29 days in Iceland Itinerary

29 days in Iceland Itinerary

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29 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
2
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Hofn
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hvolsvollur
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Ottawa

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Selfoss (Volcano Eyjafjallajokull & Kerið). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

Before you visit Reykjavik, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ottawa, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Reykjavik to be a bit warmer, temps between 2°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Selfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore Akureyri's surroundings by going to Hofsos (Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi & The Icelandic Emigration Center), The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond (in Skagastrond) and Textile Museum (in Blonduos). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at The Aviation Museum, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and ski along the peaceful trails at Hlíðarfjall.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip builder .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect little chillier with lows of -6°C in Akureyri. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hofsos, Puffin and Friends, The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond, Textile Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Faro de Gardur (in Gardur) and Jokulsargljufur National Park (in Asbyrgi). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online day trip planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Faro de Gardur, Selfoss Waterfall, Jokulsargljufur National Park
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Get out of town with these interesting Vatnajokull National Park side-trips: Hofskirkja Church (in Hof) and Svinafellsjokull Glacier (in Svinafell). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Reykjahlid in December, Vatnajokull National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hofskirkja Church, Vatnajokull, Svinafellsjokull Glacier
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Change things up with these side-trips from Hofn: Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon, & more) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Thorbergur center and explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hofn visit planning site .

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

1
night
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 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Blaskogabyggd attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Blaskogabyggd takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Blaskogabyggd sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Strokkur, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

5
nights
Hvolsvollur

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". Venture out of the city with trips to Skogar (Skogafoss & Skogar Museum), Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar) and Thjofafoss (in Hella). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in December, Hvolsvollur is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Skogar, South Region, Laugavegur, Thjofafoss
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

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