Vacation season is upon us. Before long, travelers will be packing their suitcases and heading to new destinations, both at home and abroad. If you’ve decided to come to Iceland for your holidays, congratulations! You’re in for the trip of a lifetime!
Only got 5 days for your dream Iceland vacation? No worries! You’ll be able to explore some of the island’s most popular landmarks. You'll get to discover the magical South Coast and hike in spectacular National Parks. And of course, you'll experience bathing in geothermal waters during your 5-day trip.
Dive into our 5-day Iceland itinerary for top suggestions of places to go and things to do. First, we’ll explore an all-year-round itinerary. Then, we'll suggest seasonal itineraries and top things to do by geographical location – let’s go!
Here are the top must-see spots for your 5-day trip to Iceland, perfect for all year round, no matter the weather or season.
All international visitors fly into Iceland’s Keflavik Airport. It is located a 40-minute drive from the country’s capital city, Reykjavík. Once you’ve arrived and picked up your Iceland car rental, it’s time to explore this vibrant, culturally rich Scandinavian capital.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when picking your activities for Reykjavík, with a whole range of amazing buildings and museums to see. We recommend stopping by Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church, Perlan Observatory and the Saga Museum. Other stops include the famous Sun Voyager Statue and the Whales of Iceland Exhibition.
If you enjoy shopping and nightlife, be sure to take a trip to Laugavegur Street in the center. If you’ve got time, you can also take a whale watching tour or visit some of the city’s many cafés and delicious street food restaurants.
One of the most popular tourist routes in Iceland, the 186 mile (300 km) Golden Circle route takes you to some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights in Southwest Iceland. Starting and ending back in Reykjavík, the Golden Circle route is easily driven in a day.
The ‘big three’ on the Golden Circle route include Thingvellir National Park. It is the home to the Silfra Fissure and Iceland’s original Parliament. Also, the geysers Strokkur and Geysir in the Haukadalur geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
You’ll find more attractions along the Golden Circle route that are worth stopping at if you have time. Do not miss Kerid Crater, the volcanic crater lake, and the hot springs at Reykjadalur Valley.
Day three of our 5-day Iceland tour sees us leaving Reykjavík. We'll be heading east on the Ring Road (Route 1) along the South Coast to Vik and Reynisfjara black sand beach.
On the way to Vik, we recommend making two stops just off the main highway at some of the best Ring Road attractions in Iceland. The first is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, also known as the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland, which you can walk behind! An optional next stop is the breathtaking Skogafoss waterfall: one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland.
The tiny fishing village of Vik is a wonderful halfway point between Reykjavík and Vatnajökull National Park (our day 4 destination). With a population of around 300, you’ll find small guesthouses and quaint facilities for your overnight stay in Vik.
While you’re here, make sure to visit Reynisfjara black volcanic sand beach, just in front of the village. This famed beach is lined by impressive hexagonal basalt columns and sees rough Atlantic waves – be careful near the coast!
As Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull National Park is centered around the vast Vatnajökull glacier. Here, you can take a glacier hike or explore the amazing ice caves if you visit in winter. We recommend visiting the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve, too, if you can squeeze it into your day.
While you’re there, make sure to head across the road to the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. You can take a boat trip on this glacial lake, watching giant icebergs floating by and spotting Arctic tern. Before you leave, cross over the road to Diamond Beach to see this black sand beach scattered with glistening, diamond-like chunks of ice.
It’s time to head back towards Reykjavík now, as you’ll soon have to catch your plane home. How time flies! Before you print out those boarding passes, be sure to make a stop at the magical Blue Lagoon: Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa.
There’s nothing like a soak in these naturally heated, silica-infused waters to melt all of your troubles and stresses away. The nourishing, milky-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are set amongst a dramatic lava field. That makes bathing here an unmissable experience.
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Where should you plan to go along the country’s beautiful and popular South Coast? We’ve included the places not to miss in our South Iceland itinerary for your 5-day trip.
Ready to make your dream Iceland 5-day trip to Iceland a reality? Let us help you get started by taking a look through the Iceland car rentals we have available.
Reserving your car in Iceland ahead of time will make sure you can take the once-in-a-lifetime road trip you’ve always wanted to! Taking a road trip in Iceland is the best way to see all the spectacular natural landscapes this unique island has to offer. Are you ready to make the most of your 5 days in Iceland? Let’s go!