19 days in Iceland Itinerary

19 days in Iceland Itinerary

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19 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vik
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Skaftafell
— 2 nights
bus:  11​h 30​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Reykjavik
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You've added Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Perlan, Reykjavik Sightseeing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Sat) on horseback at Heidmork Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik attractions planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Reykjavik is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for cooler days in Reykjavik, with highs around 9°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Blue Lagoon, Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 6th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Slakki Petting Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gjain. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Blaskogabyggd in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Blaskogabyggd, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Strokkur, Gjain, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik journey tool .

Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Vik sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Skaftafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Skaftafell

Skaftafell ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftafellsjokull.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Skaftafell trip builder .

You can take a bus from Vik to Skaftafell in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Skaftafell

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafellsjokull ©
Skaftafellsjokull

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and explore the striking landscape at Hverir.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Skaftafell to Reykjahlid in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Skaftafell in October, Reykjahlid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laugavegur as well as Snowmobile.is. On the 14th (Mon), see Snowmobile.is and then get a taste of the local shopping with Laugavegur.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Snowmobile.is ©
Snowmobile.is
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur

3
nights
Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
On the 15th (Tue), stroll through Diamond Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church and then contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Jokulsarlon route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Jokulsarlon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hofskirkja Church
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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