16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Ancona
Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
1
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Ancona

3
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Get some cultural insight at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum and Stykkisholmskirkja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirkjufell Mountain and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grundarfjorour: Cave Vatnshellir (in Snaefellsbaer), Ytri Tunga Beach (in Arnarstapi) and Budir Church (in Budir).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Grundarfjorour road trip website.

Ancona, Italy to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cave Vatnshellir, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Stykkisholmskirkja, Olafsvikurkirkja, Ytri Tunga Beach
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Stykkisholmskirkja ©
Stykkisholmskirkja
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir

2
nights
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Reynisfjall.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Vik trip planning website.

Drive from Grundarfjorour to Vik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall.

Start your trip to Reykjahlid by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Reykjahlid. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Akureyri Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Speed Boats Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at Videy Island and Lava Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Seljalandsfoss (in Hvolsvollur) and Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Tales from Iceland, kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, contemplate the long history of Cemetery Holavallagardur, and explore the activities along Lake Tjornin.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Horseback Riding Tours
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Videy Island ©
Videy Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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