16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ancona
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Hvolsvollur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Husavik
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Borgarnes
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Budir
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Ancona

2
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". On the 29th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Nauthusagil Waterfall, then stop by Seljalandsfoss, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvolsvollur trip planner.

Ancona, Italy to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ancona to Hvolsvollur due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ancona in August, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hvolsvollur: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hella, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fjadrargljufur Canyon and Reyniskyrka Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Scenic Green Lava Walk, Skaftarstofa, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vik holiday app.

You can drive from Hvolsvollur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Reyniskyrka Church ©
Reyniskyrka Church

1
night
Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seydisfjordur Church, view the masterpieces at Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art, admire the sheer force of Gufufoss, then take an in-depth tour of Technical Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Fardagafoss.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seydisfjordur day trip planner.

Drive from Vik to Seydisfjordur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Vik in September, plan for little chillier nights in Seydisfjordur, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Fardagafoss
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Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Technical Museum ©
Technical Museum
Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art ©
Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art

2
nights
Husavik

Husavik ©
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then don't miss a visit to Grenjadarstadir. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Husavikurkirkja, then learn more about the world around you at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Husavik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seydisfjordur to Husavik takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Husavik

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Borgarnes

Borgarnes ©
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Puppet Museum of Bruduheimar, get engrossed in the history at The Settlement Center, see the interesting displays at Borgarnes Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glanni Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Borgarnes road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Husavik to Borgarnes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Borgarnes sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budir.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bifrost
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Borgarnes Museum ©
Borgarnes Museum
Grábrók Volcano ©
Grábrók Volcano

1
night
Budir

Budir ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Ytri Tunga Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Londrangar, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Budahraun, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Budir trip maker site.

You can drive from Borgarnes to Budir in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Budir

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Londrangar, Budahraun, Ytri Tunga Beach
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Londrangar ©
Londrangar
Ytri Tunga Beach ©
Ytri Tunga Beach

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Videy Island. Get some historical perspective at Hallgrimskirkja and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thingvellir (Thingvellir National Park & Thingvallakirkja church). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik route site.

Getting from Budir to Reykjavik by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Horseback Riding Tours
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

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