Iceland Road Trip: Our 2-Week Itinerary

Iceland 2 Week Itinerary

It’s been four years since our last Iceland road trip and we have another one coming up in October. I figured it was about time that I stopped procrastinating and started writing a blog post about our past itinerary while plotting the next one. It’s not a perfect itinerary and we did have to backtrack a couple of times, but it’s completely doable if you go between May and August and it allowed us to see a lot of Iceland. I wouldn’t recommend this itinerary for a winter trip because of the limited hours of daylight, potentially poor road condition, and tendency for sketchy weather.

We spent 13 nights on the road (and 2 nights in Reykjavik at the end of the trip) in May of 2013, driving the ring road anti-clockwise. We didn’t have enough time to visit the Westfjords, unfortunately. Someday we’ll get around to exploring the Westfjords and experiencing its wild and amazing landscapes first-hand. In the meantime, I’ll just keep dreaming about it. :-)

The Scottish Borders: Definitely Worth Exploring

Scottish Borders attractions

We spent the last four nights of our Scotland trip in autumn last year in the Scottish Borders. Staying in a rustic cottage near the town of Selkirk, we were not only close to the main attractions in the Scottish Borders, but also to England. We had spent most of our trip driving around the north coast of Scotland. The Scottish Borders were definitely a nice change of sceneries and pace.

There were so many Scottish Borders attractions that I wanted to see. Unfortunately some of them were already closed for the season in mid-October. I really should have done a better job researching the the Scottish Borders attractions before our visit. We seem to have missed a lot of amazing sights! Admittedly, we only had one full day to explore the region and most if not all attractions had shorter opening hours in October (if open at all). We did thoroughly enjoy the few that we managed to visit.

How to Plan a Road Trip Around Iceland on a Budget

how to visit Iceland on a budget

So you’ve always wanted to go on a road trip around Iceland but you don’t want to blow your budget too much. Well, you’re in luck! Having visited Iceland on a budget before, I have a few practical tips to share that you might find helpful in your trip-planning. They’re all based on common sense, really, so I wouldn’t claim them to be mind-blowing. :-)

Airfares, accommodations, car rental, gas, and food are usually the costliest parts of a road trip. If you spend less money on those sectors, you could potentially stretch your budget a little further. It would in turn allow you to stay in Iceland longer to see more of this amazing country. Trust me, you want to stay longer. We spent two weeks on our first road trip around Iceland and we still wished we could’ve stayed longer!

Iceland in Late October: Another Road Trip Plan

Gullfoss

We spent two nights in Reykjavik, Iceland in late October last year on our way back from Scotland. All the time I was there, I was wishing I had been somewhere outside the city, surrounded by the out-of-this-world natural landscape that Iceland is famous for. Nothing against Reykjavik, mind you. It’s actually one of my favourite cities in the world, if not THE most favourite. I just like nature more. I tried to talk the husband into renting a car for a day but he was set on spending the whole stopover in Reykjavik. Oh well. Can’t say I didn’t try.

We have done a road trip around Iceland before in May 2013. It was the best trip ever, and the best two weeks I’ve ever spent travelling. We’d been dreaming of doing another Iceland road trip ever since we got back from that trip. Unfortunately, in the years that followed, the Canadian dollar only got considerably weaker and the Icelandic krona stronger. We’d had accepted the fact that we would have to save up for a little bit longer to be able to afford another trip around Iceland.

Reykjavik: A Lovely Autumn Day in October

Reykjavik in October

We took advantage of Icelandair’s free Iceland stopover programme and had a lovely two-night stay in Reykjavik in October on our way back to Canada from our two-week road trip around Scotland. We arrived on the same day Hurricane Nicole arrived in Iceland! It made for an interesting flight with two aborted landings before we finally touched down safely on the tarmac of the Keflavik airport.

After we got all our luggage back, which took forever due to the bad weather, we hopped on a shuttle bus for the 45 minute drive to the heart of Reykjavik. There are two companies that run shuttle busses from the airport to Reykjavik and vice versa, but we’ve always gone with Grayline because they charged slightly less than the other company. We’ve been quite pleased with their service so far.

Planning an Epic Road Trip Through Scotland

We had to cancel our April trip to France and Iceland due to a cancer scare. After over a month of worrying like crazy, we found out it was just a benign tumor–thank goodness! But I figured, we should still go somewhere to celebrate the non-cancer diagnosis and the husband’s milestone birthday. So, as soon as I received the final diagnosis, I started planning another trip.

Our destination shortlist included Iceland (again!), Wales, the Azores, and Scotland. A trip to Iceland ended up being too expensive for our liking. Wales is too fussy. The Azores seem lovely and is the cheapest destination of all, but in the end, I decided to save it for another time. The thing is, after doing tonnes of research, I found out that Scotland is actually less expensive than Iceland–at least in terms of accommodations and car rentals–and is just as stunning. Plus, the husband loves Scotland. He went there 13 years ago and still couldn’t stop talking about it. Scotland it is then!

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