36 days in Iceland Itinerary

36 days in Iceland Itinerary

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36 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Skaftafell
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Hveragerdi
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
4
Selfoss
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
5
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Skogar
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
8
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Djupivogur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Egilsstadir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Varmahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
15
Husafell
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
16
Reykholt
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Thingvellir
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Reykjavik

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Skaftafell

Skaftafell
On the 27th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Skaftafell day trip app .

Reykjavik to Skaftafell is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. July in Skaftafell sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Skaftafell

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Skaftafell National Park
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6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore hidden gems such as Krysuvik and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from Reykjavik with a short trip to Gunnuhver Hot Springs in Grindavik, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Skaftafell to Reykjavik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hveragerdi.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ring Road, Krysuvik, Gunnuhver Hot Springs
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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nights
Hveragerdi

Hveragerdi ©
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland's main ringroad, Route 1.The river Varmá runs through the town.OverviewThe surrounding area is part of the Hengill central volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Geothermal Park,Klambragil,new hot spring area, then admire the masterpieces at LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga, and then take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Raufarholshellir and then make a trip to Hveradalir.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hveragerdi trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Hveragerdi in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hveragerdi can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Selfoss.

Things to do in Hveragerdi

Parks Nature Museums
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Raufarholshellir ©
Raufarholshellir
Hveradalir ©
Hveradalir
LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga ©

2
nights
Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kerið, and then get curious at Ljosafoss Power Station. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Floi Bird Reserve, then admire all the interesting features of Fridheimar, then sample the tasty concoctions at Olvisholt Brewery, and finally get impressive views of Volcano Eyjafjallajokull.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Selfoss day trip planning app .

Selfoss is just a short distance from Hveragerdi. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Hella.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Tours
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Kerið ©
Kerið
Horseback Riding Tours
Fridheimar ©
Fridheimar

1
night
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Hekluhestar, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss, and then stop by UNA Local Store.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hella trip planner .

Hella is just a short distance from Selfoss. In August in Hella, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, UNA Local Store
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Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Geysir, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Gjain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Geysir tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Hella to Geysir in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Gjain
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

3
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Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
On the 10th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Seljavallalaug, then admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and then admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Skogar travel route planner.

Drive from Geysir to Skogar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Skogar sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Vik on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll and then explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip builder app .

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In August, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Reynisdrangar
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Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Skaftarstofa, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, then relax in the rural setting at Nupsstadur, and finally take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

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Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hof.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar ©
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar

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Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hof road trip planning site .

Drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hof in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hof are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toDjupivogur.

Things to do in Hof

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jokulsarlon
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach

1
night
Djupivogur

Djupivogur ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at JFS Handcraft and then take in the dramatic scenery at Sveinsstekksfoss.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Djupivogur trip planner .

You can drive from Hof to Djupivogur in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Djupivogur

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Fjalladyrd, Breiddalssetur Museum, Streitisviti Lighthouse
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Bulandstindur ©
Bulandstindur
Eggin i Gledivik ©
Eggin i Gledivik
Breiddalssetur Museum ©
Breiddalssetur Museum

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Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Lagarfljot, then take in the dramatic scenery at Litlanesfoss, and then get outside with Hengifoss.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Egilsstadir online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Djupivogur to Egilsstadir in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Akureyri.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seydisfjordur
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Litlanesfoss ©
Litlanesfoss
Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Fardagafoss ©
Fardagafoss

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Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 21st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip maker app .

Drive from Egilsstadir to Akureyri in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Varmahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Godafoss ©
Godafoss
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

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Varmahlid

Varmahlid ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi, take in the exciting artwork at Puffin and Friends, and then examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Varmahlid route planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Varmahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Husafell.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hofsos, Saudarkrokur, Monumento a Stephan Stephansson
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Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
Grettislaug ©
Grettislaug

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Husafell

Husafell ©
Húsafell is a sprawling farm and church estate and the former site of a rectory. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Barnafoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar Lava Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Husafell trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Varmahlid to Husafell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. August in Husafell sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Reykholt.

Things to do in Husafell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Husafell Hiking, Barnafoss, Hraunfossar Lava Waterfall
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Barnafoss ©
Barnafoss

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Reykholt

Reykholt ©
Reykholt is a village in the valley of the river Reykjadalsá, called Reykholtsdalur. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Glanni Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reykholt trip planner .

Reykholt is just a short distance from Husafell. August in Reykholt sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Reykholt

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bifrost, Borgarnes
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Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring ©
Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Grabrok Crater ©
Grabrok Crater

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Thingvellir

Thingvellir ©
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Oxararfoss, then get engrossed in the history at The Cave People, then steep yourself in history at Galgaklettur, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glymur. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Troll Waterfalls, then explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock), then admire the landmark architecture of Thingvallakirkja church, and finally explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thingvellir trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Reykholt to Thingvellir in 1.5 hours. In August in Thingvellir, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glymur, Troll Waterfalls, The Cave People
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Oxararfoss ©
Oxararfoss
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Logberg (Law Rock) ©
Logberg (Law Rock)

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