Planning a trip for the end of May 2016 and wondering how many days is enough. Want to visit both the city and travel extensively by car outside the city.
I just returned from an amazing trip to Iceland. I spent a week & it was a perfect amt. of time (not to mention if I had stayed any longer I'd be penniless)! It was the first time I had gone & it gave me the right amount of time to explore the South coast as well as see Reykjavik. That said, I went in off season & from what I understand, peak season sees a much larger number of tourists so places are much more crowded. On the flip side, there were areas that weren't possible to see in off season bc roads were impassable. I think a week - ten days would be good if you're sticking to the Southern region & Highlands area. If you want to see other areas (north or West Fjords) you probably need more time. I'll def be back to see those areas.
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We did ten days- and I could have easily done 10 more! It's a great trip- I would try to get to the island if I were you- I think you'll be in puffin season. So much to see - I was there with my three boys who were too young to glacier hike or snorkel the plates but we still had completely full and amazing days! I'd check the other pools public and natural and even skip the blue lagoon. I loved Iceland and plan to go back someday!! Just bring some food along as it's super pricey there- however there are many tiny house style cabins that have kitchens for rent along the way! Enjoy!!!
Well, if you're going in May, four weeks if possible. Most of the F Roads to the interior - and to places like Landmannalaugar - won't be open until early June. I can't imagine the Thrihnukagigur volcano tours will run until then, either. So either wait a few weeks to get started, or stay longer. I was there 16 days and barely got started.
Keep in mind that you won't cover as much distance on the roads as you would in the US, too - especially if the conditions are still a bit snowy.