8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Hella
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Edmonton

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Reykjavik

— 3 nights
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 National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Edmonton in October: highs in Reykjavik hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hella

— 1 night
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 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hella travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 21st (Thu), kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church. On the next day, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Icelandic Lava Show and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dyrhólaey.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik visit planner.

Getting from Hella to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Vik, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Geysir

— 1 night
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Geysir trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vik to Geysir by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Geysir sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.