11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  20​h
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by Orrifinn, then take in the exciting artwork at Arctic Photo, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bonus. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), get a taste of the local shopping with Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Reykjavik planner .

Phoenix, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 7 hours. While traveling from Phoenix, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Skogar Museum and Rutshellir Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Reynisfjara Beach and Black Sand Beach. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vik sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Reykjavik in December since evenings lows in Vik dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

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Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Kirkjugolf, take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, then take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then get impressive views of Skaftarstofa, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur vacation website .

Drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Kirkjugolf ©
Kirkjugolf

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see maps and tourist information, read Reykjahlid travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Reykjahlid takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

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night
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 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Saurbaejarkirkja, admire the sheer force of Godafoss, stop by Flora, Akureyri, then view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Matthiasarhus.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Akureyri planner .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Akureyri sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja

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