13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cranbrook
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Hellnar
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Cranbrook

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at The Settlement Center, head off the coast to Videy Island, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs, then get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik day trip planning site .

Cranbrook, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cranbrook to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cranbrook in September, expect nights in Reykjavik to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Reykjadalur Hot Springs, The Settlement Center
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Perlan ©
Perlan
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at The Industry Museum, then examine the collection at Akureyri Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), then pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Akureyri are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Step out of the city life by going to Hverfjall and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Husavik Whale Museum and Hverarond. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, make a trip to Viti Crater, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Husavik Whale Museum
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Hof vacation planner.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Hof in 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hof are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Skaftafell, Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon Lagoon
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Jokulsarlon Lagoon ©
Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, admire the sheer force of Gljufrafoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hof to Vik takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hellnar.

Things to do in Vik

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Gljufrafoss, Skogasafn
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

1
night
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Budir Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, then make a trip to Ingjaldscholskirkja, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, and finally Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hellnar trip builder .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hellnar takes 4.5 hours. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hellnar

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Ingjaldscholskirkja, Cave Vatnshellir, Budir Church, Olafsvikurkirkja
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

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