16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Thingvellir
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Jokulsarlon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Grindavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Rovaniemi

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Fotografi, Stefan B Chocolatier, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja and then catch all the local highlights with Reykjavik Excursions Northern Lights Tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip site .

London, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Hofdi House ©
Hofdi House
Cemetery Holavallagardur ©
Cemetery Holavallagardur

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn) as well as Godafoss.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri online road trip planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Reykjavik in November since evenings lows in Akureyri dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lofthellir Lava Cave ©
Lofthellir Lava Cave

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kolaportid Flea Market as well as The Living Art Museum. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Living Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik day trip planner.

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Akureyri in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 0°C in Reykjavik. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Shopping
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The Living Art Museum ©
The Living Art Museum
Kolaportid Flea Market ©
Kolaportid Flea Market

1
night
Thingvellir

Thingvellir ©
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Strokkur as well as Fridheimar. On the 17th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Cave People, admire the landmark architecture of Thingvallakirkja church, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Thingvellir online tour planner .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Thingvellir in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Thingvellir, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fridheimar, Strokkur, The Cave People
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
The Cave People ©
The Cave People
Fridheimar ©
Fridheimar

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar, Reynisfjara Beach, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then admire the striking features of Reyniskirkja Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, and finally stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vik road trip planning tool .

Drive from Thingvellir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Svartifoss Waterfall as well as Svinafellsjokull Glacier. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall and then don't miss a visit to Svinafellsjokull Glacier.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jokulsarlon holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Jokulsarlon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You'll set off for Hofn on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Svartifoss Waterfall
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon

1
night
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Vestrahorn has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hofn road trip planning site .

Getting from Jokulsarlon to Hofn by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hofn are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Grindavik.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Museums
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Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Stekkjarkot, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keilir, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kleifarvatn.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Grindavik trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hofn to Grindavik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Grindavik can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trips

Keflavik, Kleifarvatn
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Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon
Stekkjarkot ©
Stekkjarkot
Keilir ©
Keilir

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