30 days in Iceland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Train to London Gatwick, Fly to Reykjavik
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Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 5 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 3 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Bournemouth

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Reykjavik

— 7 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thingvellir (Oxararfoss, Thingvellir National Park, &more), Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant (in Svartsengi) and Grindavik (Brimketill & Thermal Spas). Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, explore and take pictures at Perlan, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik travel planner.

Bournemouth, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bournemouth in September; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Akureyri

— 5 nights

Capital of North Iceland

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 Siglufjordur (Folk Music Center & Herring Era Museum), Husavik (The Húsavík Whale Museum & The Transportation Museum at Ystafell) and Whale Watching Hauganes (in Hauganes). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, trot along with a tour on horseback, and relax and rejuvenate at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri day trip planning site.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Reykjahlid

— 5 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Go for a jaunt from Reykjahlid to Modrudalur to see Moorudalur Farm about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid route planning tool.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vatnajokull National Park: Jokulsarlon (Fellsfjara & Glacier Lagoon) and Svinafellsjokull Glacier (in Svinafell). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Landmannalaugar

— 2 nights
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar and then stroll through Laugavegur. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Fjallabak Nature Reserve and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Landmannalaugar vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Landmannalaugar. September in Landmannalaugar sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Vik side-trips: Kvernufoss (in Skogar) and Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Fjadrargljufur Canyon & Skaftarstofa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, and contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vik sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Landmannalaugar to Vik in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Geysir

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tee off at Geysir Golf Course, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Gjain, then relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Geysir journey planner.

Drive from Vik to Geysir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Geysir can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.