22 days in Iceland Itinerary

22 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Fly
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Grundarfjorour
— 4 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Reykjavik — 6 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Dogsledding Iceland. Get some cultural insight at Thingvellir National Park and The Settlement Center. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Hvolsvollur (Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss & Lava Centre), Horseback Riding Tours (in Hella) and The Cave People (in Laugarvatn). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Videy Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik online vacation builder.

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjahlid.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Reykjahlid — 3 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Krafla Lava Fields and Hverfjall. Step out of the city life by going to Grjotagja Cave and Lofthellir Lava Cave. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, get outside with Hofdi, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 4 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Húsavík Whale Museum and Glaumbaer Museum. Explore Akureyri's surroundings by going to Husavik (Husavikurkirkja & Husavik Yellow Lighthouse), Saudarkrokur (Puffin and Friends & Grettislaug) and Siglufjordur (Folk Music Center, The Herring Era Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Akureyri Botanical Garden.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akureyri trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Vik.
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Vik — 3 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Visiting Black Sand Beach and Mýrdalsjökull will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sólheimajökulll and Skogar Museum. Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Fjadrargljufur Canyon in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Akureyri to Vik in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Akureyri in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Vik. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grundarfjorour.
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Grundarfjorour — 4 nights

Visiting Kirkjufell Mountain and Laki Tours will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Djúpalónssandur beach and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grundarfjorour: Budakirkja (in Budir) and Snaefellsbaer (Bjarnarfoss & Vatnshellir Cave).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grundarfjorour day trip site.

You can drive from Vik to Grundarfjorour in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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