3 Days in West Iceland: Perfect Itinerary
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
If you find yourself in Iceland with only 3 days to explore the land of fire and ice, we recommend you consider renting a #campervan or a car and focusing on the west part of the country. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is sometimes referred to as "Iceland in miniature" because it has so much to offer: a glacier, waterfalls, mountains, black sand and golden sand beaches, volcanic craters, lava fields, abundant wild life, and many historical sites.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is only a 2 hour drive from Reykjavik, which makes it possible to see most of it in a day (if you decide to stay in Reykjavik for the duration of your trip). You can add on a trip to Reykholt area like we did (which could be done in half a day) and even a drive through the Golden Circle (plan a full day for this). Check out this map of our #westiceland itinerary which includes all the sites we visited as well as places we stayed at for the night.
We traveled around West Iceland in March and booked a campervan for our road trip. We did have to change our plans of sleeping in our camper at the last moment because of the weather conditions we were not prepared for (and Jason got sick the day before our trip as well). This is not to say that you should be discouraged from traveling in a campervan in Iceland during winter months. It still can be done if you are prepared and know what to expect. If we were to do it again in March, we would still book a campervan. You don't need to make reservations to stay at campgrounds, so even if you were to change your mind at the last moment and decided to rent a room (which is totally doable last minute during the low season - we booked both of our rooms hours before we checked in) you would not be losing any money. Plus, we technically weren't on vacation for this trip, so traveling in a campervan allowed us to pull up anywhere and get some work done in our own office on wheels. Read about our trip around West Iceland here.
There are so many places to see in Iceland that it can become a bit overwhelming when trying to plan your trip. We hope that the time we spent planning our itinerary will save some of yours and help you experience this beautiful country to the fullest!