30 days in Iceland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Reykjavik
— 9 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grundarfjorour
— 4 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Tampa

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Reykjavik

— 9 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Hraunfossar and Lake Tjornin. Explore hidden gems such as Reykjadalur Hot Springs and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Hveradalir (in Olfuss), Horseback Riding Tours (in Selfoss) and The Cave (in Reykholt). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Grábrók Volcano, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Tampa in September, things will get much colder in Reykjavik: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Akureyri

— 4 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Off-Road Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and Glaumbaer Museum. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri vacation maker.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Reykjahlid

— 4 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Visiting Krafla Lava Fields and Hofdi will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, go for a walk through Viti Crater, and see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hofn

— 3 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Step out of the city life by going to Fellsfjara and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vatnajokull and Bakkabud. Change things up with a short trip to Hvalnes Lighthouse in Hornafjorour (about 50 minutes away). It doesn't end there: laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool and explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hofn online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Hofn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Hofn, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Visiting Sólheimajökulll and Fjadrargljufur Canyon will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mýrdalsjökull and Skogar Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Vik side-trips: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Systrafoss & Scenic Green Lava Walk). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, and kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vik tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hofn to Vik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grundarfjorour

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirkjufell Mountain and Cave Vatnshellir. Escape the urban bustle at Kirkjufellsfoss and Grundarfoss Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grundarfjorour: Budir Church (in Budir), Hellnar (Dritvik and Djupalonssandur & Djúpalónssandur beach) and Gatklettur (in Arnarstapi).

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You can drive from Vik to Grundarfjorour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.