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10 Days in Iceland on First Trip - Itinerary Help!

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Hi All
So we fly to Iceland in August for about 10 days, 1.5 days in Rejkavik, then we want to drive around the Ring Road in 7 days/ 6nights. There are so many suggestions as to where to go and where to stay my brain is sore!!. Really as the only driver I don't want to be driving more than 350km a day so was thinking of the following and want some comments:

Day 1 Arrive Rejavik at 4pm - Overnight
Day 2 Rejavik Overnight
Day 3 Pickup up car head towards Sandarkrokur for overnight stop
Day 4 Head on towards Husavik for overnight
Day 5 Husavik to Seyoisfjordour for overnight
Day 6 Seyoisfjordour to Hofn for overnight
Day 7 Hofn to Vik for overnight
Day 8 Vik to Selfoss overnight
Day 9 Selfoss via Gulfoss Geysir & Pingvellir to Rejavik overnight
Day 10 Fly out at 7.20am.

Not sure about whether to go direct from Vik to Rejavik rather than stopping over at Selfoss, could do another night somewhere further back...any recommendations?
Also is it better to go clockwise or anticlockwise??

We are looking to do a Cave trip, Short Glacier Walk, whale watching & possibly horseback ride along the way...reckon we can fit all that in?

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    hi blackeyes,

    we went to Iceland last year and spent about 12 days there. if you are interested, you can read my trip report if you click on my name and search for it.

    I do think that you are being very ambitious in wanting to get all round the island in 7 days. you will see that we only managed the south and west in longer than that. but if you are going to try, I would drop one of your nights in Reykjavik.

    this is what you might like to do:

    Day 1 - stay reykjavik.

    Day 2 -pick up car - drive north via Selfoss, geysir and pthingvillir. although these are touristy there is a good reason for that - they are really good to see. DH reckoned that selfoss was a good as niagara, and DS made us go to geysir three times. stay nearby.

    DAy 3 - drive north. you might think of making this a very long day and trying to get as far as you can, towards Aykureri. stay two nights.

    Day 5 - travel onwards via lake myvatn to husavik. stay 2 nights.

    Day 7 - travel on again, and head for the south/east via the jokulsargljufur national park and the glacial lake at jokulskarlon.

    day 8 - head for the south, stopping your last night near the airport.

    i realise that I may have missed out a couple of night,s in which case you can stop longer at husavik or find and extra stop somewhere else.

    travelling at this speed, you will miss out on what was the highlight of our trip - the western fjords and the birds cliffs. but you will doubtless see things that we didn't. and it is possible to travel long distances, because of the long days, especially if you have your accommodation booked in advance. we liked the farmhouses that offer B&B and some evening meals.

    regards, ann

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    Hi Blackeyes,

    I have to agree with Ann that your plans seem a little ambitious. We were in Iceland the same time as Ann and spent 14 nights covering a 3/4 of your trip (we missed out the North/East.

    We did a whale watching trip which lasted about 4 hours (an afternoon or morning) from Reykjavik and we did an evening horse riding trip (2 hrs) near Aykureri so you could do this from one of stops. There are plenty of glacial walking opportunities but getting to them sometimes involve a long drive but I would highly recommend the Iceberg trip at Jokulskarlon.

    IMHO I would try and a list some of your must do's or what you really want to see and then see if you can limit your travelling time by concentrating on these areas.

    Regards
    Ted

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