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Complete Iceland Summer Road Trip Itinerary

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|May 25, 2023
Anhelina is a travel writer with over five years of experience specializing in Iceland. With a background in foreign languages and translation, she conducts in-depth research to provide readers with detailed insights into Iceland's landscapes, culture, and hidden gems.

Iceland during the summer is an ideal destination, offering pleasant weather, longer evenings, and numerous tours to explore its stunning locations. Many tourists flock to the country during this season to enjoy its natural beauty. Additionally, the summer months provide better road accessibility, clear skies, and a higher frequency of tours.

One of the highlights of summer in Iceland is the abundance of natural beauty, including stunning landscapes, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers. Many of these sites are easily accessible through tours and excursions, making it an excellent time for exploring.

Plus, because of the Midnight Sun, you can find things to do in Iceland in summer almost around the clock!

Off-road driving in Iceland

Summer is also the season when outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding are also popular. That’s why a summer road trip in Iceland is a brilliant idea. Whale watching, hiking in the Highlands, puffins spotting—you name it, Iceland has it!

Overall, summer in Iceland is a magical time, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the country's incredible natural wonders, unique culture, and endless outdoor activities.

When is summer in Iceland?

Summer in Iceland typically lasts from June to August, and during this time, the country experiences almost continuous daylight, with the sun setting only for a few hours before rising again (known as the Midnight Sun phenomenon).

How warm is the summer in Iceland?

The weather is usually mild, with average temperatures ranging from 10 to 15 °C (68-77 °F), making it the warmest season in Iceland.

However, even if you get especially lucky during the summer days with temperatures ranging from 20-25 °C (68-77 °F), it's still advisable to pack a coat (even if you're wearing shorts). This is because temperatures can drop significantly, with lows reaching around 6.7 °C (44.1 °F). It's also important to note that Iceland can experience rain showers, even during the summer, and the temperature tends to be colder in the highlands and on mountain peaks.

Yes, the weather in Iceland may be unpredictable, but it's a small price to pay for the chance to witness some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders and to experience the freshest air and water on the planet, right?

What to pack for Iceland in summer?

As the locals in Iceland like to repeat: “There’s no bad weather, just wrong clothes.”

Woman hiking in Icelandic Highlands

We suggest these must-pack items for summer road trips in Iceland:

  • Hiking boots
  • A good quality raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Water-resistant jacket and pants/trousers 
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • Scarf, gloves, hat
  • T-shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards (you won’t regret this one!)
  • Portable charger
  • Waterproof cases for phone and camera

As you will find out, even if you are planning your Iceland road trip for summer, you should still pack for all four seasons!

Iceland 10-Day Itinerary & Things to Do

Iceland is a fantastic destination for a road trip, thanks to its gorgeous natural landscapes, unique culture, and easy-to-navigate roads. Driving in Iceland can be an exciting and rewarding way to explore the country, but it's essential to be prepared, drive cautiously, and follow the rules of the road.

Car parked near the Icelandic glacier with mesmerizing scenery

The most popular route is the Ring Road, also known as Þjóðvegur 1 (Route 1), which spans over 1322 km (820 miles) and circles the entire island. Along the way, you'll pass by stunning sights such as waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, and volcanic landscapes, often catching the first sight of them right through the car window.

You really don’t need a complex plan to go around the island and visit the main highlights. What you do need is time. You could drive the whole Rind Road in 5 or 7 days, but if your goal is to really get to know Iceland, a few extra days will be worth it!

For this itinerary, you will drive counterclockwise around Iceland, guided by the Ring Road with must-see highlights and a few small detours. However, you could also reverse this trip’s direction if you prefer. Can’t decide whether you want to go south or north first? Here’s a tip: Check the weather forecast on either side and head for the warmer or sunnier one!

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland: Reykjanes Peninsula

Geothermal activity field in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

Velkominn! You landed in Iceland, full of excitement and anticipation for your upcoming road trip. Once you get your rental car ready to go and stock up on some groceries, it’s time to hit the road!

Your Iceland trip starts at the Reykjanes Peninsula (also called the Smokey Peninsula). This area is full of volcanic and geothermal activity, which you can experience first-hand.

From Keflavik airport, head to the Blue Lagoon, which only takes 15 minutes. We suggest prioritizing a visit to the most famous spa in Iceland before heading to Reykjavík as it saves time spent driving back and forth. Furthermore, taking a dip in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon is a great way to unwind, particularly if you've just arrived in Iceland on a red-eye flight.

Another bucket list-worthy experience is hiking in the newest volcano eruption site in Meradalir Valley, about 30 minutes from Keflavík airport. In 2021 and again in 2022, the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland erupted after being dormant for thousands of years. Although it is currently not active, you can visit the site of the recent eruption to witness the newly created lava field.

You can spend the rest of your day strolling around Reykjavik to visit the city's highlights such as the famous Hallgrimskirkja Church, Sólfarið (Sun Voyager), and Harpa Concert Hall. You can even get a ‘preview’ of the natural wonders of Icelandic nature in Reykjavik's Perlan Museum.

Another way to start off your Iceland experience is to treat your tastebuds! Spend three to four hours trying the most delicious tastes of Icelandic cuisine on a local food walk.

Your first and last days will be on the Reykjanes Peninsula, so take your time enjoying every stop, and feel free to switch the activities around.

Day 2 - Introduction to Iceland: The Golden Circle Highlights

Clear blue waters between tectonic plates in Silfra Fissure, Iceland

Today, you will drive around the most famous natural wonders of Iceland right from the start. The Golden Circle is a 300 km (190 mi) route that connects some of the most loved attractions in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Start by exploring Thingvellir National Park (or Þingvellir), a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the place of the world's oldest operational parliament, the Alþing, established in the year 930. Thingvellir is also a well-known geological location where the tectonic plates are separating for about 0.79 in (2 cm) each year. You can walk between the sturdy cliffs that form the edges of the North American and Eurasian plates, which is often described as walking between continents.

A must-do here is snorkeling or diving in the purest water on Earth in Silfra Fissure. Experience in Silfra Fissure was named one of the Top 5 activities in the world by TripAdvisor.

Geyser eruption in geothermal area, Iceland

The next stop is the impressive Geysir geothermal area, where you will witness the spectacular eruption of Strokkur, an active geyser hot spring, which bursts vast amounts of hot water and steam up to 25 meters. Don’t skip this photo opportunity! Even if you miss the first eruption, you won't have to wait long to see another superheated blast as they occur every 5 to 10 minutes. The surrounding area is filled with steaming fumaroles and simmering hot springs—evidence of the powerful geothermal activity underground.

Now head to the iconic Gullfoss waterfall ('the Golden Falls’). The thundering Hvítá River rushes with a deafening roar and cascades into the canyon with immense force, leaving you in awe of the tremendous energy of Gullfoss. On a sunny day, if you're lucky, you'll see a beautiful rainbow arching over the canyon.

Since you will probably sightsee until late evening, there are a few accommodation options near the Golden Circle.

Tip: Some less popular but equally impressive sights in the area are Kerid Crater, Secret Lagoon Hot Spring, and Bruarfoss Waterfall.

Giant Gullfoss Waterfall, famous Golden Circle attraction

Day 3 - Iceland’s South Coast: Waterfalls & Beaches

Today you will continue going South which is considered to be the flattest part of the country. This area is famous for its stunning waterfalls and icy landscapes, with outlet glaciers that reach out from Iceland's ice caps, providing an opportunity to see them up close in Skaftafell.

Tip: As you are returning to Road 1 to continue your journey, you can stop by the azure blue lake of the volcanic Kerid Crater.

Have a fresh start to your day by walking behind the renowned Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.  

Out of 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss certainly made a name for itself as it is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to get a 360° view of the cascade.

Continue driving Route 1, and you will reach the famous Skogafoss waterfall. It is one of the widest and most elegant cascades in Iceland. On a sunny day, there are big chances to see a double rainbow in the rich mist of the cascade. Make sure to also climb the stairs on the side to get a different view!

Tip: Want to hunt down the hidden gems instead of the big names? Visit the secret ‘neighbors’ of these famous waterfalls: Kvernufoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls.

People having guided glacier hike in Iceland

Glacier hiking tour on Solheimajokull glacier in south Iceland

After you finish catching your breath from all the stunning waterfalls you just saw, re-emerge into a world of ice. Right off the road, Solheimajokull Glacier is easily accessible, and a popular destination for epic hikes and ice climbing. The walk will take you just about 2 hours, but you will get an unforgettable experience of glacier hiking. The views of labyrinths of ice ridges, deep crevasses, and enormous sinkholes will remain with you long after the trip.

Tip: On the way to Reynisfjara, stop by the crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck on the black sand beach. It’s a one-of-a-kind place and well worth the 1-hour walk from the parking lot.

Black Sand Beach near Vik village in South Coast Iceland

Next, you will drive to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, passing by Dyrholaey, a cape that rises 393 ft (120 m) above the sea. This region is a haven for various seabirds, including the adorable puffins, and features a white lighthouse at its peak.

Continue your journey to Reynisfjara, the world-famous black sand beach with rising sea stacks and basalt columns. The scenery of this beach is very photogenic, with powerful waves (that you should be very wary of!) and volcanic black sand as far as your eye can see.

You can find a place to stay for the night in either Vik or the Kirkjubaejarklaustur vicinity.

Stay for the night at Hotel Geirland, which is comfortably located by Route 1, in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur vicinity. Surrounded by the region's natural landscapes, it's an ideal spot for relaxation and exploration.

Dyrholaey Arch Rock in Iceland

Day 4 - Deep into the South: Glacier Paradise & Jökulsárlón Lagoon

If you stayed for the night in Vik, you can start the day off in the most Icelandic manner and take a horse riding trip on the black sand beach. Feeling like a Viking yet?

If you want to visit a natural ice cave, this is your only chance to do that in summer as natural ice caves are usually inaccessible during this time of year. Book an ice-caving tour from Vik to Myrdalsjokull glacier and visit Katla, ‘the ice cave under a volcano’. This is a legendary location, due to its black ice and movie-like landscapes that make you feel like you’re on another planet.

Keep in mind, the one thing you should absolutely avoid is trying to go on a glacier or into an ice cave on your ownit is extremely dangerous. Booking an adventure with an expert local guide is a safe and responsible option.

The next stop is Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. There are a few access points to its glacier outlets, but most activities start at Skaftafell, which is a true adventure hub. If there is one experience you have to live through once in your life, it is hiking on the glacier. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker, and all gear will be provided for you. Immerse yourself in this expedition to truly get close to the ancient ice giant.

Tip: When in Skaftafell Nature Reserve, hike to the hidden Svartifoss Waterfall, also referred to as "The Black Waterfall," for its hexagonal basalt columns created by volcanic eruptions from many years ago. The waterfall is only a 40-minute walk away, and the scenery around it is absolutely stunning.

Svartifoss Waterfall in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

You can already start getting your camera ready as you drive towards your next location, which is called "The Crown Jewel of Iceland". From Skaftafell, you will head towards Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you will see huge floating blocks of ice that broke away from the glacier. As they float southward, the icebergs gradually melt and ultimately reach Diamond Beach, where they meet the Atlantic Ocean. On Diamond Beach (just across the bridge from the lagoon), you can see many icebergs sparkling in the sunlightone of the most loved sights by visitors.

If you want to get up close to the icebergs and seals at Jokulsarlon, you can take a boat tour that will get you close to majestic views and local wildlife. You can also take charge yourself and navigate the lagoon on a kayak as you come across secluded spots that are only accessible in this way. Any visitor to Iceland should not miss out on this unique opportunity

The closest accommodation option to the Vatnajökull is Hotel Hof. Just a minute away from Hofskirkja church, a 3-minute drive to Vatnajökull National Park, and a 45-minute drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, it offers convenience and great scenery. Here, you're perfectly positioned to explore the area's natural wonders while enjoying a comfortable stay.

Day 5 - The Eastfjords: Cozy Towns & Bird Watching

Today, there will be more driving but not less sightseeing as every inch of Iceland’s coastline tempts you to stop and admire it. If you enjoy thein the middle of nowhere feeling, you’re in luck. East Iceland is dotted with quaint coastline towns, untamed fjords, and mountain peaks rising above black sand beaches.

Puffins spotted on a cliff in a South of Iceland

Tip: If you’re a photography buff, don’t miss this spot! As you leave your accommodation, especially if you stayed the night in Hofn, make sure to visit the Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes peninsula. Even with basic photography knowledge, you can capture a stunning shot of its twin peaks and black sands. This is private land owned by the Viking Café, so you will pay a small fee of 900 ISK ($6.50) to visit.

Start by visiting the charming fishing village Seydisfjordur. You will probably recognize its vibrant blue church with a rainbow-colored brick road as it’s a much-loved photo spot among travelers. You can stroll around the museums here or enjoy delicious local cuisines such as reindeer meat or seafood.

The next location will be a detour, but it’s worth it as you will reach the most beautiful fjord in the Eastfjords, Borgarfjörður. The roads are usually empty, even in tourist season, so you'll have a peaceful drive. Borgarfjörður Eystri is the final stop of the day, and it's a small fjord-side village with only about 100 people living there. The mountains surrounding the village are so dramatic and sharp, making it one of the most stunning spots in Iceland.

When in Borgarfjörður, make sure to visit Hafnarhólmi Cape. It's one of the best spots for bird-watching, especially for adorable puffins. About 10,000 pairs of puffins nest here every summer! You can see these busy bird colonies up close on the small cliff by the harbor. During the daytime, you can see fewer of them as they are busy with ‘fishing’, but they're very active in the evenings, so that's the best time to spot them.

Most people stop to spend the night in the riverbank town of Egilsstaðir, which is also called the capital of East Iceland. Fun fact, Egilsstaðir is considered by locals to be exceptionally hot in summer (by Icelandic measurements, of course).

Near Egilsstaðir, check out the Vök Baths if you want to experience one of the best geothermal spots in Iceland. You can relax in the only floating pools in the country while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Urriðavatn. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit! The baths are designed to look like the unfrozen parts of the lake, where Icelanders have been soaking for ages. Plus, in the summer, you can also take a dip in the lake itself.

Day 6 - Heading North: The Myvatn Lake Area

White sheep on Icelandic field

You could easily make a whole separate multi-day tour just to see North Iceland. However, we attempted to pick the best highlights, so you could get as much of the North on this day as possible. As you leave Egilsstaðir, your first stop will be Stuðlagil Canyon, which is an enchanting rock formation made out of basalt, separated by a turquoise glacial river.

Next up, prepare to be amazed by Dettifoss, which is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The water flow here is extremely intense, and it'll probably make you realize just how powerful nature can be. Plus, you get to see the filming location of the opening scene of the movie “Prometheus”. Dettifoss is a true wonder of nature and a highlight of any trip to Iceland. You'll be awestruck by the sheer power of the water as it drops an impressive 44 meters (144 ft) into the canyon below, creating a thundering sound that echoes far throughout the area.

Finally, your journey takes you to the mesmerizing volcanic wonderland surrounding Lake Mývatn. This stunning lake, covering a vast area of 14 square miles (36.5 km2), is the fourth largest in Iceland. Mývatn was formed as a result of a massive basaltic lava fissure eruption that occurred more than 2300 years ago. With rare bird species and unique vegetation, it’s no surprise that this area is considered one of Iceland's most valuable protected nature reserves.

Myvatn Nature Baths - geothermal oasis in North Iceland

Soak in Myvatn Nature Baths, a tranquil oasis in North Iceland, that offers a more secluded alternative to the busier Blue Lagoon. Immerse yourself in the warm, geothermal waters of the natural baths or continue your exploration of the wondrous Myvatn area.

If you’re a fan of The Game of Thrones, Grjótagjá Cave is a must-see spot. Enter this iconic film location to check out Jon Snow and Ygritte’s hidden romantic getaway!

Close to Lake Mývatn lies one of Iceland’s most breathtaking geothermal areas, Námaskarð. This otherworldly, highly dynamic volcanic landscape is filled with vigorously boiling hot springs and noisy fumaroles that are encircled by vibrant, mineral-stained earth. The pungent odor of sulfur may be unpleasant to some, but the captivating vistas that surround you will make you quickly forget about the smell!

Tip: After completing your visit to Myvatn, you can drop by the Dimmuborgir rocks (“the Dark Fortress,”). This is an area full of strangely shaped lava rock formations, caves, caverns, tunnels, and subarctic vegetation. Watch out for the trolls here!

At this point, you can proudly say you have seen the highlights of the Myvatn area and can drive to Husavik, known as the whale watching capital of the world. If witnessing a whale is on your bucket list, Husavik should be on your itinerary!

Day 7 - Deep into the North: Whales & Fishing Villages

Huge whale jumping out of water in Iceland

Begin your day in the charming coastal town of Húsavík, which has earned a well-deserved reputation as a great location for whale watching and a “Eurovision” movie landmark. Discover this town with our list of things to do in Husavik.

Whale-watching boat tour in Husavik

Our next destination is Godafoss, an awe-inspiring waterfall that matches its grandiose name. From Icelandic, it translates as "the Waterfall of the Gods", and it certainly lives up to it. The falls have a symmetrical and balanced layout, with water cascading over a 39-foot (12-meter) cliff in a 98-foot (30-meter) wide display. This is a hotspot for landscape photographers, and you're sure to capture some special shots of this powerful scenery!

Afterward, your journey will lead you to the charming city of Akureyri, considered the cultural capital of North Iceland. The city has a lively atmosphere with its exciting nightlife and plenty of fascinating landmarks. You will have the opportunity to spend the night either in Akureyri or in the stunning Eyjafjordur region. Is there an end to the wonders of North Iceland?

For the rest of the day, get immersed in Iceland's astounding wildlife. Dalvik is a quaint fishing village located just a 30-minute drive from Akureyri. Embark on a thrilling whale-watching adventure, where you have almost 100% chance to witness the majestic creatures of the sea such as humpback whales, minke whales, and dolphins in the beautiful bay of Eyjafjörður. Not only can you admire the incredible marine life, but you can also try your hand at sea angling.

Day 8 and 9 - “Iceland in miniature”: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Beautiful scenery in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers a breathtaking view of the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and serene coastal scenery that makes it an absolute must-see destination. The experience can either be an intense day trip or a more relaxed two-day adventure to explore the particular sights that captivate your interest.

Once you navigate through many twists and turns of the rustic Northern countryside, you will eventually reach Hvitserkur, a colossal rhino-shaped basalt stack towering 49 feet (15 meters) high on the eastern coast of the Vatnsnes peninsula. It is important to keep in mind that the route leading to Hvítserkur is not operational during the winter season, so you’ve come at the perfect time!

Explore the magnificent Kirkjufell, also known as the "Church Mountain," which is among the most recognizable attractions in Iceland. It was also listed as one of the top 10 most beautiful mountains in the world! When driving from Grundarfjörður toward Kirkjufell, you will also spot the majestic waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.

As you continue farther down the coast, make a stop at the most dramatic black pebble beach on the peninsula. Djúpalónssandur stretches into a mystical lava wonderland. Take a short hike down to the beach to see peculiar lava formations and crashing waves. Long ago, there were 60 fishing boats in this bay, which remains deserted today. If you want to test your strength like the fishermen in the old times, visit four lifting stones in Djúpalónssandur and give it a try!

Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs in Snæfellnes Peninsula, Iceland

Next up, you will see “The Rocky Caste of Iceland”, or Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs. It is one of the most unique geological wonders on the Snæfellnes Peninsula. The gigantic Lóndrangar Cliff was once an ancient volcanic crater that was eroded by natural forces. This structure is so unique, you must see it in real life to truly understand it.

As you continue exploring the peninsula, unwind in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi. There is a beautiful natural harbor with extraordinary basalt rocks, columns, and basalt caves. Strolling along the Arnarstapi Cliff will be the highlight of your day here. This laid-back short 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round-trip hike will take you along the coastal cliffs and Gatklettur (a natural stone arch). This is the perfect place to have a picnic!

During your journey, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the small settlement of Búðir. It is a remarkable place to explore due to its architectural marvel, the Búðakirkja church. Constructed in the 19th century, this ancient black church is an impressive sight surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Iceland.

Tip: Starting to miss Icelandic waterfalls already? Stop by Bjarnarfoss, an impressive waterfall on the green slopes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The multi-layered roaring cascade is 80m (262 ft) high and looks gigantic from the bottom.

After admiring the mountains, you’ll visit the best seal-spotting location in Iceland! Ytri-Tunga is a golden sand beach populated by seal colonies. You will very likely see at least a few seals that are friendly and curious, often relaxing the rocks where they can be easily spotted.

Next up is Europe’s most powerful hot spring—Deildartunguhver. Finding the hot spring is very easy, simply go on Route 1 and then Route 50, and you’ll quickly reach it. Once you arrive, you’ll see clouds of steam rising from the ground. The scalding Deildartunguhver produces 50 gallons (180 liters) of water per second at 97°C (200°F)!

Into the Glacier - man-made ice tunnel on Langjökull glacier

By now, you will have explored so much of Icelandic summer that you might want to add some winter activities. After all, no Iceland trip is complete without an ice cave! Although during summer you cannot visit natural ice caves, the ideal place to explore one is a man-made tunnel in Langjökull. Drive to Husafell and embark on an exciting expedition into Iceland's second-largest glacier! This adventure involves a guided tour in a colossal monster truck that will transport you to the ice cave.

Tip: As an optional detour, on your drive back to Reykjavik, you will pass by the Glymur waterfall. This is one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, and you can easily add a 7km (4.4 miles) round trip hike to your trip.

While exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, stop at Hotel Hellissandur. This hotel provides a perfect base to experience the area's coastal beauty and the nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Day 10 - Last Day in Iceland: Reykjavik

Reykjavik's church - Hallgrimskirkja

Today’s the departure day, so you’ll be eventually heading to Keflavik International Airport. But before you wave goodbye to the Land of Ice and Fire, you can still squeeze in a few ‘treats’.

Before you drop off your rental car, you can stop by to check off the Bridge Between Continents on your list and walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

If your flight is in the afternoon or evening, you can spend your remaining time relaxing in one of the geothermal spas. If you’ve already been to Blue Lagoon, visit the newly opened Sky Lagoon just a 15-minute drive from Reykjavik. 

Make the most of your last hours on the island. You can also go for a short whale-watching excursion right from Reykjavik. This rib boat trip is done only during the summer. So hop on to sail in the Atlantic Ocean and meet cute little puffins and whales in their natural habitat!

Hopefully, by the end of this road trip, you will bring home not only a collection of amazing photos but also memories to cherish forever!

Iceland Summer Road Trip Itinerary - FAQ

Is it worth going to Iceland in summer?

Yes! Iceland is an amazing place for tourists all year round as each season has its own specialties to enjoy. The most popular things to do in Iceland in the summer are whale and puffin watching, road-tripping, camping, hiking in the highlands, and kayaking. This remote island is both rough and diverse, and your unique experience will certainly be the one to remember!

Off road driving in Icelandic mossy fields

How long do you need to road trip Iceland?

Generally, 8-12 days in the summer is optimum for exploring the island and the surrounding areas. If you’ve been to Iceland before and want to add more off-the-beaten-path locations like the remote Westfjords (or camping in the Highlands) to your itinerary, you will certainly need a few extra days.

There are few regions of Iceland not included in most "Ring Road" drives that can make for an unforgettable remote wilderness experience.

Is it easy to drive in Iceland in summer?

Getting around Iceland in summer is generally simple, provided that you know what you’re in for. The ever-changing weather in Iceland adds to the country's charm, creating a continuously evolving and dynamic environment. 

While it can be frustrating for travelers who are not prepared, it's also an opportunity to witness the power of nature in action. We’ve created a complete guide to driving in Iceland to answer all your questions and help you to get ready for your road trip.

Fascinating scenery of Icelandic mountains

How long does it take to see Iceland in the summer?

If you have the time you can spare, a 10 to 14-day vacation would be ideal. One thing is for sure: You will not get bored. Your trip will be generously spiced with the world's most unique and spectacular natural wonders, from towering glaciers and stunning waterfalls to vast geothermal areas and active volcanoes.

Note: If you are new to independent road-tripping and want to do more sightseeing and less planning, consider booking a self-drive tour package. In addition to the accommodation and car rental, each tour includes suggested points of interest along the way, GPS coordinates for every stop, and a comprehensive self-drive handbook with practical information about Iceland.

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