8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
+2
foot + Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Akureyri
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  10​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

1
day
Akureyri

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 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip planner.

Cincinnati, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Cincinnati to Akureyri, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in September, expect nights in Akureyri to be slightly colder, around 40°F, while days are cooler, around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots, take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and finally admire the sheer force of Hverfjall.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then explore the activities along Lac Polaire, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hof itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Hof in 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjahlid in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 39°F in Hof. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip planner.

Getting from Hof to Vik by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Vik are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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 5th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, explore the activities along Lake Tjornin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik tour itinerary app .

Drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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