8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sioux Falls
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  7 h
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 30 min
3
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h
End: Sioux Falls

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, explore the striking landscape at Gatklettur, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hellnar Church.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hellnar sightseeing app.

Sioux Falls, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gatklettur
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Gatklettur ©
Gatklettur
Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Hellnar Church ©
Hellnar Church

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater and then explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, then Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, and then examine the collection at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Reykjahlid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
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Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations ©
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
Viti Crater ©
Viti Crater

1
day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjahlid to Vik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Vik, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at The Settlement Center, look for gifts at foa, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: stop by Orrifinn, then look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 39°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Settlement Center, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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