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7 Days In Iceland: The Best Iceland 7-Day Itinerary

Planning to spend seven days in Iceland, but not sure what to do? You’ve come to the right place!

Iceland is an increasingly popular destination, with tourism levels skyrocketing in recent years. With its stunning landscapes, explosive geysers, dramatic waterfalls and breath-taking nature, it’s easy to see why.

In August I was lucky enough to spend a week in Iceland, exploring this beautiful country. In this article I will run you through my exact 7-day Iceland itinerary.

While I could have easily spent longer there, seven days in Iceland was just the right amount of time to explore this beautiful country. If you’re planning a 7-day trip to Iceland, this is the guide for you.

I’ve outlined my exact day-by-day itinerary, including where to stay, daily activities, travel times and more. So let’s dive in, your dream Iceland trip is waiting!

Enjoying the view while driving in the Westfjords

Enjoying the view while driving in the Westfjords

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View over Reykjavik from the Perlan Science Museum

View over Reykjavik from the Perlan Science Museum

Useful things to know about Iceland

Before we jump straight into the detailed 7-day itinerary itinerary I want to give you an introduction about Iceland, and information that I think you will find useful when planning your itinerary.


The weather in Iceland can be a big incognito. It can be so variable that a common saying amongst locals is; “Don’t like the weather in Iceland? Don’t worry, it will change in five minutes anyway”.

In the same day you might experience sun, rain, fog and snow. Most people take the onion approach when dressing in Iceland, lots of layers so that you can undress or cover up accordingly as the weather changes.

I was there in summer where temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C. In winter it can be very different, with temperatures ranging from 0°C to -30°C. 

If you’re not sure what to pack for your trip, check out my Iceland summer packing list for ideas.

Admiring Dynjandi Falls in the Westfjords

Admiring Dynjandi Falls in the Westfjords


Despite being in Europe, Iceland doesn’t use the EUR, but the Icelandic króna (ISK). At the time of visit 1 USD was approximately 140 ISK. You can check the latest conversion rate here.

Is it true Iceland is expensive?

Yes. Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about it, just make sure you budget accordingly.

When on the first day I paid the equivalent of 15 EUR for a soup I realised I was going to have to be a bit more careful with my spending if I didn’t want to blow through my holiday budget straight away.

Since I was travelling with an organised tour most of the expenses were included anyway, but there are things you can do to save money while travelling in Iceland.

If you want to get better idea of how much a week in Iceland might cost, check out this 1 week Iceland travel budget.

Enjoying the view while driving in the Westfjords

Enjoying the view during one of the many stops we did while driving in the Westfjords.


Another rumour that goes around hand in hand with the one about Iceland being expensive is the one about Icelandic food not being great. Personally, I enjoyed it.

Most of it is fish based and it reminded me of my trip to Norway, where we made the most of our fjord cruise by stuffing our faces with smoked salmon.

Most places also offer standard Western types of food such as burgers, sandwiches, pastas and soups. Let’s just say that while Iceland has a lot to offer, if you wanted to go on a foodie trip, you would probably go to Italy not Iceland.

That being said, if you want to find out more about Icelandic cuisine in Reykjavik, check out this article about doing a food walking tour in Reykjavik.

A typical Icelandic soup in Reykjavik

A typical Icelandic soup in Reykjavik

How to spend 7 days in Iceland

This is the exact itinerary I have followed myself on my trip to Iceland last summer with the Italian travel agent Giver Viaggi e Crociere.

Like all my itinerary articles they are only meant as an indication of how you can spend 7 days in Iceland that will allow you to maximise your time and see as much as possible.

As I was doing an organised tour my experience will be a bit different than if I had been travelling alone, I won’t be able to give you exact price breakdowns for everything like in my other guides (eg. Cuba or Croatia) but I will still outline travel times so you can plan accordingly.

If you’re still debating whether you should go to Iceland, check out these 11 reasons to include Iceland in your bucket list!

Day 1: Fly into Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the main international airport, where we will be starting this 7-day Iceland itinerary. Depending on the time of arrival you will be able to spend some time exploring the city centre of Reykjavik.

City views in Reykjavik

City views in Reykjavik

Unless you’re renting a car at the airport, I highly recommend booking an airport transfer online beforehand. Getting a taxi on the moment would be incredibly expensive, and you don’t want to splurge your Iceland budget on the first day!

Reykjavik Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport – This shuttle bus will take you from the airport to BSI Bus Terminal or central Reykjavik. The bus also has free Wi-Fi and air-con.

Book your shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to central Reykjavik here!

Direct Bus Transfer between Keflavik Airport & Hotels – This one is a little pricier, but it will take you directly to your hotel and save you having to make your way there with suitcases from the bus station.

Click here to book your direct bus transfer from Keflavik Airport to your hotel!

Keflavik Airport Private Transfer – If you want to travel with comfort, this private transfer is perfect. It also avoids you having to wait for an available taxi at the airport.

Click here to book your Keflavik Airport private transfer!

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik - Photo by Josh Joshua on Scopio

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik – Photo by Josh Joshua on Scopio

If you do arrive in Reykjavik with enough time to spare, here are some of the cool things you can do to explore the city.

Some of the most famous sights in the city include the Perlan Science Museum and its 360° views, the Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church. I listed below some of the most popular tours that you can join to explore Reykjavik.

3-Hour Foodie Adventure Walking Tour: This tour is the perfect combination between discovering Reykjavik and discovering the tasty Icelandic cuisine!

Reykjavik: Whale Watching & Marine Life Cruise: This could be a great start to your Iceland trip! Seeing whales in the wild is always an experience, imagine doing it on your first day in Iceland!

Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik: If you’re visiting Iceland in winter, this is a must. Seeing the Northern Lights is a magical experience that will leave you breathless.

From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Admission with Transfer: The Blue Lagoon is the most famous hot spring in Iceland. It can be a great way to start your trip and relax after your flight.

The Sun Voyager viking ship sculpture along the harbour of Reykjavik

The Sun Voyager viking ship sculpture along the harbour of Reykjavik

Day 2: The Golden Circle

Iceland’s famous Golden Circle can be visited in one day. We set off from our hotel early in the morning and after just over an hour drive by coach we arrived at the Haukadalur geothermal area to see the geysers.

The Great Geysir is now dormant, however its younger brother Strokkur is still in action and regularly erupts every 5 – 10 minutes.

It’s also fascinating just walking around the geothermal area and watching the smaller pools of hot water or smoke coming out from the ground.

Strokkur geyser erupting

Strokkur geyser erupting

After Haukadalur we drove to Gullfoss, one of the most imposing and famous waterfalls in Iceland.

It is also known as the “Golden Falls” since on sunny days it’s not uncommon to see a rainbow over the falls and the water seems to shine and glitter gold.

I wasn’t as lucky with the weather unfortunately. There is a path that leads right up to the side of the waterfall, if you don’t mind getting wet from a bit of waterfall spray I recommend adventuring down there!

Gullfoss waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall

The next stop on our 1-day trip to the Golden Circle was Thingvellir National Park. It’s a huge historic site where back in the day, the Icelandic parliament used to gather.

We walked around it for a while admiring the geological formations, then drove on to Barnafoss. Barnafoss Falls are a group of small waterfalls that emerge from an underground river directly from the side of a lava black rock gorge.

Barnafoss was the final stop of our second day, after which we drove to Hotel Hraunsnef, our accommodation for the night. This was a typical Icelandic hotel in the middle of nowhere.

They had an outdoors hot pool though and one of the best dinners I had in Iceland, plus it is strategically located on the way to start our road trip to the Westjords early the following day.

See the latest availability & prices at Hotel Hraunsnef

The Barnafoss falls, trickling in the river from within the lava field

The Barnafoss falls, emerging from within the lava field into the river

If you’re reading this Iceland itinerary it’s because you presumably want to go on an exciting Iceland road trip.

However, if you don’t want to drive in Iceland, I have listed below some great tours you can join to visit the Golden Circle from Reykjavik.

Golden Circle Full Day Tour with Kerid Crater – This option is definitely one of the best Golden Circle tours in Iceland – and for good reason. You’ll get to see all of the highlights of the Golden Circle, as well as the added bonus stop of Kerid Crater.

Click here to book your Golden Circle & Kerid Crater tour!

Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Blue Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik – If you didn’t make it to the Blue Lagoon yesterday, this tour combined the Golden Circle with this amazing hot spring.

Click here to book your Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Blue Lagoon tour in Iceland!

Gulfoss in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Day 3: Road trip to the Westfjords

On the third day we did A LOT of driving. We set off from our hotel early in the morning and didn’t get to our next hotel in Isafjordur until just before dinner.

However as they often say, the beauty is in the journey. Coming from someone that isn’t a big fan of spending long hours on cars or coaches I actually didn’t suffer this drive as much as others.

The rolling Icelandic is stunning and provides ample opportunities for distraction. We also did lots of stops along the way, which broke up the journey nicely.

A lonely lighthouse at the edge of the Westfjords

A lonely lighthouse at the edge of the Westfjords

We did a stop for lunch at the small town of Hólmavík. When I say small, I mean 375 inhabitants. The harbour was very pretty and it was a suggestive place for a short stop.

The other stops were at even more anonymous locations, small coffee shops along the road or random locations that had a weird geographic landmark or particularly good view.

We even stopped at a free thermal pool, unfortunately I didn’t have a bikini on me or I would have jumped in for a swim!


One of the many free thermal pools in Iceland

One of the many free thermal pools in Iceland

The final stop of our long day of driving was Hornstandir, the “Cape Horn” of Iceland. A short drive away from Isafjordur you can reach this stunning landmark.

The drive up is very picturesque and when done on a big coach, actually quite scary. The roads aren’t paved and there is no railing on the sides.

Looking outside the coach window during a steep bend can be scary but beautiful at the same time.

Once you reach the top the view from these gigantic cliffs has quite to make you feel small, especially the vast amount of the sections without railing.

We were also lucky as it was a sunny day, which allowed us to see the view across the fjords, on a cloudy day it wouldn’t have been as impressive.

After enjoying the view we drove to our hotel in Isafjordur, very creatively named Hotel Isafjordur. It may not be one of the most unique hotels in Iceland, but it’s definitely different from the norm.

Check out the latest availability & prices at Hotel Isafjordur

Standing on top of the cliffs of the Westfjords; feels like the end of the world

View of the cliffs at Hornstandir, the “Cape Horn” of Iceland

Day 4: Dynjandi falls & road trip to Patreksfjordur

Day four of my Iceland trip was the day I saw the most impressive waterfall I had ever seen. We left Isafjordur early and visited the small town of Flateyri before hitting the road properly.

This is an interesting town to visit, while being very small it is beautifully located surrounded by the cliffs of the fjords, walking around it for a morning was very fun.

Two of the seven waterfalls at Dynjandi

Two of the seven waterfalls at Dynjandi

While driving along the jagged coastline of the fjords we caught sight of Dynjandi falls long before we were anywhere near it. From a distance you almost can’t tell it’s a waterfall.

You will see this white line interrupting the brown or black edges of the fjords. It’s so wide that it looks like a glacier or snow on the side of the mountain.

Only as you drive closer you can start to identify the seven waterfalls that make up Dynjandi falls. As soon as you step out of your car the sound of the waterfall drowns out most other noises.

There is a path that you can walk along that will take you past all seven waterfalls and right up to Dynjandi, the first and biggest of the falls.

We spent some time admiring this beauty of nature before then driving on to the next town on our itinerary; Patreksfjordur, where we then spent a couple nights at the Fosshotel Patreksfjordur.

Check out the availability & prices at Fosshotel Patreksfjordur

Driving break in the Westfjords, enjoying the view over the fjords

Driving break in the Westfjords, enjoying the view over the fjords

Day 5: Látrabjarg & Raudasandur

We spent the fifth day exploring the Westfjords and it was my favourite by far. We started the day by driving to Látrabjarg, the most Western point in Iceland and Europe.

Here the land meets the sea with imposing cliffs that are 14km long and up to 441 metres tall. It is also home to many puffins, which you can see nested along the side of the cliff.

The wind here is always so strong that there are signs along the cliff edge advising people to only get close to the edge by lying on the ground.

Once you’re dressed appropriately to cover yourself from the wind the walk along the cliffs is very enjoyable.

The steep cliffs of Látrabjarg

The steep cliffs of Látrabjarg

After Látrabjarg we drove to Rauðasandur, Iceland’s famous Red Beach. Iceland has a lot of black beaches due to the high volcanic activity, however Rauðasandur is the only red sand beach.

It’s a 10km long beach and on the day we visited we were the only people there.

We walked along the beach to see if we could find any seals basking in the sun, unfortunately we couldn’t find any unfortunately but we thoroughly enjoyed the walk anyway.

Walking on a red sand beach with no one else around, with the sharp edges of the cliffs in the distance was a magical experience.

Drone shot of Rauðasandur, the Red Beach

Drone shot of Rauðasandur, the Red Beach

As I already mentioned, I visited Iceland on an organised tour, so I did day 3 to 5 of this itinerary with a coach that drove us around.

You can do it independently by just renting a car, or can join guided tours just for the Westfjords section of your trip.

Westfjords and Dynjandi Waterfall Small Group Tour – This five-hour tour covers many of the best sights to see in the Westfjords, including the Dynjandi Waterfall and the adorable towns of Thingeyri and Hrafnseyri.

Book your small group tour of the Westfjords and Dynjandi here!

Svalvogar Circle Sightseeing Tour – This tour focuses on the hidden gems of the Svalvogar Circle. So while you will get to see the amazing Dynjandi Waterfall, you’ll also see lesser known mountains and towns.

Check out prices and availability for your Svalvogar Circle tour here!

Westfjords Nature Tour – This 3-hour boat tour is unique, because it solely focuses on the wildlife of the Westfjords. Keep your eye out for whales, seals, and seabirds!

Click here to book your Westfjords Nature Tour!

The cliffs of Latrabjarg, a must see in our Iceland Westfjords itinerary

The cliffs of Latrabjarg

Day 6: Explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula

We did multiple stops on our way back to Reykjavik, especially while driving through the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

To speed up travelling time and vary a bit from all the driving we took a ferry across the Breidafjordur, a fjord that took us approximately 3 hours to cross by ferry.

Once we had made to the other side we visited some of the most famous attractions of Snaefellsnes.

Cool rock formations along the coast of Snæfellsnes

Cool rock formations along the coast of Snæfellsnes

This included the famous black church Budir. Located on the edge of a beach, the black church of Budir is one of the most famous and photographed churches in Iceland. It is also a popular venue for Icelandic weddings.

From there we drove to Arnstapi, a small harbour surrounded by black basalt cliffs. The coach dropped us off at one end of the cliffs then drove to meet us again further down the coast.

This allowed us to enjoy the sunny afternoon and walk along the cliffs, admiring the peculiar rock formations.

This part of Snaefellsnes is particularly famous for the rock arches, caves and columns. It’s a very interesting coastline to walk along and admire the power of nature.


Budir church, one of the most famous in Iceland for it's solitary position on the beach in the Westfjords

The famous black church Budir

The final stop of our short Snaefellsnes road trip was the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The Game of Thrones fans might recognise this mountain as the vision the Hound had in the flames.

There is a very small parking lot by the waterfall so we had to park some way down the road and then walk back, however even just walking along the road close to these beautiful landmarks was interesting.

I enjoyed visiting this waterfall as it was considerably less busy than its more famous counterparts in the Golden Circle. After spending some time at the waterfall we drove to our accommodation for the night, Hotel Langaholt.

This was another hotel in the middle of nowhere, with the beach on one side and cliff edges in the distance on the other.

With the long days there are in summer we enjoyed going for a walk along the beach after dinner to check out the local puffins and see if there were any seals basking in the sun.

See the latest availability & prices at Hotel Langaholt

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the iconic mountain in the back

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the iconic mountain in the back

Day 7: Snaefellsnes to Reykjavik & fly home

On the final day of our trip we finished our road trip by driving back from Snæfellsnes to Reykjavik. During the drive we did a small stop to see the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

This is the famous glacier that hides a dormant volcano in its “caldera”, which was also depicted by Jules Vernes in “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.

Depending on what time your flight is you might be able to enjoy some more time exploring Reykjavik.

The distinctive coastline of the Snaefellsnes peninsula

The distinctive coastline of the Snaefellsnes peninsula

If you don’t fancy changing hotels as much, you can also head directly back to Reykjavik from the Westfjords, and then visit the Snaefellsnes peninsula on a road trip from there. I have listed below some of the most popular tours to do so.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour – This 11-hour tour takes you to many of the highlights of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, including Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur black sand beach, and Arnarstapi.

Click here to book your Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour!

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Private Day Tour – This tour is pretty much the same as above, just as a private option. It’s obviously more expensive, but if you’re a group sharing the price it’s not a bad price to pay for more flexibility.

Click here to book your private tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula!

Some of the cool rock formations in the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Some of the cool rock formations in the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Final thoughts on how to spend one week in Iceland

Have you been to Iceland before? What did your 7-day itinerary look like? Let me know in the comments below!

Iceland is a destination that had been on my travel bucket list for a very long time, being able to finally explore it even if only for seven days was amazing.

It’s a beautiful destination that will make even a city girl like me gape at the wonders of nature. I hope you will find this guide useful in planning your own 7-day itinerary for Iceland!

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Nick Levine

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Hello Greta! We just finished up our trip to Iceland and we primarily followed your 7 day itinerary. We had an absolutely amazing time, and I think we got a lot out of our trip due to your pro tips. We made some life long memories and we just wanted to thank you for your content.


Friday 30th of July 2021

Hi Nick, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm glad you had an amazing time in Iceland, it's a truly stunning country!


Thursday 27th of December 2018

I only had a 3.5 days... We did the Golden circle on day 1, blue lagoon and then drove a quick tour through rejkavik to snaefellsnes peninsula day two and spent the rest of the time there. Unfortunately it was too overcast to see the northern lights the two nights I tried (and my sisters saw them the night after I left :/ ). We were there in March so we weren't comfortable driving much further than that! I want to go back with my husband in the summer and explore more of the Ring road! So beautiful there!


Saturday 5th of January 2019

Sounds like you had some very packed days even if you weren't in Iceland for long! I was in Iceland in summer so I didn't see the Northern Lights, I'd actually love to go back in winter to see them! The weather is always a variable you can't control unfortunately. I hope we both go back to Iceland one day haha

Stella Gough

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

This is amazing, just loved your blog and i would love to know about things to do in west iceland.  


Friday 28th of September 2018

Thanks, glad you liked my post! :)


Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Really great post :) Iceland easily became the absolute favorite country I've ever visited.


Thursday 20th of September 2018

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! Iceland is one of my favourite countries too :)


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Loved your pictures and your itinerary. Was wondering what you would change if anything if you were traveling to Iceland in mid to late October to see the northern lights?


Thursday 12th of July 2018

Hi Dawn! Thanks, glad you like my photos! I think if I were to visit Iceland fro see the Northern Lights I would probably do the same itinerary. A lot of the places we visited were very remote so I imagine they would have pretty stunning nights skies!