21 days in Iceland Itinerary

21 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: London

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Thingvellir National Park and Tales from Iceland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thingvellir (Galgaklettur & Oxararfoss), The Cave People (in Laugarvatn) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Settlement Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of Glanni Waterfall, and admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from London in September, expect Reykjavik to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Bifrost, Borgarnes, The Cave People, War and Peace Museum
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Horseback Riding Tours
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

4
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Goðafoss Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akureyrarkirkja and Víðimýrarkirkja. Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Hofsos (Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi & The Icelandic Emigration Center), Lytingsstadir Riding Tours (in Varmahlid) and Puffin and Friends (in Saudarkrokur). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Saurbaejarkirkja.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hofsos, Varmahlid, Puffin and Friends
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Speed Boats Tours
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours ©
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krafla Lava Fields and Sigurgeirs Bird Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Selfoss Waterfall and Dettifoss Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Hafragilsfoss in Vatnajokull National Park (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and don't miss a visit to Viti Crater.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall, Hafragilsfoss
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall
Hofdi ©
Hofdi

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Visiting Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Hoffellsjokull Glacier. Step out of Hofn with an excursion to Hvalnes Lighthouse in Hornafjorour--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Stokksnes, and get engrossed in the history at The Thorbergur center.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hofn vacation planning website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Hofn in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Stokksnes
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

2
nights
Vik

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, and finally kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik route builder site.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Vik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Vik sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

3
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, admire all the interesting features of Norska Husio, then get outside with Sugandisey, then take in the dramatic natural features at Berserkjahraun, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grundarfoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ingjaldscholskirkja, kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then kick back and relax at Skardsvik Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Svortuloft Lighthouse, and finally view the masterpieces at Pakkhus Snaefellsbaejar.

Plan trip to Grundarfjorour with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Vik to Grundarfjorour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Snaefellsbaer, Olafsvik, Stykkisholmur, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
Norska Husio ©
Norska Husio
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

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