16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Aspen
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Grundarfjorour
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Aspen

1
day
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kirkjufellsfoss.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grundarfjorour trip planner .

Aspen, USA to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Aspen to Grundarfjorour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 3rd (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip tool .

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Vik in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

2
nights
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 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, then explore the activities along Lac Polaire, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hof itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hof are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Explore hidden gems such as Mud Pots and Krafla Lava Fields. Escape the urban bustle at Hverfjall and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Take a break from Reykjahlid with a short trip to Vesturdalur in Asbyrgi, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

Drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall, Vesturdalur
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Get some cultural insight at Herring Era Museum and Folk Music Center. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to The Húsavík Whale Museum in Husavik (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) and get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Akureyri road trip site .

Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siglufjordur, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Cemetery Holavallagardur will appeal to history buffs. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Hraunfossar (in Husafell), Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Hveragerdi) and Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, and stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik travel planner.

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Hraunfossar, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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