21 days in Iceland Itinerary

21 days in Iceland Itinerary

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21 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  24​h
1
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Skaftafell
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Grjotagja Cave (in Reykjahlid) and Husavik (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Husavikurkirkja). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip itinerary builder .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Akureyri is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 3 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, expect Akureyri to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Grjotagja Cave, Husavikurkirkja
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

7
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You've now added Guide to Iceland to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Kerið (in Selfoss), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). 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, take a stroll through Laugavegur, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Skaftafell.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Bridge Between Continents, Kerið, Thermal Spas
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Guide to Iceland ©
Guide to Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

3
nights
Skaftafell

Skaftafell ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach, Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, & more).

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Skaftafell online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Reykjavik to Skaftafell by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Skaftafell can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Skaftafell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull National Park
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Go for a jaunt from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur to see Fjadrargljufur Canyon about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, and kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Skaftafell to Vik takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blaskogabyggd trip planner .

Drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Blaskogabyggd, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Strokkur
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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