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What to see in a 10 day trip in Iceland?

My husband and I are planning a 10 day trip in Iceland mid-June and we are wondering what are the main sites we should focus on. We are also interested in visiting local farms and learn more about the local culture.

Thanks!


7 Answers

top answer by
Davo from Chicago

My top 3 places were: SkaftafellLake Myvatn, and the Westfjords.

I would highly recommend renting a car and driving around the island on the Rte 1. If that's what you decide to do, you should definitely go counter-clockwise because you generally go from more touristy areas to less touristy areas. (I went clockwise and got annoyed by the relative busy-ness after spending a week in relative isolation). Ten days should allow sufficient time to make the drive.

Spend a couple days in Reykjavik, but leaving the city was the best decision I made.

Here's my blog post on it:

https://davoandsara.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/skimping-in-iceland/

And a google map of my route:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z5cP4IOmuFnk.kXGR0MJ6lRZQ


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Skaftafell (attraction)
  2. Lake Myvatn (attraction)
  3. Westfjords (state)
  4. Rte 1 (attraction)
  5. Reykjavik (city)
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answered by
Joe from Brooklyn

The most unique and amazing thing I saw in my time on Iceland was the island of Heimaey.  If you enjoy things off the beaten path, this place is for you.  It is a tiny island (population about 4,000) with gorgeous views, small sheep farms, a charming port and not much else.  But the best part, in the  summer - when you will be in the neighborhood - it is home to an estimated 8 million puffins.  I had an amazing 2 days there camping and taking pictures of EVERYTHING.  


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Iceland (country)
  2. Heimaey (attraction)
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answered first by
Justin from Phoenix

Wow, a lot of questions about Iceland on trippy today! Funny coincidence since I just published a blog post about it this morning. Have a look!


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answered by
Ashley from Calgary

We're heading out for 12 days in May so I can't tell you what you should see since we technically haven't been but we are intending on driving the Ring Road. We've had to "finalize" our stops because hotels tend to book up fast so we've decided on the itinerary below for our over nights:

ReykjavikGrundarfjordurOlafsfjordurLake MyvatnHöfnVík í Mýrdal 

*Wanted to stay in Akureyri but the hotels were all booked.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Reykjavik (city)
  2. Grundarfjordur (city)
  3. Olafsfjordur (city)
  4. Lake Myvatn (attraction)
  5. Höfn (attraction)
  6. Vík í Mýrdal (city)
  7. Akureyri (attraction)
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answered by
Brent from Brockville

We traveled the ring road two years ago. 

Hope you get some good ideas.




answered by
Janna


Icelandis one of the most beautiful countries. Below I have mentioned some of the sights.

1. Visit Keflavik
2. Go whale watching
3.The geysers
4. Landmannalaugar
5. Maelifell Volcano in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
6. KirkjufellMountain
7. Skaftafell National Park ice cave, Vatnajokull National park
8. Blue Lagoon
9. Aurora Borealis
10.Gullfoss Falls waterfall

You can see these sites. Last year I had visited this country. Happy Journey.


 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Iceland (country)
  2. Keflavik (city)
  3. Landmannalaugar (attraction)
  4. Maelifell (hotel)
  5. Mýrdalsjökull Glacier (attraction)
  6. Kirkjufell (attraction)
  7. Skaftafell National Park (attraction)
  8. Vatnajokull (attraction)
  9. Blue Lagoon (attraction)
  10. Gullfoss Falls (attraction)


answered by
Carolyn from Centreville, Md

I loved Iceland, so jealous you get to spend 10 days there. Definitely rent a car, Reykjavik is a great city, and worth a visit, but you must get out and about to appreciate the country. Driving around is super easy. Our first night we spend in the south close to Vik. We stayed at Hvoll Cottages situated on a farm and walking distance to the black beach. They offer horseback riding on the beach, too. If you go to the south, don't miss basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar.


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