Updated on September 12, 2019
You'll be arriving at Keflavík Airport, which is pretty close to the Blue Lagoon. If visiting the Blue Lagoon is on your bucket list I suggest you stop there on the way from the airport to Reykjavik. Usually I stay around 2 hours in total at the lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon. Travelade/iStock.
There is a very nice restaurant at the Blue Lagoon called Lava restaurant . If the time is fitting I would recommend that to you.
Naturally, there are numerous things to do in Reykjavik, but the most common thing to do is to see the main tourist attractions and if that is your wish, here are a few stops I recommend.
The Sun Voyager. Travelade/iStock.
A "geyser" by The Pearl. Travelade/iStock.
For restaurants, I recommend a few ones:
The second day of your trip is ideal for doing the Golden circle route. I recommend that you start by visiting Thingvellir National Park and Geysir and make Gullfoss Waterfall your last stop.
The splendid Gullfoss Waterfall. Travelade/iStock.
To make the day a little more special I would go to these extra places.
The delicious tomato soup at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Photo: Fridheimar.
I think you would want to move east for the night but I would recommend dinner at either one restaurant:
For the night I would look for either AirBnB in Hella or Hvollsvöllur and I would probably stay for two nights. There are also nice hotels in this area, such as Hotel Rangá and Hotel Stracta.
I would suggest either of these tours which are operated by an awesome local guiding comany:
The people at Midgard are great, they would make you a custom made tour if you prefer that.
Drive to Vík and stop by the black sandy beach, Reynisfjara. The beach is a must-see, but I have to warn you that it's a bit dangerous place. Don‘t go too close to the ocean as the waves are stronger than you would find at normal beaches. It is a stunning place – here you will see stunning basalt columns both rising from the beach but also in the sea.
The awe-inspiring Reynisdrangar rock pillars at Reynisfjara Beach. Travelade/iStock.
After that I would drive to Jökulsárlón and I would take an amphibian boat tour just to get the majestic of it.
I would then drive as far north as you think you are up for in a day. You should know that driving along the east coast is time-consuming since you have to zig-zag the fjords and the mountains.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Travelade/iStock.
I would use this day to explore the magical paradise around Lake Mývatn. The Mývatn area is perfect for hiking, I especially recommend hiking at the mud pool area of Leirhnjúkur by the Krafla volcano. There you can walk by a stunning blue crater lake called Víti ("Hell" in English). Don’t miss the pseudo craters by Skútustaðagígar, and for more columns you will see beautiful lava ones by the Lake Mývatn.
My favourite place here is Dimmuborgir. It is the focal point of many Icelandic folklores, and is basically a very large area of lava fields with caves and other fascinating things.
Make a stop by Goðafoss, which is one of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. It is said to have played a pivotal role in the nation's christianisation around the year 1000. Goðafoss actually means "the Gods' Waterfall" and that is because Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi, the man who had the final ruling in this matter, threw statues of the Viking gods into the waterfall to make the nation forget about its pagan religion.
Many people who visit Iceland want see all the tourist attractions there are, but I recommend that you dedicate a whole day to explore this area instead of trying to finish it off in a rush.
A visit to the Mývatn nature baths will make the day unforgettable!
The Mývatn Nature Baths. Flickr/Aurélien Coillet.
You can spend the night in Akureyri, the capital of the North. There are numerous lovely restaurants in town: A visit to the renowned sushi-place RUB23 is mandatory for Reykjavik locals that happen to be in Akureyri.
In Akureyri there are many hotels of all categories and many AirB&B’s there also.
Today you drive from Akureyri to Reykjavík. I recommend to stop on the way for an amazing tour that actually takes you inside a glacier, which I believe is a must do in Iceland.
Your final destination is Reykjavík, where you'll be staying for the night. If you are feeling hungry, you can go to one of the restaurants mentioned above.
You go back home. The drive from Reykjavík to Keflavík takes 45 minutes or so and you can buy tickets for the flybus here .