29 days in Iceland & Ottawa Itinerary

29 days in Iceland & Ottawa Itinerary

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29 days in Iceland & Ottawa Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
3
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akureyri, Iceland
— 4 nights
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 30​min
7
Ottawa, Canada
— 8 nights
End: Ottawa, Canada

1
day
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". Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Saga Center and then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hvolsvollur vacation builder site .

Ottawa, Canada to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Hvolsvollur at 3°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Museums
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Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

3
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reynisfjara Beach and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Take a break from the city and head to Dyrhólaey and Rutshellir Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Vik side-trips: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Skaftareldahraun & Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, and stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal.

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Traveling by car from Hvolsvollur to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Vik, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4 hours. In December in Vatnajokull National Park, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dettifoss Waterfall and Hverir. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Húsavík Whale Museum and Faro de Gardur. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, and go for a walk through Viti Crater.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid route builder .

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -6°C in Reykjahlid. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Glaumbaer Museum and Saurbaejarkirkja. Explore Akureyri's surroundings by going to Holar Cathedral (in Holar) and Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, contemplate the long history of Laxdal House (Laxdalshus), and admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Akureyri online travel route planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Varmahlid, Holar Cathedral
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum

6
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Grotta Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Tales from Iceland and Laugavegur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes), The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi) and Selfoss (Kerið & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Hraunfossar, get interesting insight from Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planning app .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Omega Park and Brockville Railway Tunnel (Open April through October). Popular historic sites such as Upper Canada Village and Mackenzie King Estate are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Ottawa side-trips: First Presbyterian Church (in Brockville), The Musuem of Pioneers (in Saint Andre-Avellin) and Historic SDG Jail (in Cornwall). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Canadian Museum of History, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum (Experimental Farm), explore the landscape on two wheels at Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, and steep yourself in history at Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ottawa trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Reykjavik to Ottawa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Ottawa. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get slightly colder in Ottawa: highs are around -2°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gatineau, Brockville, Historic SDG Jail, The Musuem of Pioneers, Upper Canada Village
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Canadian Museum of History ©
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature

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