20 days in Iceland Itinerary

20 days in Iceland Itinerary

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20 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
2
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hvolsvollur
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Keflavik Maritime Center (in Keflavik), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Plan my day in Reykjavik using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Toronto, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. December in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Keflavik Maritime Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, wildlife, parks, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, and look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Akureyri journey planner .

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, Akureyri is a bit cooler at night with lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, and then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Akureyri to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Akureyri in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 0°C in Vatnajokull National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hofn: Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon, & more) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and examine the collection at Huldusteinn.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hofn trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. In December in Hofn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Blaskogabyggd in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bruarfoss Waterfall, Strokkur, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

4
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Venture out of the city with trips to Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar), Vik (Sólheimajökulll, Black Sand Beach, & more) and Skogar (Skogafoss, Skogar Museum, & more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Keldur, contemplate the geological forces at Hekla, and examine the collection at Lava Centre.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hvolsvollur online trip maker .

Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hvolsvollur, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Vik, South Region, Laugavegur, Keldur
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

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