9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Shuttle to Reykjavík, Bus to Akureyri
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Akureyri
— 3 nights
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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Akureyri

— 3 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whale Watching Hauganes and The Húsavík Whale Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Siglufjordur (Herring Era Museum & Folk Music Center). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and learn more about the world around you at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri journey builder app.

Chicago, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Akureyri to be much colder, temps between 57°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Krafla Lava Fields and Hverfjall. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Viti Crater, take in the dramatic natural features at Leirhnjukur, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and finally appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip app.

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

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Iceland travel guide

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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.