29 days in Iceland & Ottawa Itinerary

29 days in Iceland & Ottawa Itinerary

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Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 1 day
2
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
3
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
4
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 4 nights
5
Akureyri, Iceland
— 4 nights
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
7
Ottawa, Canada
— 8 nights

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Hvolsvollur, Iceland

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Saga Center and then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvolsvollur tour app.

Ottawa, Canada to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Hvolsvollur. Traveling from Ottawa in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hvolsvollur: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Museums
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Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

3
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Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get some cultural insight at Reyniskyrka Church and Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar. Get outdoors at Reynisfjara Beach and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Skaftareldahraun in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, don't miss a visit to Dyrhólaey, explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave, and stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vik journey planning site.

You can drive from Hvolsvollur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vik can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

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Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Faro de Gardur and The Húsavík Whale Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Selfoss Waterfall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Hverir, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reykjahlid when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Faro de Gardur, The Húsavík Whale Museum, Selfoss Waterfall
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Hverir ©
Hverir
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

4
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Glaumbaer Museum and Saurbaejarkirkja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Holar Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Akureyri to Varmahlid to see Víðimýrarkirkja about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri online journey builder.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Varmahlid, Holar Cathedral
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Photography Tours
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Horseback Riding Tours

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore and learn at Tales from Iceland and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hraunfossar. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Kerið (in Selfoss), The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes) and The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, and take a stroll through Laugavegur.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Selfoss, The Settlement Center, The exhibition Quake 2008, Glanni Waterfall, Hraunfossar
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Omega Park and Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Get some cultural insight at Upper Canada Village and Musée canadien des enfants. Change things up with these side-trips from Ottawa: Historic SDG Jail (in Cornwall), Musee des Pionniers (in Saint Andre-Avellin) and Brockville (Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October) & First Presbyterian Church). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, browse the exhibits of Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum (Experimental Farm), and hike along Gatineau Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Reykjavik to Ottawa in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get a bit cooler in Ottawa: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gatineau, Brockville, Upper Canada Village, Omega Park, Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Upper Canada Village ©
Upper Canada Village

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