9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Geysir
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h
3
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Bristol

1
night
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sólheimajökulll, then explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Gljufrafoss.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vik journey planner.

Bristol, UK to Vik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Golden Circle Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geysir trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall ©
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall

1
night
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 10th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Akureyri trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Geysir to Akureyri takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then don't miss a visit to Viti Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Husavik Whale Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and then Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid trip planning app .

Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Husavik Whale Museum
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 13th (Sat), get your game on at Laugardalslaug, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Settlement Center, then stop by Bikestore Berlin, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik holiday builder website .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Settlement Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Laugardalslaug ©
Laugardalslaug
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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