10 days in North Iceland Itinerary

10 days in North Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  16 h
1
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Varmahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Siglufjordur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Dubai

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery and The Old Farmhouse Laufas will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Brunir Horse and The Industry Museum. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum.

Before you visit Akureyri, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Akureyri is an approximately 23- hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In December, Akureyri is colder than Dubai - with highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Parks Nature
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Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Let the collections at The Húsavík Whale Museum and The Transportation Museum at Ystafell capture your imagination. When in Reykjahlid, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Husavik, approximately Husavik away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, go for a walk through Viti Crater, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik
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Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall

1
night
Varmahlid

Varmahlid ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Víðimýrarkirkja, then take an in-depth tour of Lytingsstadir Riding Tours, then see the interesting displays at Glaumbaer Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Puffin and Friends.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Varmahlid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Varmahlid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Varmahlid, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Siglufjordur.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Puffin and Friends
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Puffin and Friends ©
Puffin and Friends
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours ©
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours

1
night
Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Segull 67, get engrossed in the history at Folk Music Center, and then examine the collection at Herring Era Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Siglufjordur day trip site.

Getting from Varmahlid to Siglufjordur by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Siglufjordur sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Folk Music Center ©
Folk Music Center
Segull 67 ©
Segull 67

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