8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Reykjavik
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Akureyri
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h
Geysir
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 15th (Sat), get your game on at Laugardalslaug, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, see the interesting displays at Reykjavik Maritime Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik sightseeing planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik is 5 hours. When traveling from Pittsburgh in June, plan for cooler days in Reykjavik, with highs around 55°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Perlan ©
Perlan
Laugardalslaug ©
Laugardalslaug

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then make a trip to Viti Crater. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at The Husavik Whale Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Husavik Whale Museum
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverarond ©
Hverarond
The Husavik Whale Museum ©
The Husavik Whale Museum

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 19th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Flora, Akureyri, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akureyri holiday planner .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Akureyri

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

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.
On the 20th (Thu), head outdoors with Golden Circle Route. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, and then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Geysir trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Akureyri to Geysir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trips

Golden Circle Route, Bruarfoss Waterfall - CLOSED, Gullfoss
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Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss
Golden Circle Route ©
Golden Circle Route
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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