13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Isafjordur
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
7
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer
On the 8th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Budir Church, explore the stunning scenery at Rauofeldsgja, then Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, then enjoy the sand and surf at Skardsvik Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Snaefellsbaer trip itinerary app .

New York City, USA to Snaefellsbaer is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Snaefellsbaer is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Budir Church, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then trek along Sólheimajökulll, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vik travel route planner.

Drive from Snaefellsbaer to Vik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vik are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hof trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. September in Hof sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Viti Crater, then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid road trip tool .

You can drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 7 hours. Traveling from Hof in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Reykjahlid, with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Hverir ©
Hverir

1
night
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 (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss, and finally steep yourself in history at Saurbaejarkirkja.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

1
day
Isafjordur

On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Arctic Fox Centre, then examine the collection at Hversdagssafn - Museum of Everyday Life, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally examine the collection at The Old Bookstore.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Isafjordur online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Akureyri to Isafjordur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Isafjordur sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Old Bookstore, The Arctic Fox Centre
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Arctic Fox Centre ©
The Arctic Fox Centre
Hversdagssafn - Museum of Everyday Life ©

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Settlement Center and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Borgarnes Museum (in Borgarnes) and Kerið (in Selfoss). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Isafjordur to Reykjavik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Kerið
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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