35 days in Iceland Itinerary

35 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
Reykjavik
— 9 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Hofn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31 h
End: Sydney

9
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir (Galgaklettur, Thingvellir National Park, &more), Kerið (in Selfoss) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Reykjavik at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Ring Road, Glanni Waterfall, Kerið, Hraunfossar
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grjotagja Cave (in Reykjahlid) and Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and get outside with Vindbelgjarfjall.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Akureyri are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Grjotagja Cave, Víðimýrarkirkja
Highlights from your plan
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Akureyri to Vatnajokull National Park. In May, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aldeyjarfoss, Laugafell
Highlights from your plan
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Djupivogur (Bakkabud & Sveinsstekksfoss), Laugarfell (in Egilsstadir) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon, &more). There's much more to do: try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sea views from Hvalnes Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hofn tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn takes 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Djupivogur, Laugarfell, Hvalnes Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Kvernufoss (in Skogar) and Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Systrafoss, Skaftarstofa, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, and hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik vacation planning website.

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Katla Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

2
nights
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stop by Seljalandsfoss, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hekluhestar, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hella trip builder.

Getting from Vik to Hella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
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 17th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geysir trip builder.

You can drive from Hella to Geysir in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir
Highlights from your plan
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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