33 days in Iceland Itinerary

33 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Cork
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hella
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Hofn
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
6
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Reykjahlid
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Akureyri
— 7 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Cork

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online road trip planner.

Cork, Ireland to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour flight. In November, Reykjavik is slightly colder than Cork - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Step out of Geysir with an excursion to Gjain in Svartsengi--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Geysir day trip planning website.

Getting from Reykjavik to Geysir by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Geysir are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hella.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Gjain, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

3
nights
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. Change things up with a short trip to Haifoss in Skalholt (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Seljalandsfoss, and learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hella trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Geysir to Hella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hella are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Hekla, Urridafoss Waterfall, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Haifoss
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Change things up with a short trip to Stjornarfoss in Kirkjubaejarklaustur (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, and contemplate the geological forces at Katla Volcano.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vik online travel planner.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Katla Volcano, Reynisdrangar, Stjornarfoss
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon), Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur). The adventure continues: laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, examine the collection at Huldusteinn, explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hofn online trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Hofn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Sveinsstekksfoss
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park trip maker.

You can take a bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

6
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Husavik (Husavikurkirkja, Speed Boats Tours, &more), Faro de Gardur (in Gardur) and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid journey builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December since evenings lows in Reykjahlid dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Faro de Gardur, Selfoss Waterfall, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

7
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akureyri: Varmahlid (Glaumbaer Museum & Víðimýrarkirkja) and The Icelandic Emigration Center (in Hofsos). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Akureyri online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Akureyri sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Varmahlid, The Icelandic Emigration Center
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 21:
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Speed Boats Tours

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