31 days in Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Bus to Geysir
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Geysir
— 1 night
Drive
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Hella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 5 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 11 nights
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Geysir — 1 night

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 1st (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Slakki Petting Zoo. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, then take in the natural beauty of Blesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geysir trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Geysir is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Geysir reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hella.
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Hella — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and finally test the waters at Thermal Pool Hvolsvollur. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Litla Lopasjoppan, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then Head underground at Caves of Hella.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hella online day trip planner.

You can drive from Geysir to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Geysir in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hella, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.
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Vik — 4 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Laufskalavarda in Kerlingarfjoll, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Vik, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hofn.
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Hofn — 3 nights

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Djupivogur (Gallery Freevilli, Sveinsstekksfoss, &more) and Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon & Fellsfjara). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, and test the waters at Hoffell Hot Tubs.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hofn trip planner.

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hofn are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Vatnajokull National Park — 4 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Svinafell (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park. In January in Vatnajokull National Park, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 5 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step out of Akureyri with an excursion to Swimming Pool Dalvik in Dalvik--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and sample some tasty brews at Akureyri Luxur.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Akureyri. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in January, Akureyri is little chillier at night with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Reykjavik.
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Reykjavik — 11 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir (Almannagja, Thingvellir National Park, &more), The Cave People (in Laugarvatn) and Selfoss (Kerið & Skyrland). Spend the 25th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Blue Lagoon, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Iceland, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik vacation planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 31:

Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.
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