13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Springfield

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 2nd (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri road trip planner.

Springfield, USA to Akureyri is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Springfield to Akureyri due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Springfield in June: high temperatures in Akureyri hover around 56°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Godafoss ©
Godafoss
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dettifoss and Krafla Lava Fields. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Hverarond. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, get outside with Vindbelgjarfjall, take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots, and admire the sheer force of Hverfjall.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverir ©
Hverir

2
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 7th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftafellsjokull and then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. June in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafellsjokull ©
Skaftafellsjokull

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get impressive views of Skaftarstofa, admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, then admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

Plan trip to Kirkjubaejarklaustur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 10th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then stroll through Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, and finally stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Vik, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then explore the activities along Kerið.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik road trip planning app .

Getting from Vik to Reykjavik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerið
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Kerið ©
Kerið
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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