Iceland is a majestic country with a stark beautiful landscape. If you are visiting here as a tourist or an intrepid explorer, it won’t fail to mesmerize you from the moment you step down at Iceland airport with its sweeping vistas, active volcanoes and stunning waterfalls.
If you are visiting the country for the first time, here’s a budget guide to help you explore plenty of opportunities to backpacking it.
Iceland is so beautiful that you can spend weeks and weeks exploring its landscapes, trekking through the highlands, soaking in its geothermic hot springs, chasing waterfall, and partying in Reykjavik. But, if you are planning to visit for few days only, then ideally you should plan a 10-day trip.
Adventurous All Along
For the first-timers, it is best to take the Ring Road, which is the country’s highway that loops around this entire island. You can start your trip along this loop in either direction. Here we are going counter-clockwise starting from Reykjavik, which is nothing less than a trendy capital. Make Upper Borgarfjorour your next stop where you can explore lava tubes and the beautiful countryside. Your next destination should be a village overlooking the bay by the name Stykkishólmur.
Continuing to head towards north, halt at Tröllaskagi for the stunning views of deep valleys and mountains. Iceland is known for its volcanoes and Myvatn region is home to volcanic craters and a lake. To visit the ice cap at Vanajökull, you should make the town Höfn as your base.
After treating your eyes to mountains and valleys, next comes the basalt-columned beach of Vík. The basalt makes these beaches glistening black and there are scenic cliffs in places where there are no beaches. These cliffs are often enveloped in a thick fog. This area is home to puffin – Iceland’s most sought-after bird.
From Vik, you can either hike through the highlands or decide to continue to the west to add two impressive waterfalls to your itinerary before completing the total Golden Circle: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
The same itinerary can be further expanded if you have few more days. In that case, you can add some adventure in the form of coastal trail hiking, horseback riding, and glacier tours on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Snaefellsnes National Park offers a lot of activities like bird cliffs, hiking options, volcanic craters, and lava tubes. You can then enjoy some whale watching by going to Öndverdarnes.
Always make your itinerary based on the number of days you have in hand. Don’t try to travel too much on any single day. Instead keep it less on travel time and more on sight-seeing to enjoy the area fully.