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Advice on what region to stay for certain routes of our trip?

Hello, need some advice from the experts. This is our (family of 5 with 3 kids, ages 9-13) first time going to Iceland and I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out our routes and what regions to stay in just yet.

For Day 1 we will be staying in Rejkajavik in the center of the city and then
Day 2 will be heading to the Golden Circle.
On Day 3 we plan to head to Vik.
My question is where should we stay on day 2 while we are spending our day touring the Golden Circle and then plan to head out to Vik on day 3. I read a suggestion that for day 2 to take a different way back to Reykjavik and stop at Kerio crater, so should I be staying at the center of Reyjajavik on day 2, back track and keep the same hotel that I booked in Reykjavik for day 1?

For day 5 we plan to go from Hofn to the East Fjords. We would like to see Seyoisfjordur and the famous Dettifoss, where should we stay on Day 5 if that is the plan and we are heading out to East Fjords to Lake Myvatan? We are staying in Seyoisfjordur on day 5 for now, is that doable or do you think we should stay somewhere near Dettifloss?

Day 6 and 7 we will be doing East Fjords to Lake Myvatn.
Day 7 is all day at Lake Myvatn - staying in Lake Myvatn area.
Day 8 we will be doing Akureyri and Siglufjoour. Where on day 8 should we stay? I booked a place in Akureyri but not sure if we should stay in Siglufjoour instead.
Day 9 and 10 we head to Siglufjorour to Stykissholmur and staying in Hvammstangi.
Day 11 heading to the Snaefellsness Peninsula.

Any advice much appreciated!!
Thank you in advance.

Posted by Kim
San Francisco
905 posts

When do you go? If it is this summer I would get on booking hotels as they sell out quickly.

We are staying 2 nights at Volcano hotel (near Vik) this summer and taking two tours with them. Haven;t been yet, but their email interaction has been great.

http://volcanohotel.is/

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
2719 posts

After the Golden Circle you should head a little further east to the area around Hella. There are several hotels and many farms / guesthouses that take lodgers. We had a wonderful experience staying on a horse farm around there.
If you go all the way back to Reykjavik you will waste 3 - 4 hours going back and then retracing your route the next day. Just keep heading east after the Golden Circle, spend the night near Hella, and as you continue you'll have more time to stop and see all of the amazing waterfalls, beaches, etc between Hella and Vik.
The Kerio Crater takes about 10 minutes to see and is on the road that is on the eastern part of the Golden Circle as you leave the area. You can easily see this on your way east.

Posted by Yin OP
40 posts

Thank you Kim and Anita!
Kim, we are staying in end of August. We booked cancelable places so trying to refine now. Anita, great suggestion! Will try to look for a place in Hella to stay. Is Selfloss doable too?
Thank you!

Posted by Yin OP
40 posts

Hi Anita,
how do we book to stay on a farm? I'm pretty sure things are probably all booked up at this point but would like to try! Maybe I will get lucky. I have no clue how to book to stay on a farm and I am sure my kids would love it. Please advise.

Posted by Yin OP
40 posts

Hi Anita,
how do we book to stay on a farm? I'm pretty sure things are probably all booked up at this point but would like to try! Maybe I will get lucky. I have no clue how to book to stay on a farm and I am sure my kids would love it. Please advise.