Make the most of Iceland in 8 days

How can you best spend 8 days travelling around Iceland, and why is this a recommended length for a trip to this beautiful island? Read on to see how to spend 8 amazing days in Iceland.

You’ve probably arrived at Keflavík International Airport, taken the shuttle bus to pick up your car and are itching with excitement to explore this beautiful island!

The article starts you off just leaving the capital, Reykjavik (don’t worry, you’ll spend some time there at the end!) and point out some of the best things to see and some great places to stay too.

Don’t stick to just these places though, there’s so much that this trip didn’t contain, and also take lots of unscheduled stops and the various laybys on the ring road, there is so much beautiful scenery between these places so don’t miss out on those!

Note: Most guides will tell you to visit the Blue Lagoon first but due to a delayed flight, that didn’t happen on this trip. I hear it’s beautiful but very expensive).

This trip was done in early October and mostly utilises the main ring road to get around.

This article will start with a overview and then it’ll go into more detail. Ok, let’s get started!

Note on the weather: Unfortunately the weather was not ideal during the entire duration of the trip, and apart from a couple of days, it was constantly cloudy and rainy, with not a clear night whatsoever. This meant I did not see any stars or the nothern lights, whether this is typical for October or not, I’m not sure.

Itinery Overview

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Day 0

  • Sites: Blue Lagoon (if you have time after landing, I didn’t)
  • Accomodation: Central Reykjavík (AirBnB)

Day 1

  • Sites: Þingvellir, Almannagjá Rift, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse Rauðafell, Hvolsvöllur (AirBnB)

Day 2

  • Sites: Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Skaftareldahraun, Pjadrurfoss, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Diamond Beach
  • Accomodation: Þórshamar, Höfn (AirBnB)

Day 3

  • Sites: Hoffell hot tubs, Vestrahorn Mountain, The Viking Village, Lagarfljót
  • Accomodation: Tehúsið Hostel, Egilsstaðir (AirBnB)

Day 4

  • Sites: Seyðisfjörður, Dettifoss, Dimmuborgir, Krafla, Námaskarð, Mývatn
  • Accomodation: Fosshotel, Húsavík (

Day 5

  • Sites: Húsavík, Mývatn Nature Baths, Grjótagjá Cave, Goðafoss
  • Accomodation: Apotek Guesthouse, Akureyri (

Day 6

  • Sites: Akureyri old town, Þingeyrarkirkja
  • Accomodation: West Park Guesthouse, Snæfellsjökull (AirBnB)

Day 7

  • Sites: Snæfellsnes, Hellnar, Arnarstapi
  • Accomodation: Central Reykjavík (AirBnB)

Day 8

  • Sites: Reykjavík, Sun Voyager, Hallgrimskirkja
  • Accomodation: Central Reykjavík (AirBnB)
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