8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  28​h
1
Akureyri
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Manila, Luzon

1
day
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 5th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Akureyri trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Akureyri is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Akureyri reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Skeioara Bridge Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hof trip site .

Drive from Akureyri to Hof in 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Akureyri in October since evenings lows in Hof dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

2
nights
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then stroll through Laugavegur, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then admire the striking features of Reyniskirkja Church, then get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrafoss.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vik online visit planner .

Drive from Hof to Vik in 2 hours. October in Vik sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Laugavegur, Skogar Museum
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 9th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Reykjavik Open Air Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Domkirkjan, and finally head off the coast to Videy Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of Cemetery Holavallagardur, and then take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Reykjavik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse

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