13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  8​h
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Vienna

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja and then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip planner .

Vienna, Austria to Reykjavik is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Vienna to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Reykjavik is slightly colder than Vienna - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerið
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
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Kerið ©
Kerið

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, then look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and finally kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, admire the striking features of Reyniskirkja Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Skaftarstofa, admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, then admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kirkjubaejarklaustur online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hof travel planning site .

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hof can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get outdoors at Dettifoss and Hverarond. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Krafla Lava Fields and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Step out of Reykjahlid to go to Modrudalur and see Moorudalur Farm, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots, and take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hof to Reykjahlid takes 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Moorudalur Farm
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverir ©
Hverir

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the sheer force of Godafoss, and then contemplate the long history of Saurbaejarkirkja. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

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