13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Hella
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Manama

1
day
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. On the 28th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss, then get a tailor-made plan with Southcoast Adventure, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hella day trip site .

Manama, Bahrain to Hella is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Manama to Hella due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manama in July: high temperatures in Hella hover around 14°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Southcoast Adventure ©
Southcoast Adventure
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

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night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Reykjahlid is known for nature and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss, witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. July in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

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night
Akureyri

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 3rd (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Nature Parks
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum (in Hveragerdi) and Strokkur (in Geysir). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online holiday planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, Strokkur, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
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