20 days in Iceland Itinerary

20 days in Iceland Itinerary

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20 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  6 h
1
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Geysir
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Akureyri
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Manchester

7
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Thingvellir National Park and Hallgrimskirkja. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, push the limits with an extreme tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik online tour itinerary builder .

Manchester, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Skogar Museum and Vik Church. Escape the urban bustle at Skogafoss and Black Sand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Skaftarstofa & Fjadrargljufur Canyon). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Dyrhólaey, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vik trip builder tool .

Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Thorbergur center and Huldusteinn. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hofn to Hornafjorour to see Hvalnes Lighthouse about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hofn are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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 7th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Gjain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geysir day trip planner .

Getting from Hofn to Geysir by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Gjain, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Akureyri trip itinerary site .

Getting from Geysir to Akureyri by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

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