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Iceland 7 days itinerary (without renting a car)

(Last Updated On: 08/06/2018)
There is one country I have been to pre- blog, I loved it yet I never wrote about it. I’m talking about Iceland. On numerous occasions you ask me about this country, how much time I’ve spent there, what I’ve visited and how was my Iceland 7 days itinerary.

Since I’m being attacked with all the offers of cheap flights to Iceland and I really would love to go back I feel it’s about the time I write about my trip there! And, unlike most of the people I know, I did it without renting a car, simply because I don’t have a drivers license and I was travelling on a budget in Iceland and solo, as usual.

Iceland 7 days itinerary

I’m sure that renting a car during your Iceland travel is much better option, it gives you the flexibility to see everything interesting around or to stop every 5 minutes for yet another picture of the breathtaking landscape around.

This was actually my biggest pain there, I wished I could have taken the picture of just about everything, it was just too beautiful (and still, I brought some 1700 pictures from my 7 days in Iceland…). This really is the country with one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth and I believe everyone should visit Iceland at least once in the lifetime!

So, if you are a lucky person who is heading to Iceland and doesn’t know yet what to do there my 7 days itinerary might come handy for you!

Iceland 7 days itinerary

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Day 1 – Reykjavik

I took the early morning flight from London and was in Reykjavik already before the noon. This gave me plenty of time to see the city that is rather compact anyway.

I walked along the waterfront to see the famous Sun Voyager sculpture – one of the symbols of Reykjavik. I admired the modern architecture of Harpa – a concert hall and conference center. I relaxed at the pond in the center, next to the Reykjavik city hall.

But the highlight of the day (and Reykjavik in total) was going up the tower of Hallgrimskirkja – the second highest building in the country. The view from there is simply amazing with rows of colorful wooden houses and mountains in the background. You see it at most of postcards from Reykjavik but it surely deserved that position!

After Hallgrimskirkja I just wandered around the center, sat down for tea in one of the cute cafes and simply enjoyed Reykjavik.

Day 2 – Southern Iceland

This was the day when I first saw why everyone is raving about Iceland so much. I spent the whole day in southern part of Iceland, visiting some of the most famous places there: black beaches of Vik and waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. We also stopped to take a look at the glacier (that was the first one in my life!) or the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that caused so many problems in Europe in 2010 (it doesn’t look harmful at all!).

All day long the views were simply amazing, I sat glued to the window or wandered around in awe. That’s when I understood the whole hype about Iceland, it really is stunning!

Day 3 – Akureyri

I took the morning flight to Akureyri, second biggest town in Iceland, located in the north. The flight time is less than an hour and this must be the most scenic plane journeys I’ve ever taken, crossing the whole interior of Iceland and flying just above the mountains.

This was also the most stressful flight – the plane was tiny, the wind was strong and couple of times we fell into the hole. Akureyri airport is one of the most difficult to land at, the runway is located on the water, with high mountains around and only the best pilots land here so I just believed they know what they are doing.

Once I was safely on the ground I walked to the town center (it’s only a little bit over 3 kms from the airport) and spent the day getting to know Akureyri. It is a really pleasant, somehow sleepy town with gorgeous views around.

The highlights of Akureyri are the distinctive big church designed by the same person as famous Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik or the botanical garden but the whole town is a great place to spend a relaxing day.

Day 4 – Myvatn

The reason why I went to Akureyri was to visit Myvatn – the area around the lake with the same name, famous for the moon-alike landscape and geothermal zones. If I have to choose which place in Iceland impressed me the most it has to be Myvatn.

Before we reached the area we stopped at Godafoss waterfall, known as one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland. Honestly I’ve seen better ones but Godafoss was pretty nice too and definitely worth a stop. It was just a foreplay of what we were about to see later on!

The further we went, the more incredible places we’ve seen: Myvatn lake, Dimmuborgir lava fields, Grjotagja lava cave, Viti crater, Hverarond mud pits and Myvatn Nature Baths. I can’t count how many times my jaw dropped with awe on that day, every single place was just too beautiful to be true but my personal favorite was Hverarond.

Day 5 – Akureyri to Reykjavik

I’ve decided to take the bus back from the north to the capital. It took 6 hours, the price was slightly more expensive than the flight but at least I could admire the views along the way. And they were pretty spectacular, of course!

Once I was back in Reykjavik I went to Perlan – The Pearl. The view from there is really amazing, second best after Hallgrimskirkja but the building itself offers other attractions too – a restaurant and a cafe where you can dine with a view! The rest of my day in Reykjavik was just spent wandering around, enjoying already familiar city.

I just wish back then I would have been into the street art as Reykjavik is one of the coolest cities with the outdoor art scene! That’s actually the main reason why I want to return there!

Day 6 – Reykjanes – the area around Blue Lagoon

Everyone visiting Iceland stops at Blue Lagoon. Everyone but me. I took the bus to Blue Lagoon but instead of going inside the spa I went for a “little” walk around.

There is a hill nearby and I figured if I can see it perfectly well from Blue Lagoon then the view from the top must be amazing too. And it was, just getting up was challenging and I was rather freaked out at times when the stones beneath my feet were falling down, making the climb pretty impossible. It was seriously one of the most stupid things I’ve ever done, especially that there was a regular road up there, just a little bit further.

As I could see from the hill the waterfront was not far so I headed there, to the town Grindavik, from where I returned to Blue Lagoon, just with a different way, through the lava fields. Altogether it was a great hike around and something unusual as for most of the day I was on my own.

Day 7 – Golden Circle

On my last full day in Iceland it was time for the most popular tour – Golden Circle. Most of the people visiting the country go for it and I had to check if it’s worth the hype. Well, to be honest it was the weakest point of my 7 days in Iceland but still pretty amazing – it’s just that the country offers so many one of a kind places than when you leave Golden Circle for the end you won’t be as much impressed with it as if you’d start with it.

Golden Circle consists of Geysir (that shoots water up to 30 meters every couple of minutes), Gullfoss (ok, this was the best of waterfalls I’ve seen in Iceland) and Thingvellir National Park (where American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet) and each place is spectacular, even if slightly overcrowded. But it is a must in Iceland.

The next morning I had my flight back and so my unforgettable time in Iceland was over.

I feel like I’ve really seen a lot during my 7 days in Iceland, used my time there to the maximum. I was there at the beginning of May so still before the season yet I managed to see all the places without renting a car – while it is handy it is not completely necessary to see the best Iceland has to offer! Use my Iceland 7 days itinerary to plan your own trip! And enjoy Iceland as much as I did!

Iceland 7 days itinerary

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  1. Miroslav Hristov
    09:11 26/12/2016

    Wow, 1700 photos! Definitely, one has to take a lot of memory card space when a trip to Iceland is planned. Totally agree with you that everyone should visit this place at least once in a lifetime!

    • kami
      20:25 27/12/2016

      Indeed! It’s just too beautiful out there, unreal in a way!

  2. Paulina
    19:52 26/12/2016

    Ooo! ISLANDIA! No to nie mogę nie skomentować :D Ale mam wiele pytań, uwaga! :D A jak to kosztowo wyglądało? W sensie cały wyjazd w jakiej kwocie udało się zamknąć (bez lotów na samą islandię)? Ja wiem, że to najbardziej udręczające pytanie, ale już przeczytałam masę kosztorysów i sama staram się za każdym razem znajdywać najfajniejsze wyjścia ;-) No i jak na miejscu się poruszałaś ;-)) w sensie jacyś prywatni kierowcy, znajomi, czy cuś? Pogoda mi wygląda na jakąś majową (albo coś koło tego?) Jak pamiętam gdy orientowałam się w cenach np za autobus to wychodziło nawet i z 400 zł od przejazdu :D O lotach międzymiastowych słyszałam coraz więcej dobrych opinii, choć mówią że zawału serca można dostać, ale że przelot nad wyspą daje niesamowite wrażenia :D Skoro lot tańszy od busa – to jak to wyglądało w kosztach? Weź napisz jakieś szczegóły PROOSZE :D

    • kami
      20:12 26/12/2016

      z tego co pamiętam to niecałe 2 tysiące mi poszły na miejscu – spałam w dormach w hostelach, byłam na trzech wycieczkach zorganizowanych, samolot do Akureyri kosztował mnie coś koło 300zł (w trakcie krótkiego lotu parę razy się z życiem żegnałam, ale widoki były piękne!), autobus powrotny ciut więcej. Jedzeniowo ogarniałam w tamtejszych Biedronkach głównie. Lot mnie kosztował 250zł zł z Londynu, dolot tam był droższy, bo to majówka była ;) może i nie najtaniej, ale skoro byłam sama chyba nie było opcji bardziej po kosztach tego ogarnąć. a i to jedno z takich miejsc, gdzie nie szkoda żadnego grosza :)

      • Paulina
        06:43 29/12/2016

        Ej! To tanioszka i tak jak na Islandię ;-) Lux!

        • kami
          09:48 29/12/2016

          sama byłam zdziwiona jak sprytnie udało się to wtedy ogarnąć, bo wszyscy tylko mówili jaka to Islandia jest droga!

  3. stacjabalkany
    22:28 27/12/2016

    Przyznam szczerze że nigdy nie myślałem o wylocie do Islandii. Mimo, że Islandia i Skandynawia rzeczywiście są piękne, to jestem istotą ciepłolubną a w maju to nie chciałbym śniegu oglądać, ale Twoje zdjęcia są fantastyczne, zwłaszcza to z wodospadem. Może kiedyś nadejdzie czas żeby odpocząć od Bałkanów i Ukrainy i udać się gdzieś na północ:)

    • kami
      09:47 29/12/2016

      Świat to nie tylko Bałkany, wiele jest miejsc wartych zobaczenia i to w całkiem bliskiej odległości od Polski :) Islandia naprawdę jest warta odwiedzenia, a w wakacje to i temperatury tam przyzwoite dość! Polecam!

      • stacjabalkany
        23:42 30/12/2016

        No właśnie nie tylko Bałkany, myślę że chyba na blogu spokojnie mogę opisywać inne miejsca, oprócz nich

  4. Nabilla
    06:04 23/01/2017

    What did you make your visit and how hard was it to travel without car?

    • kami
      22:17 28/01/2017

      It wasn’t that hard at all! I only had to use public transport or organized tours but I’ve seen everything I wanted to!

  5. Adventographer
    16:17 09/08/2017

    I have an iceland trip coming up in May but had planned on renting a car as I didnt think you could see much without one. This post has changed that perspective some… I may still rent a car, but perhaps for only one week of my two week trip!

    • kami
      19:55 21/08/2017

      Car is a good option in Iceland as you might get to more remote places but it is possible to see a lot without it too! You will love Iceland, I’m sure of it!

  6. Nicole
    15:52 03/04/2018

    Do you have any recommendations on which tours to take for the Golden Circle and Southern Iceland?

    • kami
      10:59 12/05/2018

      So sorry for this late answer! If it’s not too late I can find the names of the companies I’ve used as they were all good!

  7. Chris Murray
    07:09 08/10/2018

    Hi Kami, my wife son and I visited Iceland in September 2008. We started from Reykavik of course and did the Golden Circle. Geysir was a bit of a let down but everything else was great. Saw a lot and learnt a lot. Then like you flew to Akureyri but didn’t stay there. We hired a car and started on a circumnavigation of the island. Stayed in Husavik for whale watching. No whales but did see out of season Northern Lights. In a day drive we saw the north coast, Tjornes, Asbergi and Dettifoss including a thermal power station. Then we drove via Myvatn and the Eastern Fjords to Hofn. Amazing geography from high desert to fjords. Via Jokull (the iceberg lake) to near Skogafoss. Has beer-marinated puffin for dinner! Then to the blue lagoon and flight home.
    Fantastic place we could not recommend enough.

    • kami
      09:23 19/10/2018

      Hi Chris, that sounds like a great trip! I’m really glad you enjoyed Iceland so much. Happy travels!

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