13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Akureyri
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Husavik
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Dalvik
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 22nd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Yntri Tunga Beach, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Kerið.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online road trip planner .

Pittsburgh, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik is 5 hours. While traveling from Pittsburgh, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Selfoss, Ytri Tunga Beach
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kerið ©
Kerið
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

1
day
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), then examine the collection at The Aviation Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Akureyri attractions planning site .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Aviation Museum ©
The Aviation Museum
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

1
night
Husavik

Husavik ©
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
On the 26th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Husavik attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Husavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church, then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hof online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Husavik to Hof in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in July, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vik trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Hof to Vik in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Vik Church ©
Vik Church

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center, then get your game on at Laugardalslaug, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yntri Tunga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Reykjavik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Dalvik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ytri Tunga Beach, The Settlement Center
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

2
nights
Dalvik

Dalvik ©
Dalvík is the main village of the Icelandic municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð. On the 1st (Thu), make a splash at Swimming Pool Dalvik, sample the tasty concoctions at Bruggsmidjan Kaldi Brewery, and then admire the masterpieces at Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dalvik online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Dalvik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In July in Dalvik, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dalvik

Theme Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trip

Holar Cathedral
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Swimming Pool Dalvik ©
Swimming Pool Dalvik
Holar Cathedral ©
Holar Cathedral
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland ©

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