A father and son stare up at an Icelandic sculpture on the coast

An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary in Photos

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To say that our family doesn’t leave much room for downtime on our travels would be a bit of an understatement. Between work, family obligations, and school, we always feel that we need to cram in as much as we can into the few short weeks a year that we have free to go somewhere new. We had a rare opportunity to embark on a 14 Day Iceland Itinerary. With two full weeks to explore this incredible country, we were determined to see as much of what Iceland had to offer as we could! So hang on tight as we show you some of the coolest things from driving on an Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary!

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 1: Reykjavik and the Golden Circle

Touring around beautiful Reykjavik is a great way to orient yourself to the people and culture of Iceland. It has incredible restaurants, funky bars and a quaint downtown and marina with amazing artwork.

A young boy laughs and points at a plate of food on the patio of an icelandic restaurant

That’s some good food!

At 120,000 people, Reykjavik is fairly small for a capital city. Our Reykjavik tour also gave us plenty of time to get out and experience Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle.

The Gulfoss waterfall on Iceland's Golden Circle Tour with kids

Pro-Tip: Iceland can be pricey. Before you go check out this Iceland budget post by Flight of the Educator to prepare yourself.

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 2: Snaefellsness Peninsula

We drove 172 km from Reykjavik to explore the Snaefellsness region (Snæfellsnes). We drove along Hvalfjordur fjord towards Borganes where we visited the Icelandic Settlement Centre.

A young boy peeks into an Icelandic museum - Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Next, we visited beautiful Arnarpstapi to see the incredible Bardur Snaefellsness sculpture and hike along the bird cliffs towards Hellnar and back.

A young boy sits on the toe of a giant vikings sculpture on the coast of Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We couldn’t visit Iceland without searching for faeries and elves, so we left the Ring road and went onto F570 to Songhellir Cave (Sönghellir), the Singing Cave.

A woman and a young boy smile outside a cave in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Then, while attempting to take the short route back to Iceland’s Ring Road, we found a bit of an obstacle.

An SUV stopped at a spot where a glacier washed over a road - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

So, we swung back and stopped to enjoy some views along the way before heading on to Hellisandur to call it a day.

A woman and a young boy walk down a white path with snow capped mountains in the background - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 3: Iceland’s Westfjords and Latrajbarg Bird Cliffs

Our next day brought us to the spectacular Westfjords. We woke and headed to Stykkisholmur (Stykkishólmur) to catch a ferry to Brjanslaekur (Brjánslækur) where we saw some puffins and other seabirds. This is where we had our first hiccup of the trip. My DSLR suffered a major issue and, with no major cities nearby, we were left with only our backup point and shoot for the next few days.

Iceland Puffins in the water

After docking, we headed into the coastal mountains. Along the way, we say statues and cairns from the long Viking history of the country. We also came across the remains of Gardar, the oldest steel ship in Iceland which was rammed ashore in 1981 after nearly 70 years of duty.

The Icelandic steelship Gardar, a red and white fishing boat, beached along the shores of Iceland's Westfjords

We drove along the coast towards Latrabjarg (Látrabjarg) and it’s incredible bird cliffs. It was well past midnight when we arrived, but thanks to Iceland’s midnight sun, there was no lack of light.

A colourful puffin stands on the edge of a cliff - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After a visit with the Puffins, we had a midnight snack and called it a night.

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 4: More Westfjord Adventures

We had an incredible night sleep and woke hungry for adventure. We came down from the mountains and drove through Patreksfjordur (Patreksfjörður). We stopped at a nearby beach for some fun in the sand, mostly just to say that we went to Iceland and played on the beach.

A woman waves in the distance towards an SUV parked on an Icelandic beach - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Then,we moved on to Dynjandisheidi Pass (Dynjandisheiði) to see the incredible Dynjandi waterfall.

The Dynjandi waterfall cascades over several levels - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

At this point, we did a detour from our previous plans and passed through a long tunnel to Bolungavik (Bolungavík), where we discovered the Osvor Maritime Museum (Ósvör) and the quaint Viking settlement they recreated on the coast.

grass covered fishing huts on the coast of Iceland's westfjords

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 5: Northwest Iceland

The following morning we jumped out of bed, anxious to see what adventures we would have on this day. As we took to the road, we quickly came across this dilapidated castle near Isafjordardjup (Ísafjarðardjúp) that started debates as to what its history could be.

A dilapidated castle-style home on the edge of a fjord in Iceland

Our next stop brought us to Vatnsnes peninsula to see Hvítserkur, the Troll of Northwest Iceland.

A large, thin rock with two arches sits in the water off Icelands Vatnsnes-peninsula - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Next, we were off to nearby Holmavik (Hólmavík), where a local festival was in full force.

Children ride Icelandic horses at a festival in Holmavik, Iceland

Holmavik is also home to the Witchcraft and Sorcery museum, which explores the mystical history of the Icelandic people and features some very … unique displays. Yup, that’s exactly what you think it is, click on the photo to find out the details … if you dare.

A pair of pants, complete with genitalia at the museum of witchcraft and sorcery in Holmavik, Iceland

We stopped in Hofsos (Hofsós) to see the seals basking in the summer sun.

Seals basking in the sun - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

By this point, we needed a break, and C was anxious for some time outside the car, so we stopped in Varmahlid (Varmahlíð) and took in one of the countless Icelandic natural pools. It was great getting a chance to bathe in the naturally heated water.

A mother shows her young son some swim moves in a natural pool in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Our day ended in Saudarkrokur (Sauðárkrókur). While devouring the most delicious pizza we’ve ever had, we chatted with the staff at the Olafshus restaurant as we watched the Icelandic presidential election.

A mother and young boy smile while eating Pizza - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 6: Akureyri and Lake Myvatn

The next morning we stopped in Hofsós to witness the incredible basalt cliffs.

The beautiful basalt cliffs near Hofsos - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We finally reached Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland, and also the northernmost major city, lying just 60 kms from the Arctic Circle. We hoped to either repair, or purchase a new camera for the rest of our trip, but soon realised that there were no retail stores open on Sundays in this city. Well, at least we could get ice cream!

A father and young boy smile outside an Ice Cream shop in Akueyri, Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Nearby Godafoss was incredible to behold. The earth shook from the power of the falls.

A father and son smile at the edge of a large waterfall - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

A short drive away, we came across the paradise of Lake Myvatn. Much of Iceland is drenched in harsh tones, Lake Myvatn is bathed in greens and blues. There is something about the mix of lakes, volcanic craters and fields that just feels so special.

14 day Iceland Itinerary - Iceland Horses near Lake Myvatn

Namaskard Pass stood in stark contrast. Boiling mud pits, steam vents and harsh, sulphur filled the air.

A steam vent at Namaskard Pass, Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Nearby is the incredible Dimmuborgir, also known as Dark Castles, where volcanic stacks stood harshly against green shrubs.

Large black volcanic rock formations just from the earth in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

A short drive from there lies the remains of Volcano Krafla. It sits close to a geothermal plant and now houses a picturesque crater lake.

A father and son pose next to a volcanic crater lake in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After all the sulphur, climbing and hiking of the day, we felt we deserved a break and finished off our day at the Myvatn Nature Baths to soak up some healing minerals from the hot springs.

A woman and young son bath in the hot springs with rocky planes behind them - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 7: Husavik and Jokulsargljufur NP

I woke up early the next morning at our guest house near Laugar and raced back to Akureyri so I could get another camera as soon as it opened. Once I got myself equipped, I made my way back to pick up Christina and C so we could make our way to Husavik for the days adventure, a whale watching expedition on a Schooner!

We arrived in Husavik with some time to spare, so we visited the Husavik whale museum. As with many places in Iceland, they know how to make things kid-friendly. They had this cool area for C to explore.

A young boy walks alongside whale skeletons at a museum - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Shortly afterwards, we met up with the folks at North Sailing and boarded our Schooner. It didn’t take C long to start taking control.

14 Days in Iceland - Whale Watching in Husavik

We passed by the amazing gannet cliffs, where we could see locals farming the eggs from the steep cliff walls.

thousands of birds fly near an island in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After the cliffs, we went to the bay for some whale watching. We got to see Humpbacks, Pilots, and even a glimpse of a Blue whale!

A whales tail drops into the ocean - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After saying goodbye to the incredible sailing crew, we made our way towards Vesturdalur and Jljodaklettar and it’s impressive rock formations.

basalt columns poke from the earth at strange angles - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

It seemed at points that the Earth had completely folded up on itself.

A fold in the earths crust seems to offer a descent to the underworld - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 8: Asbyrgi Canyon and the Icelandic Highlands

First thing the next morning, we woke and headed to nearby Asbyrgi.

A monolithic-looking rock at Asbyrgi in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We hiked towards Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Iceland.

Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

A few hundred metres downstream from Dettifoss is Selfoss, while smaller, it has a far more dramatic appearance than it’s big brother.

A horseshoe style waterfall in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After taking in these amazing views, we rolled past the impressive and monolithic Herdubredalindir (Herðubreið).

A mountain rises from a field in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After a short hike, and reliving the life of some Icelandic bandits, we made our way towards one of our toughest hikes to the Askja Caldera and Viti Crater.

A group of people hike down to a volcanic crater with milky white water - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Although we were exhausted from our hike, we weren’t ready to call it a day yet, so we headed to Hafrahvammagljufur canyon to hike the canyon rim.

a man carrying a child in a kid-carrier hikes along a canyon rim - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 9: Iceland’s East Fjords

We woke up in our cabin on day 9 and visited the Icelandic horses at a nearby farm.

a young boy visiting Icelandic horses - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After a short drive, we checked our map and found that Iceland’s third-tallest waterfall, Hengifoss, was nearby. Thinking it would be a short hike, we pulled over and geared up. Turns out, it was not a short hike, and it was up, the whole way.

A man crosses a bridge on a hike up a waterfall - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Our next stop was at an Icelandic icon, Petra’s Stone Collection in Stodvarfirdi (Stöðvarfirði). Petra’s Stone Collection is a strange assortment of rocks and artwork, both collected and created, from around Iceland. It is quirky, fun and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Iceland with kids Fairy houses at Petras Stone Collection

Inspired by all the rocks, we read about a nearby Icelandic Spar mine and pulled off the road to explore.

A young boy wearing a headlamp smiles excitedly inside a cave - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Continuing on the beautiful East Fjords, our last stop was at a place where a local had mentioned that swans are often seen. We weren’t disappointed!

A mist lightly covers a highway running through mountains - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 10: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Skaftafell NP

The next morning brought us to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where we took a boat tour and had a chance to taste some 10,000-year-old glacier ice.

A young boy wearing a penguin cap looks at glaciers from a rocky beach - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After our boat tour and picking up a Puffin stuffie for C, we made our way to Skaftafell National Park where we hiked to the beautiful Svartifoss, a basalt backed waterfall.

Two week Iceland Itinerary - Svartifoss-Waterfall-in-Iceland

With some extra time on our hands for the day, we looked up things to see close by and noticed we were near a glacier. We steered off the Ring Road and began a climb up into the mountains. Off to the side of the road, we saw a herd of Reindeer.

Reindeer running across a field in IcelandAn Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

When we arrived at the end of the road (it literally just ended into a glacier) we saw a tour operation offering snowmobile tours of the glacier and thought … “why not!” C had other ideas, though, and decided to nap through the outing.

Snowmobiles sit near a rocky cliff on on an Icelandic glacier - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We headed down the mountain and through the lowlands near the coast where the ground took a dramatic turn. We saw a pile of twisted metal nearby and stopped to investigate. The mess was the remains of a bridge destroyed by an avalanche that occurred a few years prior.

Twisted metal is all that remains of a bridge trapped in an Icelandic avalanche - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We ended our day with a visit to a nearby Viking village recreation. It was filled with authentic antiques and we all absolutely loved exploring the different rooms.

A Viking village recreation - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 11: Lakagigar and Crater Row

After a hefty breakfast, we stopped at a nearby feature called the “Church Floor“. A basalt formation in the middle of a field.

A mother and young boy smile on honeycomb shaped rocks - An Epic 14 Day Iceland for kids Itinerary

From there we made our way to Fjadrargljufu, a narrow and beautiful canyon that is just off the side of the highway.

A small canyon with a lazy river and green topped cliffs - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After a short hike, we began making our way inland over some rough terrain.

An SUV sits on rocky ground near a mountain - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

And towards the famous Lakagigar crater row, where the world seemed to be pulled apart like a zipper.

A series of volcanic craters strung out across the Icelandic highlands - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

C was so proud of making it to the top of the hill! He even walked some of the way himself 🙂

A young boy holding hiking poles laughs on a mountain top - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

The area also had some pretty incredible caves, and we are suckers for caves.

A father and son are silhouetted against a cave entrance - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

As we headed back towards the coast, we came across one of the most beautiful river fords in the country. Our photos don’t do it any justice, but the lush greenery and clear waters contrasting with the inland harsh rocky terrain was dramatic.

A green field and meandering river near Lakagigar - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 12: Highlands Fjallabak route: F210

Our first stop on day 12 was Eldgja canyon, where an easy hike took us to beautiful Ofaerufoss (Ófærufoss) where the water was perfect for splashing.

Two Weeks in Iceland - Eldgja Canyon

Then, we began the long and rough drive through the highlands. Our car might have been small, but it got us where we needed to be.

A man standing next to a small SUV on a dirt road laughs beside a Monster truck - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We arrived at Landmannalaugar and attempted a loop hike.

A woman hikes along a narrow rim of a green rocky mountain - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Unfortunately, a cranky C wasn’t in the mood for the wind, so we swung back and checked out the lowlands.

a woman taks a break while hiking along a stream - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Because of our shortened hike, we had time to explore some more basalt cliffs.

Basalt cliffs, waterfalls and green fields - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 13: Diving the Silfra Crack and back to the Golden Circle

Christina and I stayed up late in the night cramming for our drysuit certification and, leaving C with a Nanny, we headed to Thingvellir National Park to dive the famous Silfra Crack.

The famous Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

We suited up and jumped into the 2° C water. It was crystal clear and one of the coolest dives we have ever done (literally!).

two scuba divers in clear waters near algae covered cliffs - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After drying off and warming up, we headed back to the hotel to pick up C and do a proper tour of the Golden Circle without being handcuffed by jetlag and a tour group. Our first stop, the aptly named Geysir and it’s friend Strokkur.

A blue bubble forms right before an eruption of a geyser - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

Next, we visited Waterfall Faxi.

A small, wide waterfall in Iceland - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

After Faxi, we visited the famous Gullfoss.

A young boy wearing a hoodie watches a large waterfall cascade into a canyon - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

On our way back, we stopped to watch the fishermen in the Volcanic crater Kerid. I thought C might need a swimming lesson.

A father pretends to throw a laughing young boy into a volcanic crater - An Epic 14 Day Iceland Itinerary

14 Day Iceland Itinerary Day 14: The Blue Lagoon

Sadly, we woke up on day 14 knowing this would be our last day in Iceland for now. With a flight in a few hours, we felt we deserved some pampering and headed to the famous Blue Lagoon to soak our aching bodies.

Iceland With Kids Blue Lagoon Geothermal Pool

Tip: If you’re interested in more information on travel in Iceland. The Broke Backpacker has a very comprehensive guide.

Thank you for sticking with us through our epic tour around Iceland on a 14-day photo journey! I hope you’ve found some inspiration from our travels. Do you have a favourite place in Iceland that we need to visit the next time we are there? Tell us about it!

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Kevin Wagar

Kevin Wagar is a creative designer and technology expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life.
With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that travelling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.
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98 Comments

  1. I just spent the morning discussing a trip to Iceland with a friend and your post summarises pretty much all the reasons why I’d love to go! Our trip would be different from yours (it will be winter and possibly only over 4 days) but, like you, we’ll try do it alone: I hope the season and the self-driving will mean we can avoid crowds and take in those beautiful landscapes in silence. Pinning this for when we go!

    1. Four days should give you a good amount of time to discover the south of Iceland. We went in the middle of the summer, and even then crowds were never a problem.

  2. It would seem that every sight in Iceland is dramatic and beautiful and magical and epic and… Really incredible that you got to spend two weeks there. Maximized your time for sure.

  3. Incredible that you guys were able to do so much in 2 weeks!! I have a quick question. Going for the first time in Sept. Only have 3 days, want to visit at least one great hot spring, no car, and I heard the Blue Lagoon is too touristy and not really worth the money. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. That’s fantastic that you’re going! 3 days should give you a chance to see some amazing sites! The Blue Lagoon is certainly touristy. We love the Myvatn Nature baths. They are similar in style but with a fraction of the crowds and much more natural scenery. They are about 5 hours from Reykjavik. Guide To Iceland has a great post on both free and paid hot springs in Iceland that is worth a look at. Keep in mind that the secret cave is considered unsafe to bath in due to unpredictable heat and volcanic gases. If you visit it, please don’t attempt to go in the water.
      https://guidetoiceland.is/best-of-iceland/the-5-best-hot-springs-in-iceland

    1. We visited Iceland during the summer months when the sun shines nearly 24 hours a day, unfortunately, there wasn’t an opportunity to see the Northern Lights. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is September to mid-April.

  4. Iceland looks amazing and I love the fact that you brought your baby C with you. It’s so important to get children involved in the world of travel, as soon as poss. as they’re so versatile and very easy to travel with lol! I started taking my son travelling at 6 months old, and my husband and I, have never looked back.

    ‘Love it!

  5. You traveled the whole Iceland! Wow, I must say that the landscapes are gorgeous. The nature, wildlife, beautiful waterfalls and amazing natural baths… You took wonderful pictures! Now my dream is to visit this beautiful country too.

  6. OMG. The photos are fantastic. Iceland is a beautiful country. Hope I can there someday. I had chills in the “Penis Pants,” but brave enough to click on it. ahaha Keep travelling! 😀

  7. Iceland is a country my husband and I dream of visiting. I am smitten by the gorgeous landscape unlike any other I have seen before. The charm and possibility of a toddler friendly road trip made me convince my husband, after I showed him your article. We have been traveling a lot with our baby recently. We will definitely go for it during our next trip to Europe, so I am definitely bookmarking this.

  8. If I would describe Iceland in one world, it would be Magical. This place is soo beautiful and it’s like you”re in a movie. All the photos are lovely. Svartifoss is exceptional. Thank you for sharing the beauty of Iceland. 🙂

  9. An epic trip, each minute must have been a tremendous experience. Iceland continues to be a dream destination, but lived the dream through your post and the spectacular pictures of the beautiful land.

  10. What a spectacular trip, with equally spectacular scenery! As a family who loves travel and road trips, this looks right up our alley, and is extremely drawing for me! The landscape is absolutely beautiful with that magical quality, your photos have captures it well. Bookmarking this for what I hope to be a future trip for our own family!!

  11. I can’t seem to decide which place from your itinerary I would like best. They all look stunning and the activities you’ve done are amazing! I never thought that diving was possible in Iceland… I mean, who would jump in that freezing water? But wow, that underwater scenery took my breath away. I bet in person it was so much better. I only experienced Norway but Iceland is on my future trips list for sure.

  12. What an epic trip!! I admire your passion and love for adventure, looks like you had a killer time. 2C is soooo cold but I bet the dive was amazing, I’ve heard it’s crazy beautiful. I have to get over my hatred for the cold..! Friends of mine went surfing in Iceland in Dec and just thinking about it made my body get goosebumps!! Definitely have bookmarked this for when I venture there 🙂 Thanks for this detailed trip and crazy beautiful pictures..!t

  13. wow, what an epic road trip, looks like so much fun and all those waterfalls are truly stunning to witness I’m sure….it’s on my bucket list.

  14. Epic adventure indeed guys! I love Iceland and would so love to visit there for more than two weeks if possible. But if not, then I’ll surely do it like you did and cram as much as possible in the time I have there. I enjoyed your pics, definitely looked like you had a grand time! 🙂

  15. Wow! The nature is amazing and beautiful. And, the puffin photos are beautiful. I love their beaks.
    Also, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed watching you have fun with your child while traveling. The photos of you playing, eating, and swimming with him are so joyful.

  16. Lovely photos and I am jealous. Iceland is also in my bucket list. Hope to visit this country really soon. This country looks really extraordinary. You are very lucky.

  17. Wow, there are a lot of beautiful photos. I like the waterfall Dynjandi, the waterfall was amazing. I love traveling to the waterfall. In Bali I find a lot of tourist attractions waterfalls. Maybe you’ll find many great tourist attractions in Bali. Hehehehehhe ..

  18. Stunning photos! Iceland looks so gorgeous. I’d love to see the puffins, and go for a ride on an icelandic horse. Did you find the blue lagoon very touristy? Still worth it?

  19. So awesome to see some Icelandic puffins, what a beautiful setting! We saw our first ever puffin in Yorkshire last month, but would be amazing to see them in Iceland.

  20. Guess sooner or later I am going to have to make my way to Iceland. Every time I turn around I see something about Iceland. Very cool you got to spend a good amount of time there exploring and seeing such beauty.

  21. OMG Iceland is dreamy and beautiful. Your pictures are just stunning and breathtaking. The statue of Bardur, those cute puffins, majestic waterfalls, spotting whale tale and seals, cannot get enough of it. Thanks for the virtual tour, awaiting the real one 😉

  22. I thought I had an idea how beautiful Iceland is but seeing your pictures, looks like I had no idea at all! Everything seems picturesque espeacially that Bardur Snaefellsness sculpture. I immediately imagined myself being there with that for a background, I think it’d make for a great picture.

  23. Wow! What an epic post filled with the most amazing photos! I’ve long wanted to visit Iceland, and this has just confirmed my desire even more! Love the scenery, it’s a truly an amazing place, Karen

  24. Your blog post makes me wish we were going for longer than 5 full days. Ah well we will see what we can and maybe we will have to return at some stage. Great pictures guys.

  25. Sounds like you guys had a great trip! We were just in Iceland earlier this summer and took a similar route–too funny! Iceland is such a fantastic spot–I feel like we could go back and still have so much to see. I found quite a few stops in your post that we will have to add in for next time, especially Bardur Snaefellsness sculpture and your day exploring Asbyrgi Canyon and the Icelandic Highlands! One of our favorite stops this time was the bird cliffs in the Westfjords–we were so excited to see puffins!!

  26. Another amazing family adventure. Loved taking the photo journey with you. Such stunning scenery. It seems to be the “it” place to go at the moment. Do you recommmend it as somewhere to go now (having been yourself now) or would it be better to wait until the excitement around it dies down (if it ever does?)

    1. I can’t imagine the excitement ever dying down! But I’ll be honest, we went in the middle of the summer and even then we never had to deal with crowds anywhere in the country.

  27. Love this post! You guys sound like me when I plan a trip. Cramming as much in as possible, with a big focus on photo ops! Iceland is so amazing. The longest I’ve spent in one stretch is one week, so it’s awesome to see what you can fit in with more time! I’m definitely inspired to go back for the north and to re-explore other areas!

  28. Wow…. Looks like u have done it all. Fords… Finding puffins.. Singing caves… Lagoons… Canyons. I am envying u right now for this lovely trip. Well captured. 🙂

  29. Great itinerary – we only had 9 days to spend in Iceland and it wasn’t nearlly enough! I’m dying to get back – we did do the ring road though didn’t have the chance to venture into the West Fjords – so that’s on the list for next time.

    And strongly agree with keeping Reykjavik and the Golden Circle at the start of the itinerary – we were actually a little disappointed by the Golden Circle, I think because we left it until the end. After having spent a week among so many AMAZING waterfalls and nature, with absolutely no other tourists in sight, the Golden Circle didn’t even compare lol! I think we would have appreciated it more if we had done it first and then let the trip get better from there 🙂

  30. What an incredible presentation! I had thought that Iceland is perpetually covered with ice but I was pleasantly surprised. I also did not know that iceland has its own wild horses.! Wow

  31. Wow, these photos are simply breathtaking. There’s something about landscapes from Iceland that leaves me speechless. I hope to get there, sooner rather than later, and explore its natural beauty.

  32. When I was younger and (not yet) a fan of travelling, I though Iceland is composed of ice, LOL yeah silly me..

    I would love to see Dynjandi waterfall!

    1. From what I heard while there, the Norsemen named Iceland such so that people wouldn’t come and ruin their paradise, and instead go to Greenland instead, which actually is mostly covered in ice 🙂

  33. Those puffins are so cute! They almost don’t look real because of their gorgeous features and colours. I can see why it’s the mascot of Puffin Books. Iceland seems to be the place to go for beautiful scenery and easy enough road trips around the Ring Road. I can only hope to be able to do this in the future! Thank you for the inspiration, it looked like you and your family had lots of fun.

  34. What an amazing journey! I’m always surprised by the beauty of Iceland. You really did a great job capturing your trip in your photos. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for those puffins.

  35. This is a great and comprehensive itinerary post. I would love to get to Iceland and see some of the geology – looks like you got to see some neat rock formations and benefit from more than one thermal pool. Love the puffin photo!

  36. We are heading there in May/June. With a map in hand, I will be returning to this page over and over again to plan my route and itinerary. My kids will be 5.5 and 2 so kid friendly and mulitple stops are key to a successful adventure, as I am sure you know all too well.

  37. I’m hoping to go to Iceland this December but only for a few days. This two week trip looks epic. I’m very jealous! Your photos are stunning. I really want to do the glacier lagoon and chase the Northern Lights if possible. Its such a cool place. Thanks for the inspiration to get booking

  38. Wow! What an epic post and I’m sure you had an epic time in Iceland. It’s one of my favorite places and I can’t wait to visit again. Never got to do the ring road so that is what I will focus on when we go.

  39. This an amazing post! The places are so beautiful as always. Love the photos of the water and that of the whale. Your wife and kids shows they’re having fun in their photos, too.

  40. Iceland is one big beautiful place. So glad you got to explore the place in 14 days. And I must say, the photos you took are all amazing!

  41. Wow seems like you have had great weather when in Iceland! I just came back from there and it was pretty crappy, so to speak. However it was my seventh time there and I still love it, no matter what. I never made it to the west fjords and would still love to head over there one day!

  42. Great post. I love how you explain your journey concisely and with great photos. I wouldn’t have thought of doing a road trip in Iceland, to be honest, I didn’t think there would be enough to see in 2 weeks but your itinerary has proved otherwise, it’s got me thinking now! 🙂

  43. Brings back some wonderful memories!

    We did a self drive tour of the ring road as well, although a little later in the year during September.

    Nice to see a few of the bits we missed, especially Dettifoss & Selfoss.

    We popped by, however the whole place was blanketed in fog! lol

    Sadly, the Puffins had all departed the island by the time we arrived as well…

    Great times though 🙂

  44. Beautiful trip, beautiful photos and a beautiful family – thanks for sharing. I was only in Iceland for 3 days and it rained the entire time but out of a 3 week trip that included St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Oslo, Iceland is the first place I would go back to. I loved the contrasts between the jagged rocks and the green slopes.

  45. Your photos are definitely inspirational, here & on instagram! Iceland certainly seems to be the hotspot of the moment but I usually see shorter itineraries. I like to spend at least 2 weeks in a country, no matter how small it is so it was great seeing more diversity in Iceland than usual posts. Loving your work Wagars!

  46. I think Iceland is calling my name… hahaha… I wasn’t able to sleep well last night watching the facebook live waiting for Aurora Borealis and now I am writing this comment to your amazing trip to this country. Iceland isn’t only about northern lights, this post says it all. Amazing photos…

  47. Iceland is one of my dream destination!! A long post but thank you for touring me to Iceland virtually. I really hope I’ll have the same opportunity to tour Iceland that long.

  48. what a fantastic trip, with amazing pictures. i keep seeing more and more posts about Iceland so I guess it won’t take long till i go to Iceland to discover all this by myself. When is the best period for whale watching in Iceland? Pinning also this post for future use

  49. Do you have a list of places you spent the night at? We’re going in August with our three year old daughter.

  50. Hi,

    Great post! One of the best I’ve seen for traveling with young kids. We are planning on going in August for 7 days with our 16 month old. What would you recommend for a 7 day itinerary out of this? Obviously would have to be geographically closer to one another. Thanks so much!

    1. Sounds like a great adventure! If you are heading for 7 days, I’d suggest skipping Lima and heading straight to the Sacred Valley to acclimatize for a couple of days. Spend some time there, enjoy the salt pans and ruins at a very gentle pace and then head to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu for a day. Stay the night in Aquas Calientes. You’ll need to fly out of Cusco, so a day there to explore Saqsaywaman and the markets would be good to do by that point. Keep a close eye on the little one for signs up altitude sickness, Cusco is quite high.

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