8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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
4
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sioux Falls

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Gatklettur, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hellnar Church.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hellnar road trip planning site .

Sioux Falls, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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): go for a walk through Viti Crater, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, then Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Reykjahlid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. May in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Lofthellir Lava Cave ©
Lofthellir Lava Cave
Selfoss Waterfall ©
Selfoss Waterfall
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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 Vik Church, get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, then explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then trek along Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrafoss.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip planning tool .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Vik by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

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

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 13th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of The Settlement Center, then stop by foa, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Orrifinn, stop by Handknitting Association of Iceland, then kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik travel route app .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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