13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
3
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hella
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Montreal

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Reykjavik

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Spend the 25th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Montreal in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 28th (Sat), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri road trip website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Reykjahlid is known for nature and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Vatnajokull National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey and then stroll through Reynisfjara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vik vacation tool.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Hella

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hella trip planning website.

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Hella, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hella

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.