13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
4
Vik
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  15 h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Thingvellir National Park and Hallgrimskirkja. Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Hvalsneskirkja will appeal to history buffs. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center), Kerið (in Selfoss) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik travel planner.

Chicago, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Reykjavik to be colder, temps between 57°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Thingvellir, Grindavik, Hvalsneskirkja, Kerið
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Krafla Lava Fields will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Grjotagja Cave and Hverir. Change things up with a short trip to The Húsavík Whale Museum in Husavik (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, and explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 17th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. August in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, thenkick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, thenexplore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire all the interesting features of Dyrhólaey. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, thenexplore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and then explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Vik road trip planning tool.

Getting from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik by bus takes about 5 hours. August in Vik sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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