13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland Trip Planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Húsavík Airport, Drive to Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn
— 1 night
Drive
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Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly
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Isafjordur
— 1 night
Fly
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Borgarnes
— 1 night
Drive
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Selfoss
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hofn
— 1 night
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Drive to Hornafjörður Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Lake Myvatn

— 1 night
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hverir, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Myvatn trip itinerary maker tool.

New York City, USA to Lake Myvatn is an approximately 34-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Lake Myvatn. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Lake Myvatn reach 57°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

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 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, stroll through Hlíðarfjall, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Herring Era Museum and then try out the rides at Swimming Pool Dalvik.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri travel planner.

Drive from Lake Myvatn to Akureyri in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Isafjordur

— 1 night
On the 16th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dynjandi (Fjallfoss).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Isafjordur road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Isafjordur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Akureyri in July, plan for slightly colder days in Isafjordur, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Borgarnes

— 1 night
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at The Settlement Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Grábrók Volcano, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Borgarnes trip planner.

Getting from Isafjordur to Borgarnes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Isafjordur in July: highs in Borgarnes hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Selfoss

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring, then soothe aching muscles at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Keep things going the next day: trot along with Solhestar, then explore and take pictures at The Icelandic Horse Park Fakasel, and then explore the activities along Kerið.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Selfoss trip planner.

Traveling by car from Borgarnes to Selfoss takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Selfoss are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vik online route builder.

Traveling by car from Selfoss to Vik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 22nd (Wed): laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, and then steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hofn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Hofn sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hofn

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.