21 days in Iceland Itinerary

21 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

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Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grindavik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hofn
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varmahlid
— 1 night
Drive
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Husafell
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

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Reykjavik

— 6 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glacial Experience. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Strokkur (in Geysir) and Geysir (in Haukadalur). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in panoramic vistas at Akranes Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin, and see the interesting displays at Reykjavik Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik travel planner.

Madrid, Spain to Reykjavik is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Madrid, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Grindavik

— 2 nights
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the views from Bridge Between Continents, then take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, then make a trip to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, and finally test the waters at Blue Lagoon. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Krysuvik, take in the dramatic natural features at Krysuvik Cliffs, delve into the distant past at Selatangar, then enjoy the sea views from Hopsnes Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Brimketill.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grindavik road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Grindavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Grindavik

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reynisfjara Beach and Sólheimajökulll. Get out of town with these interesting Vik side-trips: Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Stjornarfoss & Fjadrargljufur Canyon). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, and admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grindavik to Vik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hofn

— 3 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Diamond Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur) and Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon & Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, boost your wellbeing at Hoffell Hot Tubs, and explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hofn route builder site.

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Hofn, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Akureyri

— 4 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
You've now added Saga Travel to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Whale Watching Hauganes and Viti Crater. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

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Traveling by flight from Hofn to Akureyri takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hofn in October, plan for little chillier nights in Akureyri, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Varmahlid

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Iceland Horse Tours, get all the information you need at Tannery Visitor Centre, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Stephan Stephansson, take in the exciting artwork at Puffin and Friends, then get engrossed in the history at Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi, and finally examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Varmahlid vacation planning website.

You can drive from Akureyri to Varmahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Varmahlid are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Husafell.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Husafell

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Husafell planning tool.

Getting from Varmahlid to Husafell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Husafell are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Husafell

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.