17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Yellowknife
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h
4
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Hvolsvollur
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Yellowknife

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Keilir (in Keflavik), Grindavik (Thermal Spas & Brimketill) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, don't miss a visit to Perlan, hunt for treasures at Kolaportid Flea Market, and get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik day trip planner.

Yellowknife, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. While traveling from Yellowknife, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindavik, Keilir, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore Akureyri's surroundings by going to Varmahlid (Lytingsstadir Riding Tours & Glaumbaer Museum) and Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi (in Hofsos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, stop by Flora, Akureyri, and get reinvigorated at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa.

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

Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Varmahlid, Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi
Highlights from your plan
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Husavikurkirkja, get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and finally stroll through Krafla Lava Fields.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum

1
night
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Geysir trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjahlid to Geysir takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Geysir are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir
Highlights from your plan
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, get impressive views of Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally make a trip to Dyrhólaey.

Discover how to plan a Vik trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Volcano Eyjafjallajokull
Highlights from your plan
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

4
nights
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". Venture out of the city with trips to Vestmannaeyjar (Sagnheimar Folk Museum & Eldheimar) and Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, get impressive views of Eldfell, stop by Litla Lopasjoppan, and learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvolsvollur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hella, Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island, South Region, Laugavegur
Highlights from your plan
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Eldfell
Eldfell

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