8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
3
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus
5
Vik
— 3 nights
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Bus to Reykjavík, Shuttle to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Fly to Paris

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Reykjavik — 1 night

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 8th (Sat), stop by Hidden People Iceland, discover the deep blue sea with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, and then explore the activities along Lake Tjornin. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Oxararfoss, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then catch some excitement at FlyOver Iceland.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik sightseeing planner.

Paris, France to Reykjavik is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Reykjavik. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Akureyri.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally admire the natural beauty at Akureyri Botanical Garden.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 1 night

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 11th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, make a trip to Viti Crater, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid day trip planning tool.

Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.
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Vatnajokull National Park — 1 night

On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Reykjahlid in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 4°C in Vatnajokull National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Vik.
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Vik — 3 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Lava Show, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.
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