7 days in Iceland Itinerary

7 days in Iceland Itinerary

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7 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Bus:  16 h 15 min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 12 Tonar and Laugavegur. Do your shopping at SES design - Island and Burid. Go for a jaunt from Reykjavik to Grindavik to see Spas & Wellness about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja and stop by JS Watch Company.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Reykjavik. In January, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Shopping Wildlife Tours
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Mercury Grail ©
Mercury Grail
12 Tonar ©
12 Tonar

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Christmas Garden, stop by Glerartorg Shopping Centre, stop by Flora, Akureyri, then steep yourself in history at Matthiasarhus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°F in Akureyri. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Akureyri

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Christmas Garden ©
Christmas Garden
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, then enjoy some diversion at Fridheimar, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd sightseeing planner.

Drive from Akureyri to Blaskogabyggd in 4 hours. Traveling from Akureyri in January, Blaskogabyggd is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 35°F. On the 18th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Strokkur, Fridheimar
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Fridheimar ©
Fridheimar

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