8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Durham

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geysir trip planner.

Durham, USA to Geysir is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Durham in May, you will find days in Geysir are much colder (46°F), and nights are little chillier (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vik holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Geysir to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Reyniskyrka Church ©
Reyniskyrka Church

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visiting Thingvellir National Park and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach will get you outdoors. Head to 12 Tonar and Metal Designfor some retail therapy. Step out of Reykjavik to go to Grindavik and see Spas & Wellness, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Kolaportid Flea Market, look for gifts at Verzlunin RAM, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik holiday planner.

Drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Hellisgerdi Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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