17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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17 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Atlanta

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore and learn at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Asgrimur Jonsson Collection (Safn Asgrims Jonssonar). Visit Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Hraunfossar (in Husafell), Borgarnes (The Settlement Center & Borgarnes Museum) and The Cave (in Reykholt). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Laugavegur, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, explore the activities along Kerið, and admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip builder site .

Atlanta, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Atlanta in August, with highs in Reykjavik at 57°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Kerið, Thermal Spas, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Hraunfossar
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Cave ©
The Cave

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dyrhólaey and Mýrdalsjökull. Step out of the city life by going to Reynisfjara Beach and Sólheimajökulll. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Lava Centre (in Hvolsvollur) and Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Fjadrargljufur Canyon & Skaftarstofa). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Vik travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Vik sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Lava Centre
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4 hours. In August in Vatnajokull National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dettifoss Waterfall and Krafla Lava Fields. Step out of the city life by going to Hverir and Hverfjall. Step out of Reykjahlid to go to Husavik and see The Húsavík Whale Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, and don't miss a visit to Viti Crater.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid vacation planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

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Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Goðafoss Waterfall and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Museum-lovers will get to explore Glaumbaer Museum and Brunir Horse. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Akureyri sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Glaumbaer Museum
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Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

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