5 days in Iceland Itinerary

5 days in Iceland Itinerary

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5 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Thingvellir
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Fludir
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
4
Selfoss
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Vik
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Selfoss
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grindavik
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You've now added Hallgrimskirkja to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from New York City to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Reykjavik is cooler than New York City - with highs of 46°F and lows of 37°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

1
day
Thingvellir

Thingvellir ©
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Thingvellir National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, admire the landmark architecture of Thingvallakirkja church, take in the dramatic scenery at Oxararfoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and finally admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Thingvellir trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Thingvellir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fludir.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gullfoss Falls, Geysir
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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hours
Fludir

Fludir
To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fludir trip planner .

You can drive from Thingvellir to Fludir in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fludir can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. You will leave for Selfoss on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Fludir

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Selfoss trip planner.

Take a bus from Fludir to Selfoss in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Selfoss can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach, Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

few
hours
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vik trip planner .

Drive from Selfoss to Vik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Vik, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 30th (Wed), you're off toSelfoss.

Things to do in Vik

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
Selfoss

Selfoss
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Selfoss travel route website .

Traveling by car from Vik to Selfoss takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grindavik.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours Outdoors Parks
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hours
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Blue Lagoon has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): boost your wellbeing at Blue Lagoon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grindavik travel route planning site .

Drive from Selfoss to Grindavik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Grindavik, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Spas
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Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon

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