13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hvammstangi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
6
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hornafjorour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Minneapolis

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night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, Hofdi House, Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Tjornin, get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, catch a live performance at Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, then appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, then steep yourself in history at Hofdi House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

Before you visit Reykjavik, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

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night
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer
To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Snaefellsbaer trip website .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Snaefellsbaer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Hvammstangi on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hvammstangi

Hvammstangi ©
Hvammstangi is an Icelandic village in the north-west part of the country, on Vatnsnes peninsula, situated on the Miðfjörður.It is the most densely populated area in the Húnaþing County, with a current population of about 580 people.OverviewHvammstangi is an important service center for the surrounding area. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Hvitserkur and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kolugljufur Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Icelandic Seal Center and then look for gifts at Woolfactory Shop KIDKA.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvammstangi trip planning site .

You can drive from Snaefellsbaer to Hvammstangi in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Hvammstangi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hvitserkur
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Icelandic Seal Center ©
Icelandic Seal Center
Hvitserkur ©
Hvitserkur

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night
Akureyri

Akureyri
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri tour app .

Getting from Hvammstangi to Akureyri by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You'll set off for Reykjahlid on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Parks
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nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Husavik (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid journey planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

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Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Egilsstadir travel route builder app .

You can take a bus from Reykjahlid to Egilsstadir in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Egilsstadir sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hornafjorour.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Seydisfjordur Church
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Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Skriduklaustur ©
Skriduklaustur

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Hornafjorour

Hornafjorour ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Hvalnes Lighthouse, examine the collection at Huldusteinn, and then make a splash at Hofn Swimming Pool.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hornafjorour trip site .

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Hornafjorour in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hornafjorour can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hornafjorour

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hofn
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Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Nupsstadur, steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, then take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Hornafjorour to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar ©
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar

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Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geysir trip planner .

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Geysir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Geysir sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, Hofdi House and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geysir to Reykjavik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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Hofdi House ©
Hofdi House

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