16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h
1
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Vik
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Snaefellsbaer
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
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 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri holiday website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Akureyri is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Akureyri. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in September, with highs in Akureyri at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, then explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots, then take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and finally go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Reykjahlid route maker tool .

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Hof.

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

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
On the 17th (Tue), make a trip to Diamond Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hof trip website .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Hof in 6 hours. In September in Hof, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Reynisfjall. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik online tour planner .

You can drive from Hof to Vik in 2 hours. In September in Vik, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

Vestmannaeyjar ©
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Saeheimar Aquarium, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja), then trek along Heimaklettur (Home Rock), and finally examine the collection at Eldheimar.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Vestmannaeyjar road trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Vik to Vestmannaeyjar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hella.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja)
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Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Heimaklettur (Home Rock) ©
Heimaklettur (Home Rock)

1
night
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre, then look for gifts at Una Local Store, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hella trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Vestmannaeyjar to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Hella sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Hella

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Una Local Store ©
Una Local Store

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
The Settlement Center and Tales from Iceland will appeal to museum buffs. Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Cemetery Holavallagardur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Horseback Riding Tours (in Selfoss), Gunnuhver Hot Springs (in Grindavik) and Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Hveragerdi). There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Videy Island and explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Hella to Reykjavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Horseback Riding Tours, The Settlement Center
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Budir Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Snaefellsbaer road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Snaefellsbaer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Olafsvikurkirkja, Budir Church, Kirkjufell Mountain
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

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