I'm heading to Iceland from Oct 5th to the 17th and I was planning on driving around the country and seeing what I can in that time frame. I've come up with a basic itinerary, but I know myself and I am terrible about planning to much to do in a day's time. So, I've done a bunch of research (my eyes are feeling a bit crossed) and come up with a general idea. I would greatly appreciate any input, especially if there are specific places I should make sure to see or places that are unlikely to be doable in my time frame or in the time of year I will be there. I generally prefer outdoors and nature type activities and am a "budding" photographer. This is a solo trip, so I only have myself to worry about. The biggest "activities" I would really like to do are whale watching (even though it's not the best time of year), horse riding (any suggestions as to where would be wonderful), and possibly a bird hunt if finances and time allows?
This is what I have thus far:
Oct 5th (flight gets in at 6:30am) - Head out straight away, going to Hvalfjorur - Reykholt - Hraunfosser - Banafoss - Kaldidalur (check with rental company and weather, from what I've read may not be possible or advisable) - spend the night in Borganes
Oct 6th - Budir - Songhellir cave in the area) - Snaefellsjokul - Grundarfjordur (spend the night)
Oct 7th - Stykkisholmur - Helgafell - Akureyri (stay the night) *I was considering going to Holmavik, but am thinking that is trying to shove too much into to a day. Based on what I've read on this and other forums I am (extremely regretfully) cutting the West Fjords out of this trip. They will have to be the center of a next trip, whenever that happens.
Oct 8th - Explore the Akureyri area, then heading to Husavik for the night. Seeing Godafoss on the way.
Oct 9th - Whale watching and exploring Husavik, head to Lake Myvatn for the night.
Oct 10th - Spend the day in the Lake Myvatn area, stay there that evening
Oct 11th - Leave Lake Myvatn, heading to Dettifoss and Jokulsargljufur. **This is where I'm getting a bit uncertain again. I'm thinking about heading to Porshofn and/or Vopnafjordur and staying the night there.
Oct 12th - Eglisstadir - Bakkagerdi - Seydisfjordur
Oct 13th - Hofn - Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon - Vatnajokull glacier - Skaftafell - stay in Kirkjubaejartlaustur
Oct 14th - Kirkjubaejartlaustur to Vik to Hella (or Selfoss?) stay the night there.
Oct 15th - Golden Circle
Oct 16th - free/extra day (can be planned or used to stretch out time in a different place)
Oct 17th - Spend some time in Reykjavik then go to the Blue Lagoon before my 5pm flight.
Thank you for any and all of your input! This will be an only trip to Iceland for me for quite some time so I would like to see as much as I can, but I also want to enjoy it and not running around like a loon the whole time. I tried to plan for that, but it's not my strong suit yet.