Guide to organizing a trip to Iceland

If you are looking for to solve some doubts about Iceland before starting to plan your trip you are in the right place. From now on, all that remains is to get down to work to start organize your great trip through Iceland.

Plan your trip to Iceland

Planning a trip many times becomes a ball of questions. Many doubts arise and we do not know where to start. Especially in those trips in which we go to a country completely diferent to ours in terms of climate, currency, customs, etc.

Lets start by the beginning…

Where do we want to go? Iceland Ring Road – South Iceland – Reykjavik and Golden Circle

It may seem endless everything you can explore in Iceland. You have to decide one route or another depending on the days you have to explore the country.

I recommend you to plan your trip in such a way that you can do it without being stressed from one side to another and without enjoying anything or without seeing the landscape carefully. All a country like Iceland deserves is to savor it slowly.

Iceland is an unpredictable country. It is not surprising if during your 15-day trip a road is closed, either due to a huge storm, excessively strong wind, or all of the above at the same time. That is why It is a good idea to have a few days of margin to be able to modify routes if necessary.

  • Iceland Ring Road

This is the route made by the main road of Iceland, the N1, which runs through the entire island making a kind of ring.

The Ring Road is a very complete tour around the country. Along the way you will be diverted by different secondary roads. The main idea is to go all the way around the island.

This route covers the most important points of Iceland. It is the best way to discover all the contrast that this country offers us.

Sheep grazing in a meadow under a mountain in Iceland
  • South Iceland. Rekjavik to Vik

If you have five days it is the best option. Remember that the roads in Iceland have a limit of 90 km/h, we are talking about the N1, so car trips are a little long.

This is a very appealing alternative, in fact it has been the favorite part of our trip. The landscape in this area is very green.

This part of Iceland is full of waterfalls. Also the weather is much nicer that in the north.

  • Reykjavik and the Golden Circle

An alternative for those who only have a few days, between 2-3 days.

The idea would be visit the golden circle, which will take you one day. Get to know Reykjavik, another day. Get closer to see the Kerid crater and some waterfalls on the way. then we set aside Another day to visit the Blue Lagoon or a nearby town or waterfall.

Set the days you have available to discover Iceland

For all that I have told you before, It is very important that you establish the days you have available to know the country. Depending on the number of days you can choose one route or another.


Once you establish the days that you go to Iceland you can start planning the days.

For make this post a little more graphic and not so long I am going to leave you a map with the routes that I have mentioned.

👀 Important: some routes that are on the map do not start here but they are also valid if you take the Iceland Road or prefer a specific area.

I will also leave you links to the posts where we explain each of the routes in detail.

If you are one of those who like to decide every stop or place you want to visit, add or remove certain sites. The best thing is to make a guide yourself helping by the map and from there you create your own guide to Iceland.

Maps with defined routes to do in Iceland

Illustrated map where you can take some sections and adapt them. Each route is made to be done in 1 or 2 days but it all depends on the places you want to visit. Feel free to chose the best for you.. 😉


Other important issues to organize a trip to Iceland

Now let's talk about some important questions you have to know before your trip to Iceland.

It is very important that you have these points clear to organize yourself in time.

  • Car or Van

They all have a series of advantages, and disadvantages, that you should know before choosing for one option or another.

For example, do the trip in a van is the dream of any traveler who wants to visit Iceland. However, lack of experience and not taking into account certain things like the weather can make your trip a little more complicated.

If you choose to go by van it is important that you take all possible precautions and feel confident that you can drive a vehicle of such dimensions.


Anyway, If you do not have experience driving large vehicles, it is best to opt for a smaller one. The wind in Iceland can make you have a bad experience driving large vehicles.

You should also take into account the season of the year you are going to visit the country. It is not the same to visit Iceland in winter with the adverse weather that comes with it than to do it in summer.

The best way to decide is search in forums and read experiences of other travelers at different seasons. Try to use that information and take it based on your experience as a traveler and your expectations or what you want to do during the trip.

*At this point it is important that you take into account the budget 💰 *

  • Bring food or buy all in Iceland

Another of the most commented issues and doubts before going to Iceland is the food. All of us who go to Iceland ask ourselves the question of whether Is it worth taking food to Iceland.

From our experience, and to give you a quick conclusion, yes. It is worth taking food to Iceland. Now, not all foods are worth it. Some foods, such as pasta, sugar or rice are things that you can perfectly buy at your destination. You will save space and weight to put other things that are more expensive and you will use more.

Therefore, we recommend that you check in a small suitcase, we believe that 10 kilos is enough for 10 days, and in this way you will save some money in a country as expensive as Iceland.

In the previous link you have a price comparison of products in a supermarket in Iceland vs. in Spain. We believe it can help you get an approximate idea of ​​the prices you will find on the island.

👇🏽Have you not visited our Iceland section yet? 👇🏽 We have very complete articles to help you organize your trip. From guides to specific routes and tips to see the Northern Lights. 😉

With this and a cake I say goodbye.

I wish you a good trip. Iceland is one of the most impressive countries in the world. The only thing you need to keep in mind is i recommend you to go prepared, be flexible to enjoy everything this country has to offer.

A famous Icelandic saying: << If you don't like the time, please wait 5 minutes >>.

𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚛 ♡ 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞

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