42 days in Iceland Itinerary

42 days in Iceland Itinerary

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42 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Stykkisholmur
1
Stykkisholmur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Borgarnes
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Blaskogabyggd
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Thingvellir
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Keflavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Selfoss
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
8
Hvolsvollur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Jokulsarlon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h 15​min
15
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
16
Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  43​h
End: Adelaide

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Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur ©
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. On the 5th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stykkisholmskirkja, then see the interesting displays at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Budir Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kirkjufellsfoss, and then take in the awesome beauty at Helgafell.

To find out how to plan a trip to Stykkisholmur, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Keflavik International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grundarfjorour, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Budir Church
Highlights from your plan
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss
Stykkisholmskirkja ©
Stykkisholmskirkja

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Borgarnes

Borgarnes ©
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Borgarnes: Icelandic Seal Center (in Hvammstangi), Glymur (in Akranes) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at The Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Glanni Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grábrók Volcano.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Borgarnes using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stykkisholmur to Borgarnes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Borgarnes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bifrost, Glymur, Icelandic Seal Center, The Cave, Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring
Highlights from your plan
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
The Cave ©
The Cave

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Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Step out of Blaskogabyggd with an excursion to Gjain in Svartsengi--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, and meet the residents at Slakki Petting Zoo.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blaskogabyggd road trip planning site .

Drive from Borgarnes to Blaskogabyggd in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gjain, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir
Highlights from your plan
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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Thingvellir

Thingvellir ©
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Thingvellir is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oxararfoss, make a trip to Galgaklettur, and admire the landmark architecture of Thingvallakirkja church.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thingvellir online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Blaskogabyggd to Thingvellir takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for Reykjavik on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Thingvellir

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Oxararfoss ©
Oxararfoss
Logberg (Law Rock) ©
Logberg (Law Rock)

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Reykjavik is known for historic sites, nightlife, wildlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Thingvellir to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Keflavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Viking World, then take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, then take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Icelandic Saltfish Museum and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Krysuvik.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Keflavik day trip planning website .

Drive from Reykjavik to Keflavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Keflavik can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Keflavik

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Thermal Spas
Krysuvik
Krysuvik

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Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Selfoss trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Keflavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Selfoss are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Hveragerdi
Highlights from your plan
Kerið ©
Kerið
Horseback Riding Tours
Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs

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nights
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 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Lava Centre, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Keldur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, then look for gifts at Seljalandsfoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally get outside with Gljúfrafoss.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvolsvollur trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Selfoss to Hvolsvollur in an hour. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hella, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Landmannalaugar is known for trails, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Laugavegur, explore the activities along Ljótipollur, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and contemplate the geological forces at Hekla.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Landmannalaugar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hvolsvollur to Landmannalaugar takes 2.5 hours. In July in Landmannalaugar, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hekla
Highlights from your plan
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar
Hekla ©
Hekla

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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

Vestmannaeyjar ©
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Storhofdi (Great Cape), contemplate the geological forces at Eldfell, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Saeheimar Aquarium, and finally see the interesting displays at Eldheimar. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heimaklettur (Home Rock), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja), and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Brothers Brewery.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vestmannaeyjar online vacation planner .

You can drive from Landmannalaugar to Vestmannaeyjar in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Vestmannaeyjar are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Heimaey Island
Highlights from your plan
SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary ©
Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Eldfell ©
Eldfell

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Go for a jaunt from Vik to Skogar to see Kvernufoss about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, examine the collection at Skogar Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Vestmannaeyjar to Vik takes 2 hours. July in Vik sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
Highlights from your plan
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kirkjubaejarklaustur is known for nature and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, admire the striking features of Nupsstadur, and explore the striking landscape at Kirkjugolf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Skaftareldahraun ©
Skaftareldahraun
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Svinafellsjokull Glacier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jokulsarlon route planner .

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Jokulsarlon, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hofskirkja Church, Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

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Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Hvalnes Lighthouse and then laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hofn, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. In August in Hofn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Hvalnes Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Walking tours
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

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Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): have fun at Egilsstadir Swimming Pool, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gufufoss, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seydisfjordur travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hofn to Seydisfjordur in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Seydisfjordur are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Egilsstadir Swimming Pool
Highlights from your plan
Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Gufufoss ©
Gufufoss

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