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
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Isafjordur
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Akureyri
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Vik
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Vienna

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 18th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik route tool .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vienna to Reykjavik. In May, Reykjavik is little chillier than Vienna - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Isafjordur

On the 20th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Bolafjall, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then see the interesting displays at The Arctic Fox Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Isafjordur vacation planning site .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Isafjordur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Reykjavik, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Isafjordur, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Arctic Fox Centre, Bolafjall
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The Arctic Fox Centre ©
The Arctic Fox Centre
Bolafjall ©
Bolafjall

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day
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 21st (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Safnasafnid The Folk and Outsider Art Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Godafoss.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri vacation builder app .

Fly from Isafjordur to Akureyri in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Akureyri are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

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

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get outdoors at Dettifoss and Hverarond. Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Mud Pots. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, go for a walk through Viti Crater, and explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)

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nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 25th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, then explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park day trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get impressive views of 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 where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kirkjubaejarklaustur day trip app .

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then stroll through Dyrholaey, and finally stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): Head underground at Rutshellir Cave, then trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vik trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Vik sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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