10 days in Iceland Itinerary

10 days in Iceland Itinerary

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10 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City


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 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, and finally stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Reyniskirkja Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sólheimajökulll, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then explore the striking landscape at Gljufrafoss, and finally see the interesting displays at Skogasafn.

Before you visit Vik, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New York City, USA to Vik is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Vik, with highs around 38°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then appreciate the history behind Skeioara Bridge Monument, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hof route planning tool .

You can drive from Vik to Hof in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, Diamond Beach
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church
Skeioara Bridge Monument ©
Skeioara Bridge Monument

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 19th (Wed), make a trip to Viti Crater, then identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid itinerary app .

You can drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 6 hours. Traveling from Hof in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Reykjahlid, with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, then view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland, examine the collection at The House of Shark Jorundur, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan).

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri journey planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The House of Shark Jorundur, Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland
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The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland ©

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, examine the collection at Reykjavik Maritime Museum, look for gifts at Nordic Store, then see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, then explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Videy Island, stop by Handknitting Association of Iceland, then look for gifts at 12 Tonar, and finally look for gifts at Orrifinn.

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Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse

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