40 days in Iceland Itinerary

40 days in Iceland Itinerary

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40 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Isafjordur
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Hvolsvollur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Seattle

7
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi), Keflavik Maritime Center (in Keflavik) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Illugastaoir Farm, Thingvellir National Park, Kerið, Ring Road, Keflavik Maritime Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isafjordur: Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) (in Hrafnseyri), Krossneslaug (in Nordurfjordur) and Hornstrandir Nature Reserve (in Bolungarvik).

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Isafjordur trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Isafjordur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Reykjavik in August, you will find days in Isafjordur are a bit cooler (52°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bolungarvik, Dynjandi (Fjallfoss), Borgarfjardarhofn - Hafnarholmi, Krossneslaug, The Old Bookstore
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Dynjandi (Fjallfoss) ©
Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Krossneslaug ©
Krossneslaug

5
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Go for a jaunt from Akureyri to Varmahlid to see Glaumbaer Museum about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, center your mind and body at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, and tee off at Akureyri Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Isafjordur to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Glaumbaer Museum
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Horseback Riding Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjahlid: Husavik (The Húsavík Whale Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, and identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Reykjahlid road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods), Selfoss Waterfall
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. September in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
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. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach, Glacier Lagoon, & more) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). There's lots more to do: cool off at Hofn Swimming Pool, admire the masterpieces at The Thorbergur center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hofn trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. September in Hofn sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Fjadrargljufur Canyon (in Kirkjubaejarklaustur) and Kvernufoss (in Skogar). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, contemplate the geological forces at Katla Volcano, take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Vik day trip planner .

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Vik sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar, Katla Volcano, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

4
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". Get out of town with these interesting Hvolsvollur side-trips: Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar), Fjallhalla Adventurers (in Reykholt) and Haifoss (in Skalholt). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, look for gifts at UNA Local Store, see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, and get impressive views of Hekla.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Hvolsvollur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Region, Laugavegur, Horseback Riding Tours, Fjallhalla Adventurers, Haifoss
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape at Gjain.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Geysir trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hvolsvollur to Geysir takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Geysir sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Gjain
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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