8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  11 h 30 min
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vik trip site .

London, UK to Vik is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from London in May, expect Vik to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Skogar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

1
night
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". Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

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You can drive from Vik to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hella
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Horseback Riding Tours
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, then get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hvolsvollur to Reykjahlid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Horseback Riding Tours
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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