9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Hellnar
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Akureyri
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 12th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, look for all kinds of wild species at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ingjaldscholskirkja, then pause for some serene contemplation at Olafsvikurkirkja, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Budir Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hellnar online trip maker .

Chicago, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Hellnar, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cave Vatnshellir, Budir Church, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Ingjaldscholskirkja, Olafsvikurkirkja
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Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

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night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, then identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Reykjahlid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough 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
Hverir ©
Hverir
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 16th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, then view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Akureyri visit planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja
The Industry Museum ©
The Industry Museum

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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 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrafoss.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vik planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Akureyri to Vik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
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 18th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, look for gifts at Skumaskot, stop by 12 Tonar, then look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland, then get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Perlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland and then take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjavik, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs

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