40 days in Iceland Itinerary

40 days in Iceland Itinerary

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40 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Bildudalur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hvolsvollur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Akureyri
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Karachi

9
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visiting Thingvellir National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Iceland and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. On the 9th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), trot along with a tour on horseback, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik tour builder site .

Karachi, Pakistan to Reykjavik is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Karachi to Reykjavik. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Karachi in October; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bildudalur.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

2
nights
Bildudalur

Bildudalur ©
Bíldudalur is a village situated on the coast of Arnarfjörður, one of the Westfjords in Iceland.It is situated in the Vesturbyggð municipality and has 166 inhabitants (as of January 2011).The village prospered in the 19th century thanks to sound business enterprise and the booming fishing industry. On the 12th (Fri), examine the collection at Skrimslasetrid Monster Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hnjotur - Minjasafn Egils Olafssonar, and then kick back and relax at Rauðasandur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Skruour Botanical gardens, see the interesting displays at The Old Bookstore, and then grab your bike and head to Svalvogar.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bildudalur trip builder website .

Drive from Reykjavik to Bildudalur in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Bildudalur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Bildudalur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Thingeyri, The Old Bookstore, Hnjotur - Minjasafn Egils Olafssonar, Rauðasandur
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Rauðasandur ©
Rauðasandur
Hnjotur - Minjasafn Egils Olafssonar ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Golden Circle Route. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Geysir day trip tool .

You can drive from Bildudalur to Geysir in 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bildudalur in October since evenings lows in Geysir dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Blaskogabyggd
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Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

3
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Visiting Seljalandsfoss and Southcoast Adventure will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Selfoss (Kerið, Tre Og List, & more) and Eldheimar (in Vestmannaeyjar). It doesn't end there: get impressive views of Eldfell and examine the collection at Hekla Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Geysir to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hvolsvollur are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Selfoss, Hella, Eldfell, Seljalandsfoss, Eldheimar
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Southcoast Adventure ©
Southcoast Adventure
Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss
Kerið ©
Kerið

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
We've included these beaches for you: Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Skogafoss and Dyrholaey. Change things up with these side-trips from Vik: Skogar (Seljavallalaug & Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane, admire the sheer force of Gljufrafoss, and trek along Sólheimajökulll.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip planning app .

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

4
nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Get outdoors at Laugavegur and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kirkjubaejarklaustur: Landmannalaugar (Ljótipollur & Landmannalaugar).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Landmannalaugar
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Laki Craters ©
Laki Craters

2
nights
Hof

Hof ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hof vacation maker app .

Drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell National Park, Diamond Beach
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Jokulsarlon Lagoon ©
Jokulsarlon Lagoon

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Dettifoss. Go for a jaunt from Reykjahlid to Husavik to see The Husavik Whale Museum about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), get outside with Aldeyjarfoss, explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots, and explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Hof to Reykjahlid in 6 hours. Traveling from Hof in October, Reykjahlid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik
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Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

6
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Get outdoors at Godafoss and Hlíðarfjall. There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get your game on at Akureyri Ice Rink, and see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip maker .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hlíðarfjall ©
Hlíðarfjall
Godafoss ©
Godafoss
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

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