11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Selfoss
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Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Hofn
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Borgarnes
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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Selfoss — 3 nights

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.
You've added Eldheimar, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Gullfoss Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Selfoss: Vik (Sólheimajökulll, Reyniskirkja Church, &more), Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (in Hvolsvollur) and Skogar (Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail & Skogafoss). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kerið and get impressive views of Katla Volcano.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Selfoss visit planning website.

Detroit, USA to Selfoss is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Selfoss is 5 hours. While traveling from Detroit, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Selfoss, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Vik.
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Vik — 1 night

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eldhraun Lava Field as well as Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vik online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Selfoss to Vik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hofn.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Hofn — 1 night

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Your list of things to see and do now includes Bulandstindur, Lagarfljot, Vestrahorn, and other attractions.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hofn route planner.

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 2 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), Husavik Adventures and Akureyri Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and finally admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Reykjahlid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Borgarnes.
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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). Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Hraunfossar and then take in the natural beauty of Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Borgarnes itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Reykjahlid to Borgarnes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Borgarnes are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.
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Nature · Parks
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Reykjavik — 2 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik travel planner.

Traveling by car from Borgarnes to Reykjavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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Lake Myvatn travel guide

4.3
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Hot Springs
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous.
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