13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hellnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reykjadalur Hot Springs and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reykjavik Open Air Museum and The Settlement Center. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Tales from Iceland, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip site .

Newark, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Newark to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Reykjavik is cooler than Newark - with highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gunnuhver Hot Springs, The Settlement Center, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Horseback Riding Tours
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
Escape the urban bustle at Djúpalónssandur beach and Berserkjahraun. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skardsvik Beach and Ingjaldscholskirkja. Change things up with these side-trips from Hellnar: Sugandisey (in Stykkisholmur) and Olafsvikurkirkja (in Olafsvik).

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Drive from Reykjavik to Hellnar in 3 hours. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snaefellsbaer, Sugandisey, Ingjaldscholskirkja, Olafsvikurkirkja
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Berserkjahraun ©
Berserkjahraun
Lysuholslaug ©
Lysuholslaug

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
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 19th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum, and then get reinvigorated at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hellnar to Akureyri in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Spas
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Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa
The Aviation Museum ©
The Aviation Museum
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then examine the collection at The Exploration Museum, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Askja.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Husavik
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Horseback Riding Tours
Askja ©
Askja
Thermal Spas

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vik trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjahlid to Vik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Skogar
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Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Keldur, examine the collection at Saga Center, then admire the sheer force of Nauthusagil Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hvolsvollur route builder .

You can drive from Vik to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Keldur
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Nauthusagil Waterfall ©
Nauthusagil Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Keldur ©
Keldur

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