18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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18 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Seydisfjordur
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Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
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Vopnafjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
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Jokulsarlon
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 45 min
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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
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Selfoss
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
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Borgarnes
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Blonduos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
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Husavik
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
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Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  45 min
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Grimsey Island
— 1 night
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Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
End: Seydisfjordur

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Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Skalanes, engage your brain at Technical Museum, then take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seydisfjordur trip planner .

In July in Seydisfjordur, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vopnafjordur.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands)
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Skalanes ©
Skalanes
Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Technical Museum ©
Technical Museum

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Vopnafjordur

Vopnafjordur ©
Vopnafjörður is a village and municipality in Northeast Iceland, standing on a peninsula in the middle of a mountainous bay by the same name. On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Bustarfell Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hellisheidi, then identify plant and animal life at "The elephant" Ljosastapi, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufursarfoss - Waterfall.

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You can drive from Seydisfjordur to Vopnafjordur in 2 hours. July in Vopnafjordur sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Vopnafjordur

Parks Nature Museums
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Bustarfell Museum ©
Bustarfell Museum

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jokulsarlon vacation planner.

Getting from Vopnafjordur to Jokulsarlon by car takes about 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Beaches
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

Vestmannaeyjar ©
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. On the 5th (Sun), trek along Heimaklettur (Home Rock), then examine the collection at Eldheimar, then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Eldfell.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vestmannaeyjar trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jokulsarlon to Vestmannaeyjar. In July, daytime highs in Vestmannaeyjar are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Eldfell
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SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary ©
Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Heimaklettur (Home Rock) ©
Heimaklettur (Home Rock)

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Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Explore Selfoss' surroundings by going to Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Strokkur (in Geysir) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, engage your brain at Ljosafoss Power Station, stroll through The Floi Bird Reserve, and stop by Gallery Floi.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selfoss trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Vestmannaeyjar to Selfoss in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You will leave for Borgarnes on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Sand Beach, Strokkur, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Falls, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

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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). Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Hraunfossar, sample the tasty concoctions at Brugghus Steoja, then see the interesting displays at Borgarnes Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Settlement Center. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, then look for gifts at Ljomalind Farmers Market, then stroll through Aurora Borealis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glymur.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Borgarnes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selfoss to Borgarnes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Borgarnes are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Blonduos.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hraunfossar, Grábrók Volcano, Brugghus Steoja, Glymur
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Grábrók Volcano ©
Grábrók Volcano

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Blonduos

Blonduos ©
Blönduós is a town and municipality in the north of Iceland. On the 12th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Stora - Asgeirsa, then see the interesting displays at Textile Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Hrutey Island, and finally make a trip to The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Blonduos day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Borgarnes to Blonduos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Blonduos

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond, Stora - Asgeirsa
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Textile Museum ©
Textile Museum
The Museum of Prophecies  in  Skagastrond ©
Stora - Asgeirsa ©
Stora - Asgeirsa

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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 13th (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the landmark architecture of Husavikurkirkja, then learn more about the world around you at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Husavik itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Blonduos to Husavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Husavik sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Horseback Riding Tours

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Askja as well as Askja Tours and Excursions. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Askja, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja, go sightseeing with Askja Tours and Excursions, then explore the striking landscape at Hverir, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then go for a walk through Viti Crater, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Askja ©
Askja

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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 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Akureyri road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grimsey Island.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Tours Wildlife
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Speed Boats Tours

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Grimsey Island

Grimsey Island ©
On the 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Orbis et Globus.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grimsey Island journey website .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Grimsey Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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Orbis et Globus ©
Orbis et Globus