18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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18 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Geysir
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

1
day
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 19th (Sun): play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Geysir trip maker tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Geysir is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ljubljana to Geysir, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Ljubljana in July: highs in Geysir hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hella.

Things to do in Geysir

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trip

Haukadalur
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Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

1
night
Hella

Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. On the 20th (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback, then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss, and finally stop by Una Local Store.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hella travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Geysir to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Hella sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Seljalandsfoss
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Horseback Riding Tours
Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

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nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane, explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hella to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
On the 23rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkjugolf, then admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

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nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Attractions like Diamond Beach and Hofn Swimming Pool make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Hofn side-trips: Jokulsarlon (Jokulsarlon Lagoon & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull and examine the collection at The Thorbergur center.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hofn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hofn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Hoffellsjokull Glacier ©
Hoffellsjokull Glacier

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nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Go for a jaunt from Reykjahlid to Husavik to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid road trip app .

Traveling by car from Hofn to Reykjahlid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 30th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss, and then stop by Flora, Akureyri. On the next day, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip builder app .

Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Godafoss ©
Godafoss
Photography Tours

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer and Thermal Spas. Step out of Reykjavik to go to Thingvellir and see Thingvellir National Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik route builder website .

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Theme Parks Spas Fun & Games

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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