9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland visit planner

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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
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Grundarfjorour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Hvolsvollur
— 1 night
Fly
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Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
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Akureyri
— 1 night

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Langjokull Glacier, then admire all the interesting features of Ring Road, and finally examine the collection at The Icelandic Punk Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, then head off the coast to Videy Island, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Keflavik International Airport. August in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Grundarfjorour

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with Laki Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, and finally admire the sheer force of Grundarfoss Waterfall.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grundarfjorour journey app.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Grundarfjorour in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, then get outside with Zipline, then contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, and finally see Katlatrack Adventure Tours. On your second day here, examine the collection at Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vik road trip planning website.

Getting from Grundarfjorour to Vik by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Hvolsvollur

— 1 night
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour along fresh powder with Midgard Adventure, steep yourself in history at Keldur, and then get outside with Gljúfrafoss.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hvolsvollur trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hvolsvollur, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the dramatic natural features at Leirhnjukur, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hverir.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

You can fly from Hvolsvollur to Reykjahlid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), then view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Keli Sea Tours, and finally learn more about the world around you at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa and then examine the collection at The Aviation Museum.

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You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.