15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Reykjavik, Bus to Vik
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Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Great Falls


Reykjavik — 3 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grotta Lighthouse and Videy Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Viking World (in Keflavik), Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Olfuss) and The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, make a trip to The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, and contemplate the long history of Hofdi House.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip maker tool.

Great Falls, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Great Falls to Reykjavik, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Great Falls in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 3 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Krafla Lava Fields and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hverfjall and Viti Crater. There's more to do: Head underground at Grjotagja Cave and explore the striking landscape at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

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 22nd (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Akureyri trip planning app.

Getting from Reykjahlid to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Vik.
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Vik — 2 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck.

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Getting from Akureyri to Vik by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.
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Hella — 2 nights

Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with Hekluhestar and then see the world from above with Southcoast Adventure.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hella road trip website.

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Hella sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.