9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  14​h
1
Reykjavik
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Seydisfjordur
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

1
day
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 19th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner .

Salt Lake City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in August; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 57°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Perlan ©
Perlan

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Dyrholaey, look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vik sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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day
Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), identify plant and animal life at Hallormsstadur Forestry Reserve, admire the sheer force of Fardagafoss, then admire the sheer force of Gufufoss, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seydisfjordur holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vik to Seydisfjordur. Traveling from Vik in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Seydisfjordur, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Egilsstadir
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Fardagafoss ©
Fardagafoss

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 23rd (Fri), head outdoors with Hofdi and then explore the activities along Lake Myvatn. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip site .

Traveling by car from Seydisfjordur to Reykjahlid takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Lofthellir Lava Cave ©
Lofthellir Lava Cave

1
night
Akureyri

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 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©

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