51 days in Iceland Itinerary

51 days in Iceland Itinerary

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51 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
1
Reykjavik
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Borgarnes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Stykkisholmur
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Isafjordur
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Husavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Lake Myvatn
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Egilsstadir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Hvolsvollur
— 4 nights
Bus:  45​min
12
Selfoss
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Reykjavik

11
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Videy Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grotta Lighthouse and Domkirkjan. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi) and Gunnuhver Hot Springs (in Grindavik). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, take a memorable excursion with Basecamp Iceland, steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and take a pleasant ride with Laxnes Horse Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Reykjavik. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mosfellsbaer, The Viking Village, Gullfoss Falls, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods), Kleifarvatn
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Videy Island ©
Videy Island
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Laxnes Horse Farm ©
Laxnes Horse Farm

3
nights
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). Get a sense of the local culture at The Settlement Center and Borgarnes Museum. Get in touch with nature at Hraunfossar and Glymur. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Borgarnes: Húsafell sundlaug (in Husafell) and Snorrastofa (in Reykholt). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, see the interesting displays at Puppet Museum of Bruduheimar, and stop by Ljomalind Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Borgarnes trip planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Borgarnes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Borgarnes are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur ©
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Get in touch with nature at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and Helgafell. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dritvik and Djupalonssandur and Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Stykkisholmskirkja, steep yourself in history at Norska Husio, and examine the collection at Volcano Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Stykkisholmur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Borgarnes to Stykkisholmur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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Helgafell ©
Helgafell
Stykkisholmskirkja ©
Stykkisholmskirkja
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

3
nights
Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
Escape the urban bustle at Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) and Simbahollin Bike and Horse Rental. Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft and Osvor Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Isafjordur side-trips: Strokkur (in Geysir) and Latrabjarg Cliffs (in Latrabjarg).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Isafjordur trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Stykkisholmur to Isafjordur takes 5.5 hours. In May in Isafjordur, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Simbahollin Bike and Horse Rental, Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, Strokkur, Osvor Maritime Museum, Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
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Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) ©
Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
Latrabjarg Cliffs ©
Latrabjarg Cliffs

6
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Viking Rafting - Day Trips and IceAk - Super Jeep Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Local Guide of Vatnajokull and Skjaldarvik Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Akureyri side-trips: Herring Era Museum (in Siglufjordur) and Dalvik (Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland & Swimming Pool Dalvik). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with Pólar Hestar, take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, examine the collection at Akureyri Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To plan Akureyri vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Isafjordur to Akureyri by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. May in Akureyri sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Dalvik, Herring Era Museum, Local Guide of Vatnajokull
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Hlíðarfjall ©
Hlíðarfjall
Viking Rafting - Day Trips ©
Viking Rafting - Day Trips
IceAk - Super Jeep Tours ©
IceAk - Super Jeep Tours

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Selfoss Waterfall and then see the interesting displays at The Exploration Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_appreciation_for_local_ecosystems_through North Sailing, then trot along with Saltvík Horse Rental, and then deepen your understanding at The Húsavík Whale Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Husavik trip builder tool .

You can drive from Akureyri to Husavik in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. June in Husavik sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Lake Myvatn.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Selfoss Waterfall
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Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
North Sailing ©
North Sailing

5
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Hverfjall. Take a break from the city and head to Krafla Lava Fields and Lofthellir Lava Cave. Step out of Lake Myvatn with an excursion to Goðafoss Waterfall in Akureyri--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Askja, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, and Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Myvatn road trip app .

Drive from Husavik to Lake Myvatn in an hour. In June in Lake Myvatn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Goðafoss Waterfall
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

2
nights
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about all things military at Icelandic Wartime Museum, then head outdoors with Meleyri, and then browse the exhibits of Petra Stone Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Skriduklaustur, get answers to all your questions at Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center, and then get engrossed in the history at East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Egilsstadir trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Lake Myvatn to Egilsstadir in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Icelandic Wartime Museum, Petra Stone Collection, Meleyri
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Skriduklaustur ©
Skriduklaustur
Icelandic Wartime Museum ©
Icelandic Wartime Museum
Petra Stone Collection ©
Petra Stone Collection

2
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Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar and then try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hofn trip planner.

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajokull, Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar ©
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon

4
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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fjadrargljufur Canyon and Seljavallalaug. Take a break from the city and head to Mýrdalsjökull and Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Step out of Vik to go to Landmannalaugar and see Laugavegur, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vik are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park, Laugavegur
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur

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Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Explore hidden gems such as Haifoss and Skogar Museum. Get outdoors at Hella Horse Rental and Volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Take a break from Hvolsvollur with a short trip to Ljótipollur in Landmannalaugar, about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Hekluhestar and see the interesting displays at Saga Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hvolsvollur trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Hvolsvollur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Hvolsvollur sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Selfoss.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hella, Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, Skogar Museum, Haifoss, Ljótipollur
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Haifoss ©
Haifoss
Hella Horse Rental ©
Hella Horse Rental
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Solhestar and The Icelandic Horse Park Fakasel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nupshestar and The Ghost Centre. Explore Selfoss' surroundings by going to Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths (in Laugarvatn), Reykholt (Fridheimar & Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Skalholt Cathedral, explore the activities along Kerið, admire the masterpieces at LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga, and get all the information you need at Geothermal Exhibition.

Planning Selfoss trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Selfoss by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fludir, Hveragerdi, Reykholt, The Ghost Centre, Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths
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The Icelandic Horse Park Fakasel ©
The Icelandic Horse Park Fakasel
Nupshestar ©
Nupshestar
Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring ©
Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring

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