18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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18 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Bus:  9 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

10
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Helicopter Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Gunnuhver Hot Springs (in Grindavik), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Hveragerdi). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kleifarvatn, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, take in the dramatic natural features at Geothermal area krysuvik, and get engrossed in the history at Reykjavik Open Air Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planning tool .

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Reykjavik, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Reykjavik, with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Mosfellsbaer, Keflavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, Ring Road, The Settlement Center
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Mink Viking Portrait Studio ©
Mink Viking Portrait Studio
Photography Tours
Kleifarvatn ©
Kleifarvatn

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa, see the interesting displays at The Exploration Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Hofdi, see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Leirhnjukur, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Husavik, Lake Myvatn
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The Transportation Museum at Ystafell ©
Hofdi ©
Hofdi
Thermal Spas

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Reykjahlid in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 35°F in Vatnajokull National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svinafell Glacier
Svinafell Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vik driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

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 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Nauthusagil Waterfall, then look for gifts at UNA Local Product, then contemplate the long history of Keldur, and finally get outside with Hekluhestar.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hvolsvollur trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hella
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Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
Nauthusagil Waterfall ©
Nauthusagil Waterfall
Keldur ©
Keldur

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