19 days in Iceland Itinerary

19 days in Iceland Itinerary

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19 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Reykjanes Peninsula
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Borgarnes
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Isafjordur
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Lake Myvatn
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Selfoss
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula ©
Featuring both bizarre and beautiful landscapes, the Southern Peninsula epitomizes the quirks, charm, and otherworldliness of rural Iceland.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods). Keep things going the next day: walk around The Elf Walk in Hellisgerdi Park and then laugh and play at Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Reykjanes Peninsula online holiday planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Reykjanes Peninsula is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Reykjanes Peninsula. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect nights in Reykjanes Peninsula to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Reykjanes Peninsula

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Elf Walk in Hellisgerdi Park, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods), Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer
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Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer ©
Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer

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Borgarnes

Borgarnes ©
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Settlement Center, examine the collection at Borgarnes Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Glymur.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Borgarnes vacation website .

You can drive from Reykjanes Peninsula to Borgarnes in 1.5 hours. In June in Borgarnes, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grábrók Volcano, Glymur, Hraunfossar
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Grábrók Volcano ©
Grábrók Volcano
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
On the 6th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur and then admire the sheer force of Dynjandi (Fjallfoss). On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Arctic Fox Centre and then explore the striking landscape at Latrabjarg Cliffs.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isafjordur trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Borgarnes to Isafjordur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Isafjordur are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Latrabjarg Cliffs, Strokkur, The Arctic Fox Centre, Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
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Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) ©
Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
Latrabjarg Cliffs ©
Latrabjarg Cliffs
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Hlíðarfjall and then take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Aviation Museum and then take a pleasant ride with Pólar Hestar.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Akureyri trip planner.

You can fly from Isafjordur to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Myvatn.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Hlíðarfjall ©
Hlíðarfjall
 Pólar Hestar ©
Pólar Hestar
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

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Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn ©
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna.
Step out of the city life by going to Krafla Lava Fields and Goðafoss Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hverfjall and Lofthellir Lava Cave. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir and explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Myvatn day trip app .

Getting from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Goðafoss Waterfall
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Lofthellir Lava Cave ©
Lofthellir Lava Cave

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nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hofn travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lake Myvatn to Hofn in 6 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon

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Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Visiting Fjadrargljufur Canyon and Dyrhólaey will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mýrdalsjökull and Skogar Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella) and Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park (in Vatnajokull National Park). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach and take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Vik using our trip planner.

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Vik sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon

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Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the activities along Kerið, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Skalholt Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with Nupshestar, relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, and then trot along with Hella Horse Rental.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selfoss itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vik to Selfoss in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Selfoss, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Skalholt Cathedral, Hella Horse Rental, Thingvellir National Park, Fridheimar
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Hella Horse Rental ©
Hella Horse Rental
Nupshestar ©
Nupshestar
Skalholt Cathedral ©
Skalholt Cathedral

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