30 days in Iceland Itinerary

30 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland tour itinerary planner

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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 soothe aching muscles 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 13.5-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.

Things to do in Hella

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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 Reyniskirkja Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skogar Museum and Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar. 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.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Vatnajokull National Park

— 4 nights
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Vatnajokull National Park: Jokulsarlon (Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon & Fellsfjara).

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.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

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 Hverir will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, take in the dramatic scenery at Selfoss Waterfall, Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and stroll through Krafla Lava Fields.

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.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:

Akureyri

— 6 nights

Capital of North Iceland

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 Brunir Horse. Visit Saurbaejarkirkja and Holar Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akureyri: Herring Era Museum (in Siglufjordur), The Transportation Museum at Ystafell (in Husavik) and Thermal bath Hofsos, Iceland (in Hofsos). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Whale Watching Hauganes, examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Akureyri sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:

Reykjavik

— 8 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Thingvellir National Park and Off-Road Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Iceland and Perlan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes), Thingvellir (Oxararfoss & Logberg (Law Rock)) and History Museum of Reykjanesbaer (in Keflavik). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Laugavegur, explore and take pictures at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and get a new perspective on things with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

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.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
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.