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Iceland Ring Road Itinerary - Is this too ambitious?

by saw50st8 Online Now Apr 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I based our itinerary on 7 day ring road trip. Is this too ambitious?? We will be driving. Any other advice? Is everything open at the end of May? Is the weather decent?

Day 1: Wednesday May 20 (140 miles)
•Arrive in Keflavik at 6:20 am
•Drive through Hvalfjörður (old whaling station)
•Deildartunguhver Hot Springs and Icelandic Tomatoes
•Hraunfossar/ Barnafoss Waterfalls and Lava fields (with hiking paths)
•Reykholt – Snorri Sturluson House and Statue (plus historical sites)
•Grábrókarhraun Lava Field and Craters – walk up Grábrók for excellent view
•Holtavörðuheiði – excellent views of nearby glaciers
•Stay in Borgavirki

Day 2: Thursday May 21 (145 miles)
•Borgarvirki rock group
•Arnarstapi View Point
•Víðimýrikirkja Turf Church
•Glaumbær Open Air Folk Museum
•Eyjafjörður/Akeyuri - Botanical garden and Folk Museum
•Goðafoss Water Fall
•Mývatn Lake

Day 3: Friday May 22 (120 miles)
•Skútustaðir Craters (hot lava)
•Dimmuborgir Lava formations
•Námafjall Mountain – walking paths near bubbling mud, lava and sulphur
•Krafla and Víti Volcanoes
•Jökulsá á Brú Glacial River and Viewpoint of Gorge by Bridge
•Lögurinn/Lagarfljót Lake (complete with Loch Ness like monster)
•Seyðisfjörður Harbor

Day 4: Saturday May 23 (165 miles)
•Reyðarfjörður – Allied base during WWII
•Stöðvarfjörður Mineral House and Garden
•Breiðdalsvík – possible Seal viewing
•Almannaskarðsgöng View Point
•Djúpivogur – Harbour, Art Gallery and Timber Houses
•Hvalnes Lighthouse
•Lónsöræfi Hiking
•Stokksnes Lighthouse

Day 6: Sunday May 24 (160 miles)
•Vatnajökull Glacier (snowmobiling or jeeping)
•Suðursveit Sand Beaches and Lagoons
•Breiðamerkursandur Black Sand Desert
•Jökulsárlón Boat Tripi
•Skaftafell National Park
•Svartifoss Waterfall
•Stay in Vik

Day 7: Monday May 25 (105 miles)
•Geysir Area
•Gullfoss Waterfall
•Þingvellir National Park/ Lake Þingvallavatn

Day 8: Tuesday May 26 (60 miles)
•Tour Reykjavik
•Blue Lagoon
•Fly Home

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