17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Keflavik
— 1 night
2
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
3
Vik
— 2 nights
4
Hofn
— 2 nights
5
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
6
Akureyri
— 2 nights
7
Reykjavik
— 4 nights

1
night
Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Giantess in the Mountain and then take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Keflavik road trip planning site.

Stuttgart, Germany to Keflavik is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Stuttgart in August, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Keflavik: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Keflavik

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gunnuhver Hot Springs
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

3
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Step out of the city life by going to Kirkjufell Mountain and Cave Vatnshellir. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and Laki Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Dritvik and Djupalonssandur in Hellnar (about 32 minutes away).

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grundarfjorour trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Keflavik to Grundarfjorour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cave Vatnshellir, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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Laki Tours ©
Laki Tours
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss

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Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 26th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, thenexplore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, thenexplore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, thentrot along with a tour on horseback, and finally get a dose of the wild on Katlatrack Adventure Tours.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Vik in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vik can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Icelandic Lava Show ©
Icelandic Lava Show

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Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Glacier Adventure and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, test the waters at Hoffell Hot Tubs, thentry out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hofn online trip maker.

Drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Glacier Adventure ©
Glacier Adventure
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Hoffell Hot Tubs ©
Hoffell Hot Tubs

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, thendon't miss a visit to Viti Crater, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, thenadmire the sheer force of Hverfjall, and then explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip builder website.

Drive from Hofn to Reykjahlid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

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Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 1st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, thentake an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, thenview the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally relax and float downstream with Viking Rafting. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), indulge in some personalized pampering at Sundlaug Akureyrar, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Akureyri day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Viking Rafting ©
Viking Rafting
Horseback Riding Tours
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get in touch with nature at Reykjadalur Hot Springs and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Grábrók Volcano. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Hveradalir (in Hveragerdi), The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes) and Glanni Waterfall (in Bifrost). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, make a trip to Þúfa, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, and relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, Bifrost, The Settlement Center, Fridheimar, Horseback Riding Tours
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Grábrók Volcano ©
Grábrók Volcano
Horseback Riding Tours
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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