29 days in Iceland Itinerary

29 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Borgarnes
— 2 nights
2
Vik
— 3 nights
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 3 nights
5
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
6
Akureyri
— 6 nights
7
Reykjavik
— 6 nights

2
nights
Borgarnes

Borgarnes ©
Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland.It has a population of 1,763 (as of January 2011). Get in touch with nature at The Cave and Hraunfossar. Your inner history buff will appreciate Norska Husio and Ytri-Raudamelur church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkjufell Mountain (in Grundarfjorour), Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum (in Bjarnarhofn) and Eiriksstadir (in Budardalur). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center, admire the sheer force of Glymur, and learn about all things military at War and Peace Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Borgarnes trip itinerary maker site.

Ottawa, Canada to Borgarnes is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Borgarnes. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Borgarnes reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Akranes, The Cave, Kirkjufell Mountain, Norska Husio, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Cave ©
The Cave
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Reyniskyrka Church and Nupsstadur are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Lava Centre and Skogar Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck.

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

You can drive from Borgarnes to Vik in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vik when traveling from Borgarnes in December, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Lava Centre
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hvalnes Lighthouse and Huldusteinn. Get outdoors at Diamond Beach and Vestrahorn. Venture out of the city with trips to Djupivogur (Arfleifd, Sveinsstekksfoss, &more).

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hofn visit planner.

Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Diamond Beach
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

3
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Explore hidden gems such as Vatnajokull and Svartifoss Waterfall. Visiting Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park and Hrutfjallstindar will get you outdoors.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park attractions website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park. December in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laugafell
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Selfoss Waterfall. Get outdoors at Grjotagja Cave and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjahlid side-trips: Faro de Gardur (in Gardur) and Husavik (Husavikurkirkja, The Húsavík Whale Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, Reykjahlid is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Faro de Gardur, Selfoss Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

6
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holar Cathedral and Matthiasarhus. Get a sense of the local culture at Glaumbaer Museum and Akureyri Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Akureyri side-trips: The Icelandic Emigration Center (in Hofsos) and Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlíðarfjall, steep yourself in history at Laxdal House (Laxdalshus), explore the engaging exhibits at Fridbjarnarhus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Varmahlid, The Icelandic Emigration Center, Holar Cathedral
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Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Horseback Riding Tours
Holar Cathedral ©
Holar Cathedral

6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Grotta Lighthouse and Videy Island will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Tales from Iceland and Saga Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Stokkseyri (Orgelsmidjan / Pipe Organ Workshop and Exhibition & The Ghost Centre), Selfoss (Kerið, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik journey planner.

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Selfoss, Stokkseyri, Fridheimar, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Garoskagi Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
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Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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