17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
5
Vik
— 1 night
6
Grundarfjorour
— 4 nights

3
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 Tales from Iceland. Get some historical perspective at Cemetery Holavallagardur and Hallgrimskirkja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall (in Skalholt), Bifrost (Grábrók Volcano & Glanni Waterfall) and Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum, The Settlement Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery 101, and admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Calgary to Reykjavik. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Calgary in July: highs in Reykjavik hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Bifrost, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Horseback Riding Tours
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Horseback Riding Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, learn more about the world around you at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, shop like a local with Brunir Horse, thenexamine the collection at The Aviation Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, examine the collection at The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), and finally view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri holiday planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Akureyri are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Aviation Museum ©
The Aviation Museum
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Nordurslod - Into the Arctic ©
Nordurslod - Into the Arctic

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, thenget outside with Hofdi, and then examine the collection at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Lofthellir Lava Cave ©
Lofthellir Lava Cave
Hofdi ©
Hofdi

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 28th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Svinafell Glacier
Svinafell Glacier
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park

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 30th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Reynisfjall, thenexplore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, thenexplore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, thenstop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, thenstroll through Black Sand Beach, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Vik are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

4
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirkjufell Mountain and Djúpalónssandur beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kirkjufellsfoss and Berserkjahraun. Change things up with these side-trips from Grundarfjorour: Dritvik and Djupalonssandur (in Hellnar), Snaefellsbaer (Bjarnarfoss & Lysuholslaug) and Hellissandur (Svortuloft Lighthouse & Skardsvik Beach).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grundarfjorour holiday planner.

Getting from Vik to Grundarfjorour by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Snaefellsbaer, Olafsvik, Hellnar, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Ingjaldscholskirkja
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

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