44 days in Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

44 days in Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hvolsvollur
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Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Vik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 1 night
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Landmannalaugar, Iceland
— 1 night
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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 5 nights
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 6 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 10 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 12 nights
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Hvolsvollur, Iceland

— 2 nights
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". On the 5th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall and then take an unforgettable tour with Southcoast Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then surround yourself with nature on Dogsledding Iceland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and finally admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hvolsvollur online sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Hvolsvollur is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect Hvolsvollur to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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Vik, Iceland

— 4 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step out of the city life by going to Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Reyniskirkja Church and Rutshellir Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Systrafoss, Skaftarstofa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip planner.

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Vik by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

— 1 night
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with Riding Tours South Iceland, admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd attractions planner.

Getting from Vik to Blaskogabyggd by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

— 1 night
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur, then go for a walk through Landmannalaugar, and then hike along Laugavegur.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Landmannalaugar trip itinerary website.

Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Landmannalaugar to Vatnajokull National Park. In September, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature
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Reykjahlid, Iceland

— 5 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Dettifoss Waterfall and Krafla Lava Fields. Take a break from Reykjahlid with a short trip to Moorudalur Farm in Modrudalur, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja, and Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in September, Reykjahlid is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Akureyri, Iceland

— 6 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Head to Flora, Akureyri and Linda Ola - Studio & Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Whale Watching Hauganes and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland (in Dalvik), Jokulsargljufur National Park (in Asbyrgi) and Rauoanes Point (in Husavik). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, get a taste of the local shopping with Brunir Horse, head outdoors with Aldeyjarfoss, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bruggsmidjan Kaldi Brewery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 10 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Head to Laugavegur and Kolaportid Flea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi), Thingvellir (Oxararfoss, Thingvellir National Park, &more) and Grindavik (Gunnuhver Hot Springs & Thermal Spas). Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Hidden People Iceland, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kerið.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Reykjavik day trip app.

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Helsinki, Finland

— 12 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Ankkapurha Cultural Park (in Anjala) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, look for gifts at Artisaani, and get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online holiday builder.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Helsinki in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki is 2 hours. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.