11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
1
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h
2
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Isafjordur
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h
8
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
On the 1st (Sat), Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Snaefellsbaer is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Snaefellsbaer due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Olafsvikurkirkja, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Kirkjufell Mountain
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Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

1
day
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Skaftarstofa, admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nupsstadur, and finally contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Snaefellsbaer to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar ©
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar

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 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, stroll through Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Gljufrafoss, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Reynisfjall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Reyniskyrka Church ©
Reyniskyrka Church

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". Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss, then stop by Seljalandsfoss Waterfall & Shop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Hvolsvollur, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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night
Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at The Arctic Fox Centre, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then cruise along Wild Westfjords.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Isafjordur road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hvolsvollur to Isafjordur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Arctic Fox Centre
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The Arctic Fox Centre ©
The Arctic Fox Centre
Wild Westfjords ©
Wild Westfjords

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Akureyri travel route planning site .

You can fly from Isafjordur to Akureyri in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 7th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, then take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid vacation builder tool .

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

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 9th (Sun): head off the coast to Videy Island, look for gifts at 12 Tonar, then examine the collection at Perlan, then get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Settlement Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Nordic Store, stop by Skumaskot, then look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

The Settlement Center, Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Videy Island ©
Videy Island
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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