We even saw a lazy seal lounging on an iceberg at one point! Again, we highly recommend that you rent a car for the complete freedom of a giant road trip. You can still book a tour to visit Jokulsarlon Lagoon if you don’t drive, or combine your trip with a multi-day tour of South Iceland.

Eastfjords

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For the next bit of this 2 week Iceland itinerary, drive out along the open road to Iceland’s Eastfjords. When you’re visiting Iceland, the journey truly is the destination. We took photographs from the car (well, I took them as Justin drove). We stopped anywhere we wished along the way. I’m not even exactly sure where any of these places are on the map. This is one instance (of many) where I was so content that we tackled these Iceland self drive tours ourselves.

For lengthy amounts of time, we wouldn’t see another soul on the road. It was just the two of us and the open highway. We were greeted by gorgeous views as we zipped around rugged mountains, weaving in and out of deep fjords. In many instances, the ocean was to the right, and steep cliffs were to the left. The mountains truly left us in awe. They towered above the road, causing massive shadows even on this bright and sunny day. Iceland is such a magnificent, yet lonely place. Travel along with us to the Eastfjords as we show you pictures of this impressive landscape. Here’s a video from our day exploring Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, the Eastfjords, and a village we visited on day 6, Seydisfjordur.

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The two of us spent the night at a lovely accommodation, Fljotsdalsgrund Guesthouse near Our room had everything we needed: a private bathroom, a full kitchenette, a large bed, a couch, and free parking. Check out our full review, the reviews of trusted travellers, and book your stay here.

Days 6 & 7: Myvatn

Seydisfjordur

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With no plans in mind, we wandered around and snapped photographs. Walking along the main street in town, we encountered some shops with handmade goods by local artists and craftspeople. I stopped at a local bistro for a cup of coffee. The pretty blue church (Blaa Kirkjan) is an iconic sight. If you’re lucky, there’s a summer concert series there where you can listen to local musicians perform live.

Myvatn

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Our next stop was the Myvatn region in northern Iceland. With so many natural wonders to explore, we spent two nights at Lake Myvatn. It isn’t possible to see everything in only one day, so I highly recommend setting aside two days to properly reach Myvatn and see it all. Here are some attractions in Myvatn:

  • Namafjall Hverir Geothermal Area: A landscape that looks like Mars. There are vents letting off steam and bubbling gray mudpots on a green, orange, and gray speckled ground.
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Field: Fascinating rock formations created from solidified lava over 2000 years ago.
  • Grjótagjá Cave: Climb down into the cave to witness the vivid blue waters, as featured in Game of Thrones.
  • Krafla & Viti Crater: At Krafla, explore Viti Crater that has a surreal green-blue lake inside it. You can walk around the circumference of the crater, admiring the lake from many angles.
  • Dettifoss: The most powerful waterfall in Europe.
  • Myvatn Nature Baths: Our alternative choice to the Blue Lagoon. Equally as relaxing, a better price, and less busy than the Blue Lagoon. Definitely stop here for a relaxing soak in the hot springs.

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Want to see more of Lake Myvatn and the entire region? Check out our travel video from this section of our road trip around Iceland. Justin and I stayed at Skutustadir Farm Guesthouse, at the southern end of Lake Myvatn. At this guesthouse, there are various types of lodging for many preferences and budgets. The large cottage where we stayed was bright and beautiful, with an open concept layout. There were a few couches and chairs in the living space where we relaxed, read books, and used the complimentary Wi-Fi on our phones. Cooking food in this kitchen was a breeze. I can’t say enough good things about Skutustadir Guesthouse! You can check out our full review, the reviews of other trusted travellers, and book your stay here.

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Day 8 & 9: Husavik and Akureyri

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Continuing on this Iceland 2 week itinerary, we’re off to north Iceland to visit Husavik and Akureyri. It’s time to spot a variety of wildlife and work in some rest and relaxation.

Husavik

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On our way to Akureyri, we embarked on a whale watching tour in Husavik. In fact, you have the best chance of seeing whales in Husavik more than any other place in the country. Husavik is branded as the “Whale Capital of Iceland.” We didn’t only see whales on our boat tour – we also saw puffins! You’ll immediately fall in love with these cute little birds. Read all about our whale watching tour in Husavik for more details. We recommend spending the day in Husavik as there are a few other places to explore. Here’s our day trip guide for Husavik, Iceland.

Akureyri

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Akureyri is considered the unofficial northern capital of Iceland as it’s the second largest city after Reykjavik. As one of these two days was my birthday, and we were at the halfway point of our road trip around Iceland, we spent one day mostly relaxing. Check out more information about what to see in Akureyri, how to properly park your car there, and where to dine in town. We highly recommend Silva, a vegetarian restaurant on the outskirts of Akureyri serving up comforting, hearty, and delicious meals.

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About 30 minutes outside of Akureyri, we booked the most beautiful accommodation we’ve visited to date. You must stay at Ytri Vik cottages when you travel to Iceland. You can enjoy the most serene and beautiful landscape, whether it’s from the massive property or from the privacy of your own hot tub. We fell in love with these cottages. It was our own peaceful escape and I didn’t want to leave. I spent my birthday here and it was one of my favourite birthdays ever! Check out our full review of Ytri Vik Cottages, read reviews from trusted travellers, and book your stay here.

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Day 10: Hvammstangi

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As we near the end of our Iceland 2 week itinerary, we drove west towards the town of Hvammstangi (about a two and a half hour drive). Not sure where that is? It’s tucked away in the northwest corner of the country, between Akureyri (the unofficial northern capital of Iceland) and the Westfjords. You’ll definitely want to spend a whole day in Hvammstangi. It’s known as the seal capital of Iceland, there’s a beautiful gorge and waterfall to visit (Kolugljufur Gorge), and it’s a very peaceful place to relax. Spend the day looking for seals on the Vatnsnes Peninsula and explore the Kolugljufur gorge and waterfall afterwards. And if you visit Iceland in June, you’ll see sheep with their baby lambs everywhere you go.

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We spent the night at another self catering cottage, Hvammstangi Cottages. Upon your arrival, you’ll find a cluster of several cottages near a small campsite. However, you won’t need to worry about your privacy. While the cottages were all booked up, we rarely saw anyone else. The buildings are staggered and spread out enough that you’ll never feel like crowds of people are around. Inside the cabin, you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable overnight stay with additional perks. Justin and I thought it was cute that there was a bunk bed. The most difficult decision of the day was deciding who would sleep on the top or bottom bunk. Check out our full review of Hvammstangi Cottages, read reviews by trusted travellers, and book your stay here.

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Day 11: Westfjords

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The Westfjords are certainly a less visited area of Iceland, but definitely make the trip if you have the time. It’s such a spectacular, awesome region of the country. It’s far off the beaten path, and we only had one day to see a very small portion of it. If you have a couple more days to spend in Iceland, definitely use them to see more of the Westfjords. You won’t regret it. The drive between Hvammstangi and the westernmost point of Iceland is about seven hours.

We spent our whole day driving towards the Latrabjarg Bird Cliffs so we could witness thousands of nesting birds on the cliffs. The main attraction were the puffins. We saw so many puffins right up close, and it was well worth the drive. Even if you don’t see puffins, the Westfjords offers such incredible scenery like no other.

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Beyond the adorable puffins, the Latrabjarg cliffs are astonishingly beautiful. These are gigantic, extremely steep cliffs that are 14km long and 440 metres high. Besides puffins, there are millions and millions of other nesting birds at Latrabjarg. You can see razorbills, arctic terns, white-tailed eagles, guillemots, gannets, and others. You can hike along the cliffs to appreciate the epic scenery. All you can hear are the sounds of birds all around, echoing off the rocks. 

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Naturally, after driving for eight hours, you’ll want to find a cozy and comfortable hotel to rest your head. We stayed at the Fosshotel Westfjords in Patreksfjörður. The Fosshotel Westfjords is a modern and spacious hotel in a small town. Our room was a quiet retreat to get an excellent night’s sleep. There’s a restaurant on site, but it’s also near the main town with other dining spots. We highly recommend staying here on your adventures to the Westfjords. Book your stay at the Fosshotel Westfjords or click here to check out reviews by other travellers.

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Day 12: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Day 12 of our Iceland 14 days itinerary was mostly a travel day and a rest day. After making such an epic journey to the Westfjords, we needed a short break. From the Westfjords, we opted to take a ferry to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula rather than drive the long way around the island. The Ferry Baldur operates between Brjánslækur and Stykkishólmur. I highly recommend booking your trip in advance, especially if you’re bringing a car with you.

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First, we grabbed some more groceries in town and drove right to our accommodation. We stayed at G4 Apartment Grundarfjordur, a cozy apartment by the seaside. We totally fell in love with this small house, and it truly felt like home. G4 Apartment was very inviting and comfortable, and the owner made our stay as welcoming as possible. There were hand-painted pictures on the walls representing Iceland. Charming antiques and framed photos graced every room. The kitchen was very well equipped, with everything you could possibly need to cook your own meals and make coffee. Plus, you’re right near Kirkjufell and the small town, just in case you need to go grocery shopping or purchase any necessities. Check out our review of G4 Apartment and book your stay here.

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After settling in for a little while, we decided to witness Kirkjufell with our own eyes, one of the most photographed places in Iceland. Translated as “church mountain”, it’s a 463 metre high mountain near the small town of Grundarfjörður. It’s featured in Game of Thrones, but was always a highlight for tourists to Iceland for many years before the show aired. With the mountain looming in the background and a winding river with waterfalls in front, it’s a beautiful scenic spot for viewing and photographs.

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Day 13: Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Reykjavik

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After a relaxing evening a good night’s sleep, we were back on the road for our final full day of our Iceland 2 week itinerary. Touring Iceland by car is the best way to see Iceland, and we were so fortunate to see so much of this astonishingly beautiful country. Here are a few more places to visit as you tour around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often dubbed “Iceland in miniature” for the spectacular natural wonders there:

  • Snæfellsjökull National Park: With Snæfellsjökull Glacier looming in the distance, it’s a spectacular drive with continually gorgeous scenery all around.
  • Saxhóll: A crater from a volcano that erupted 3000-4000 years ago. Saxhóll is 109 metres above sea level, and there’s a staircase that makes climbing to the top a breeze. Enjoy the view from up there!
  • Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge: The gorge appears to be through an opening in the side of the mountain. You might have to walk through the water a little bit to reach the inside, as we had to even do this in June. Once you reach the inside of the cavern, you’ll be in awe of the moss covered rocks that extend up to the sky.

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Continue your Iceland self drive tour until you are back where you started in Reykjavik. We stayed overnight at another lovely apartment right in town, the aptly named Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments. From location to amenities, Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments has everything you’ll need for a convenient and cozy stay in Reykjavik. Read our full review, the reviews of fellow travellers, and book your stay here.

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Day 14: Traveling Back Home

With Go Car Rental, we had the option of bringing the rental car back to their office in Reykjavik or driving it to the airport. As we were catching a flight that day, we decided to drop it off right at the airport. There was a separate section of the parking lot for Go Car Rental. Then, you drop the car key in a drop box at the side of the building. From there, we walked across the street to the airport and caught our flight home on board a WOW Air plane to Toronto. And there’s our entire Iceland 2 week itinerary. We feel that this is the best way to see Iceland as you cover so much ground by renting a car. You can take so many Iceland self drive tours on the way, stopping to rest as much or as little as you like.

Interested in all of our Iceland blog posts from this Iceland 2 week itinerary? Click here to see everything in one place! And click here to see our massive collection of Iceland travel photos from our two week journey around the country.

Iceland Tourist Map

Here is a complete Iceland tourist map of every stop we made, complete with accompanying blog posts.

 


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2 Responses

  1. Anjali
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    Loved this Iceland travel guide. We are planning to travel to Iceland in March. Pinned yours for future reference. Thanks for such a wonderful post.

  2. Ayngelina
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    I still haven’t been to Iceland yet! Your two week trip looks epic and those views….I’m really missing out.

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