9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland visit planner

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Grundarfjorour
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Grundarfjorour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Bus
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly

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Grundarfjorour

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Laki Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, then examine the collection at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Grundarfoss Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, then kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, and finally don't miss a visit to Olkelda Mineral Spring.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grundarfjorour trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Grundarfjorour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show.

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Traveling by car from Grundarfjorour to Vik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Vik sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Vatnajokull National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 4.5 hours. In August in Vatnajokull National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks

Reykjahlid

— 2 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, make a trip to Viti Crater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Hofdi, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. In August, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Akureyri trip planning website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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 22nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip app.

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.