25 days in North Iceland & Madrid Itinerary

25 days in North Iceland & Madrid Itinerary

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25 days in North Iceland & Madrid Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Akureyri, Iceland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Varmahlid, Iceland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Siglufjordur, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

6
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, wildlife, parks, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri road trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Akureyri: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

6
nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Husavik (Horseback Riding Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Reykjahlid driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Askja ©
Askja

4
nights
Varmahlid, Iceland

Varmahlid ©
Get out of town with these interesting Varmahlid side-trips: Grettislaug (in Saudarkrokur), Blonduos (Textile Museum, Icelandic salmon center, & more) and Hvammstangi (Woolfactory Shop KIDKA, Icelandic Seal Center, & more).

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Varmahlid trip planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Varmahlid by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Varmahlid are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Siglufjordur.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hvammstangi, Blonduos, Saudarkrokur
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Icelandic Seal Center ©
Icelandic Seal Center
Horseback Riding Tours
Textile Museum ©
Textile Museum

3
nights
Siglufjordur, Iceland

Siglufjordur ©
When in Siglufjordur, make a side trip to see Drangey Island in Saudarkrokur, approximately 58 minutes away.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Siglufjordur road trip tool .

You can drive from Varmahlid to Siglufjordur in 1.5 hours. May in Siglufjordur sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 37°F at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Drangey Island
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Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the galleries of Royal Palace of Madrid, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Siglufjordur to Madrid. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Siglufjordur to Madrid due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Siglufjordur in May, plan for warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor