8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Isparta
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Geysir
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Isparta

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of Reykjavik to go to Thingvellir and see Thingvellir National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner .

Isparta, Turkey to Reykjavik is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Isparta, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Godafoss, then steep yourself in history at Saurbaejarkirkja, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri route planner .

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Akureyri sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Nature Parks
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja

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day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip planning app .

Getting from Akureyri to Vik by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Vik, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

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night
Geysir

Geysir ©
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 19th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geysir trip planner .

You can drive from Vik to Geysir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Geysir, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

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