9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
3
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Grundarfjorour
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Malpensa International Airport

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Dogsledding Iceland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and finally steep yourself in history at Cemetery Holavallagardur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Videy Island, then get engrossed in the history at Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online holiday planner.

Milan, Italy to Reykjavik is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Milan in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip website.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vatnajokull National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, then explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik holiday builder app.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Grundarfjorour

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, then take in the dramatic natural features at Londrangar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grundarfjorour online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Vik to Grundarfjorour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.