31 days in Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Shuttle to Reykjavík, Bus to Vik
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Vik
— 3 nights
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Svinafell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 7 nights
Drive
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Snaefellsbaer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Haukadalur
— 1 night
Drive
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Husafell
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 11 nights
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Vik — 3 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Visiting Sólheimajökulll and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reyniskirkja Church and Skogar Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, Skaftareldahraun, &more). The adventure continues: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Lava Show, take an in-depth tour of Skaftfellingur Museum, browse the different shops at Icewear Vik Wool Vikurprjon, and explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vik planning tool.

London, UK to Vik is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from London in January: highs in Vik hover around 4°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Svinafell.
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Svinafell — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Diamond Beach Jokulsarlon, enjoy the sand and surf at Fellsfjara, then explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon, then explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Svinafell trip planner.

You can drive from Vik to Svinafell in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vatnajokull National Park.
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Vatnajokull National Park — 2 nights

On the 7th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flaajokull Glacier. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Skeioara Bridge Monument, then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park holiday builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Svinafell to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 7 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akureyri Art Museum and The Húsavík Whale Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tannery Visitor Centre and Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: The Herring Era Museum (in Siglufjordur), Husavik Yellow Lighthouse (in Husavik) and Hljooaklettar (in Nordurthing). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, boost your wellbeing at Akureyri Swimming Pool, admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Akureyri. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in January, expect little chillier with lows of -5°C in Akureyri. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Snaefellsbaer.
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Snaefellsbaer — 3 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Budakirkja and Pakkhus Snaefellsbaejar. Take a break from the city and head to Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and Laki Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs (in Hellnar) and Gatklettur (in Arnarstapi).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Snaefellsbaer in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Haukadalur.
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Haukadalur — 1 night

On the 19th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Geysir, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the natural beauty of Blesi.

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You can drive from Snaefellsbaer to Haukadalur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Husafell.
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Husafell — 1 night

On the 20th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Snorralaug, take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar, and finally Head underground at The Cave.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Husafell itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Haukadalur to Husafell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Visiting Dogsledding Iceland and Lake Tjornin will get you outdoors. Head to Nordic Store and Kringlan Mallfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Hella), Hvolsvollur (Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss & Lava Centre) and Urridafoss Waterfall (in Villingaholt). Spend the 29th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Eimverk Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Cave People, and buy something for everyone on your list at Bonus.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip planner.

Getting from Husafell to Reykjavik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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