16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Snaefellsbaer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Copenhagen

2
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
On the 8th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Bjarnarfoss and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Snaefellsbaer is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to Snaefellsbaer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Kirkjufell Mountain, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Bjarnarfoss ©
Bjarnarfoss

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Thingvellir National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Settlement Center and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Reykjadalur Hot Springs in Hveragerdi (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin, enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, and admire the sheer force of Hafragilsfoss.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Snaefellsbaer to Reykjavik by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, The Settlement Center, Hafragilsfoss
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vik trip planner .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Vik are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get impressive views of Skaftarstofa, take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, then take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur road trip planning site .

Getting from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

2
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 17th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then get engrossed in the history at The Thorbergur center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, and then examine the collection at Huldusteinn.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hofn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Hoffellsjokull Glacier ©
Hoffellsjokull Glacier
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hverarond and Hverfjall. Get outdoors at Krafla Lava Fields and Mud Pots. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To plan Reykjahlid vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Reykjahlid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 22nd (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, and then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Akureyri Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

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