Iceland Itinerary & Plan 2020

I’m starting to get REALLY excited about our next big adventure! Staci & I spent a weekend picking out places to stay, choosing the sites we want to see, and booking excursions. But, we have made some changes…

Staci & I will be passengers on rented bikes, similar to what we did in Ecuador. Renting and riding 2 up gives us additional funds to put towards adventures & places to stay. We abandoned our idea of camping on this trip. I don’t think it’s possible for us to pack camping gear and supplies for 2 of us on a single bike so we searched airbnb and VRBO for our digs in Iceland, & some of them are pretty cool!

This trip feels a lot more like our Alaska trek than Ecuador. I definitely liked the convenience & security of having Freedom plan our whole trip, including hotels. But, this trip gives us the flexibility to visit places that are off the beaten path & aren’t considered top tourist destinations, but some of them look pretty cool!

I’m using Google Maps to plot our trip for the first time. It’s working pretty well. I entered every stop, added our rental houses, and then created a route for each day. Below is a snapshot of the map & some of our destinations, followed by a rough outline of our daily activities which shows mileage & approximate travel times.

RegionsDayTop SightsMileageEst. Drive Time
Snaefflsjokull Peninsula1Airport, bike rental, cathedral, tunnel, brewery, basalt columns, cottage rental1643 hours 35 min.
2Viewpoint, cave, visitor center, Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall kids jump into the falls, shark museum1603 hours 45 min.
3Glymur waterfall – est. 3+ hour hike, second highest falls, hot spring, lava rock formations 1754 hours 15 min.
West Fjords – Patreksfjordur4Cliffs, beaches, largest steel ship in Iceland.  Scenic day ride2125 hours 10 min.
West Fjords – Isafjordur5Dynjandi waterfall, Scenic easy day ride1855 hours 30 min.
6Nature Preserve Tour to Hornbjarg – cliffs in preserve1520 min.
Akureyri7Whale watching & puffins Vigur Island from Isafjordur.  Drive to Akureyri.  Valagil 4km hike.  End day at brewery & beer spa. 3757 hours 45 min.
Husavik8Godafoss waterfall, scenic view points, lavafield, Forest hike, cave, geothermal sea bath  (extra time see Krafla)2932 hours 15 min.
9Hverir hot pools.  Dettifoss west side parking, huge falls est. spending 2 hours, Asbyrgi canyon, national park views1203 hours
Djupivogur10Arctic hinge, waterfalls including Hengifoss 3km hike – cake falls, scenic route end with Eggin.  Extra time, drive more of hwy 92 to the coast3538 hours
Vik11Lighthouse, glacier lagoon, diamond beach, turf church, waterfall view, church floor Boat tour of glacier lake2064 hours 30 min.
Hveragerdi12Dverghamrar columns, couple smaller falls, awesome river gorge, lava fields, cave on beach, rock formations on beach, plane crash.  End in Hveragerdi1774 hours 20 min.
13Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Skogar museum next to Skogafoss.  Turf house, Kerid crater1554 hours
14Lava tube tour 2 hours.   Snorkel 4 hours802 hours
159am Snow snowmobile tour.  Gullfoss waterfall & Geysir hikes1032 hours 45 min.
16Return bikes, fly home afternoon641 hour 25 min.
2837Total Miles

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