48 days in Iceland Itinerary

48 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Keflavik
— 3 nights
2
Selfoss
— 3 nights
3
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
4
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 3 nights
5
Vik
— 3 nights
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
7
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
8
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
9
Hofn
— 4 nights
10
Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
11
Borgarfjordur Eystri
— 1 night
12
Vopnafjordur
— 2 nights
13
Raufarhofn
— 1 night
14
Asbyrgi
— 2 nights
15
Husavik
— 2 nights
16
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
17
Akureyri
— 5 nights
18
Grimsey Island
— Few hours
19
Siglufjordur
— 2 nights

3
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Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the 11th (Fri), make a trip to Bridge Between Continents, take an in-depth tour of Viking World, thenexamine the collection at Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, thensee the interesting displays at Duushus Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Keflavik Maritime Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, explore the ancient world of Selatangar, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Keflavik online route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Keflavik is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Keflavik are colder (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Selfoss.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Grindavik, Hvalsneskirkja, Garoskagi Lighthouse, Bridge Between Continents, Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Thermal Spas
Viking World ©
Viking World

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock), thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally stop by Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Selfoss day trip planning website.

You can drive from Keflavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Gljúfrafoss, Haukadalur, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Escape the urban bustle at Laugavegur and Hekla. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haifoss and Fjallabak Nature Reserve. There's more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar and contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Landmannalaugar trip maker.

You can drive from Selfoss to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. September in Landmannalaugar sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hekla, Haifoss
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Haifoss ©
Haifoss
Ljótipollur ©
Ljótipollur

3
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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

Vestmannaeyjar ©
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. Escape the urban bustle at Heimaklettur (Home Rock) and Herjolf's Valley (Herjolfsdalur). Eldheimar and Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja) will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Sagnheimar Folk Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, contemplate the geological forces at Eldfell, and make a trip to Storhofdi (Great Cape).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vestmannaeyjar trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Landmannalaugar to Vestmannaeyjar. In September in Vestmannaeyjar, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heimaey Island
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Sagnheimar Folk Museum ©
Sagnheimar Folk Museum
Heimaklettur (Home Rock) ©
Heimaklettur (Home Rock)

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Reyniskyrka Church and Rutshellir Cave are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Sólheimajökulll and Reynisdrangar. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik trip maker app.

Traveling by taxi from Vestmannaeyjar to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Vik, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
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Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minningarkapella ser Jons Steingrimssonar, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Skaftareldahraun, admire the striking features of Nupsstadur, thencontemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, and finally admire the sheer force of Foss a Sidu.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Foss a Sidu ©
Foss a Sidu

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Diamond Beach and Hofskirkja Church. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Svinafell (about 58 minutes away).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jokulsarlon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Hofskirkja Church
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park. In September, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Svinafell Glacier
Svinafell Glacier
Skaftafellsjokull ©
Skaftafellsjokull

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Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Hoffellsjokull Glacier. Hvalnes Lighthouse and Huldusteinn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hofn: Djupivogur (Sveinsstekksfoss & Eggin i Gledivik). There's still lots to do: try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn, and admire the masterpieces at The Thorbergur center.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Hvalnes Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

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Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Skalanes, take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), thenadmire the sheer force of Fardagafoss, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seydisfjordur Church.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seydisfjordur trip planner.

You can drive from Hofn to Seydisfjordur in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Egilsstadir
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Skalanes ©
Skalanes

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night
Borgarfjordur Eystri

Borgarfjordur Eystri ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the activities along Raudamelsolkelda and then trek along Storurd.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Borgarfjordur Eystri trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Seydisfjordur to Borgarfjordur Eystri in 1.5 hours. In October in Borgarfjordur Eystri, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vopnafjordur.

Things to do in Borgarfjordur Eystri

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Storurd ©
Storurd

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Vopnafjordur

Vopnafjordur ©
Vopnafjörður is a village and municipality in Northeast Iceland, standing on a peninsula in the middle of a mountainous bay by the same name. To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Vopnafjordur travel planning tool.

You can drive from Borgarfjordur Eystri to Vopnafjordur in 2.5 hours. In October in Vopnafjordur, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raufarhofn.

Things to do in Vopnafjordur

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Folaldafoss Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Minjasafnio a Bustarfelli - Bustarfell Museum ©

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Raufarhofn

Raufarhofn ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Arctic Henge.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Raufarhofn trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Vopnafjordur to Raufarhofn in 2 hours. You will leave for Asbyrgi on the 11th (Sun).
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Arctic Henge ©
Arctic Henge

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Asbyrgi

Asbyrgi ©
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Asbyrgi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Raufarhofn to Asbyrgi takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Faro de Gardur
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Faro de Gardur ©
Faro de Gardur

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Húsavík Whale Museum and The Exploration Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Thermal Spas and Active North. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Rauoanes Point, admire the landmark architecture of Husavikurkirkja, and examine the collection at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Husavik trip planner.

You can drive from Asbyrgi to Husavik in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Husavik can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors Museums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Horseback Riding Tours
Speed Boats Tours

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Askja and then steep yourself in history at Moorudalur Farm.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid online travel route builder.

Getting from Husavik to Reykjahlid by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Moorudalur Farm
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Askja ©
Askja
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hofdi ©
Hofdi

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Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lytingsstadir Riding Tours and The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland. Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Akureyri to Varmahlid to see Víðimýrarkirkja about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan).

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri day trip site.

Getting from Reykjahlid to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Akureyri sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Grimsey Island.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Varmahlid
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Off-Road Tours
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours ©
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours

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Grimsey Island

Grimsey Island ©
On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Orbis et Globus.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grimsey Island online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by taxi from Akureyri to Grimsey Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siglufjordur.
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Orbis et Globus ©
Orbis et Globus

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Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Drangey Island, examine the collection at Herring Era Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Folk Music Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Siglufjordur trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Grimsey Island to Siglufjordur in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Siglufjordur are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland, Drangey Island
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Folk Music Center ©
Folk Music Center
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland ©
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland

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