17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Vik
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  15 h
End: New York City

6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Hraunfossar and Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Tjornin and Bruarfoss Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes), Lava Centre (in Hvolsvollur) and Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, make a trip to Þúfa, and get engrossed in the history at The Cave People.

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjavik, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik. Expect cooler weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Reykjavik hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Settlement Center, The Cave People, Lava Centre, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 27th (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback and then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Akureyri road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Hverfjall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Krafla Lava Fields and Selfoss Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, and explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid journey tool.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. In July, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

2
nights
Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vestrahorn. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Thorbergur center and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn journey builder.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

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 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vik visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Vik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Vik, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Reynisdrangar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Reynisdrangar ©
Reynisdrangar
Horseback Riding Tours

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