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Which way to go over 6 days?

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Which way to go over 6 days?

Hi all,

We are heading to Iceland for six days at the end of July. And we're having a hard time choosing which direction to head. So some advice would be greatly appreciated.

We plan to spend the first day in REK (we arrive very early) and then from there, we're torn! Is it feasible to do a day trip to the West coast - explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula - from REK or is it more logical to find a place to stay there?

Some of the places in the West Fjords - like Isafjordur - sound amazing. Is it doable to reach there from the Snaefellsnes region, explore, and then head down to Pingvellir or some place to do the Golden Ring the next day?

We also love the sound of loads of places in the South and southeast. Is it feasible to reach Hofn and make it back to REK in two days?

Any advice on how to work in the West and the south/southeast, would be greatly appreciated!

We tend to travel with "loose" itineraries but I think in this case, we need to be a bit more efficient with our time.!

Thanks for the help,

Mary Jo

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1. Re: Which way to go over 6 days?

Hi Mary Jo,

Here are ideas based on the places you mentioned:

Day 1: Explore Reykjavík, stay there for the night.

Day 2: Leave Reykjavík, heading west. Drive around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Ideas here: http://www.west.is/default.asp?sid_id=7236&tre_rod=002|002|004|&tid=15&vkf=333, stay for the night. (Or you could do it as a daytour, staying in Reykjavík)

Day 3: Head back towards Reykjavík, spend the day doing the golden circle: Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir. Stay somewhere around Selfoss for the night.

Day 4 + 5: Leaving Selfoss towards Höfn, picking and choosing sites you want to see, stay for the night somewhere close to Höfn and then backtrack the next day, stopping where you didn't have a chance to the day before. Ideas: http://www.south.is/displayer.asp?Page=244&p=ASP\Pg244.asp . Stay the 2nd night in Reykjavík

Day 6: Departure. Depending on what time you're flying out you could visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. (website: www.bluelagoon.com)

Or exchange day 3-5 for this:

Day 3: take the ferry from Stykkishólmur-Brjánslækur (website: http://www.saeferdir.is/ferrybaldur.php) at 9 am, arriving at Brjánslækur just before noon. Spend the day exploring the westfjords. Ideas here: http://www.westfjords.is/ . Stay the night anywhere (depending on which route you'll be taking).

Day 4: Continue to explore parts of the Westfjords before taking the ferry back from Brjánslækur at 6 pm. Arriving in Stykkishólmur at approx 8:30 pm. Drive towards Reykjavík, staying either there or somewhere around f.ex. Borgarnes/Hvalfjörður.

Day 5: Golden circle

And that's squeezing it. You'd have to tweak it, depending on f. ex. available accomodation. If you want the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the golden circle in there you have to choose between the westfjords and the south coast. Most people (on here at least) would recommend the south coast over the westfjords, just so you know.

Have you reserved anything when it comes to accomodation?

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2. Re: Which way to go over 6 days?

Hi

We spent 5 nights in Iceland in June and had similar questions to yours before going (we put them on Reykjavic forum by mistake) . We drove around the ringroad in anticlockwise direction - note that we were more interested in natural sights rather than towns, wanted to avoid the more touristy spots and wanted to see as much of the country as we could.

My comments in hindsight would be

1. Taratara's advice was valuable and spot on (though the blue lagoon was a bit too touristy for us).

2. The south coast was a highlight.

3. The long daylight hours allow you to cover plenty of distance in a day if you want to,specially if you have an early start.

4.. Accommodation was no problem to find without pre-booking but this was mid June so it's probably different in the July/August peak

period.

5. We intended using farmstays (with own bathroom) but found the Edda chain of hotels excellent value. Most are vacated boarding schools or colleges. Got great value internet specials (even same-day bookings) on rooms without bathroom and found this perfectly satisfactory.

6. One of our main highlights was the town of Husavik on north coast. We'd seen no mention of it on forums and we did strike it on a glorious cloudless day, but the picturesque harbour, the little cafe overlooking it, the wonderfully comprehensive museum (attached to the library) and the swim in the unheralded thermal lake and creek just south of the town will remain etched in our memories. The whale museum was worth a look too.

Have a great trip, hope you get good weather - we might get some reciprocal advice from you on visiting Vancouver!

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7. Forgot to mention that Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon has to be up there amongst the top must-sees. Keep an eye out for seals and take the time to go across to the beach on the ocean side of the highway - seeing the huge chunks of ice in the surf and on the beach was a real buzz

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4. Re: Which way to go over 6 days?

Hi Marie-Jo,

We've just got back from a 7 day trip to Iceland and put our plans toghether thanks to advice from the Trip Advisor Icleand forum.

We spent 2 days in Reykjavík and loved it. Lots to see and do. We loved the Botanic gardens, childrens zoo, the Pearl, Nautholsvik beach, feeding ducks on the pond etc.

We then went to Thingveillir and Geysir on the third afternoon staying in Geysir and on to Gulfoss the next am. We had lunch in the village of Fludir in 20oC of sunshine before heading to Vik via the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall. The beach at Vik is worth a visit. We also went on an evening trip to Dyrhólaey, magnificent cliffs and rock formations.

Next day on to Hólmur via Jokulsárlón, fantastic. We then drove via Hofn to Egilsstadir visiting Seydisfjordur also. We left our car at Egilsstadir airport and flew to Reykjavik. There we then hired another car to allow us do some final shopping in Reykjavik and do the Blue Lagoon at our leisure before before overnighting at the Airport hotel. It was a fantastic trip which I would really recommend!

Wishing you all the best for your trip,

Don.

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5. Re: Which way to go over 6 days?

Hi again!

Sorry for my delay in responding. I've been busy prepping for the trip. Thanks so much to you TaraTara, HalSydney and IrelandDonall for taking the time to give advice and provide us with great insights. TaraTara - a particular thanks for the Web sites and invaluable local advice. All of your ideas are duly noted.

We did in the meantime come up with a game plan. What do you - particularly you TaraTara - think of this itinerary:

First night in REK

Second day drive to east/southeast to Jokulsarlon for a boat tour of icebergs and what ever else intrigues us. Stay in Hofn at a guest house.

Third day drive back west, sight see - perhaps head up to Landmannalaugar - wind up just north of REK at Hotel Glymur.

Fourth day head up to the Snæfellsnes peninsula and sight see there and stay in Stykkisholmur.

Fifth day head south and do the golden circle and ???. Stay back in REK.

Somewhat early flight out the next morning.

We're still trying to keep it a bit loose but we have accommodation booked and have general ideas about places we want to visit. There's still time to mix it up again! So any parting advice would be most appreciated! (We head to the UK first tomorrow, the 18th, then off to Iceland from there).

Thanks again,

Mary Jo

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