18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
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Akureyri
— 2 nights
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Reykjahlid
— 1 day
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Husavik
— 1 day
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Asbyrgi
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Egilsstadir
— 1 night
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Hofn
— 2 nights
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Skogar
— 1 night
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Selfoss
— 2 nights
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Fludir
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Blaskogabyggd
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Mosfellsbaer
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Keflavik
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik
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Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 12th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Landakotskirkja, then tour or see a game at Vesturbaejarlaug, then explore the galleries of Reykjavik Art Museum Asmundarsafn, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, then look for gifts at Aurum by Guobjorg Jewellery, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with Magical Iceland - Food & Wine Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get a bit cooler in Reykjavik: highs are around 57°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Grundarfjorour

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Malariff Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Svortuloft Lighthouse, stroll through Skardsvik Beach, make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, then make a trip to Ingjaldscholskirkja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Baejarfoss, explore the stunning scenery at Rauofeldsgja, take in the dramatic scenery at Bjarnarfoss, then take in the natural beauty of Lysuholslaug, then kick back and relax at Ytri Tunga Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grundarfoss Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grundarfjorour online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Grundarfjorour in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Keli Sea Tours and Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa. Get a sense of the local culture at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) and The Aviation Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, examine the collection at Safnasafnid The Folk and Outsider Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Akureyri in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Tours · Nature · Spas
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Reykjahlid

— 1 day
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur, then don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, and finally get outside with Hofdi.

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You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Husavik

— 1 day
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Rauoanes Point, admire the landmark architecture of Husavikurkirkja, and then see majestic marine mammals with Salka Whale Watching.

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Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Husavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Husavik, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Asbyrgi.

Things to do in Husavik

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Asbyrgi

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You can drive from Husavik to Asbyrgi in an hour. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature · Parks
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Egilsstadir

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve, admire the sheer force of Fardagafoss, and then see what you can catch with Austursigling.

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Traveling by car from Asbyrgi to Egilsstadir takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Hofn

— 2 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, test the waters at Hoffell Hot Tubs, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hofn trip builder app.

Drive from Egilsstadir to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hofn are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Skogar

— 1 night
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Seljavallalaug, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Rutshellir Cave, and finally see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Skogar trip planner.

You can drive from Hofn to Skogar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Skogar sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Selfoss.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Selfoss

— 2 nights
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Kalfholt Riding Day Tours, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Iceland Safari - Private Tours, then see the interesting displays at Bobby Fischer Center, and finally Head underground at Arnarker Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selfosskirkja, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at The House at Eyrarbakki, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Stokkseyri Swimming Pool.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Selfoss trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Skogar to Selfoss takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Selfoss are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fludir.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Fludir

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Traveling by car from Selfoss to Fludir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fludir can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Fludir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Blaskogabyggd

A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
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Blaskogabyggd is just a stone's throw from Fludir. In August, daytime highs in Blaskogabyggd are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. You'll set off for Mosfellsbaer on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Mosfellsbaer

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Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Mosfellsbaer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Mosfellsbaer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 26th (Sat), you're off to Keflavik.

Things to do in Mosfellsbaer

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Keflavik

— 2 nights
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, take in the awesome beauty at Keilir, and then get engrossed in the history at The Icelandic Saltfish Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, explore the striking landscape at Brimketill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hvalsneskirkja, then examine the collection at Duushus Museum, and finally see what you can catch with Anglers.is.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Keflavik attractions planner.

Getting from Mosfellsbaer to Keflavik by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Reykjavik

On the 28th (Mon), explore the galleries of Reykjavik Open Air Museum and then see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik day trip planning app.

You can drive from Keflavik to Reykjavik in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Highlights from your trip

Iceland travel guide

4.5
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.

Lake Myvatn travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous.