8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Akureyri
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
4
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: Portland

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, then kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, then make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hellnar planning tool .

Portland, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave Vatnshellir, Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): go for a walk through Viti Crater, then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and then take in the natural beauty of Hverarond.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online visit planner .

Getting from Hellnar to Reykjahlid by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

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
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip planner .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Akureyri sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

1
day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vik trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Akureyri to Vik takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Vik when traveling from Akureyri in September, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kvernufoss
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Voyages Friendship Statue ©
Voyages Friendship Statue

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 28th (Fri): hike along Reykjadalur Hot Springs, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Perlan and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

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