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Ring road in First week of April for 7 days

Jan 01, 2018, 7:49 PM

Hi can you please help me with an itinerary for the ring road for 7 days. Places I want To see is vik, Seljalandsfoss, bluelagoon, Reykjavík, Akureyri. I want To also see the views of the lakes by the road. A recommendation of where to halt for nights would be very helpful.

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1. Re: Ring road in First week of April for 7 days

Jan 01, 2018, 8:11 PM

Lots of itineraries have already been done and are widely available, No need to reinvent the wheel when some simple research is helpful, Start with the search function above your post and type in 7 day itinerary.

The first week in April is still considered winter in Iceland and you need to be prepared for inclement weather especially up North. 7 days is a fast RR in summer. In winter it could be difficult.

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Jan 01, 2018, 8:11 PM

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Jan 01, 2018, 8:13 PM

So if ring road is not possible what do you recommend for 7 days ? Would love to see some glaciers

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Jan 01, 2018, 8:24 PM

You could begin your trip with Akureyri and North Iceland. Icelandair + Air Iceland have really cheap prices for a direct connection, straight out of KEF, without leaving the terminal. You can spend 2 days up north.

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Then a 2-day tour to Jökulsárlón. There are a few of them with departures from Reykjavík. Then a 2-day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. And a day-tour of the Golden Circle :)

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Jan 02, 2018, 5:45 AM

Other option is to stick to the south coast where you can drive to 2 glaciers easily, see the Golden Circle and multiple waterfalls, as well as visit Jokulsarlon.

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6. Re: Ring road in First week of April for 7 days

Jan 03, 2018, 1:17 AM

Hi there,

I agree with all the previous replies. Driving in April would be risky. If you are flexible with your dates, May or September are better for weather, but still considered 'shoulder season'.

If you had your heart set on the ring road, perhaps look at travelling during a different month (September is perfect, but May-September is better for self driving the ring road). I would also consider adding a bit more time for the ring road. About 10 days is perfect.

But if you're fixed with your date in April, perhaps look into tours. I would make sure that Jökulsárlón was on your list (my favourite spot),The golden circle can be done from Reykjavik as a base and is considered a 'mini ring road'. Blue Lagoon is also easy to visit from Reykjavik.

I have written about my trip to Iceland, which may help you with your itinerary.

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7. Re: Ring road in First week of April for 7 days

Jan 03, 2018, 5:07 AM

I went last April. We drove around the whole island in 7 days. Mainly skipping (driving along) the west coast obviously. It forces you to get in the car and having a good eye on the sunset and rise, but it was nice. Ring road was never closed, but always make sure you have some headroom when it comes to time, and prepare yourself spending an extra day somewhere and maybe not being able to do everything you’ve planned.

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8. Re: Ring road in First week of April for 7 days

Jan 03, 2018, 5:18 AM

The ring road was closed yesterday on the South Coast due to icy roads and gale force winds and people were stranded in Vík.

It is good that you were lucky with the weather when you visited, but historical data or single winter visit experiences unfortunately do not predict anything.

Be prepared for the worst conditions you may encounter when you plan and keep in mind that making the wrong decision when judging the conditions or while driving will endanger not only yourself, but also others on the road with you without the right skill set, experience and enough time to be flexible.

Driving in Iceland in winter is possible for people who do their research and monitoring and know what they are doing and when to cancel their plans. Otherwise it can be dangerous.

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