An Adventurous Road-Trip Around Iceland

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Advisor - Lauren Martin
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Lauren Martin

  • Iceland

  • Reykjavik

  • Selfoss

  • Adventure Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Road Trip Travel

  • Multi-Destination

  • National Parks

  • Scenic

Green moss on tall, large gray rocky mountains with a gushing river flowing through the center on an Iceland itinerary.
Curator’s statement

After three times to Iceland, I think it's safe to say this is my favorite country – the otherworldly landscapes, amazing culinary experiences and isolated yet safe vibe. This Iceland itinerary makes the perfect trip for those who seek adventure but are nervous to explore another country on their own!

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Things to do in Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on an Iceland Itinerary – blue and white glaciers floating in a lake.

The Golden Circle

This area is a circular drive that hits all sorts of sites. Such as Geysir (an ever erupting hot spring) and Þingvellir National Park (where the two different tectonic plates meet), as well as Gullfoss Waterfall.

More Waterfalls 

Be sure to check out Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss along the way.


Visit Vik and Dyrholaey to walk along the black sand beaches.


Take the mile walk to and from the DC3 plane wreckage, which is a US Navy plane that wrecked and landed in the middle of the country in 1973.

Skaftafell National Park

Here you can check out the Svartifoss Waterfall and the Skaftafell Glacier.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

This destination is also known as Diamond Beach. I recommend taking a boat ride through the glaciers!

Outside Cities

If you make it closer up north, stay in Akureyri which is the next largest city in Iceland, after Reykjavik. 

The farthest city north in Iceland is Husavik, which is also known as the whale watching capital of the world! Go on a whale watching boat ride (during whale season, of course). This is also the city that the movie Husavik is based on!


Geysers, caves and Mývatn Nature Bathswhich is maybe even better than Blue Lagoon! Keep your eyes open for a northern lights sighting.


Last but not least, take a dip in the soothing and beautiful Blue Lagoon!

Eat & drink in Iceland

A red and white famous hot dog stand in this Iceland Itinerary with five people in dark coats waiting in line.

Reykjavík Fish: Best fish and chips, and caught fresh daily!

Lebowski Bar: An entire bar dedicated to the Big Lebowski movie – 20+ different white russian cocktails to choose from and delicious burgers.

Pylsur: The famous hotdog of Iceland. A must try in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Svarta Kaffið: Unlimited soup refills in a delicious baked bread bowl that will keep your insides warm during those long, cold Icelandic nights.

Brynja: Icelandic ice cream in Akureyri. Yes, cold ice cream in the cold of Iceland. 

Salka Restaurant: Langoustine and lamb in Husavik? Yes, please.

Geysir Restaurant: Located in, well, Geysir. Attached to the Geysir Hotel. Delicious burgers and ice cold beer.

Gas Stations: Don’t discredit their pastries, coffee and hot dogs. They are perfect for a quick grab and go on-the-road!

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Iceland. Looking for more road-trip travel? Check out my 'Adventure in the American Southwest' guide!