Beginning to plan a trip to Iceland was very daunting. There are so many beautiful places to visit and so many different options to go with. I started my planning with a lot of research and patiences.
Plan According to Your Trip Length
Iceland has a lot to offer and its difficult to pick what to do in the right amount of time. You’ll need to balance how much you want to see with how much time you have. Our road trip was only 4 days and 3 nights so we decided to give ourselves enough time to fully enjoy each stop. Its possible to drive the whole ring road in that time, but you want get to stop to see much.
Whenever I start planning a trip, I always use google docs to stay organized. There is an amazing wealth of information out there, its hard to keep track and sort through it all. I started by making a list of websites that had the most helpful information. Since we decided not to do the whole ring road, we had to decide where we’d focus our time. I looked at a few different sample itineraries, looked at pictures on Instagram and checked out my favorite travel blogs to see what stood out to me most. When I realized I wanted to see the Glacier Lagoon more than anything, the route fell into place.
As you can see, I had a pretty methodically planned out itinerary. I ended up budgeting way too much time for certain stops and not enough for others. We ended up using this a more of a guide and list of spots to see but changed the route around quite a bit. I also brought along my Lonely Planet’s Iceland guide book that we referenced often to seek out other sights between our planed stops.
Get the Right Car
One thing I didn’t discover in my research was the difference between F roads and the normal roads. F roads are mostly in the Highlands (inner of the island) but require four wheel drive. We had planned to go to Landmannalaugar originally but found out when we were picking up our car that the roads that lead there require 4WD. Depending on where you want to go and how adventurous you want to be, you may want to consider a 4WD car. We were able to see plenty of amazing things without one though.