9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja. On your second day here, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, and then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Akureyri trip planning app .

Newark, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Akureyri is 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in July, expect Akureyri to be much colder, temps between 57°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjahlid, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Hverir ©
Hverir

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vik day trip planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Vik by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kerið. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cemetery Holavallagardur, then explore the galleries of Perlan, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik attractions website .

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerið
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Kerið ©
Kerið

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