43 days in Iceland Itinerary

43 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip itinerary planner

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Reykjavik
— 16 nights
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Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
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Akureyri
— 7 nights
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Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
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Hofn
— 4 nights
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Vik
— 4 nights
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Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
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Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik

— 16 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar), Grindavik (Thermal Spas & Gunnuhver Hot Springs) and Olfuss (Kotstrandarkirkja, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, &more). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Videy Island, see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Geothermal area krysuvik, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik tour itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Aug 21 — Sep 6:

Grundarfjorour

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laki Tours and Djúpalónssandur beach. Explore Grundarfjorour's surroundings by going to Dritvik and Djupalonssandur (in Hellnar) and Cave Vatnshellir (in Snaefellsbaer). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grundarfjorour trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Reykjavik to Grundarfjorour in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Whale Watching Hauganes and The Húsavík Whale Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland (in Dalvik), Husavik (The Exploration Museum, Rauoanes Point, &more) and Siglufjordur (Folk Music Center, Herring Era Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Víðimýrarkirkja, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, and soothe aching muscles at Sundlaug Akureyrar.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri day trip site.

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Akureyri in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Akureyri are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 16:

Reykjahlid

— 5 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Askja and Krafla Lava Fields. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Hofn

— 4 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Fellsfjara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hofn: Skaftafell (Svartifoss Waterfall & Lac Polaire), Jokulsarlon (Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon & Glacier Lagoon) and Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park (in Vatnajokull National Park). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, and explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn road trip planning website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Hofn in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Vik

— 4 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Icelandic Lava Show and Mýrdalsjökull. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Stjornarfoss, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Vik travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Vik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Landmannalaugar

— 1 night
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjallabak Nature Reserve, then go for a walk through Landmannalaugar, and then trek along Laugavegur.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Landmannalaugar trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vik to Landmannalaugar takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Blaskogabyggd

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then experience rural life at Fridheimar, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd day trip planning site.

Drive from Landmannalaugar to Blaskogabyggd in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.