29 days in Iceland Itinerary

29 days in Iceland Itinerary

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29 days in Iceland Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Akureyri
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Blaskogabyggd
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Stykkisholmur
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
New York City

6
days
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Strandarkirkja and Grotta Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Thingvellir National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Akranes Lighthouse (in Akranes) and Stekkjarkot (in Keflavik). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Settlement Exhibition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, shop like a local with Laugavegur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Domkirkjan.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Reykjavik is cooler than New York City - with highs of 55°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Strandarkirkja, Thingvellir National Park, Stekkjarkot, Akranes Lighthouse
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Strandarkirkja ©
Strandarkirkja
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Videy Island
Videy Island

2
days
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
On the 26th (Mon), examine the collection at Fransmenn a Islandi, brush up on your military savvy at Icelandic Wartime Museum, and then examine the collection at Skriduklaustur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seydisfjordur Church and then take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands).

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Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in June, Egilsstadir is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seydisfjordur Church, Icelandic Wartime Museum, Fransmenn a Islandi
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Icelandic Wartime Museum ©
Icelandic Wartime Museum
Skriduklaustur ©
Skriduklaustur

4
days
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn) and Lake Myvatn. Take a break from the city and head to Dettifoss and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

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You can drive from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Godafoss
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

3
days
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Popular historic sites such as Holar Cathedral and Akureyrarkirkja are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) and Vioimyrarkirkja Church. Change things up with a short trip to Herring Era Museum in Siglufjordur (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthiasarhus, view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

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Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Akureyri are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Akureyri

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Herring Era Museum, Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland, Holar Cathedral, Vioimyrarkirkja Church
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Holar Cathedral ©
Holar Cathedral
Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

2
days
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 5th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jokulsargljufur National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Akureyri to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iceland
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

3
days
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reynisfjara Beach and Seljalandsfoss. Take a break from the city and head to Dyrholaey and Black Sand Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss
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Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

3
days
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Kerid Crater. Escape the urban bustle at Hraunfossar and Gullfoss.

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Getting from Vik to Blaskogabyggd by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Selfoss, Strokkur, Skalholt Cathedral, Hraunfossar
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Skalholt Cathedral ©
Skalholt Cathedral
Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss

3
days
Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur ©
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Explore hidden gems such as Eiriksstadir and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur. Step out of the city life by going to Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and Londrangar. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Stykkisholmskirkja and see the interesting displays at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Stykkisholmur vacation planner.

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Stykkisholmur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. On the 17th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Iceland, Hellnar, Eiriksstadir
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Londrangar ©
Londrangar
Stykkisholmskirkja ©
Stykkisholmskirkja
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

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