29 days in Iceland Itinerary

29 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
1
Borgarnes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Akureyri
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
7
Reykjavik
— 6 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
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). Get in touch with nature at The Cave and Glymur. Your inner history buff will appreciate Norska Husio and Eiriksstadir. Venture out of the city with trips to Hraunfossar (in Husafell), Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum (in Bjarnarhofn) and Kirkjufell Mountain (in Grundarfjorour). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center, steep yourself in history at Ytri-Raudamelur church, and learn about all things military at War and Peace Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Borgarnes trip itinerary maker site.

Ottawa, Canada to Borgarnes is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Borgarnes. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Borgarnes reach 2°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Akranes, Hraunfossar, Ytri-Raudamelur church, Eiriksstadir, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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The Cave ©
The Cave
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Reyniskyrka Church and Rutshellir Cave are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Lava Centre and Skogar Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Nupsstadur, Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, and explore and take pictures at Dyrhólaey.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik day trip tool.

Getting from Borgarnes to Vik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Borgarnes in December, Vik is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Lava Centre
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hvalnes Lighthouse and Huldusteinn. Get outdoors at Diamond Beach and Vestrahorn. Venture out of the city with trips to Djupivogur (Arfleifd, Sveinsstekksfoss, &more).

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hofn visit planner.

Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Diamond Beach, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

3
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Explore hidden gems such as Vatnajokull and Svartifoss Waterfall. Visiting Hrutfjallstindar and Laugafell will get you outdoors.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park attractions website.

Traveling by bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4.5 hours. December in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laugafell
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krafla Lava Fields and Hverfjall. Get outdoors at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations and Lake Myvatn. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjahlid side-trips: Husavik (Husavikurkirkja, The Húsavík Whale Museum, &more) and Faro de Gardur (in Gardur). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December since evenings lows in Reykjahlid dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Selfoss Waterfall, Faro de Gardur
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

6
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holar Cathedral and Laxdal House (Laxdalshus). Get a sense of the local culture at Glaumbaer Museum and Nonni's House. Get out of town with these interesting Akureyri side-trips: Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid) and The Icelandic Emigration Center (in Hofsos). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlíðarfjall, examine the collection at Akureyri Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, and get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Varmahlid, Holar Cathedral, The Icelandic Emigration Center
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
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Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Horseback Riding Tours
Holar Cathedral ©
Holar Cathedral

6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Tales from Iceland and Kjarvalsstaðir capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Selfoss (Kerið, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more), The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi) and Stokkseyri (Orgelsmidjan / Pipe Organ Workshop and Exhibition & The Ghost Centre). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, experience rural life at Fridheimar, and step off the mainland to explore Videy Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik attractions planner.

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Selfoss, Stokkseyri, The exhibition Quake 2008, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Garoskagi Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
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Tales from Iceland ©
Tales from Iceland
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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