21 days in Iceland Itinerary

21 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 day
Drive
2
Hella
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vik
— 1 night
Bus
4
Jokulsarlon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vatnajokull National Park
Drive
6
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive
7
Neskaupstadur
— 1 night
Drive
8
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
9
Husavik
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Isafjordur
— 1 day
Drive to Brjánslækur, Ferry to Stykkisholmur
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Stykkisholmur
— 4 nights
Drive
13
Snaefellsbaer
— 3 nights
Drive
14
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly

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Reykjavik

— 1 day
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip builder website.

Washington, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Reykjavik is 5 hours. When traveling from Washington in October, plan for much colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 46°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 37°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Hella

— 1 night
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. On the 12th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hella attractions planner.

Drive from Reykjavik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
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Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally take in a show at Icelandic Lava Show.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vik journey site.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Jokulsarlon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fellsfjara.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jokulsarlon vacation maker.

Getting from Vik to Jokulsarlon by bus takes about 4 hours. In October in Jokulsarlon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Vatnajokull National Park

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park. October in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 39°F at night. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Hofn

— 1 night
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Hofn trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Neskaupstadur.

Things to do in Hofn

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Neskaupstadur

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History and then get a dose of the wild on Skorrahestar - Riding Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Neskaupstadur, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hofn to Neskaupstadur in 3.5 hours. In October in Neskaupstadur, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Neskaupstadur

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then explore the striking landscape at Hverir, then take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and finally Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Neskaupstadur to Reykjahlid takes 3 hours. In October in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Husavik

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Husavikurkirkja, race across the water with a speed boat tour, then learn more about the world around you at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Rauoanes Point, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take a peaceful walk through Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Husavik attractions site.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Husavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see what you can catch with Whale Watching Hauganes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri itinerary planner.

Getting from Husavik to Akureyri by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Isafjordur

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Arctic Fox Centre, then catch all the local highlights with Amazing Westfjords, and then don't miss a visit to Vestfirdir Tunnel.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isafjordur trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Isafjordur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Akureyri in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Isafjordur, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Stykkisholmur

— 4 nights
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Change things up with these side-trips from Stykkisholmur: Ytri-Raudamelur church (in Borgarfjorour), Eiriksstadir (in Budardalur) and Bifrost (Glanni Waterfall & Grábrók Volcano). There's lots more to do: try out the rides at Stykkisholmur Swimming Pool, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Sugandisey, explore the striking landscape at Eldborg Crater, and get outside with Sugandisey.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Stykkisholmur tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Isafjordur to Stykkisholmur takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Snaefellsbaer

— 3 nights
Take a break from Snaefellsbaer with a short trip to Londrangar in Hellnar, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Stykkisholmur to Snaefellsbaer takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Reykjavik holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Snaefellsbaer to Reykjavik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.

East Region travel guide

4.4
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Waterfalls

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.

Westfjords Region travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Waterfalls · Geologic Formations