48 days in Iceland Itinerary

48 days in Iceland Itinerary

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48 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Keflavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
9
Hofn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Borgarfjordur Eystri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Vopnafjordur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Raufarhofn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Asbyrgi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Husavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
16
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
17
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
18
Grimsey Island
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
19
Siglufjordur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  44​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, take an in-depth tour of Viking World, examine the collection at The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, then see the interesting displays at Duushus Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, then explore the ancient world of Selatangar, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Keflavik day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Keflavik is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sydney to Keflavik, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Keflavik, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 7°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
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The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll ©
Thermal Spas
Viking World ©
Viking World

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit 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, take in the dramatic natural features at Logberg (Law Rock), then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Selfoss trip builder tool .

Drive from Keflavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, Haukadalur, Gljúfrafoss, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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. Step out of the city life by going to Laugavegur and Hekla. Step off the beaten path and head to Haifoss and Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar and explore the activities along Ljótipollur.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Landmannalaugar road trip planning site .

Drive from Selfoss to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Landmannalaugar can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haifoss, Hekla
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Haifoss ©
Haifoss
Hekla ©
Hekla

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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eldheimar and Saeheimar Aquarium. Sagnheimar Folk Museum and Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja) will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Heimaklettur (Home Rock), get impressive views of Eldfell, make a trip to Storhofdi (Great Cape), and examine the collection at Landlyst Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vestmannaeyjar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Landmannalaugar to Vestmannaeyjar takes 4 hours. In September in Vestmannaeyjar, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Heimaey Island
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Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Saeheimar Aquarium ©
Saeheimar Aquarium

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Sólheimajökulll and Reynisdrangar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skogar Museum and Rutshellir Cave. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vik travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Vestmannaeyjar to Vik in 2 hours. In September in Vik, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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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, admire the majestic nature at Skaftarstofa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Minningarkapella ser Jons Steingrimssonar, and finally take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Skaftareldahraun, then admire the striking features of Nupsstadur, then contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, and finally admire the sheer force of Foss a Sidu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Foss a Sidu ©
Foss a Sidu
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Diamond Beach and Hofskirkja Church. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Svinafell (about 50 minutes away).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jokulsarlon trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Jokulsarlon are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hofskirkja Church, Svinafellsjokull Glacier
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park. In September, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafellsjokull ©
Skaftafellsjokull
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire

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Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Hoffellsjokull Glacier. Huldusteinn and The Thorbergur center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Djupivogur (Sveinsstekksfoss & Eggin i Gledivik). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn, and try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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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, get engrossed in the history at East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), then admire the sheer force of Fardagafoss, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seydisfjordur visit planner.

You can drive from Hofn to Seydisfjordur in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Seydisfjordur are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Egilsstadir
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Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Skalanes ©
Skalanes

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Borgarfjordur Eystri

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

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Borgarfjordur Eystri travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Seydisfjordur to Borgarfjordur Eystri in 1.5 hours. October in Borgarfjordur Eystri sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time 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. For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vopnafjordur day trip planning website .

Drive from Borgarfjordur Eystri to Vopnafjordur in 2.5 hours. October in Vopnafjordur sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Raufarhofn.

Things to do in Vopnafjordur

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Folaldafoss Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Bustarfell Museum ©
Bustarfell Museum

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Raufarhofn

Raufarhofn ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Arctic Henge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Raufarhofn itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Vopnafjordur to Raufarhofn takes 2 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toAsbyrgi.
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Arctic Henge ©
Arctic Henge

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Asbyrgi

Asbyrgi ©
To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Asbyrgi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Raufarhofn to Asbyrgi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Faro de Gardur
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Húsavík Whale Museum and Husavikurkirkja. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Active North will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the interesting displays at The Transportation Museum at Ystafell, and take in the dramatic natural features at Rauoanes Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Husavik trip planner.

You can drive from Asbyrgi to Husavik in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Husavik are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors Museums Tours
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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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Askja and then steep yourself in history at Moorudalur Farm.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online route planner .

You can drive from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) and Saurbaejarkirkja. Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Lytingsstadir Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Víðimýrarkirkja in Varmahlid (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and examine the collection at The Aviation Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Akureyri day trip website .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grimsey Island.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Museums Tours

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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Orbis et Globus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grimsey Island trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Akureyri to Grimsey Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Drangey Island, then see the interesting displays at Herring Era Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Folk Music Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Siglufjordur travel route planner.

Getting from Grimsey Island to Siglufjordur by car takes about 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Siglufjordur are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Drangey Island, Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland ©

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