20 days in Iceland Itinerary

20 days in Iceland Itinerary

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20 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Durham
+3
train + foot + tram + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Borgarnes
— Few hours
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Isafjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Husavik
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
6
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Egilsstadir
— 3 nights
bus:  9​h
8
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Geysir
— 1 night
12
Grindavik
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 27th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and finally appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik journey planner.

Durham, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Durham in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

few
hours
Borgarnes

Borgarnes ©
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Borgarnes route app .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Borgarnes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Borgarnes can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Glanni Waterfall
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Glanni Waterfall ©
Glanni Waterfall

1
night
Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dynjandi (Fjallfoss).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Isafjordur route builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Borgarnes to Isafjordur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Borgarnes in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Isafjordur: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 47°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
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Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) ©
Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 31st (Wed), look for gifts at Christmas Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Akureyri attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Isafjordur to Akureyri takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Shopping
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Godafoss ©
Godafoss
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

1
day
Husavik

Husavik ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dettifoss as well as Selfoss Waterfall. On the 1st (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss.

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Traveling by car from Akureyri to Husavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Husavik are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dettifoss, Selfoss Waterfall
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Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then go for a walk through Viti Crater, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

You can take a bus from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Viti Crater ©
Viti Crater

3
nights
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gufufoss.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Egilsstadir online journey planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Egilsstadir by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. August in Egilsstadir sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. You will leave for Vatnajokull National Park on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gufufoss
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Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Gufufoss ©
Gufufoss

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Vatnajökull National Park is one of three national parks in Iceland. On the 7th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park route planner .

Take a bus from Egilsstadir to Vatnajokull National Park in 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Svinafellsjokull Glacier. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier and then relax in the rural setting at Nupsstadur.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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

1
day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seljalandsfoss. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vik attractions planning app .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Vik, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

1
night
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 11th (Sun), play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Geysir sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grindavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trip

Gullfoss
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss
Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course

3
nights
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
You've now added Blue Lagoon Iceland to your itinerary. On the 1st (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Krysuvik, then relax and rejuvenate at Blue Lagoon Iceland, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, explore the striking landscape at Bridge Between Continents, make a trip to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, delve into the distant past at Selatangar, then enjoy the sea views from Hopsnes Lighthouse, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Icelandic Saltfish Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grindavik trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Vik to Grindavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Grindavik can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Grindavik

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Reykjanes Peninsula, Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Blue Lagoon Iceland ©
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Bridge Between Continents ©
Bridge Between Continents

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