27 days in Iceland Itinerary

27 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Reykjavik
1
Reykjavik
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Reykjavik

8
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Kerið (in Selfoss). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik road trip tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Reykjavik. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Kerið, Alafoss Wool Store
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Sun Voyager

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and finally admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Geysir online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Geysir are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
When in Vik, make a side trip to see Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall in Hella, approximately Hella away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Vik journey planner.

Getting from Geysir to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Reynisdrangar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

3
nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Step out of Kirkjubaejarklaustur to go to Landmannalaugar and see Laugavegur, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, contemplate the geological forces at Skaftarstofa, admire the striking features of Nupsstadur, and steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kirkjubaejarklaustur online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laugavegur
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Laki Craters ©
Laki Craters

2
nights
Hof

Hof
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hof day trip tool.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hof are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull National Park
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with a short trip to The Húsavík Whale Museum in Husavik (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 6.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hof in September since evenings lows in Reykjahlid dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

4
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_ski_the_day_away_in_the_pristine_settings_at Hlíðarfjall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur, take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

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