11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vik
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then have fun at Fridheimar, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Geysir custom trip planner.

New York City, USA to Geysir is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Geysir. Expect much colder weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Geysir hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Fridheimar
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Fridheimar ©
Fridheimar

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, and then stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vik vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Herring Era Museum and The Husavik Whale Museum. The Transportation Museum at Ystafell and The Aviation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland (in Dalvik) and The Exploration Museum (in Husavik). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), and examine the collection at The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip generator.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Vik to Akureyri in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Husavik, Herring Era Museum, Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland
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Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Iceland and The House at Eyrarbakki. Hallgrimskirkja and Thingvellir National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Centre), Spas & Wellness (in Grindavik) and Viking World (in Keflavik). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition, don't miss a visit to The Pearl (Perlan), explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Viking World, Thingvellir National Park, The House at Eyrarbakki
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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