18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland tour itinerary planner

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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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2
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
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3
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Reykjahlid
— 1 day
Drive
5
Husavik
— 1 day
Drive
6
Asbyrgi
Drive
7
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive
8
Hofn
— 2 nights
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9
Skogar
— 1 night
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10
Selfoss
— 2 nights
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11
Fludir
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12
Blaskogabyggd
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13
Mosfellsbaer
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Keflavik
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik
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Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Landakotskirkja, try out the rides at Vesturbaejarlaug, then pause for some photo ops at Reykjavik Art Museum Asmundarsafn, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, then see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, then look for gifts at Aurum by Guobjorg Jewellery, and finally awaken your taste buds at Magical Iceland - Food & Wine Tours.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik travel website.

San Francisco, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Reykjavik. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Reykjavik at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Historic Sites

Grundarfjorour

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Malariff Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Svortuloft Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Skardsvik Beach, then make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ingjaldscholskirkja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Baejarfoss, take in breathtaking views at Rauofeldsgja, admire the sheer force of Bjarnarfoss, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lysuholslaug, then kick back and relax at Ytri Tunga Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Grundarfoss Waterfall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grundarfjorour online road trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Grundarfjorour by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Keli Sea Tours and The Industry Museum. Saurbaejarkirkja and Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: center your mind and body at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum, learn more about the world around you at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, and take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Akureyri using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Akureyri in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Reykjahlid

— 1 day
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur, go for a walk through Viti Crater, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, and finally head outdoors with Hofdi.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid journey planner.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Husavik

— 1 day
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Rauoanes Point, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Husavikurkirkja, and then get a new perspective on things with Salka Whale Watching.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Husavik online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Husavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Husavik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asbyrgi.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Asbyrgi

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asbyrgi trip builder app.

You can drive from Husavik to Asbyrgi in an hour. You'll set off for Egilsstadir on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature · Parks

Egilsstadir

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Fardagafoss, and then head outdoors with Austursigling.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Egilsstadir trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Asbyrgi to Egilsstadir in 3 hours. September in Egilsstadir sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hofn

— 2 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, test the waters at Hoffell Hot Tubs, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hofn trip planning app.

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Hofn

Adventure · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Skogar

— 1 night
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Seljavallalaug, then hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then contemplate the long history of Rutshellir Cave, and finally see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Skogar trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Hofn to Skogar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Skogar can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Selfoss

— 2 nights
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get outside with Kalfholt Riding Day Tours, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Iceland Safari - Private Tours, then see the interesting displays at Bobby Fischer Center, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Arnarker Cave. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selfosskirkja, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then examine the collection at The House at Eyrarbakki, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Stokkseyri Swimming Pool.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Selfoss travel planner.

Traveling by car from Skogar to Selfoss takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fludir.

Things to do in Selfoss

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Fludir

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fludir trip maker tool.

Getting from Selfoss to Fludir by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Fludir, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Fludir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Blaskogabyggd

A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Blaskogabyggd trip builder tool.

Blaskogabyggd is just a short distance from Fludir. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Mosfellsbaer on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Mosfellsbaer

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mosfellsbaer attractions planner.

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Mosfellsbaer in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mosfellsbaer can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Keflavik.

Things to do in Mosfellsbaer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Keflavik

— 2 nights
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keilir, and then take an in-depth tour of The Icelandic Saltfish Museum. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hvalsneskirkja, then see the interesting displays at Duushus Museum, and finally cast your line with Anglers.is.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Keflavik journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mosfellsbaer to Keflavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Keflavik can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Reykjavik

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and then see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Keflavik to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.