9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Shuttle to Reykjavík, Bus to Akureyri
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Akureyri
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Reykjavik
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Akureyri — 5 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Hlíðarfjall and Glaumbaer Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Monumento a Stephan Stephansson (in Skagafjordur), Hofsos (Swimmingpool & Samgongusafnio i Storageroi) and Iceland Horse Tours (in Saudarkrokur). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Fridbjarnarhus, take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), and see majestic marine mammals with Keli Sea Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akureyri tour builder website.

Chicago, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Akureyri, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Akureyri sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Reykjavik.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Dogsledding Iceland. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, stop by Nordic Store, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.
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