8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 18th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, then stroll through Djúpalónssandur beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauofeldsgja, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hellnar visit planner .

New York City, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hellnar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Snaefellsbaer
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach

1
day
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Reykjahlid travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Hellnar to Reykjahlid by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire, and finally admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hof driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Hof takes 7 hours. In September in Hof, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell, Diamond Beach
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Jokulsarlon Lagoon ©
Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kirkjugolf, admire the sheer force of Foss a Sidu, admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, then contemplate the geological forces at Skaftarstofa, and finally take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Hof to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, then stroll through Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vik online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Reykjadalur Hot Springs and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

Drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lake Tjornin ©
Lake Tjornin

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