9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Grundarfjorour
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Reykjavik
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 15 min
End: Ottawa

1
night
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Baejarfoss, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grundarfjorour attractions planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Olafsvik, Cave Vatnshellir, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Budir Church
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Baejarfoss ©
Baejarfoss

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
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 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Grundarfjorour to Akureyri takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Parks
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The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then go for a walk through Viti Crater, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, and then take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations ©
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Flaajokull Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. August in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire
Flaajokull Glacier ©
Flaajokull Glacier

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

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Getting from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjavik by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Historic Sites
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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