43 days in Iceland Itinerary

43 days in Iceland Itinerary

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43 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Borgarnes
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Varmahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Husavik
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Egilsstadir
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Hofn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Selfoss
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Lisbon

8
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Grindavik (Thermal Spas & Selatangar) and Thingvellir (Oxararfoss, Thingvellir National Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online travel route planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Grindavik, Hradastadir Horse Riding & Farm
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Thermal Spas

5
nights
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: Reykholt (Barnafoss & The Cave), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Hraunfossar Lava Waterfall (in Hraunfossar). The adventure continues: stroll through Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, take an in-depth tour of The Settlement Center, make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, and see the interesting displays at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Borgarnes trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Borgarnes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Borgarnes are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Snaefellsbaer, Reykholt, Stykkisholmur, Hraunfossar Lava Waterfall, Glanni Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
The Cave ©
The Cave

4
nights
Varmahlid

Varmahlid ©
Explore Varmahlid's surroundings by going to Illugastaoir Farm (in Bifrost), Hvammstangi (Kolugljufur Waterfall & Icelandic Seal Center) and Hvitserkur (in Vatnsnes).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Varmahlid journey planner.

Traveling by car from Borgarnes to Varmahlid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Varmahlid sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Skagastrond, Hvammstangi, Hofsos, Illugastaoir Farm, Monumento a Stephan Stephansson
Highlights from your plan
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Hvitserkur ©
Hvitserkur
Icelandic Seal Center ©
Icelandic Seal Center

4
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and play a few rounds at Akureyri Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Akureyri day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Varmahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Akureyri sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Vindbelgjarfjall
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

5
nights
Husavik

Husavik ©
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
Get out of town with these interesting Husavik side-trips: Faro de Gardur (in Gardur), Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi) and Hafragilsfoss (in Vatnajokull National Park). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Husavik tour website .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Husavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Husavik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Husavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall, Faro de Gardur, Hafragilsfoss, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Highlights from your plan
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

4
nights
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Egilsstadir: Skalanes (in Seydisfjordur), Bustarfell Museum (in Vopnafjordur) and Moorudalur Farm (in Modrudalur).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Egilsstadir road trip planning site .

Getting from Husavik to Egilsstadir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Egilsstadir can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seydisfjordur, Faskrudsfjordur, Breiddalsvik, Moorudalur Farm, Bustarfell Museum
Highlights from your plan
Skalanes ©
Skalanes
Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church

4
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hofn: Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach), Svinafellsjokull Glacier (in Svinafell) and Svartifoss Waterfall (in Skaftafell). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Bakkabud, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the sheer force of Sveinsstekksfoss.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hofn online trip maker .

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Hofn, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Jokulsarlon, Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Svartifoss Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 26th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, go for a walk through Scenic Green Lava Walk, and then contemplate the geological forces at Laki Craters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkjugolf, and finally steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Hofn to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Laki Craters ©
Laki Craters
Skaftareldahraun ©
Skaftareldahraun

6
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Selfoss: Strokkur (in Geysir), Blaskogabyggd (Gullfoss Falls & Haukadalur) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach.

For ratings and tourist information, read Selfoss trip app .

Drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Selfoss in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Selfoss are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Blaskogabyggd, Hvolsvollur, Hella, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

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