17 days in Iceland & Riyadh Itinerary

17 days in Iceland & Riyadh Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
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Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
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Landmannalaugar, Iceland
— 1 night
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Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights

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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Spend the 17th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and examine the collection at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Reykjavik is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Riyadh to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. In August, Reykjavik is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjahlid.

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Reykjahlid, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Krafla Lava Fields and then take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid tour builder website.

Fly from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Akureyri, Iceland

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): cast your line with Whale Watching Hauganes and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akureyri vacation maker site.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Akureyri sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

— 1 night
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. On the 24th (Tue), hike along Laugavegur, then take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Landmannalaugar travel route planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Landmannalaugar in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Vik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dyrhólaey and then contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and then stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik visit planning app.

Getting from Landmannalaugar to Vik by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Nightlife

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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 27th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Blaskogabyggd trip planning site.

You can drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Blaskogabyggd can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Riyadh.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature · Parks

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 3 nights
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Riyadh is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Kingdom Centre Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, and walk around King Abdullah Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Riyadh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Blaskogabyggd to Riyadh takes 14.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Blaskogabyggd to Riyadh. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Blaskogabyggd in August: high temperatures in Riyadh hover around 49°C and lows are around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Iceland travel guide

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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.