Reykjavik to Vik
Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Buy road trip snacks at Bonus. Check out any other Reykjavik sites before hitting the open road. Enjoy whirling about the traffic circles as you exit Reykjavik, pass the steaming power plants, and zoom toward the southern town of Vik. The road trip portion of your Icelandic itinerary officially begins.
Find the Solheimasandur plane crash that has sat vacant on the beach since 1973. Expert Vagabond has useful directions to get there. But please note: I believe you can no longer drive there, but can only walk there.
Veer down 215 to head to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with unique geology. Here you'll see the basalt sea stacks - seem familiar? Those basalt sea stacks should remind you of Hallgrimskirkja's architecture. If the season is right, you'll see swooping and roosting puffins along the cliffside.
Vik to Hofn
Walk around Breidarlon, a smaller glacier lake adjacent the the famous glacier lagoon. The icebergs aren't as impressive as it's next door neighbor, but the solitude is both thrilling and mysterious. We suggest spending a couple hours walking around the lake. You can trek straight to the glacier for an up close look at one of nature's most spectacular forces.
You haven’t seen Iceland if you don’t visit Jökulsárlón. It’s the picturesque glacier lagoon with cerulean icebergs and crystalline ice chunks. Get excited when you spot your first seal popping up like whack-a-mole between the ice. Jökulsárlón has been the backdrop for many Hollywood films, so it’s fame is well known to tourists. You won’t experience solitude here.
If you rented a 4×4 and you’re feeling brave, drive up F985 to Skalafellsjökull, an arm of Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. It’s a winding and slightly intimidating unpaved path ascending to the glacier. There’s a visitor’s center at the top. You can walk on the glacier, take a snowmobile tour, or simply enjoy the views.
Settle in at the fishing town of Höfn. Eat dinner at Humarhofnin and order langoustine. Langoustine is difficult to come by and very expensive because it’s very localized and perishable. It’s better than lobster. And guess what? You’re in the best place in the world for langoustine where it’s accessible, fresh, and more affordable than anywhere else in the world.
Höfn to Egilsstaðir
If you didn’t get the opportunity to yesterday, explore more of the small fishing town of Höfn. Check out the Folk Museum or Maritime Museum. Gift shop at any of the small stores to support the local artists and craftsmen.
Enjoy lunch in Djúpivogur. Select a seaside restaurant (may we suggest Hotel Framtid?) and take in the tastes and the views. Don’t be afraid to take pitstops during your journey to capture the spectacular landscape of the eastern fjords.
Settle in when you arrive in Egilsstaðir. Replenish your road trip snacks at the local Bonus. For the cutest accommodation, stay at Skipalaekur Guesthouses. Trust me. It’s amazing.