Iceland travel series: 3 day itinerary

Iceland is a perfect stopover destination if you’re taking a long trip to Europe or want an international trip that will be quicker than most. You can fly to Iceland in about 6 hours from the east coast and Icelandic air offers many stop over options when flying to Europe. With the island being incredibly small, not much travel is required when landing in the country to reach some adventurous and beautiful locations.

Here, I have collected some of my favorite destinations and experiences into a three day travel guide to follow when traveling to Iceland.

Day One

Most flights coming into Reykjavik land early in the morning. Try to get an overnight flight if possible to make the most out of your stay. Upon landing in Iceland, rent a car and hit the ground running by either bringing a packable cooler or renting one there. Stop at a grocery store and stock up on food to travel with and eat throughout your stay. Read my two week itinerary to learn more about this step and why you’ll want to do so.

  1. Þingvellir National Park - Stop here first to stretch your legs and explore this gorgeous historic park. There are many trails that vary in length, so pick one according to your preference and begin to explore the beautiful landscape of Iceland.

  2. Gullfoss Falls - Next, head to one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. This waterfall is truly magnificent and is one of the most visited waterfalls for a reason.

  3. Secret Lagoon - After checking out Gullfoss, relax in one of the more secluded hot springs in Iceland that offers serene views and a relaxing time.


Stay at one of these accommodations on night one to avoid extra travel time the next morning.

Vatnsholt Guest House - A completely updated farm house with diverse room options.

Bakki Hostel & Apartments - Private and shared spaces in a town just off the path of the Golden Circle.


Day Two

  1. Reykjadalur - Start day two off with a two mile hike to a geothermal river in the beautiful countryside of Iceland. Take your time at the top and indulge in this rare natural phenomenon. Read things I wish I knew before traveling to Iceland to be prepared for this hike in particular.

  2. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Another iconic waterfall that is a must when exploring Iceland. This waterfall has the picturesque photo op right in front of the towering waterfall. Make sure to walk behind it to get the full effect - but wear a rain jacket otherwise, expect to get soaked!

  3. Skogafoss - If you’re up for another waterfall, stop by this beauty as you get to climb to the top and soak in the beauty from the top. If you’re over running water by now, this is a good one to skip.


Stay at Fosshotel Nupar which will set you up perfectly for the next days' activities!


Day Three

I personally think a glacier hike is necessary when traveling to Iceland. There are not many places where this is possible and learning about glaciers while on one was truly mind blowing.

Wake up bright and early and embark on a half-day hike on the Skaftafell glacier. After staying at Fosshotel Nupar, you should be about a 30 min drive from the meeting point. As part of the tour, you’ll receive crampons which are basically ice picks on your feet. Wear hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes to make the crampons more comfortable.

After hiking, hop in the car and drive on back to Reykjavik (about 4 hours). Stay at the Kex Hostel and enjoy exploring Reykjavik the night before leaving the magical country of Iceland the next day.