15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Great Falls

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Reykjavik

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Grotta Lighthouse and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Videy Island and Viking World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes), Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Olfuss) and Gunnuhver Hot Springs (in Grindavik). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, and contemplate the long history of Hofdi House.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip maker tool.

Great Falls, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Great Falls to Reykjavik, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Great Falls in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Krafla Lava Fields and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Discover out-of-the-way places like Hverfjall and Viti Crater. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations and explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Akureyri day trip website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in May, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 24th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck.

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Getting from Akureyri to Vik by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hekluhestar and then see the world from above with Southcoast Adventure.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hella road trip website.

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Hella sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
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.