7 Day Ring Road Route in Iceland

 

Route

This blog post includes a day 7 itinerary of the ring road including the golden circle in Iceland.

Day 1: The Blue Lagoon! It’s only minutes away from KEF airport. Buy tickets online ahead of time because they sell out. We choice the comfort package because it included entrance to Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of towel, 1st Drink of your choice and algae. 

We spent about 2 hours here. Let me tell you it was SO relaxing!

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Day 2: The Golden Circle which which includes: ÞingÞingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geyser , Gullfoss Waterfall, Crater Lake, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Gljúfrabúi. Have fun pronouncing those.

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Day 3: Vik which included the DC-3 plane wreckage. This was a four km walk from the parking lot so be prepared. You won’t see the plane until you pretty much walk the whole distance.

Next stop: the glacier lagoon. They offer tours here, but be prepared with layers for this stop. It got pretty chilly.

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Day 4: Myvatn Lake, Godafoss, Horseback riding at Galsi horse rental, Grjotagja Cave and Rhino rock

Day 5: Kirkjufell, volcanic crater, Snaefellsbaer, and the seal stop.

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Day 6: We explored Reykavik. I highly recommend the Icelandic hotdogs. They have many food trucks and it’s only $4 which is cheap for Iceland. The Phallic museum which was interesting…only $15.

Day 7: Reykavik again. We visited the big church aka Hallfrimskirkja, Hapra and explored all the street art.

How We Got There

Check out my blog post on Wow Airlines.

                 Where We Stayed

Check out my blog post here.

Questions? Email me at jetesetbrunette247@gmail.com

 

Where to Stay in Iceland

I booked all of our Airbnb’s a few months in advance and one hotel. Split between 5 girls the price wasn’t bad at all. I recommend booking these early. Since Iceland is a hot destination they can sell out quick.

Our first AirBnB here was super cute. The only issue is they didn’t leave us that much toilet paper or paper towels.

My favorite was the Ion Adventure Hotel. I booked with points, but it was THE coolest.

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Champagne upon arrival
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Geothermal pool

 In Reykjavik we stayed here for $179/night. It was within walking distance to bars including Lebowski Bar (I highly recommend a White Russian although they were $22/drink).

This AirBnB is just past Vik this AirBnB for $300/night. This was in a lava field. It was one of our favorites because it had a private hot tub on the porch.

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In Egilsstaðir, we stayed at this AirBnB on a horse farm. This host was so nice they left us red wine, white wine, beer and chocolates.

Most of the AirBnB’s gave us codes so make sure you check your messages when you are on wifi so you can get in late. We often wouldn’t get to our AirBnB’s until midnight or later.

All AirBnB and the Ion hotel had free wifi and parking.

Tip: I recommend downloading Google Maps offline. I was able to get around the country without buying an international plan or renting a GPS. I just kept my phone in airplane mode.

How we got there?

Check out my blog post on Wow Airlines here.

Questions? Email me at jetsetbrunette247@gmail.com

Wow Airlines

There’s no doubt when we booked this flight from LAX to KEF that it was a good deal. We originally paid $424 USD roundtrip when we booked in October.

They ended up canceling our flights for “unforeseen circumstances” in January. We received two separate emails for each segment. You could either rebook or request new dates. We ended up requesting new dates for a day later and pushing back our trip, but it was a pain because we already booked our flights from PHX to LAX. We ended up staying in LAX for a day. But, the sucky part was the customer service. They don’t have a phone number so it’s done over email and takes a at least a few days which was making me anxious because at one point I had a way of getting home, but not a way there for about a week.

Where they get you is food and baggage fees. You are given one personal item for free which is essentially the size of my backpack. Nothing bigger. Then you have to pay for either a carry on or checked bag.

I packed a duffle that I thought would fit in their measurement box…but it didn’t. I paid $49 for the carry on prior to the flight. Since it didn’t fit it cost $30 to upgrade to check it. They said every bag needed to be tagged, but to be honest I didn’t see anyone checking for the bag tags on each bag. Be sure to check the requirements here before you go on your trip. My friend Nicole bought her bags ahead of time when she booked the flight and saved a little bit of money.

I recommend bringing andf filling your own water bottle and eating before you get on the plane because everything costs extra.

Overall, it was a cheap experience, but probably not worth the hassle to do again and dealing with all the extra fees.