Which ring road plan is better?

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Which ring road plan is better?

Tally
The more I read about Iceland, the harder it gets to plan a trip!  Too many places to go and things to see and do.  :)  Which of these plans do you think is better?

Plan 1
1 - Arrive, grocery store, nap, etc
2 - Reykjavik
3 - Golden Circle, overnight in Selfoss in the south
4 - Selfoss - Vik (south coast) or Skaftafell (west, closer to Jokulsarlon glacier lake) via Skogafoss,
 Dyrholaey, Vik black sand beach
5 - Jokulsarlon (west coast), overnight in Egilsstadir for 3 nights
6 - day trip to Seydisfjordur (eastern fjords)
7 - day trip to Borgarfjordur Eystri / Bakkagerdi (eastern fjords where we may see puffins)
8 - Egilsstadir - Lake Myvatn (north) via Dettifoss
9 - Lake Myvatn
10 - Lake Myvatn
11 - Lake Myvatn - Hofsos (north west) via Godafoss, turf house museum and Akureyri
12 - Hofsos - Reykjavik
13 - Reykjavik
14 - home in the afternoon

Plan 2 (swap east fjord time for Stykkisholmur)
1 - Arrive, grocery store, nap, etc
2 - Reykjavik
3 - Reykjavik - Stykkisholmur, 2 nights in Stykkisholmur
4 - Stykkisholmur
5 - Stykkisholmur - Hofsos, overnight in Hofsos (go to the pool)
6 - Hofsos - Lake Myvatn via Akureyri, Laufas turf houses and Godafoss
7 - Lake Myvatn
8 - Lake Myvatn
9 - Lake Myvatn - Egilsstadir, via either Borgarfjordur Eystri or Seydisfjordur
10 - Egilsstadir - Vik, via Jokulsarlon
11 - Vik - Selfoss, via Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, etc (that means I can't remember how to spell the next waterfall on the way :) )
12 - Selfoss - Reykjavik, via Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir
13 - Reykjavik
14 - home in the afternoon

Thanks!  I really appreciate your input.  :)
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Iceland24
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This post was updated on .
Hello Tally,

Thanks again for your message,

Plan 1: I will take out day number 7 and instead I would recommend you to visit Grimsey Island on Day 11... it is a cheap boat day trip and you will be able to see thousands of puffins and whales on the way!
Plan 2: 2 nights in Stykkisholmur is two much!, I would spend just one night (day 4) and one night in Arnastapi (day 3).

This is my recommendation:

Day 1. Reykjavík
Day 2. Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir (sleep in Selfoss)
Day 3. Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógarfoss waterfall, Dyrhólaey, Vík's black beach (sleep in Vík)
Day 4. Skatafell National Park (hiking), Svartifoss + Skaftafellsjökull  Glacier (sleep in Hof)
Day 5. Jökulsárlón glaciar lagoon. Day Tour in Vatnajökull Glacier (sleep in Hof)
Day 6. Icelandic East Fiords (sleep in Eskifjordur). I recommend you Guesthouse Dimmuborgir (www.dimmuborgir.is)
Day 7. Hengifoss and road to the north visiting Dettifoss (sleep in Myvatn). I recommend you www.mjoeyri.is
Day 8. Myvatn area (sleeping in Myvatn)
Day 9. Visit to whale wacthing in Husavík, Ásbyrgi (many things to see there... and visit to Husavík (sleep in Myvatn area)
Day 10. Godafoss and drive to Akureyri. You can visit the biggest fiord in Iceland (sleep in Akureyri). I recommend you Elf Guesthouse (www.elfguesthouse.com)
Day 11. Dalvík + Siglufjörður + Hófsos to Snæfellsnes... (sleep in Stykkishólmur)
Day 12. Around Snæfellsnes (Sleep in Arnastapi)
Day 13. Road to Reykjavík visiting Borganes and Akranes visiting the highest waterfall in Iceland: Glymur. (sleep in Borganes)
Day 14. One Day in Reykjavík (shopping) (sleep in Reykjavík) + Blue lagoon


What do you think?

;)
Berglind
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Tally
Thanks!  I'll print this and look into it!

How are the puffin viewing possibilities at Dyrholaey?  :)  I'm not sure I want to do a boat trip out on rough ocean.  
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Iceland24
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This post was updated on .
you will probably see puffins there

;)
Berglind
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travelpassion82
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Awesome! Thanks so much for the info :) you are a life saviour <3
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Iceland24
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You´re welcome!
Berglind
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