8 day itinerary – Ring Road + Golden Circle
Ready to have a stress free Iceland trip but confused about how much to fit in one day?
Sick and tired of researching how much time to plan for each stop or how long it takes to get from place to place?
Want an itinerary you’re excited about…but are overwhelmed by how to put it all together?
Hi 🙋🏼♀️ I created this itinerary just for you!
This itinerary has been crafted to solve your biggest question: how much can be done in one day.
Save yourself hours of research and worrying if you’re over-packing your days or driving past a hidden gem – I’ve already done that work for you!
I’ve planned enough custom itineraries for my clients to know how to perfectly time each day. BUT my custom planning service is consistently booked out and available via waiting list only. So if you need an itinerary NOW, this is your answer!
“When you are juggling a family and an unknown country, having an itinerary and suggested route/sequence of activities is a lifesaver!” – Lauren
This is the perfect itinerary for those who want to see as much as possible but don’t have a lot of time.
⏱ DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
🗓 SEASON: April-October (traveling outside of these months? Check out my winter itineraries!)
🚙 TYPE: Self-drive
📍 DISTANCE: 1,375 kilometers / 855 miles
YOU WILL SEE:
- Blue Lagoon (Optional)
- Golden Circle
- Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss
- Jeannie’s gems
- Ring Road
- South (Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón)
- East (Stokksnes/Vestrahorn, Egilsstaðir, Seyðisfjörður, Hengifoss)
- North (Dettifoss, Myvatn area, Goðafoss, Akureyri)
- Jeannie’s gems
**NOTE: ALL of the places in this itinerary are accessible regardless of COVID restrictions so you can feel safe while traveling!
This is a self-drive tour with a written 8 Day daily itinerary to follow during your time in Iceland. You’ll receive an email containing the electronic file in PDF format which you can store on your phone, tablet, computer or print out. To access the interactive map, you will need to download Google Maps. Instructions for accessing the map will be included upon purchase.
✓ Detailed written daily itinerary
✓ Digital map including main sights, hidden gems, restaurants, fuel, grocery stores, parking, and toilets
✓ Packing list
✓ Pre-trip planning checklist
✘ Flight to and from Iceland
✘ Rental vehicle (you can access everything in this itinerary with a 2wd vehicle)
✘ Accommodation bookings (budget, mid, and high range options suggested in the itinerary)
✘ Tours/excursions (relevant tours are suggested throughout the itinerary where applicable)
✘ Food + drink
“I can’t tell you how fantastic it was to wake up each day, open our map, and know exactly where we needed to go – it took all the stress out of traveling, but none of the adventure.” – Trish
- Detailed itinerary to make the most of each day (without feeling rushed)
- Accommodation recommendations, restaurant suggestions, and information on guided tours
- Thorough route information for navigating your trip — so you don’t end up driving by that must-see attraction
- Easy to download to your phone or tablet to use on your trip!
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- This itinerary perfects the timing of each day. Research still needs to be done to understand Icelandic weather, driving rules, etc. All of this information can be found in my guidebooks.
- The designs and images included in this product may not be copied or shared in whole or in part. All photos included are my own.
- 💥 Due to the nature of digital files, this purchase is non-refundable and not eligible for upgrades to a different itinerary. Please take the time to consider all options before choosing the itinerary that suits you best. If you have any questions about this product you can email at email@example.com
“Jeannie took out all the stress of how much we can fit in a day and helped us plan the most incredible trip ever!!” – Emilie
Places you will see with this itinerary:
Optional tours to add with this itinerary:
You can do it either way.
That depends on the size of the group and your own preferences but all of the sights in this itinerary can be reached with a regular 2wd (however I always recommend a 4wd for winter travel).
Flights into Iceland land at different times of the day depending on where you are traveling from. The arrival and departure days of the itinerary are flexible and allow for plenty of travel time to and from the airport.
Each itinerary allows you to see as much as possible without too much driving. Most days are under 3 hours of drive time but could be up to 4 hours a day depending on your accommodation location. Driving distances are located in the description.
Tours, food, COVID, and more
Guided excursions can be purchased separately. I have suggested which activities are available in the region based on the day you are traveling and linked to how to book.
Restaurant suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided each day of the itinerary. On the map, I’ve also included places in between in case you get hungry for a snack or are wondering where the best ice cream stop is!
This itinerary perfects the timing of each day. Research still needs to be done to understand Icelandic weather, driving rules, etc. All of this information can be found in my guidebooks.
I have written an entire FREE arrival guide detailing entry requirements and regulations. Please read it thoroughly before traveling.
My friend/sister/neighbor/co-worker is visiting Iceland next year, can I share this itinerary with them?
Thank you for supporting my small business and allowing me to help you have the best Iceland trip ever! A lot of work goes into these itineraries so I would appreciate if you would keep your purchase to yourself. Additionally, these itineraries could change from year to year based on what’s available or new infrastructure.
There are hundreds of itinerary combinations for Iceland factoring in days, seasons, or regions. I’ve chosen the most common routes and perfected the timing so each day is filled with adventure but not over busy or rushed. If you want to use this itinerary as a foundation and add a night or more in a certain place that’s fine! Just note there will be no modifications to the documents that I send, you will have to make that adjustment on your own.If you want to use this itinerary as a foundation and add a night or more in a certain place that’s fine! Just note there will be no modifications to the documents that I send, you will have to make that adjustment on your own.
November-March has limited daylight and unpredictable weather so extra consideration is required in planning each day. The winters have been carefully planned out with these factors already accounted for!
I am open to creating new itineraries for popular routes. If you have a suggestion for future itinerary combinations please submit it on this form.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of digital files, your purchase is non-refundable and not eligible for upgrades to a different itinerary. But don’t worry – all of my products are designed to work together, I’ve got you covered! If you’ve found that you have additional time, (or your trip has to be cut short), you can always utilize my guidebooks to help you narrow down or expand your trip. These resources are designed so that you have the best information available to make the most out of your Iceland Time.
Of course! Each itinerary includes plenty of Jeannie’s gems to make your experience unique, not just visiting the major stops.
Yes! You will be able to use this itinerary regardless of group size.
A lot of sights can easily be reached from the parking lot with minimal walking. If I suggest a hike in the itinerary, it would be easy to skip and move on to the next place without it affecting your day.
The guidebooks are great if you want to research on your own – all information is provided to plan your trip. The pre-written itinerary takes out all the guesswork – the planning is already done for you!
It’s best to wait until after you purchase the itinerary to reserve accommodation so that you are in the right place each night to maintain the next day’s activities.
Absolutely! Camping just means more flexibility with where you stay. Some towns have multiple campgrounds, so you would look for camping in that area.
No, you are responsible for booking your own accommodations. I recommend where to stay each night, and suggest a few options based on low, mid and high budget.
During peak tourist season it is possible for popular areas to have little availability. If you find this to be the case, simply expand the search area and reserve within a 20 mile radius in either direction. For example, if I recommend staying in Selfoss for the night, you could also search Hveragerðito the West or Hella to the East.
To optimize your time in Iceland and to be able to see all the things, each itinerary has you staying somewhere new each night. If you prefer a slower pace of travel and want to stay an extra night in a certain area you can do that, you would just need to adjust your own itinerary for that situation.
Yes! Campgrounds are located on the accompanying map. If you’re planning to camp while on your summer trip, you can use these itineraries for tents, camper vans, RV’s, and more!