8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Vik
— 1 day
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, then kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, then make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, and finally kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hellnar travel planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Hellnar, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Snaefellsbaer
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Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach

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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Gljufrafoss.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip tool .

Getting from Hellnar to Vik by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, then take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and then explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Vik to Reykjahlid takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

1
night
Akureyri

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 1st (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Flora, Akureyri, then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 2nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, and then have some family-friendly fun at Laugardalslaug. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs and then make a trip to Reykjavik Open Air Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip website .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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