36 days in Iceland Itinerary

36 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland sightseeing planner

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Reykjavik
— 11 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 6 nights
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hella
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 6 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 3 nights
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Reykjavik

— 11 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir (Thingvellir National Park & Thingvallakirkja church), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant (in Svartsengi). Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect Reykjavik to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 6:

Akureyri

— 6 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step out of Akureyri with an excursion to Whale Watching Hauganes in Hauganes--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, sample the tasty concoctions at Bruggsmidjan Kaldi Brewery, view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and sample some tasty brews at Akureyri Luxur.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Reykjavik in November since evenings lows in Akureyri dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Nature · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:

Vatnajokull National Park

— 5 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Jokulsarlon (Fellsfjara & Glacier Lagoon). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Akureyri to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Akureyri in November, Vatnajokull National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hella.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Hella

— 3 nights
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Hella is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, and stop by Litla Lopasjoppan.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hella trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Vatnajokull National Park to Hella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Vik

— 6 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Fjadrargljufur Canyon (in Kirkjubaejarklaustur) and Kvernufoss (in Skogar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vik trip maker.

Drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 26:

Geysir

— 3 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar and then soothe aching muscles at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geysir road trip planning website.

Drive from Vik to Geysir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Geysir sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.