30 days in Iceland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hella
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Hella
— 2 nights
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Vik
— 4 nights
Bus
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Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 6 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 8 nights
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Hella — 2 nights

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. On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Saga Center. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, and then relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hella trip itinerary tool.

Athens, Greece to Hella is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Athens to Hella. Traveling from Athens in October, you will find days in Hella are much colder (8°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Vik.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
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Vik — 4 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get some historical perspective at Hofskirkja Church and Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skogar Museum and Rutshellir Cave. Explore Vik's surroundings by going to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Skaftarstofa & Fjadrargljufur Canyon). The adventure continues: stroll through Black Sand Beach, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, and kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vik road trip website.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Vik, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Vatnajokull National Park — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajokull. Change things up with these side-trips from Vatnajokull National Park: Jokulsarlon (Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon & Fellsfjara). Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 5 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moorudalur Farm and Sigurgeirs Bird Museum. Visiting Dettifoss Waterfall and Lake Myvatn will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, head outdoors with Hofdi, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reykjahlid when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in October, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 6 nights

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Flora, Akureyri and Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery. Visit Saurbaejarkirkja and Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Thermal bath Hofsos, Iceland (in Hofsos), The Transportation Museum at Ystafell (in Husavik) and The Herring Era Museum (in Siglufjordur). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum, explore the galleries of Brunir Horse, and get up close to creatures of the deep with Whale Watching Hauganes.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjavik.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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Reykjavik — 8 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get some cultural insight at Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Visiting Thingvellir National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes), Thingvellir (Oxararfoss & Logberg (Law Rock)) and History Museum of Reykjanesbaer (in Keflavik). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Iceland, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to home.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife
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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.