15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Keflavik
bus:  30​min
1
Grindavik
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Krysuvik, relax and rejuvenate at Blue Lagoon Iceland, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Brimketill, explore the striking landscape at Bridge Between Continents, don't miss a visit to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, then explore the ancient world of Selatangar, then enjoy the sea views from Hopsnes Lighthouse, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Icelandic Saltfish Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grindavik sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Grindavik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Grindavik can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bridge Between Continents, Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant
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Selatangar ©
Selatangar
Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant ©
Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gullfoss - Geysir & Snowmobiling as well as Golden Circle Day Tours. On the 15th (Thu), catch all the local highlights with Gullfoss - Geysir & Snowmobiling, go sightseeing with Golden Circle Day Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and then browse the exhibits of Perlan.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grindavik to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gjain (in Svartsengi) and Haifoss (in Skalholt). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, head outdoors with Fjallhalla Adventurers, take in the natural beauty of Hrunalaug, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Skalholt Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Blaskogabyggd trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Blaskogabyggd takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Blaskogabyggd sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fludir, Fjallhalla Adventurers, Haifoss, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Strokkur
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Fjallhalla Adventurers ©
Fjallhalla Adventurers

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 21st (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. On your second day here, make a trip to Dyrholaey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach.

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

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

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night
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn travel planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss and then explore the activities along Lake Myvatn. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Reykjahlid sightseeing app .

You can drive from Hofn to Reykjahlid in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Landmannalaugar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Landmannalaugar takes 7 hours. August in Landmannalaugar sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Trails
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar
Ljótipollur ©
Ljótipollur

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