8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
3
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Husafell
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get your game on at Laugardalslaug, see the interesting displays at Reykjavik Maritime Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, and finally explore the galleries of Perlan. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Nordic Store, ponder the world of politics at Reykjavik City Hall, then explore the activities along Lake Tjornin, then get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik route planner.

Boston, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Reykjavik. While traveling from Boston, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Perlan ©
Perlan
Lake Tjornin ©
Lake Tjornin
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, then identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then go for a walk through Viti Crater. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Husavik Whale Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and then Head underground at Grjotagja Cave.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°F in Reykjahlid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum

1
day
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, get impressive views of Skaftarstofa, then admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Systrafoss.

Make your Kirkjubaejarklaustur itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar ©
Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

1
night
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik trip builder tool .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Vik sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Husafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Husafell

Husafell ©
Húsafell is a sprawling farm and church estate and the former site of a rectory. On the 3rd (Thu), explore and take pictures at Sturlureykir Horses/Visiting HorseFarm, admire the sheer force of Hraunfossar, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cave, and finally admire all the interesting features of Haafell Goats and Roses.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Husafell road trip planning app .

Getting from Vik to Husafell by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vik in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Husafell, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Husafell

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Reykholt
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Cave ©
The Cave

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