16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 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
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery. Head to Una Local Store and Arctic Photofor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Hveragerdi (Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum & Kotstrandarkirkja), Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Selfoss). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take a stroll through Laugavegur.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik road trip planning tool .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Reykjavik is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Port of Spain to Reykjavik. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Port of Spain in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, UNA Local Store, Hvalsneskirkja
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Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, then don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane, and finally look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vik trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, Vik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, then identify plant and animal life at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then get impressive views of Skaftarstofa, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss.

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Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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

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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then explore the activities along Lac Polaire, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hof vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hof can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Diamond Beach
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dettifoss and Moorudalur Farm. Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Krafla Lava Fields will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots, and go for a walk through Viti Crater.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 7 hours. Traveling from Hof in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Reykjahlid, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough 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
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

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 10th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, then admire the sheer force of Godafoss, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and finally don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akureyri are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©

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