8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Budapest

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thingvellir National Park. Get some historical perspective at Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), tee off at Golfklubburinn Brautarholti, and kick back and relax at Yntri Tunga Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik sightseeing planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Reykjavik is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Budapest to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in May: highs in Reykjavik hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Reykjavik to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Vik sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
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 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftafellsjokull, then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, then stroll through Diamond Beach, and finally explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hof online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. In May in Hof, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull National Park
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd vacation planner.

Getting from Hof to Blaskogabyggd by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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