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
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Husavik
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, and finally admire the sheer force of Gullfoss.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Geysir road trip planning tool .

Newark, USA to Geysir is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in Geysir at 57°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

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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): take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss, then Head underground at Rutshellir Cave, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik holiday builder website .

Getting from Geysir to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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night
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 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hof trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hof are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Svartifoss Waterfall
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then admire the landmark architecture of Husavikurkirkja, then have fun at Husavik Swimming Pool, and finally explore the striking landscape at Rauoanes Point.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Husavik trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hof to Husavik in 7.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Husavik

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

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Husavik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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