44 days in Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

44 days in Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hvolsvollur
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Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Vik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 1 night
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Landmannalaugar, Iceland
— 1 night
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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 6 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 10 nights
Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 12 nights
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Hvolsvollur, Iceland

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". On the 5th (Sun), stop by Seljalandsfoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and then take an unforgettable tour with Southcoast Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Dogsledding Iceland, then admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and finally admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvolsvollur online tour itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. In September, Hvolsvollur is colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Vik, Iceland

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step out of the city life by going to Black Sand Beach and True Adventure. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Reyniskyrka Church and Rutshellir Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Systrafoss, Skaftarstofa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip planner.

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Vik by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with Riding Tours South Iceland, admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd attractions planner.

Getting from Vik to Blaskogabyggd by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur, then go for a walk through Landmannalaugar, and then hike along Laugavegur.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Landmannalaugar trip itinerary website.

Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vatnajokull National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Landmannalaugar to Vatnajokull National Park. In September, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature

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Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Dettifoss Waterfall and Hverir. Take a break from Reykjahlid with a short trip to Moorudalur Farm in Modrudalur, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja, and explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Reykjahlid, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Akureyri, Iceland

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Head to Flora, Akureyri and Brunir Horsefor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Whale Watching Hauganes and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Rauoanes Point (in Husavik), Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland (in Dalvik) and Jokulsargljufur National Park (in Asbyrgi). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, get outside with Aldeyjarfoss, and see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum.

Discover how to plan a Akureyri trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Head to Laugavegur and Kolaportid Flea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi), Grindavik (Gunnuhver Hot Springs & Thermal Spas) and Thingvellir (Oxararfoss, Thingvellir National Park, &more). Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, explore the activities along Kerið, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Ankkapurha Cultural Park (in Anjala) and Porvoo (Castle Hill, Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, &more). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker.

Fly from Reykjavik to Helsinki in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki is 2 hours. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.