8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Geneva

1
day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then trek along Sólheimajökulll, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vik trip planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Vik is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, tram, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Geneva in June, plan for cooler days in Vik, with highs around 12°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjahlid takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (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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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
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 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire the sheer force of Godafoss.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri road trip website .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Godafoss ©
Godafoss
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Videy Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grotta Lighthouse and Perlan. Step out of Reykjavik to go to Selfoss and see Kerið, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Kerið
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Kerið ©
Kerið

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