Unfortunately, not everyone who comes to Iceland can stay for as long as they like. Jobs, family, money or other restraints might eventually call you home – no matter how much you want to stay! This is why it’s so important you make the most of the time you have, getting to know Iceland and exploring all of its beauty.

To help you plan an awesome trip, even if you’re only here for a week, our Midgard team have put together two itineraries, one for those of you with a hire car and one for those of you without.

Local things to do in Iceland

Travelling with a Rental Car:

Day 1 – After touching down in Iceland, drive towards Midgard Basecamp, stopping to explore Reykjanes Peninsula, where you’ll find the geothermal area of Krísuvík and the crashing waves of Brimketill.

Day 2 – After a great night’s sleep at Base Camp, join the Þórsmörk Super Jeep open tour. You can’t reach this area by a regular car and it’s definitely too stunning to miss out, so the tour is the perfect way to tick it off of your list.

Day 3 – Head out from Base Camp and tour the South Coast on your own, discovering the likes of Skógafoss, Reynisfjara, Dyrhólaey and Glacier lagoon. You can find accommodation near the lagoon for the night, so you don’t have to rush back.

Day 4 – On the drive back to Base Camp, stop off for a hike to Svartifoss waterfall and do an ice-walk at Sólheimajökull with a trusted partner of Midgard Adventure.

Day 5 – Head out on the Þórsmörk Super Jeep Day Tour with your Midgard mates, exploring the colourful mountains and geothermal landscape before a chilled-out evening at Base Camp.

Day 6 – Take some time to explore the world-famous Golden Circle in your car, stopping for a dip in the secret lagoon, and discover some of Iceland’s most incredible sights.

Day 7 – Check-out of Midgard Base Camp, exchange ways to keep in touch with all your new friends and start to make your way back to the airport, stopping off for a quick hike at Reykjadalur or exploring the city of Reykjavik if you have the time.

red jeep in south Iceland

Travelling Without a Rental Car

Day 1 – Take the bus from the airport into Reykjavik and spend your first day exploring the city before a night at Kex hostel, which has a similar vibe to Midgard Base Camp.

Day 2 – Take the 50 or 52 bus from Umferðamiðstöðin BSÍ to Hvolsvöllur at 6.54, arriving at Base Camp just before 9, where you can head straight out on the Þórsmörk Super Jeep Day Tour. Spend an evening chilling in the rooftop hot tub or at the bar at Base Camp.

Day 3 – In the winter, head out to Eyjafjallajökull, the mighty volcano, or join the Landmannalaugar Super Jeep tour.

Day 4 – Ask the Base Camp team for the best hiking route in Hvolsvöllur and head out for a day on foot or hire a Fat Bike from us. Head to the Lava Centre and local swimming pool before heading back to Base Camp for a night of fun with friends.

Day 5 – Leave Base Camp in the morning and take the bus to Landeyjahöfn harbour before getting on a boat to Vestmanneyjar, a gorgeous group of islands, to explore for the day before heading back in the evening.

Day 6 – Explore the Ice Caves at Vik or take a snowmobile out to explore Eyjafjalajökull with our partner tour operator, which we can book for you.

Day 7 – Check-out of Midgard Base Camp, say goodbye (for now!)  to all your new friends and take the bus 5/52 to Reykjavik. If you’ve got the time, stop inHveragerði to do the Reykjadalur hike.

If you want to find out more about what you can do in the South of Iceland or have any questions about the places we mentioned, get in touch with our team at Midgard Base Camp today. We’re always ready to help!