15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Reykjavik
— 1 night
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Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
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Hofn
— 1 night
Drive
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Egilsstadir
— 1 night
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
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Akureyri
— 1 night
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Holmavik
— 1 night
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Patreksfjordur
— 1 night
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Snaefellsbaer
— 1 night
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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik — 1 night

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja and then appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Reykjavik to be colder, temps between 58°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hvolsvollur.
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Hvolsvollur — 1 night

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". Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur trip planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur — 1 night

Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkjugolf and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur planner.

You can drive from Hvolsvollur to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hofn.
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Hofn — 1 night

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 4th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hofn road trip app.

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hofn by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Egilsstadir.
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Egilsstadir — 1 night

On the 5th (Fri), head outdoors with Hengifoss and then pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Egilsstadir trip planning website.

You can drive from Hofn to Egilsstadir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 2 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Askja. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 1 night

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall and then cast your line with Whale Watching Hauganes.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Reykjahlid to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Holmavik.
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Holmavik — 1 night

Hólmavík is a small town in the western part of Iceland, by Steingrímsfjörður.It is the largest settlement in Strandir and serves as a centre of commerce for the county. On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Sheep Farming Museum and then examine the collection at Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Holmavik trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Akureyri to Holmavik in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Akureyri, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Holmavik, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Patreksfjordur.
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Patreksfjordur — 1 night

On the 10th (Wed), take a tour of Garoar BA 64 and then take an in-depth tour of Hnjotur - Minjasafn Egils Olafssonar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Patreksfjordur holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Holmavik to Patreksfjordur takes 3 hours. Traveling from Holmavik in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Patreksfjordur, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Snaefellsbaer.
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Snaefellsbaer — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with Laki Tours and then take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Snaefellsbaer trip planner.

Getting from Patreksfjordur to Snaefellsbaer by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.
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Reykjavik — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik online day trip planner.

Getting from Snaefellsbaer to Reykjavik by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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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
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
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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