22 days in Iceland Itinerary

22 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Snaefellsbaer
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Snaefellsbaer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus
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Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 7 nights
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Snaefellsbaer — 3 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Budakirkja and Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. Get in touch with nature at Vatnshellir Cave and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur. When in Snaefellsbaer, make a side trip to see Londrangar Basalt Cliffs in Hellnar, approximately Hellnar away.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Snaefellsbaer trip maker.

Sydney, Australia to Snaefellsbaer is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Snaefellsbaer. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 3 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Goðafoss Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akureyri: The Herring Era Museum (in Siglufjordur) and The Húsavík Whale Museum (in Husavik). There's much more to do: test the waters at Akureyri Swimming Pool, view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Akureyri tour builder tool.

Drive from Snaefellsbaer to Akureyri in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 3 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Hverfjall and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Selfoss Waterfall and Skutustaoagigar. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, go for a walk through Viti Crater, take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip maker app.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.
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Vatnajokull National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Reykjahlid in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vatnajokull National Park, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sólheimajökulll and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Visiting Black Sand Beach and Mýrdalsjökull will get you outdoors. Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Skaftarstofa in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik by bus takes about 4.5 hours. October in Vik sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.
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Reykjavik — 7 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Hraunfossar and Dogsledding Iceland. Explore hidden gems such as Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Bruarfoss Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thingvellir (Oxararfoss & Thingvellir National Park), Glanni Waterfall (in Bifrost) and The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Blue Lagoon.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly 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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