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8 day itinerary – Ring Road + Golden Circle

(8 customer reviews)


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!

Forget about wondering where you should stay each night or how long to plan for the stop at that waterfall.

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


  • Reykjavík
    • 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)
✘ Fuel
✘ 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

Special Features:

  • 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!


You’ll receive a PDF file of this itinerary, delivered straight to your email. From there you will be able to print it or download it to your computer, tablet, or phone to take it with you on the go!

Instructions for accessing the map will be included with the itinerary.  In addition, in order to access the interactive map, you will need:

  • A Google recognized email account (used to access the Google Maps App)
  • The Google Maps App (available in app stores)
  • A Wi-Fi connection is REQUIRED to maintain access and interact with the map.

**Due to the proprietary nature of the content these maps cannot be saved or downloaded to devices.


  • This is an information product only. Prefer a custom itinerary designed to suit you? Click here to learn more here!
  • 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 hello@icelandwithaview.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. 

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.

Timing details

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!

8 reviews for 8 day itinerary – Ring Road + Golden Circle

  1. John D Moeder

    I thought I had done a lot of research for our October Iceland visit – but it took Jeannie’s itinerary to really make our vacation success. The maps & information in the itinerary are fantastic and easy to use. My wife & I highly recommend the itinerary and that you also view all of Jeannie’s YouTube offerings!

  2. Ana Dufaux

    A M A Z I N G !!! (Winter 2021 dates: 23 dec to 01 jan)
    Thank you Jeannie, yes!!!!! it was my best trip ever… I haven’t words to describe and you helped us with all the tips, roads, times, and others. Everything was worth it. Of course I would recommend your itineraries to everyone. And obviously I’ll come back to Iceland (buying another itinerary, maybe in summer? why not? 😀 )


  3. Elliott Lynch

    The information and maps for the 8 day itinerary has really simplified the planning process and take away a lot of the worrying about how far you need to drive each day. the maps have so much hidden information that is at the tips of your fingers. Iceland may be expensive, but the itinerary and maps is the best value of the trip so far. Check out all of Jeanie’s YouTube informational videos too.

  4. Will Andrews

    I just got back from our 8-day trip in Iceland. I used this very informative guide to plan my proposal to my now fiancé! I even reached out to Jeanie and she help me plan. We used the the interactive map to find many excursions and “gems” while there, and have so many memories from places on the map that we otherwise wouldn’t have found. I seriously cannot recommend Iceland With a View enough. The 8-day itinerary was very detailed and along with a very flexible schedule and a must have for new travelers to Iceland.

  5. Joanne

    Just got back from my trip to Iceland. I was so glad to have Jeannie’s 8-day Iternary. We knew just where to go and felt confident that all our accomodations were recommended. Each place we stayed was fantastic. We felt so lucky to know we had a plan. The map was easy to use and each stop was a unique gem

  6. Thiago Bruch

    Traveling in October 2021. We planned the trip based on the itinerary.
    It made much easier to plan the trip using the the itinerary.

  7. Paula

    Our trip to Iceland was planned 3 weeks prior to leaving. We were originally headed to Canada; however, changed our plans. I found Jeannie and her website after searching for itineraries that would help us plan swiftly.
    Finding Jeannie’s Iceland with a View site and being able to purchase her 8 day/7 night itinerary was amazing! Having the gems on top of this was icing on this cake!
    We always plan our own trips and were about to; however, Jeannie’s itinerary was such a stress reliever to let us land and begin our trip with ease!
    Thank you Jeannie/Iceland with a View!

  8. Christine Mathalia

    My husband and I absolutely loved Jeannie’s itinerary! We went to Iceland for our 10 year anniversary. Her gems were some of our favorite stops on our trip. They were quieter stops and felt magical. Her information on options and information on where to stay was so helpful. It’s such a big trip we were worried about where to go and when and didn’t want to miss anything. This really helped us feel like we got the most out of our trip and then some.

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