13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
3
Skogar
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Monterrey

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Iceland and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). For shopping fun, head to Laugavegur or JS Watch Company. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, hunt for treasures at Kolaportid Flea Market, get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Monterrey to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
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 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Saurbaejarkirkja, take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, and finally view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Brunir Horse.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri road trip website .

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Akureyri are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Skogar.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Shopping Parks
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Brunir Horse ©
Brunir Horse
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

3
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Get in touch with nature at Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. Popular historic sites such as Vik Church and Rutshellir Cave are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Eldheimar in Vestmannaeyjar (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, stop by Seljalandsfoss, and take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Skogar trip planner .

Getting from Akureyri to Skogar by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akureyri in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Skogar. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Eldheimar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Seljalandsfoss
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blaskogabyggd travel route tool .

Getting from Skogar to Blaskogabyggd by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Blaskogabyggd can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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