9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland journey planner

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Reykjavik
— 1 night
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Svinafell
— 1 night
Drive
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Hofn
— 1 night
Drive
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Borgarfjorour
— 1 night
Drive
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
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Blonduos
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 1 night

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ The King Cathedral, see Off-Road Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Icelandic Phallological Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Reykjavik. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

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Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Skogar Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Icelandic Lava Show, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church.

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You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vik when traveling from Reykjavik in December, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Svinafell.

Things to do in Vik

Nature · Parks · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Svinafell

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Adventure Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, and then explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Svinafell sightseeing website.

Drive from Vik to Svinafell in 2 hours. December in Svinafell sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Svinafell

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Hofn

— 1 night
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hofn trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Svinafell to Hofn takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Borgarfjorour.

Things to do in Hofn

Theme Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Borgarfjorour

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Borgarfjorour trip site.

Getting from Hofn to Borgarfjorour by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Hofn in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Borgarfjorour, with lows around -5°C. You will leave for Akureyri on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Borgarfjorour

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), take an in-depth tour of Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, and then see majestic marine mammals with Keli Sea Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri travel route planning website.

You can drive from Borgarfjorour to Akureyri in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blonduos.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Blonduos

— 1 night
Blönduós is a town and municipality in the north of Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Icelandic salmon center, examine the collection at Textile Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at Blonduos Sports Centre. On your second day here, head outdoors with Iceland Horse Tours, then get outside with Kalfshamarsvik, and then don't miss a visit to The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Blonduos trip planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Blonduos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Blonduos

Museums · Outdoors · Spas · Tours

Side Trips

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gljufrasteinn - Laxness Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Langjokull Glacier, and then see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Blonduos to Reykjavik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Iceland travel guide

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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.