16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  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.
Shop till you drop at Bonus and Arctic Photo. Grotta Lighthouse and Hvalsneskirkja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Selfoss), Hveragerdi (Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum & Kotstrandarkirkja) and UNA Local Product (in Hvolsvollur). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, expand your horizons at Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery, view the masterpieces at Dead Gallery/Studio, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Reykjavik is an approximately 18- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Port of Spain to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Port of Spain in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, UNA Local Product, 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, then don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, and finally stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, then stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Reykjavik in January since evenings lows in Vik dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

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 take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, and finally admire the sheer force of Systrafoss.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kirkjubaejarklaustur online route planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Diamond Beach, explore the activities along Lac Polaire, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hof online vacation planner.

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hof are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off 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, 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.
Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Krafla Lava Fields will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Viti Crater and Moorudalur Farm. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Hof in January, Reykjahlid is slightly colder at night with lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can 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

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): shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and finally don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, then examine the collection at The Industry Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan).

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Akureyri trip itinerary tool.

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

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan)
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja

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