46 days in Iceland Itinerary

46 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip itinerary planner

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Reykjavik
— 23 nights
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Thingvellir
— 2 nights
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Laugarvatn
— 2 nights
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Geysir
— 2 nights
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Borgarnes
— 1 day
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Hellnar
— 1 day
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Olafsvik
— 1 night
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Stykkisholmur
— 2 nights
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Hofsos
— 1 night
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Siglufjordur
— 1 day
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Dalvik
— 1 night
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Akureyri
— 1 night
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Reykjahlid
— 1 night
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Husavik
— 3 nights
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Asbyrgi
— 1 day
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Reykjahlid
— 1 night

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Reykjavik

— 23 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: Faro de Gardur (in Gardur), Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant (in Svartsengi) and Grindavik (Hopsnes Lighthouse, Thermal Spas, &more). Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Keflavik International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — Sep 14:

Thingvellir

— 2 nights
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Galgaklettur, then admire the landmark architecture of Thingvallakirkja church, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, and finally cruise along Kaldidalur Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Oxararfoss and then explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Thingvellir journey maker site.

Drive from Reykjavik to Thingvellir in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Laugarvatn.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Laugarvatn

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Skalholt Cathedral and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Slakki Petting Zoo. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Laugarvatn road trip planner.

Laugarvatn is very close to Thingvellir. In September, daily temperatures in Laugarvatn can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Laugarvatn

Spas · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Geysir

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, experience rural life at Fridheimar, then relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Geysir visit planner.

Geysir is just a stone's throw from Laugarvatn. September in Geysir sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Borgarnes.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Borgarnes

— 1 day
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). On the 20th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hafnarfjall, explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, admire the sheer force of Glanni Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Borgarnes Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Borgarnes journey maker tool.

Drive from Geysir to Borgarnes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Borgarnes sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hellnar.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Hellnar

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Londrangar, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hellnar road trip planning website.

Drive from Borgarnes to Hellnar in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Olafsvik.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Olafsvik

— 1 night
Ólafsvík is a small town in Iceland on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On the 22nd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Kirkjufellsfoss, then take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Olafsvik trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Olafsvik takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Olafsvik

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Stykkisholmur

— 2 nights
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Volcano Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stykkisholmskirkja, then examine the collection at Library of Water, and finally examine the collection at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Helgafell, then see what you can catch with Ocean Adventures, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Sugandisey.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stykkisholmur trip site.

Drive from Olafsvik to Stykkisholmur in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Hofsos.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Hofsos

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Thermal bath Hofsos, Iceland, then get in on the family fun at Swimmingpool, then get engrossed in the history at Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi, and finally see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Emigration Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grettislaug, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Stephan Stephansson, then view the masterpieces at Puffin and Friends, then examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Víðimýrarkirkja.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hofsos driving holiday planner.

Getting from Stykkisholmur to Hofsos by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hofsos can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Siglufjordur.

Things to do in Hofsos

Museums · Nature · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Siglufjordur

— 1 day
On the 27th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Folk Music Center and then examine the collection at Herring Era Museum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Siglufjordur trip tool.

You can drive from Hofsos to Siglufjordur in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dalvik.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Dalvik

— 1 night
Dalvík is the main village of the Icelandic municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð. On the 28th (Tue), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bruggsmidjan Kaldi Brewery, then cast your line with Whale Watching Hauganes, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bjorbodin Spa.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dalvik tour website.

Traveling by car from Siglufjordur to Dalvik takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Dalvik

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri holiday planner.

You can drive from Dalvik to Akureyri in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, then take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and finally Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 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 your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Husavik

— 3 nights
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
Husavik is known for museums, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Rauoanes Point, admire the masterpieces at The Culture House, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Husavik visit planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Husavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Husavik, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Asbyrgi.

Things to do in Husavik

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Asbyrgi

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Vesturdalur and then take a peaceful walk through Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Asbyrgi day trip planning tool.

Getting from Husavik to Asbyrgi by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): go for a walk through Viti Crater, take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and finally Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

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Traveling by car from Asbyrgi to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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.

Lake Myvatn travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous.