9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip website .

Cincinnati, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Traveling from Cincinnati in August, you will find days in Reykjavik are cooler (57°F), and nights are slightly colder (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Godafoss, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Akureyri itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

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

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Reykjahlid travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, and then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vik day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Vik takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

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night
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Snaefellsbaer itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Snaefellsbaer takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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