8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Geysir
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h
3
Husavik
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
day
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, and then tee off at Geysir Golf Course.

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Newark, USA to Geysir is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Geysir due to the time zone difference. In August, Geysir is much colder than Newark - with highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course

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 12th (Mon): stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dyrholaey, then hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip maker app .

Getting from Geysir to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

1
day
Husavik

The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
On the 14th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at The Húsavík Whale Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the striking features of Husavikurkirkja, and finally explore the striking landscape at Rauoanes Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Husavik road trip planning site .

Getting from Vik to Husavik by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Husavik

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Husavikurkirkja ©
Husavikurkirkja

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Reykjavik, make a side trip to see Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik, steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Husavik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ytri Tunga Beach, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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