13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Vik
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Hraunfossar and Laugavegur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center) and Kerið (in Selfoss). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online journey builder .

Chicago, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 57°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Grindavik, Thingvellir, Hraunfossar, Gullfoss Falls
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dettifoss Waterfall and Lake Myvatn. Get in touch with nature at Hverir and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Change things up with a short trip to The Húsavík Whale Museum in Husavik (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, and go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjahlid, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Hverir ©
Hverir

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. August in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

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nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vik trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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