21 days in Iceland Itinerary

21 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Peretola Airport

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Reykjavik

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Thingvellir National Park and Off-Road Tours. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar), Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella) and Kerið (in Selfoss). Spend the 2nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik online trip planner.

Florence, Italy to Reykjavik is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Florence in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Akureyri

— 3 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Salka Whale Watching and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Husavik (The Húsavík Whale Museum, Rauoanes Point, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, head off the coast to Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Akureyri trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Visiting Dettifoss Waterfall and Hverir will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, take in the dramatic natural features at Leirhnjukur, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip site.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park

— 4 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Lagoon and Svartifoss Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vatnajokull National Park: Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park journey maker site.

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Landmannalaugar

— 1 night
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Landmannalaugar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laugavegur, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Landmannalaugar. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 18th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, then get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, and finally stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vik day trip planner.

You can drive from Landmannalaugar to Vik in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Geysir

— 2 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Gjain, relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Geysir trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vik to Geysir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Geysir sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Iceland travel guide

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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.