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The Perfect 4 Day Northern Iceland Itinerary

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From the charming town of Akureyri to the mystical shores of Lake Mývatn, buckle up for the trip of a lifetime. This 4 day northern Iceland itinerary will provide you with a balance of breathtaking landmarks and unique experiences, ensuring each day in the land of fire and ice is unforgettable.

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Northern Iceland in 4 days

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Northern Iceland is a region of stark contrasts and immense beauty. This area is famous for its unique geology, including lava fields, volcanic mountains, and geothermal hot springs. 

In winter, the region is transformed into a snowy wonderland, offering a variety of winter sports activities. 

Despite its seemingly remote location, Northern Iceland is surprisingly accessible, with well-maintained roads and regular flights to Akureyri, the region’s biggest town. 

Church of Akureyri

Akureyri, often dubbed the “Capital of the North,” is a cultural hub with a vibrant arts scene, excellent restaurants, and exciting nightlife. 

Further afield, you’ll find the mystical Lake Mývatn, known for its birdlife and surreal landscapes. This part of Iceland truly offers something for every adventurous spirit.

So, here is a quick snapshot of how you can get to Iceland and spend 4 days in the northern region.

North Iceland itinerary 4 days (with or without a car)

  • Day 1 in northern Iceland: Arrive at Keflavik Airport and enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Travel to Akureyri in north Iceland
  • Day 2 in northern Iceland: Explore Akureyri and nearby
  • Day 3 in northern Iceland: Day trip to Myvatn Lake area and waterfalls
  • Day 4 in northern Iceland: Puffins or whale watching tour, return to Reykjavik (and soak in Sky Lagoon)

4 days in North Iceland itinerary: Diamond Circle (alternate itinerary with a car)

  • Day 1 in northern Iceland: Arrive at Keflavik Airport and drive to Akureyri in north Iceland
  • Day 2 – 3 in northern Iceland: Diamond Circle route
  • Day 4 in northern Iceland: Explore Akureyri and plan your drive back to Reykjavik (or continue to East Iceland)

Read: First time to Iceland? Here is the ultimate Iceland itinerary 3 days

Planning your trip to North Iceland

Planning your trip to north Iceland requires careful consideration of your travel arrangements, visa requirements, and local transport. 

Keflavik Airport
Keflavik Airport

The most common way to enter Iceland is through Keflavík International Airport (KEF), located approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Reykjavík, the country’s capital. This airport serves as the main hub for international travel to and from Iceland.

In order to get to Akureyri, which is the largest urban settlement in the north, you will have to either drive, take a bus, or fly. 

Akureyri airport
Akureyri Airport

Many travelers to Iceland prefer spending a day in Reykjavik, soaking in a geothermal pool before embarking on a road trip. You can pick up a car rental from the Keflavik Airport, and stay overnight in Reykjavik. 

If you are not renting a car, no problem! You have several options including taxis, public transportation, or the Flybus service, which offers regular shuttle buses to Reykjavik city center and major hotels. 

💡Getting to Akureyri: 

Reykjavik to Akureyri is a 5-hour drive. 

Renting a car is a good idea to explore Iceland as it offers the most flexibility to explore Iceland’s stunning landscapes at your own pace. 

But keep in mind, it will be 5+ hours of driving on the first and last day of your Icelandic road trip so that you can get to the airport to fly out!

Reserve Car Rental: Prepare Ahead

If you need a car rental, we recommend comparing and checking prices on Discovercars.com to book yours.

Without renting a car, we recommend flying to Akureyri Airport from Reykjavik (not Keflavik, but Reykjavik Domestic Airport). You can easily find flight tickets ($250 approx return trip) and it takes about 45 minutes to complete the journey. 

💡Where to stay in Northern Iceland:

If you are not renting a car, consider keeping Akureyri as a base and then exploring this charming town and taking day trips/tours to nearby areas. 

Here are our top recommendations: 

  • IcelandAir Hotel: I stayed at the IcelandAir Hotel for 3+ nights. And it was pretty amazing! My room had mountain views, a large king-size bed, a desk area, and a nice (big) washroom. What I loved most about the hotel was its lobby and a lovely outdoor area where you can hang out; plus there was a swimming pool, parks, and walking trails near the hotel. There is a generous parking lot as well if you are driving to town. Click to view availability here
Inside Icelandair Hotel: Hotels in Akureyri
  • KEA Hotel: Located by the Akureyri Church and the town centre, with wonderful views surrounding it, the KEA Hotel is one of the best places to stay in the city. You will be within walking distance of restaurants, and sightseeing including whale-watching tours. Check availability here
  • Hotel Akureyri: Perfect 3-star property (very similar to the Icelandair hotel, but cheaper). The property offers views of Eyjafjörður Fjord, and the rooms are trendy and chic. Check prices and availability here
  • Fosshótel Húsavík: This is a great option to consider if you wish to base yourself in Husavik. It is a beautiful hotel with ample parking and a restaurant on-site. Book your stay here

Now, let’s kickstart this itinerary in more detail

Day 1 in Northern Iceland Itinerary 4 days: Arrive in Keflavik Airport and enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Travel to Akureyri in north Iceland

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport to explore Iceland! This itinerary doesn’t require you to rent a car and relies on flying to Akureyri. 

Arriving in Iceland

Depending on when you arrive, you can also stop by the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a lovely soak in the warm waters. Known globally for its geothermally heated mineral-rich waters, the Blue Lagoon offers a soothing, spa-like experience that is sure to rejuvenate your body and spirit. 

The warm lagoon waters, rich in silica and sulfur, are touted for their healing properties and are particularly beneficial for skin conditions.

Nestled amidst a stunning black lava field, the contrast between the milky blue waters and the dark surrounding landscape creates a surreal, otherworldly visual spectacle. 

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

In addition to its main pool, the Blue Lagoon complex includes a sauna and steam room, a waterfall, and an on-site restaurant.

Despite its seemingly remote location, the Blue Lagoon is conveniently situated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport, making it an easily accessible stop either upon arrival or before departure. Plan to spend around 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon.

You can book a transfer that includes pick up from the airport, drop off at the Lagoon, and a pick up/drop in Reykjavik (either the bus terminal or a hotel).

We recommend booking a ticket prior to your visit so that your entry is guaranteed. 

Girl at the Blue Lagoon

After the Blue Lagoon, arrive at Reykjavik Domestic Airport to catch a flight to Akureyri. Spend some time wandering its quaint streets and marveling at the colorful houses. 

For dinner, sample the local cuisine in one of the town’s many restaurants. Stay at the IcelandAir Hotel or KEA Hotel for the next 3 nights.

Read: Should you visit Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon

Day 2 in Northern Iceland Itinerary 4 days: Explore Akureyri 

Wake up to a lovely breakfast in the heart of the town of Akureyri. There are lots of cafes and breakfast places where you can enjoy your morning coffee, toast (or bagels), and eggs!

Pro tip: If your Akureyri hotel offers breakfast we recommend paying the extra for it. It is convenient and can also save you some money. 

Visit Akureyri Church

Right after breakfast, make your way to Akureyri Church. 

Girl at the Akureyri Church

The Akureyri Church, also known as Akureyrarkirkja, is unmissable in the charming town of Akureyri. Constructed in 1940, this iconic church, designed by the renowned architect Guðjón Samúelsson, stands as a prominent landmark and a major draw for tourists visiting the region. 

As you ascend the 100+ steps to reach the church entrance, be sure to pause and look back, for you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring sights of the mesmerizing Eyjafjörður Fjord. 

Inside, the church unveils a breathtaking interior adorned with a magnificent organ pipe, captivating visitors with its grandeur. 

Step outside, and you’ll be greeted by a picturesque vista, where you can bask in the panoramic views of the surrounding fjords, majestic mountains, and the quaint town below. 

The Akureyri Church welcomes visitors with open doors and does not charge an entrance fee. However, please note that it is closed on weekends. 

Explore the Akureyri Botanical Gardens

Make your way to the Akureyri Botanical Gardens (which is about a 15-minute walk). 

Akureyri Botanical Gardens

The Akureyri Botanical Gardens, also known as Lystigarðurinn, hold the distinction of being the northernmost botanical gardens in the world. 

Situated merely 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Arctic Circle, they provide stunning vistas of the fjords. 

Established in 1957, the gardens reside within a public park that dates back to 1912. Showcasing an impressive collection of over 7,000 plant species, the gardens also house a delightful café and a charming gift shop. 

The gardens are open year-round and are fantastic to visit in the summer months to unwind and bask in the breathtaking scenery.

Visit the Akureyri Museum and the Nonni House

Continue sightseeing by walking another 15 minutes to get to the Akureyri Museum, the charming Nonni House, and a 19th-century church. 

If you are hungry, stop by the ice cream shop, Brynja along the way. And don’t forget to capture the picturesque scenes of the vibrant and adorable houses for lasting memories and stunning views.

Nonni House
Nonni House

Once you reach Akureyri Museum, you will be greeted by a statue of Nonni. The main museum is located behind the garden/statue and church. There is an entry fee of $15+ USD to enter the museum. 

With the ticket, you have access to the museum itself, Nonni House, and the church within the complex. Without a paid ticket, you can only explore the exterior of the complex. Although the museum is small in size, it offers valuable insights into the life and people of Akureyri.

View of Nonni House and Akureyri Museum

There are permanent and temporary exhibits at the museum all year round. There are two permanent exhibitions that depict the history of the area from settlement to modern times: “Eyjafjorður from Early Times” and “Akureyri – the Town on the Bay”. 

You will learn about the journey of the town and its residents from the Viking period, the Middle Ages, to the present times, highlighting achievements, and the everyday life of Eyjafjörður and Akureyri. 

After spending time at the museum, walk the gardens where you will find a 19th century church and an abandoned cannon. The interiors of the church are very simple, yet inviting and calming. 

Akureyri Museum Complex

Before leaving the museum complex, don’t forget to into the Nonni House. Nonni’s House or Nonnahús is a small house dating back to the year 1850. This is one of the oldest houses in Akureyri, and it gives you an amazing opportunity to see how life was back then.

You can enter the house, and explore. I was impressed by the upkeep of the furniture and the conditions of the rooms overall. There was an upper level with bunk beds. 

The house is named after a well-known children’s author and Jesuit priest Jón Sveinsson, who was also known as “Nonni”. You will find his statue as you enter and leave the complex. 

Walk along the Akureyri waterfront

Now, head back to the Akureyri town centre, and this time choose a different route. When you exit the Museum look out for a red house (Peking), and then proceed to the waterfront area. 

This is a great way to take in the views of the Eyjafjörður fjord, and the Akureyri Church from afar. The boardwalk has a wooden bridge, with cute abandoned ships and iron sculptures sprinkled along the way.  

Hang out at the Hof Cultural and Conference Center and the Port of Akureyri

Continue walking until you reach the Hof Cultural and Conference Center (right side of the walking path). This is a beautiful building where performing arts and musicals are showcased (for a fee). 

Hof Cultural Centre
Hof Cultural and Conference Center

The centre is open all year round and offers modern facilities and services – including a cafe. You can break here for a bit before heading to the township of Oddeyri where you can spend the evening. 

Best Iceland Akureyri Whale Watching Tours
Port of Akureyri

Or return to Akureyri town centre for dinner!

Day 3 in Northern Iceland Itinerary 4 days: Day trip to Myvatn Lake area and waterfalls

Day 3 is all about venturing on the Diamond Circle, and exploring the natural beauty of Iceland! 

When you are not renting a car, consider booking a day tour of Goðafoss Waterfall and Lake Mývatn. (Of course, you can use this itinerary for a day trip with your rental car as well).

This is a full day – 8 hour tour with pick up and drop off included from your Akureyri accommodation. From Akureyri, you will drive along the scenic coast of Eyjafjordur, enjoying wonderful views. 

The first stop on this road trip is Goðafoss, a breathtaking 12-foot-tall waterfall, located in the Skjálfandafljót River. 


Known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, this natural wonder is one of the most spectacular sights in the country. The powerful, cascading waters create a visually stunning display of nature’s raw power and beauty.

Goðafoss is steeped in history as well as natural beauty. According to legend, when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, the local chieftain threw statues of the old Norse gods into the waterfall, leading to its name. 

Godafoss viewing and walking areas

The waterfall, with its semi-circular edge and multiple cascades, creates a dramatic spectacle that’s a photographer’s dream.

Whether you choose to marvel at the stunning waterfall from the viewing platforms or venture closer to feel the spray on your skin, visiting Goðafoss promises to be an unforgettable experience. 

Pro tip: Please remember to wear sturdy shoes, as the terrain can be slippery.

As part of this tour, you will also explore the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir aka Dark Fortresses, and meet the (thirteen) Yule Lads! 

From here, you will also have time to enjoy a short hike at the pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar. 

Pseudo craters in Myvatn Lake area
Pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar

Next, make your way to the stunning Lake Mývatn area, a picturesque destination known for its captivating landscape dominated by unique volcanic formations that were created by a powerful lava eruption approximately 2,300 years ago. 

Your stops here include the cave of Grjótagjá and the hot springs located at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. 

Last but not least – the main stop for the day is at the Mývatn Nature Baths. This geothermal spa, often referred to as the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’, is a must-visit attraction in the region.

Myvatn Nature Baths

Nestled amidst the surreal lunar-like landscape, the Myvatn Nature Baths offer a tranquil retreat where you can soak in geothermally heated waters rich in minerals such as sulfur and silica. 

The warm, soothing waters, combined with the stunning backdrop of volcanic landscapes, create a therapeutic environment that is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

At the Myvatn Nature Baths

The baths also feature steam rooms built over natural hot springs and a cozy café where you can enjoy a range of refreshments. Admission prices vary depending on the season, with discounts available for children and seniors. Click to grab entry tickets here.

A visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths is a great way to round off your day of adventure in Akureyri, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the therapeutic wonders of Iceland’s geothermal waters.

Book this full day tour here

Day 4 in Northern Iceland Itinerary 4 days: Puffins or whale watching tour, return to Reykjavik (and soak in Sky Lagoon)

Your final day in north Iceland is all about half-day tours to either puffin or whale watching (or both). 

Whale watching tours (most months of the year + half day tour from Akureyri)

Before we share all the options, we word of caution – depending on the season whale watching tours in Akureyri take off multiple times a day or only in the afternoon. So keep that in mind as you finalize your itinerary. 

Whale watching tours take off from the heart of the town of Akureyri at the Oddeyrarbót pier, next to the Hof Cultural Center – you can easily walk to the departure port from your accommodation (no car or bus ride is necessary). 

Whale watching tour in Akureyri

These tours last 3 hours and are conducted on a specially-modified, high-speed whale-watching ship. The ships are equipped to carry 200 people, and they have wifi and a cafe with washrooms on board. 

You can book this whale watching tour here

Puffin and whale watching combo tour (seasonal + half day tour from Husavik)

Puffin tours are only possible when visiting between mid-April/May to mid-August as this is the main puffin season in Iceland. You can book a puffin and whale-watching tour as a combo excursion – during this time. 

Puffin tours in Iceland

These tours depart from Husavik, and it takes about one hour to drive there from Akureyri. You can also catch a bus from Akureyri Hof to reach Husavik in an hour and 15 minutes. 

Here are a few day tour options, departing from Husavik:

These tours are conducted on high-speed RIB boats with a capacity of 12 passengers. They are small group tours and with an expert onboard, you will be in safe hands. 

The tour embarks on a captivating journey sailing to the picturesque Skjálfandi Bay, renowned for its diverse whale species. 

You will visit Lundey (Puffin Island)*, a haven for a plethora of beloved bird species, and then also explore the Tjörnes peninsula, where ancient fossil layers offer a glimpse into Earth’s fascinating history. 

Evening Activities & Tour options

After returning from a puffin/whale watching tour, you can dine at the Akureyri town centre. 

In the winter, you can also book a northern lights tour departing from Akureyri. These tours last for 3 hours, and they kickstart at 09:30 pm. 

Pick-up and drop-off are included in a comfortable minibus and a climate-controlled, all-terrain vehicle. Plus you will also get hot chocolate onboard. 

Note that northern lights are a seasonal activity and you can chase the green dancing lights from mid-September to early April. A minimum of 2 participants are required for this tour. In the event no lights are spotted, a complimentary second-try tour is offered on the following night. 

Alternate 4 day Nothern Iceland Itinerary (by car): Diamond Circle Iceland Road Trip

One of the popular ways to explore north Iceland is by embarking on a Diamond Circle road trip. So of course, you will need a vehicle for that. 

Reserve Car Rental: Prepare Ahead

If you need a car rental, we recommend comparing and checking prices on Discovercars.com to book yours.

The Diamond Circle is an awe-inspiring destination in North Iceland, spanning an impressive 240 kilometers (149 miles). This captivating route offers an array of breathtaking sights, showcasing the region’s natural wonders in all their glory. 

This route can be added to any Iceland Ring Road itinerary, and it is actually a detour. 

Husavik Whale watching tour
Whale watching tours in northern Iceland

Typically you will need 2 full days to explore all the primary attractions on the Diamond Circle, and then you can spend one day in Akureyri, followed by half a day for a whale-watching tour, and then either head to Reykjavik to fly out. 

Or continue on to the East Fjords to extend your Iceland itinerary. 

Note: The full Ring Road route is all of 1322 km (820 miles) loop and covers the country’s iconic sites. If you drive non-stop it will take only 13 hours to complete the drive. Ideally, 10 to 14 days in Iceland will be great to explore the country with time set aside for the Diamond Circle.

Day 1 in northern Iceland: Arrive at Keflavik Airport and drive to Akureyri in north Iceland

Day one of the north Iceland itinerary is all about arriving in the country and making the trip to Akureyri. The drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri is about 5 hours. 


You can explore a few highlights in Reykjavik such as the Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager, Harpa Concert Hall, etc. This stop is perfect for picking up groceries and snacks for your road trip. 

Snaefellsnes Peninsula can also be explored as a side trip as you make your way from Reykjavik to Akureyri. 

Once you arrive in Akureyri, settle in for the night. 

Where to stay in Akureyri: IcelandAir Hotel | KEA Hotel

Day 2 in northern Iceland: Diamond Circle route

Kickstart your Diamond Circle road trip after breakfast in Akureyri. It will take about 4 hours to drive on the Diamond Circle route, non-stop. 

Prepare to be enchanted as you traverse this scenic road, which winds its way through a diverse landscape adorned with majestic waterfalls, geothermal areas, volcanic plains, mesmerizing sea vistas, stunning canyons, untamed rivers, and undulating hills. 

Your first stop of the day is Goðafoss waterfall. Akureyri to Godafoss is a 30-minute drive. These falls are one of the most popular in northern Iceland. 

Afterward, venture towards Ásbyrgi Canyon, a captivating valley with cliffs towering around it in a horseshoe shape. Explore the area’s unique rock formations, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the forested trails. 

Then, proceed to Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland’s second-largest waterfall in terms of volume. Here, you can marvel as this thundering waterfall plunges into a vast canyon.

The Diamond Circle also takes you to the mystical Lake Myvatn, a shallow lake situated amidst otherworldly lava fields and volcanic craters. This enigmatic landscape is home to an array of wildlife including swans, ducks, geese, and eagles. 

Grjótagjá cave
Grjótagjá cave

Take some time to explore the lake’s surrounding area, which includes lava formations and wetlands. Here you can also venture inside Grjótagjá, a thermal hot spring cave, and later soak in the warm waters of Myvatn Nature Baths. 

In the evening, head to the idyllic village of Húsavík and spend the night there. 

Where to stay in Husavik: Fosshótel Húsavík

Day 3 in northern Iceland: Diamond Circle route

Explore the cute village of Husavik in the morning. Be sure to stop by the Húsavík Wooden Church, considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

View of the church of the fishing town Husavik, northeast Iceland

Husavik is the ultimate destination for whale watching. Its waters are home to a variety of whale species such as humpback whales, minke whales, blue whales, and more. 

Hop on a boat tour and explore some of Iceland’s most majestic creatures in their natural habitat. 

There are multiple tours leaving the Husavik harbor (mornings, afternoons, or sunset tours) and we recommend booking it ahead of time to fit your road trip itinerary.

Husavik whale watching tours

Alternatively, you can take a leisurely stroll through Husavik harbor and admire its colorful waterfront houses before visiting one of its many museums.

Next head to the Tjörnes cliff viewpoint just north of Húsavík to soak in the amazing views of the sea and Öxarfjörður fjord.

From here, make your way to the Námaskarð hot-spring area to learn about the country’s ancient volcanic eruptions and see the impact of ongoing geothermal activity firsthand.

For overnight accommodation, you can stay in Husavik (45 minutes), or drive to Akureyri (1+ hour to get to Akureyri from Námaskarð).

Day 4 in northern Iceland: Explore Akureyri and plan your drive back to Reykjavik (or continue to East Iceland)

On day 4, plan to drive back to Reykjavik with a comfortable stop in Akureyri. This is where you can visit the Akureyri Church, Botanical Gardens, Nonni House, etc. 

Akureyri waterfront
Akureyri waterfront

You can also swap town activities for hikes in and around Akureyri. 

Alternatively, you can head to East Fjords with stops at  Borgarfjordur Eystri, and Egilsstadir.

Read: Things to do in Akureyri Iceland

4 day Iceland Itinerary ideas: 4 EPIC Samples with or without a car

We will share an additional four days in Iceland itinerary that covers the southern part of the country. This is perfect for first-time visitors to Iceland!

During your 4 day Iceland trip, you will get to explore Reykjavik’s vibrant cultural scene, take a dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, hike through Thingvellir National Park, and chase northern lights. 

Read: 5 days in Iceland itinerary

Here is a quick overview of the Iceland itinerary 4 days: 

Best of Iceland itinerary 4 days: South Coast

  • Day 1 in Iceland: Arrive at Keflavik Airport and enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Overnight in Reykjavik
  • Day 2 in Iceland: Take a day trip to the Golden Circle highlights
  • Day 3 in Iceland: Check off south Iceland waterfalls and Vik and black sand beaches 
  • Day 4 in Iceland: Take a day trip to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Detailed itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 in Iceland: Reykjavik 

Kickstart your adventure by landing at Keflavik Airport, where you’ll be greeted by the stunning landscapes of Iceland. 

Make your way to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa that offers the perfect respite after a long flight. Indulge in soothing mineral-rich waters, surrounded by volcanic landscapes, and make use of the optional silica mud mask for a rejuvenating experience. 

Conclude your day in Reykjavik, the charming capital city, and enjoy a hearty Icelandic meal at a local restaurant.

Day 2 in Iceland: Golden Circle

Reserve your second day for exploring the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that covers three iconic Icelandic landmarks – Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. 


Walk amidst the rift valley at Thingvellir – a  UNESCO World Heritage Site, witness the spectacular eruptions at Geysir and marvel at the power and beauty of Gullfoss. 

The Golden Circle tour offers a fantastic introduction to Iceland’s diverse landscapes and geological marvels.

Day 3 in Iceland: Southern Coast

Venture along the south coast of Iceland, where you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and striking black sand beaches. Start with a visit to Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, each unique and breathtaking in its own way. 


Continue your journey to the small coastal town of Vik, where you can explore the Reynisfjara black sand beach – renowned for its towering basalt columns and sea stacks.

Day 4 in Iceland: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

On your final day, take a day trip to the majestic Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Here, you’ll witness a dazzling display of icebergs that have broken off from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, floating gracefully in the lagoon. 

Don’t miss the nearby Diamond Beach, where smaller ice chunks wash ashore and sparkle like diamonds on the black sand.

Unique 4-day Iceland itinerary: West Iceland

Here is another Iceland 4-day itinerary that covers Reykjavik and the west coast including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

  • Day 1 in Iceland: Arrive at Keflavik Airport and enjoy the Sky Lagoon. Overnight in Reykjavik
  • Day 2 in Iceland: Snæfellsnes Peninsula drive tour 
  • Day 3 in Iceland: Learn about Icelandic sagas in the Highlands
  • Day 4 in Iceland: Activity day (volcano hike, snowmobile tour, glacier walk, ice caving tour) 

More details of the itinerary below

Day 1 in Iceland itinerary 4 days: Reykjavik 

As your plane lands at Keflavik Airport, you’ll already get a taste of the breathtaking beauty that the country holds. 

Start your journey by visiting the Sky Lagoon, a tranquil geothermal pool with stunning ocean views. 

Sky Lagoon tips and guide
At the Sky Lagoon

Spend the day relaxing in the warm waters and enjoying the sauna. End your day by heading to the capital city, Reykjavik, and settle into your accommodation. 

Take a leisurely evening stroll through the city, and grab some dinner at a local restaurant to try traditional Icelandic cuisine.

Read: Reykjavik food tours

Day 2 in Iceland itinerary 4 days: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Prepare yourself for an exciting day exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its diverse landscapes. 

Begin your day with a visit to the black sand beaches at Djupalonssandur, followed by a drive to Arnarstapi village where you can enjoy a scenic cliff-side walk. 

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Don’t miss the majestic sight of Kirkjufell, a uniquely shaped mountain that’s one of Iceland’s most photographed landmarks. 

Wrap up your day by visiting the historic Budir black church, a stark contrast to the surrounding green moss-covered lava fields.

Day 3 in Iceland itinerary 4 days: Silver Coast

Your third day in Iceland is all about stepping back in time. Head to the Highlands, and dive deep into the world of Icelandic sagas. Here, you’ll learn about the country’s Viking history, folklore, and mythology. 

Snorri's Pool
Snorri’s Pool

Known as the Silver Circle, you will be chasing waterfalls, and Snorri’s pool and enjoy lava caves! 

Day 4 in Iceland itinerary 4 days: Activity day

On the last day of your trip, it’s time for some adrenaline-pumping action. Opt for a day filled with activities that best align with your interests. 

You could go for a volcano hike, and watch the breathtaking sight of lava flowing from an active volcano. 

Volcano hike near Reykjavik
Volcano hike from Reykjavik

If you prefer the cold, a snowmobile tour on a glacier might be up your alley. You could also choose a glacier walk, where you can strap on crampons and safely explore these natural wonders. 

Alternatively, an ice caving tour reveals the mesmerizing blue world underneath the glacier surface. Whichever activity you choose, you’re in for a thrilling end to your Icelandic adventure.

Katla Ice Caves

This unique 4-day itinerary in West Iceland offers a mix of relaxation, exploration, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure, making for an unforgettable trip.

Iceland Travel Tips 

Here are some additional tips for planning your trip to Iceland

Travel visa:

Visiting Iceland for tourism requires you to check if a visa is needed based on your nationality. For many tourists, if you require a visa you will need to apply and get a Schengen visa.

Passport holders from the United States and Canada do not need a visa to enter and visit Iceland for up to 90 days. 

Best Time to Visit: Iceland summer or Iceland winter:

Iceland offers different experiences based on the season. Midnight sun and green landscapes greet you in the summer, while winter is the time for Northern Lights and snow-blanketed scenery.


Decide on the places you want to visit. The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Reykjavik are popular choices. For a more unique experience, consider the Northern side, Westfjords, or the Eastfjords.


From hiking and horse riding to glacier walking and whale watching, Iceland offers a multitude of outdoor activities. Prioritize based on your interest.

Read: Iceland guided tours


Rental cars, tours, and domestic flights are the common modes of transport. There is some public transportation available on certain routes, but for exploring northern Iceland you are better off using a mix of tours and flights or drive. 

Note that you can drive the entire Ring Road in Iceland in about 13-14 hours, but ideally, 10 to 14 days is great as you can set aside time for sightseeing, hikes, activities, driving, and detours! 

Packing for Iceland:

Packing for Iceland requires careful consideration due to its variable weather conditions. Regardless of the season, layering is key. 

  • Thermal base layers: Start with a base layer such as thermal underwear, followed by insulating layers like fleece or wool sweaters, and end with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. 
  • Warm jacket: A lightweight waterproof jacket is a good addition for all year
  • Waterproof boots: Waterproof boots are essential for hikes, and walks in the wilderness.
  • Swimsuit: Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit for a dip in one of Iceland’s many geothermal pools. 
  • Winter accessories: For winter visits, additional warm clothing, ice cleats, and even a headlamp (for shorter days) might be necessary. 

Remember to pack according to the weather, respect the environment, and immerse yourself in the local culture for an enriching Icelandic experience.

We hope you found this post on spending four days in Northern Iceland itinerary useful. 

Whether the northern, southern, or east/west fjords you will LOVE it in Iceland! With a mix of relaxation at the Sky Lagoon, exploration of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, cultural immersion in the Highlands, and exhilarating outdoor activities like a volcano hike or snowmobile tour, the experience is set to be diverse and unforgettable. 

The stark beauty and unique landscapes of Iceland, combined with its rich heritage will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

Whether it’s the midnight sun of summer or the Northern Lights of winter that draws you in, a trip to Northern Iceland promises to be the adventure of a lifetime.

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