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The Ultimate 6 Day Iceland Travel Guide and Itinerary – Day 2

Overview

Day 2 of your trip takes you out of the city of Reykjavik and introduces some of the most iconic waterfalls Iceland has to offer. This dayÔÇÖs itinerary includes a walk behind Seljalandsfoss, sneaking into the canyon of the less visited Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall and soaking in the powerful force behind Sk├│gafoss. This will be a great second day exploring your first few stops in South Iceland.

Attractions Featured in Day 2 Itinerary

Attractions Featured in Day 2 Itinerary

Bergsson Math├║s

Stop 1 of 9

Type: Restaurant
Arrival Time:
 9:25am
Departure Time: 10:00am
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost (Per Person): $25-$30 / 2,770-3,324 ISK

Bergsson Math├║s is a cozy breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant that has the vibe of a laid back coffee shop. When you arrive, there are a few menus at the counter (where you order) before taking a seat. There are a couple communal, as well as individual, tables for patrons to sit at, and the open floor plan makes the space very inviting. The food comes out quickly and we would recommend getting either the┬áBergsson Breakfast or the┬áBergsson Bunch ÔÇô they are hearty meals that will kickstart your day and cover all the bases! Oh, and the sourdough bread is amazing, that is a must get no matter what you order.

Bergsson Mathús

Bergsson Math├║s

Stop 1 of 9

Type: Restaurant
Arrival Time:
 9:25am
Departure Time: 10:00am
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost (Per Person): $25-$30 / 2,770-3,324 ISK

Bergsson Math├║s is a cozy breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant that has the vibe of a laid back coffee shop. When you arrive, there are a few menus at the counter (where you order) before taking a seat. There are a couple communal, as well as individual, tables for patrons to sit at, and the open floor plan makes the space very inviting. The food comes out quickly and we would recommend getting either the┬áBergsson Breakfast or the┬áBergsson Bunch ÔÇô they are hearty meals that will kickstart your day and cover all the bases! Oh, and the sourdough bread is amazing, that is a must get no matter what you order.

Travel Time from Bergsson Math├║s┬áto Hagkaup (Grocery Store)┬á– 30 minutes (Driving) includes┬áwalk back to Central Guesthouse Reykjavik.

Directions via Google Maps

Hagkaup (Grocery Store)

Stop 2 of 9

Type: Grocery Store
Arrival Time:
10:30am
Departure Time: 11:10am
Time Spent: 40 min
Cost: $70

Hagkaup is an Icelandic hypermarket chain and its concept is similar to that of Walmart in the United States. It is primarily a grocery store for food & drink shopping, but they also sell clothing, electronics and more. This is basically a one stop shop for everything you need before hitting the road for your adventure.

Hagkaup

Hagkaup (Grocery Store)

Stop 2 of 9

Type: Grocery Store
Arrival Time:
10:30am
Departure Time: 11:10am
Time Spent: 40 min
Cost: $70

Hagkaup is an Icelandic hypermarket chain and its concept is similar to that of Walmart in the United States. It is primarily a grocery store for food & drink shopping, but they also sell clothing, electronics and more. This is basically a one stop shop for everything you need before hitting the road for your adventure.

Travel Time from┬áHagkaup (Grocery Store)┬áto Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River┬á– 50 minutes (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River

Stop 3 of 9

Type: Hot Spring / Hiking
Arrival Time:
 12:00pm
Departure Time: 3:00pm
Time Spent: 3 hours
Distance: 2.4 Miles (Roundtrip)
Type of Trail: There & Back
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River is a hot spring and hike in that offers an amazing experience of being able to bathe and relax in the naturally heated Icelandic water.

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River Tips

Wear Waterproof Gear

It was very rainy and very windy the day we went on this hike. Make sure to have a waterproof jacket and pants!

Wear Your Bathing Suit & Bring a Towel

Instead of changing into your bathing suit at the top of the mountain, put on your bathing suit in the bathroom at the start of the trail. It can, and probably will, be cold, windy and wet at the top, so you won’t want to spend extra time changing. You’ll thank us for this! Also, we just wore our wet bathing suits under our hiking clothes after we got out of the river, then changed into dry clothes when we got back to the trail head.

Get in the Water!

To us, the whole point of this hike is to get into the hot spring when you get to the top – don’t chicken out if it’s too cold out! You’ll regret it.

The Water is Warmer Higher Up the River

There are a few different places to enter the thermal river. Although it is more shallow the more you move up the river, the water is warmer in those places.

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River

Stop 3 of 9

Type: Hot Spring / Hiking
Arrival Time:
 12:00pm
Departure Time: 3:00pm
Time Spent: 3 hours
Distance: 2.4 Miles (Roundtrip)
Type of Trail: There & Back
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River is a hot spring and hike in that offers an amazing experience of being able to bathe and relax in the naturally heated Icelandic water.

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River Tips

Wear Waterproof Gear

It was very rainy and very windy the day we went on this hike. Make sure to have a waterproof jacket and pants!

Wear Your Bathing Suit & Bring a Towel

Instead of changing into your bathing suit at the top of the mountain, put on your bathing suit in the bathroom at the start of the trail. It can, and probably will, be cold, windy and wet at the top, so you won’t want to spend extra time changing. You’ll thank us for this! Also, we just wore our wet bathing suits under our hiking clothes after we got out of the river, then changed into dry clothes when we got back to the trail head.

Get in the Water!

To us, the whole point of this hike is to get into the hot spring when you get to the top – don’t chicken out if it’s too cold out! You’ll regret it.

The Water is Warmer Higher Up the River

There are a few different places to enter the thermal river. Although it is more shallow the more you move up the river, the water is warmer in those places.

Travel Time from┬áReykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River┬áto Urri├░afoss Waterfall┬á– 35 minutes (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

Urri├░afoss Waterfall

Stop 4 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 3:35pm
Departure Time: 4pm
Time Spent: 25 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? No

More water flows over Urri├░afoss falls in ├×j├│rs├í River than any other Icelandic waterfall. ├×j├│rs├í is IcelandÔÇÖs longest river that flows about 230 km from source to sea and, in very cold winter conditions, ice can be piled up at the waterfall up to 30 meters in thickness.

Urri├░afoss Waterfall Tips

Don't Go On Private Property

As you approach the waterfall to take a left into the parking lot, there is a confusing sign on the right side of the road that appears to show that the waterfall is on the right side of the road by the farm / houses – don’t fall for it! This is private property. Just 10 seconds up the road on the left is the parking lot for the waterfall and it’s not extremely obvious, so just keep an eye out as you’re driving up the road.

Read About the History of the Waterfall

Read the placard available at this waterfall site. This is Iceland’s most voluminous waterfall and it has a very interesting story / history.

Urri├░afoss Waterfall

Urri├░afoss Waterfall

Stop 4 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 3:35pm
Departure Time: 4pm
Time Spent: 25 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? No

More water flows over Urri├░afoss falls in ├×j├│rs├í River than any other Icelandic waterfall. ├×j├│rs├í is IcelandÔÇÖs longest river that flows about 230 km from source to sea and, in very cold winter conditions, ice can be piled up at the waterfall up to 30 meters in thickness.┬á

Urri├░afoss Waterfall Tips

Don't Go On Private Property

As you approach the waterfall to take a left into the parking lot, there is a confusing sign on the right side of the road that appears to show that the waterfall is on the right side of the road by the farm / houses – don’t fall for it! This is private property. Just 10 seconds up the road on the left is the parking lot for the waterfall and it’s not extremely obvious, so just keep an eye out as you’re driving up the road.

Read About the History of the Waterfall

Read the placard available at this waterfall site. This is Iceland’s most voluminous waterfall and it has a very interesting story / history.

Travel Time from┬áUrri├░afoss Waterfall┬áto Seljalandsfoss Waterfall┬á– 1 hour (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Stop 5 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 5pm
Departure Time: 5:35pm
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is one of IcelandÔÇÖs most visited and photographed waterfalls on the South Coast. This waterfall differs from others, in that you can walk┬ábehind┬áthe falls to see the incredible force of the water and unique views.

A short five minute walk away, you will also find the also incredible┬áGlj├║frab├║i Waterfall, allowing you to see two of IcelandÔÇÖs most amazing waterfalls in one stop.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Tips

Walk Behind the Waterfall

Make sure you walk behind the waterfall! You might get a little misty / wet as you walk around, but it’s a must do when visiting this attraction.

Visit at Sunset for an Incredible Picture

While this is an attraction that you can visit at anytime of the day, it’s particularly incredible to stand behind the falls leading up to sunset, where you have a view of both the waterfall and the sun setting.

Visit Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall at This Same Stop

This stop features another amazing waterfall, Glj├║frab├║i, that is hidden in a cave just a five minute walk from Seljalandsfoss.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Stop 5 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 5pm
Departure Time: 5:35pm
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is one of IcelandÔÇÖs most visited and photographed waterfalls on the South Coast. This waterfall differs from others, in that you can walk┬ábehind┬áthe falls to see the incredible force of the water and unique views.

A short five minute walk away, you will also find the also incredible┬áGlj├║frab├║i Waterfall, allowing you to see two of IcelandÔÇÖs most amazing waterfalls in one stop.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Tips

Walk Behind the Waterfall

Make sure you walk behind the waterfall! You might get a little misty / wet as you walk around, but it’s a must do when visiting this attraction.

Visit at Sunset for an Incredible Picture

While this is an attraction that you can visit at anytime of the day, it’s particularly incredible to stand behind the falls leading up to sunset, where you have a view of both the waterfall and the sun setting.

Visit Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall at This Same Stop

This stop features another amazing waterfall, Glj├║frab├║i, that is hidden in a cave just a five minute walk from Seljalandsfoss.

Travel Time from Seljalandsfoss Waterfall┬áto Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall┬á– 5 minutes (Walking)

Directions via Google Maps

Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall

Stop 6 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 5:40pm
Departure Time: 6:15pm
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Glj├║frab├║i translates to ÔÇťone that lives within the canyon,ÔÇŁ and thatÔÇÖs exactly where this waterfall resides. Found tucked away between a small entry between two rocks, you will find a legendary Icelandic waterfall that makes you feel like youÔÇÖre in a bubble from the outside world. Although this waterfall is only a┬áshort five minute walk away from the incredible┬áSeljalandsfoss Waterfall, this is a less visited attraction and doesnÔÇÖt draw a big of crowds, which makes it a bit more exclusive.

Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall Tips

Be Careful Walking into the Canyon

There are only a few conveniently placed rocks that lead into the canyon to the waterfall that are above water, so be careful! We would recommend having waterproof shoes / boots on to walk inside and avoid getting your shoes wet.

Climb Up on the Rock to Get a Picture!

There is a gigantic rock at the bottom of the waterfall that people climb on to snag an epic picture looking up at the waterfall.

Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at this Same Stop

This stop features another amazing waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, that is just a five minute walk from Glj├║frab├║i.

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall Look Up-featured

Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall

Stop 6 of 12

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 5:40pm
Departure Time: 6:15pm
Time Spent: 35 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Glj├║frab├║i translates to ÔÇťone that lives within the canyon,ÔÇŁ and thatÔÇÖs exactly where this waterfall resides. Found tucked away between a small entry between two rocks, you will find a legendary Icelandic waterfall that makes you feel like youÔÇÖre in a bubble from the outside world. Although this waterfall is only a┬áshort five minute walk away from the incredible┬áSeljalandsfoss Waterfall, this is a less visited attraction and doesnÔÇÖt draw a big of crowds, which makes it a bit more exclusive.

Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall Tips

Be Careful Walking into the Canyon

There are only a few conveniently placed rocks that lead into the canyon to the waterfall that are above water, so be careful! We would recommend having waterproof shoes / boots on to walk inside and avoid getting your shoes wet.

Climb Up on the Rock to Get a Picture!

There is a gigantic rock at the bottom of the waterfall that people climb on to snag an epic picture looking up at the waterfall.

Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at this Same Stop

This stop features another amazing waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, that is just a five minute walk from Glj├║frab├║i.

Travel Time from┬áGlj├║frab├║i Waterfall┬áto ├üs├│lfssk├íli┬á– 15 minutes (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

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Ásólfsskáli Church

Ásólfsskáli

Stop 7 of 9

Type: Town
Arrival Time:
 6:30pm
Departure Time: 6:45pm
Time Spent: 15 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? No

├üs├│lfssk├íli is a very small town right off Route 1 that features a beautiful church and a grass covered hut that makes for a nice stop on your way to┬áSk├│gafoss. While this is a place to quickly stop only if you have the time, it’s interesting to briefly explore a town that is off the beaten path and away from other tourists, which was nice to have all to ourselves for 15 minutes.

Ásólfsskáli Church

Ásólfsskáli

Stop 7 of 9

Type: Town
Arrival Time:
 6:30pm
Departure Time: 6:45pm
Time Spent: 15 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? No

├üs├│lfssk├íli is a very small town right off Route 1 that features a beautiful church and a grass covered hut that makes for a nice stop on your way to┬áSk├│gafoss. While this is a place to quickly stop only if you have the time, it’s interesting to briefly explore a town that is off the beaten path and away from other tourists, which was nice to have all to ourselves for 15 minutes.

Travel Time from┬á├üs├│lfssk├íli┬áto Sk├│gafoss Waterfall┬á– 25 minutes (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

Sk├│gafoss Waterfall

Stop 8 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 7:10pm
Departure Time: 8pm
Time Spent: 50 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Sk├│gafoss is one of IcelandÔÇÖs biggest and most powerful waterfalls that features an epic 60 meter drop.┬áLocated on the Sk├│g├í river, this waterfall is visible from the road and is one of the best attractions along south coast of Iceland. It offers not only a view of one of the worldÔÇÖs most prestigious waterfalls, but you can also take a set of stairs to the top and enjoy a beautiful hike along the┬áSk├│g├í river.

Sk├│gafoss Waterfall Tips

Wear a Waterproof Jacket

As you walk up to the bottom of the Sk├│gafoss, there is a lot of mist and water that sprays off from the waterfall. If you’re planning on getting close, make sure to bring a waterproof jacket!

Enjoy the View at the Top of Waterfall

There is a staircase to the right of the waterfall that leads to a beautiful view over the falls. The climb is comprised of 370 steps and takes about 5-10 minutes to get to the top, but the sweeping views are a pretty amazing payoff when you make it up.

The Hike is Worth It

Once you get to the top of the waterfall, walk through the gate and follow the path for an amazing hike along the Skóga river. This trail offers amazing views and other various beautiful waterfalls, so you must spend the time beyond just the base of Skógafoss.

Skógafoss Waterfall

Sk├│gafoss Waterfall

Stop 8 of 9

Type: Waterfall
Arrival Time:
 7:10pm
Departure Time: 8pm
Time Spent: 50 min
Cost: Free
Bathroom Available? Yes

Sk├│gafoss is one of IcelandÔÇÖs biggest and most powerful waterfalls that features an epic 60 meter drop.┬áLocated on the Sk├│g├í river, this waterfall is visible from the road and is one of the best attractions along south coast of Iceland. It offers not only a view of one of the worldÔÇÖs most prestigious waterfalls, but you can also take a set of stairs to the top and enjoy a beautiful hike along the┬áSk├│g├í river.

Sk├│gafoss Waterfall Tips

Wear a Waterproof Jacket

As you walk up to the bottom of the Sk├│gafoss, there is a lot of mist and water that sprays off from the waterfall. If you’re planning on getting close, make sure to bring a waterproof jacket!

Enjoy the View at the Top of Waterfall

There is a staircase to the right of the waterfall that leads to a beautiful view over the falls. The climb is comprised of 370 steps and takes about 5-10 minutes to get to the top, but the sweeping views are a pretty amazing payoff when you make it up.

The Hike is Worth It

Once you get to the top of the waterfall, walk through the gate and follow the path for an amazing hike along the Skóga river. This trail offers amazing views and other various beautiful waterfalls, so you must spend the time beyond just the base of Skógafoss.

Travel Time from Sk├│gafoss Waterfall┬áto Vik Camping┬á– 35 minutes (Driving)

Directions via Google Maps

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Vik Camping

Stop 9 of 9

Type: Camping
Arrival Time:
 8:35pm
Time Spent: Overnight
Cost (Per Person): $15 / 1,750 ISK ($1.75 / 200 ISK for showers)

Vik Camping is one of the most popular campsites along the south coast of Iceland. The camping area is located right off the road and near a gas station / outerwear store, which is very convenient.  The bathrooms are also cleaned regularly and showers are available at a small price. There is plenty of space to park and you can arrive at any time.

Vik Camping Tips

Arrive at Any Time, No Need to Book in Advance

You are able to pull up to the campsite at anytime during the night and you don’t need to book in advance, as there is plenty of space. There is a reception area with an attendant usually┬áavailable from 8am-10pm

Good Facilities & Electricity

Vik Camping offers electricity, toilets, showers, WiFi a dining area to cook food and warm and cold running water to wash dishes.

Park as Close as You Can to the Facilities

Since Iceland is a cold and windy place, the last thing you’re going to want to do if you have to get up in the middle of the night is walk more than a minute to go to the bathroom. Park as close as you can to avoid a long walk. In the morning and evening when getting ready, we went ahead and just parked our car next to the facilities.

Vik Camping

Vik Camping

Stop 9 of 9

Type: Camping
Arrival Time:
 8:35pm
Time Spent: Overnight
Cost (Per Person): $15 / 1,750 ISK ($1.75 / 200 ISK for showers)

Vik Camping is one of the most popular campsites along the south coast of Iceland. The camping area is located right off the road and near a gas station / outerwear store, which is very convenient.  The bathrooms are also cleaned regularly and showers are available at a small price. There is plenty of space to park and you can arrive at any time.

Vik Camping Tips

Arrive at Any Time, No Need to Book in Advance

You are able to pull up to the campsite at anytime during the night and you don’t need to book in advance, as there is plenty of space. There is a reception area with an attendant usually┬áavailable from 8am-10pm

Good Facilities & Electricity

Vik Camping offers electricity, toilets, showers, WiFi a dining area to cook food and warm and cold running water to wash dishes.

Park as Close as You Can to the Facilities

Since Iceland is a cold and windy place, the last thing you’re going to want to do if you have to get up in the middle of the night is walk more than a minute to go to the bathroom. Park as close as you can to avoid a long walk. In the morning and evening when getting ready, we went ahead and just parked our car next to the facilities.

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