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7-Day Iceland Ring Road Itinerary: The Ultimate Road Trip

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Pack your bags and gear up for the road trip of a lifetime with this 7-day Iceland Ring Road itinerary!

The Ring Road circles the entire country, allowing you to experience Iceland’s most iconic sights and breathtaking landscapes in just one week.

And I’ve planned out every single detail for you.

From where to stop, stay, and even grab a scrumptious Icelandic hot dog on the way to your next epic location – consider this itinerary your key to an effortless Iceland adventure. 

You can finally say goodbye to evenings spent scouring through travel forums and blog posts, trying to get up-to-date and accurate information. 

I’ve done all of the heavy lifting for you so you can kick back, relax, and gear up for the trip of a lifetime! 


Why Choose This 7-Day Ring Road Itinerary?

Highlights + Hidden Gems: Hit up all of Iceland’s famous sights while also discovering lesser-known treasures that make the country so special.
Far From The Crowds: Venture into North and East Iceland, far from the usual tourist trail. You’ll get the breathtaking landscapes all to yourself!
Diverse Landscapes: Because you’re circling the entire country, you’ll see a wide array of wonders – from volcanic beaches of the south to the dramatic fjords of East Iceland.
Hassle-Free Travel: Whether it’s exact driving directions to the best places to stay each night, I’ve thought of everything. Leave the logistics to me and start getting excited for your trip!

Practical Details

DURATION: 7 days/6 nights
🗓 SEASON: April-October (traveling outside of these months? Check out my winter itineraries!)
🚙 TYPE: Self-drive
📍 DISTANCE: 1,375 kilometers / 855 miles

Your Week of 1-Week Iceland Itinerary Features:

Reykjavík and Sky Lagoon: Explore the buzzing capital and unwind in geothermal waters.
Southern Iceland: Admire stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, and spectacular glacial landscapes.
Eastern Fjords: Drive through peaceful villages and take in the stunning scenery at every turn.
Northern Iceland: Relax in geothermal baths, feel the power of mighty waterfalls, and explore charming towns.

Everything That’s Included: 


  • Detailed PDF guide outlining the must-see attractions and places to visit along The Ring Road
  • Hotel and restaurant recommendations (with detailed info on menu items, price points, and ratings) to suit every taste and budget 
  • Packing lists and pro tips from an Iceland expert so you don’t miss a thing
  • Exclusive discounts to save BIG on your trip
  • + so much more


  • Hidden gems most tourists miss as they travel Iceland
  • Pins highlighting the best places to stop along the route, including local eateries, convenient gas stations, and quaint villages 
  • Accurate information on essential stops like restrooms, gas stations, and grocery stores to ensure you’re never stranded.
  • Must-see natural attractions like waterfalls, hikes, secret hot springs, and viewpoints marked on your itinerary map
  • Confidence to travel Iceland knowing that every must-see stop, hidden gem, and practical point is marked just for you!


✘ 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

Who Is This Itinerary For?

You Want To See It All: If you’re the type of traveler who wants to immerse yourself in the heart and soul of a country, even if it means covering more ground to explore different regions.
Iceland Newbies: A pre-planned itinerary gives you the confidence to dive into your first Iceland trip, knowing you won’t miss any must-sees!
Road Trip Lovers: Ideal for those who love the freedom of a self-guided adventure while following a well-mapped-out route.
For All Budgets: Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or watch your wallet, this itinerary has options to match your budget.
Great for Everyone: Doesn’t matter if it’s a romantic escape or a family vacay, the travel tips in this itinerary work for all sorts of travelers!

Prepare for Iceland’s most iconic road trip with your trusty 7-day Ring Road itinerary in hand. You’ll have the most incredible trip, with none of the stress.


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, etc.

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.

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! 

Route Differences

If you have 5 days in Iceland, there are two routes for you to choose from: My Golden Circle + South Coast itinerary and my Golden Circle to Glacier Lagoon itinerary.

The Golden Circle to Glacier Lagoon Itinerary is for travelers who want to see as MUCH as possible and truly maximize their 5 days in Iceland. You don’t mind covering a bit more ground or driving a bit further to see some of Iceland’s most epic sites (like the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon!).

The Golden Circle + South Coast Itinerary is for travelers who prefer a slightly more relaxed pace for your Iceland trip, limiting time in the car. You don’t need to see every single famous landmark. You’d rather move a bit slower and linger at each spot, savoring the journey and soaking in the vibe of each place!

If you have 7 days in Iceland, there are two routes for you to choose from: My 7-Day Ring Road Itinerary and my 7-Day Itinerary that covers the Golden Circle + South Coast + Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The Ring Road itinerary circles the entire country and covers some of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. While you’ll be doing slightly more driving, you’ll truly see the heart and soul of the country, even visiting some remote regions where more tourists don’t wander (like North and East Iceland). It’s a great mix of Iceland’s iconic sights mixed with quieter regions from the crowds!

My 7-Day Itinerary that covers the Golden Circle + South Coast + Snaefellsnes Peninsula showcases some of Iceland’s most epic highlights while staying closer to Reykjavík. This itinerary gives you the best of Iceland’s most accessible regions. 

While some of these popular areas might draw more tourists, I’ve included loads of hidden gems in this itinerary so that you can escape the crowds and see a more authentic side of Iceland. 


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!

7 reviews for 7-Day Iceland Ring Road Itinerary: The Ultimate Road Trip

  1. Terry

    This itinerary has solved all the issues about how far to go in a day, what to see that is out of the way, etc.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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? 😀 )

  5. Elliott Lynch

    The information and maps for the this 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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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