31 days in Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Iceland Itinerary

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31 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gjain.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Blaskogabyggd is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in January, Blaskogabyggd is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Hella (Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall & Litla Lopasjoppan) and Volcano Eyjafjallajokull (in Selfoss). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, get impressive views of Hekla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vik attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Blaskogabyggd to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vik when traveling from Blaskogabyggd in January, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Hella, Hekla, Volcano Eyjafjallajokull
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Change things up with these side-trips from Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Hofn holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Walking tours

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4.5 hours. January in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laugafell
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Faro de Gardur (in Gardur), Husavik (Speed Boats Tours, Husavik Swimming Pool, & more) and Moorudalur Farm (in Modrudalur). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, and make a trip to Viti Crater.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in January since evenings lows in Reykjahlid dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Jokulsargljufur National Park, Moorudalur Farm, Faro de Gardur
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

5
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore Akureyri's surroundings by going to Skagastrond (Kalfshamarsvik & The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond), Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid) and Hofsos (The Icelandic Emigration Center & Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

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You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hofsos, Skagastrond, Víðimýrarkirkja
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Kerið (in Selfoss), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir (Galgaklettur & Thingvellir National Park). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Hradastadir Horse Riding & Farm, Thermal Spas, Kerið
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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