48 days in Iceland Itinerary

48 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Keflavik
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Keflavik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive
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Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Landeyjahöfn, Bus to Vik
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Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hofn
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive
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Borgarfjordur Eystri
— 1 night
Drive
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Vopnafjordur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raufarhofn
— 1 night
Drive
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Asbyrgi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Husavik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 5 nights
Taxi to Akureyri, Fly to Grimsey Island
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Grimsey Island
Drive
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Siglufjordur
— 2 nights
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Keflavik

— 3 nights
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, take an in-depth tour of Viking World, then examine the collection at Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, then examine the collection at Duushus Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Keflavik Maritime Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, delve into the distant past at Selatangar, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Keflavik road trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Keflavik is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Keflavik. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Keflavik hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Selfoss

— 3 nights
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Logberg (Law Rock), then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally engage your brain at Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum.

Discover how to plan a Selfoss trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Keflavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Selfoss, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Landmannalaugar

— 2 nights
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laugavegur and Haifoss. Visiting Fjallabak Nature Reserve and Hekla will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar and contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Landmannalaugar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Selfoss to Landmannalaugar takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Landmannalaugar are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

— 3 nights
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. You'll explore and learn at Eldheimar and SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Heimaklettur (Home Rock) and Herjolfsdalur. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sagnheimar Folk Museum, get impressive views of Eldfell, see the interesting displays at Landlyst Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja).

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vestmannaeyjar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Landmannalaugar to Vestmannaeyjar takes 4 hours. In September in Vestmannaeyjar, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Reyniskirkja Church and Rutshellir Cave. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sólheimajökulll and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Vik holiday builder tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Vestmannaeyjar to Vik takes 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

— 3 nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, then immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Minningarkapella ser Jons Steingrimssonar, and finally stroll through Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Skaftareldahraun, pause for some serene contemplation at Nupsstadur, then steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, and finally admire the sheer force of Foss a Sidu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur road trip tool.

Drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Jokulsarlon

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fellsfjara and Hofskirkja Church. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon. Step out of Jokulsarlon with an excursion to Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Svinafell--about 42 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Jokulsarlon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll set off for Vatnajokull National Park on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Vatnajokull National Park

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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 Walking tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Hoffellsjokull Glacier and Vestrahorn will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Djupivogur (Sveinsstekksfoss & Eggin i Gledivik). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Thorbergur center, see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn, and laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hofn online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn with the Route module. October in Hofn sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Seydisfjordur

— 1 night
On the 7th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Skalanes, take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), then take in the dramatic scenery at Fardagafoss, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seydisfjordur visit app.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Seydisfjordur takes 3 hours. October in Seydisfjordur sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Borgarfjordur Eystri

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), explore the activities along Raudamelsolkelda and then stroll through Storurd.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Borgarfjordur Eystri online journey builder.

You can drive from Seydisfjordur to Borgarfjordur Eystri in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vopnafjordur.

Things to do in Borgarfjordur Eystri

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Vopnafjordur

— 2 nights
Vopnafjörður is a village and municipality in Northeast Iceland, standing on a peninsula in the middle of a mountainous bay by the same name. To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vopnafjordur online travel route planner.

Getting from Borgarfjordur Eystri to Vopnafjordur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Raufarhofn.

Things to do in Vopnafjordur

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Raufarhofn

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Arctic Henge.

Discover how to plan a Raufarhofn trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Vopnafjordur to Raufarhofn takes 2 hours. You will leave for Asbyrgi on the 11th (Sun).
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Asbyrgi

— 2 nights
For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Asbyrgi online trip maker.

You can drive from Raufarhofn to Asbyrgi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Husavik

— 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Speed Boats Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Húsavík Whale Museum and The Transportation Museum at Ystafell. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, see the interesting displays at The Exploration Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Husavikurkirkja, and get outside with Active North.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Husavik driving holiday planner.

Getting from Asbyrgi to Husavik by car takes about an hour. October in Husavik sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Askja and then steep yourself in history at Moorudalur Farm.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid online itinerary maker.

Drive from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Akureyri

— 5 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at Víðimýrarkirkja and The Industry Museum. Saurbaejarkirkja and Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Akureyri to go to Varmahlid and see Lytingsstadir Riding Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, get a new perspective on nature at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get a taste of the local shopping with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Akureyri online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grimsey Island.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Grimsey Island

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Orbis et Globus.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Grimsey Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Akureyri to Grimsey Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siglufjordur.
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Siglufjordur

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Sat), head off the coast to Drangey Island, see the interesting displays at Herring Era Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Folk Music Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Siglufjordur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grimsey Island to Siglufjordur takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

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.