Iceland Stopover: A 4-Day Itinerary

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  • Iceland

  • Adventure Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Reykjavik

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Iceland is a land of contrasts and untamed beauty and for that reason, it holds a special place in my heart. Its breathtaking landscapes, from cascading waterfalls to volcanic craters, are a testament to nature's raw power. The land of fire and ice, Iceland offers visitors a rare chance to witness the Earth's elemental forces in action. Discover its captivating wonders, experience its rich culture and forge memories that will make the chilling weather well worth the trip!

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The Reykjavik EDITION

The Reykjavik EDITION brings the first five-star modern luxury experience to one of the world's most sustainable capitals.

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Hotel Rangá

In southern Iceland, this lodge-like resort is the spot to experience the magical Northern Lights go star gazing with the experts.

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Apotek Hotel by Keahotels

A blend of historic Reykjavik charm and modern sophistication, offering guests a luxurious sanctuary in the city's heart.

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Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

City view of Iceland

If you arrive early in Reykjavik, consider heading straight to the Blue Lagoon. They provide luggage lockers, showers, and the famous geothermal spa—the ideal place to relax after your flight.

Afterward, drop your luggage at your hotel. The Laugavegur area is excellent for dining with options like Sandholt for breakfast, Grazie Trattoria for Italian, Emilie and the Cool Kids for pastries or Kore for fast food. You can also visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral, the Rainbow Road and the Harpa Concert Hall.

Day 2: South Coast to Vik

Beautiful green Iceland

Start your day in Reykjavik, and head to the South Coast. Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, then take a short walk to Gljúfrabúi, another hidden waterfall. Continue to Skógafoss Waterfall, known for rainbows and hiking trails.

Drive east to the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse Viewpoint for striking ocean views. Explore Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

In Vik, enjoy lunch at The Soup Company, explore the black sand beach, and visit Skool Beans. Don't forget to see Vik's church on the hill before returning to Reykjavik!

Day 3: Golden Circle

Rainbow street in Reykjavik

Explore the Golden Circle route near Reykjavik. Start at Thingvellir National Park for hiking, stopping by the Visitor Center.

Explore Öxarárfoss Waterfall then head east to the Geysir—home to Strokkur, an active geyser. Gullfoss Waterfall is nearby and you won't want to miss it. Drive south to the Kerid Crater for a glimpse of its turquoise lake. It's a long day, so return to Reykjavik for dinner and rest.

Day 4: Snæfellsjökull Peninsula

Blue water in Iceland

Begin your journey to the Snæfellsjökull Peninsula with an early start. Visit Kirkjufell mountain, home to charming Icelandic horses. Continue to the Snæfellsjökull National Park and see the Saxholl Crater.

Then head to Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach, the Malarrif Lighthouse, and Arnarstapi to admire its captivating rock formations. Grab lunch at Samkomuhusid, a local gem.

End your journey at Budir, home to a famous black church, before returning to Reykjavik to complete your Icelandic adventure.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jessica Griffis’s guide, Five Days in Iceland.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Iceland.