Summer Days in Iceland

People visiting Iceland for the first time often wonder whether they should visit during summer or winter. To be honest, Iceland is like two different countries in summer and winter so we fully recommend both seasons. For those who opt for summer, here is what we would do if we had 7 days in Iceland.

Day One

The Golden Circle is the classical route that everyone takes on their first visit to Iceland. Just in one day you cover a lot – the national park, Thingvellir, the lovely Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area where you see the hot spring Strokkur erupting. You can also add the crater lake, Kerið, to your route and we can fully recommend that as it is a great place to visit and take pictures. In summer you most definitely can take advantage of the 24 hour daylight. There is no need to be in a hurry driving the route and rushing back to town before it gets dark, as it doesn´t get dark in summer! The Golden Circle you can either do by a self drive or bus/super jeep tour.

Iceland 2010 – Moments at the Golden Circle from Marco Asbach on Vimeo.

Day Two

Enjoy what Reykjavík has to offer. Endless museums, beautiful churches and outdoor sculptures. The Harpa concert hall is unique and if you enjoy flea markets, the Kolaportið is the place to visit. Go whale watching, sea angling or just stroll along the harbor and enjoy the views. It is truly unique to sit outside close to midnight, enjoying a glass of wine, and still bright outside.

Day Three

Adventure day – go inside a volcano! This day tour will be one of the highlights. Lobster feast, go inside of a volcano and end the day with floating in the Secret lagoon in the midnight sun. Something you only find in Iceland!

Day Four and Five

For day four and five we recommend a long route: The south coast and all the way to the Glacial lagoon (Jökulsárlón). The south coast has a lot to offer (black sand beaches, amazing waterfalls, stunning scenery) and it is adventurous to sail on the lagoon between the icebergs. In summer you can enjoy each and every bit this part of the country has to offer whenever you want because of the 24 hour daylight. In the video below you can get an idea how magical the midnight sun is.

Midnight Sun | Iceland – 4K from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

Day Six

Horse back riding in summer is almost a tradition when you visit Iceland. There are various options when it comes to horse back riding tours – from a few hours to a full day combo tours with other activities like lava caving. The Icelandic horse is unique and unlike all other horses.

Day Seven

The Reykjanes peninsula is a hidden gem that not too many people know about. There you will find gems like Kleifarvatn lake and a massive geothermal area. It is fun to cross the bridge between two continents and the landscape in unreal! End the day route around Reykjanes by soaking and relaxing in the Blue lagoon.