29 days in Iceland Itinerary

29 days in Iceland Itinerary

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29 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Borgarnes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Akureyri
— 6 nights
7
Reykjavik
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

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). Museum-lovers will appreciate The Settlement Center and Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Hraunfossar and Kirkjufell Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Borgarnes side-trips: The Cave (in Reykholt), Norska Husio (in Stykkisholmur) and Ytri-Raudamelur church (in Borgarfjorour). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiriksstadir, admire the sheer force of Glymur, examine the collection at Puppet Museum of Bruduheimar, and brush up on your military savvy at War and Peace Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Borgarnes trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Borgarnes is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Borgarnes due to the time zone difference. In December, Borgarnes is a bit warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 2°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Borgarnes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Akranes, Kirkjufell Mountain, Ytri-Raudamelur church, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, The Cave
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vik Church and Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar. Appreciate the collections at Skogar Museum and Lava Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Vik: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Nupsstadur, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and make a trip to Dyrhólaey.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vik tour builder .

Getting from Borgarnes to Vik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Borgarnes in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Vik. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Diamond Beach and Hvalnes Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sveinsstekksfoss. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Djupivogur (Arfleifd & The Bulandsnes). It doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn and examine the collection at Huldusteinn.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hofn road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Hofn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

3
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park and Vatnajokull. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Svartifoss Waterfall and Vatnajokull.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vatnajokull National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can take a bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. 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

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

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dettifoss Waterfall and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get outdoors at Krafla Lava Fields and Selfoss Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjahlid: Faro de Gardur (in Gardur) and Husavik (Husavikurkirkja, The Húsavík Whale Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, and don't miss a visit to Viti Crater.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Reykjahlid trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, Reykjahlid is little chillier at night with lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Selfoss Waterfall, Faro de Gardur
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverir ©
Hverir

6
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Holar Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) and Saurbaejarkirkja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akureyri: The Icelandic Emigration Center (in Hofsos) and Varmahlid (Glaumbaer Museum & Víðimýrarkirkja). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Akureyri Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri planning app .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Varmahlid, The Icelandic Emigration Center, Holar Cathedral
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visit Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Videy Island for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Tales from Iceland and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Venture out of the city with trips to The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi), Stokkseyri (Orgelsmidjan / Pipe Organ Workshop and Exhibition & The Ghost Centre) and Selfoss (Kerið, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of Saga Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik visit website .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Selfoss, Stokkseyri, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Gunnuhver Hot Springs
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Tales from Iceland ©
Tales from Iceland
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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