13 days in North Iceland Itinerary

13 days in North Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Varmahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Siglufjordur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri vacation planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Akureyri is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Lisbon in May, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Akureyri: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Reykjahlid is known for nature and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
Highlights from your plan
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Hverir ©
Hverir

1
night
Varmahlid

Varmahlid ©
On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Tannery Visitor Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with Puffin and Friends, then see the interesting displays at Glaumbaer Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Lytingsstadir Riding Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Víðimýrarkirkja.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Varmahlid attractions tool.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Varmahlid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Varmahlid, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Siglufjordur.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Saudarkrokur
Highlights from your plan
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours ©
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Puffin and Friends ©
Puffin and Friends

1
night
Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Folk Music Center and then see the interesting displays at Herring Era Museum.

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You can drive from Varmahlid to Siglufjordur in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Folk Music Center ©
Folk Music Center

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