18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Boston

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get some historical perspective at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Hallgrimskirkja. Take a break from the city and head to Thingvellir National Park and Oxararfoss. Venture out of the city with trips to Borgarnes (The Settlement Center & Borgarnes Museum). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Tales from Iceland, admire all the interesting features of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip planning site.

Boston, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Boston to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, expect nights in Reykjavik to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are cooler, around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Borgarnes, Horseback Riding Tours
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, then examine the collection at Safnasafnid The Folk and Outsider Art Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Akureyri online trip maker.

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Akureyri sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Parks Tours
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Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)
Speed Boats Tours
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Lofthellir Lava Cave will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krafla Lava Fields and Hverfjall. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Hofdi, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, go for a walk through Viti Crater, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid online attractions planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
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Hofdi ©
Hofdi
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

2
nights
Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kayaking & Canoeing has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, then explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, and then laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Hvalnes Lighthouse, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Stokksnes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hofn trip planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Hofn in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Hvalnes Lighthouse, Stokksnes
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hof trip app.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Hof takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon
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Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church
Svinafellsjokull Glacier ©
Svinafellsjokull Glacier

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Hjorleifshofoi, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Reynisfjall.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary site.

Getting from Hof to Vik by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Vik are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Escape the urban bustle at Kirkjufellsfoss and Gatklettur. Discover out-of-the-way places like Budir Church and Ingjaldscholskirkja. Venture out of the city with trips to Skardsvik Beach (in Hellissandur), Sugandisey (in Stykkisholmur) and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur (in Hellnar).

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grundarfjorour day trip app.

Traveling by car from Vik to Grundarfjorour takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Snaefellsbaer, Olafsvik, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Ingjaldscholskirkja, Sugandisey
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Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
Gatklettur ©
Gatklettur

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