11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hvammstangi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Stykkisholmur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis


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1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Skogafoss, Kvernufoss, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, get impressive views of Hekla, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Vik itinerary planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Vik is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: highs in Vik hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Hekla
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

1
night
Hofn

Hofn
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 14th (Wed), you're off toEgilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
On the 15th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Gufufoss, then pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church, then head outdoors with Hengifoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Litlanesfoss.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Egilsstadir vacation planner.

You can drive from Hofn to Egilsstadir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Seydisfjordur
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Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Litlanesfoss ©
Litlanesfoss
Gufufoss ©
Gufufoss

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nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and then explore the striking landscape at Hverir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and then go for a walk through Viti Crater.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid road trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

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Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Brunir Horse as well as Akureyrarkirkja. On the 18th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Brunir Horse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip planner .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Akureyri are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Hvammstangi.

Things to do in Akureyri

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Brunir Horse ©
Brunir Horse

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night
Hvammstangi

Hvammstangi ©
Hvammstangi is an Icelandic village in the north-west part of the country, on Vatnsnes peninsula, situated on the Miðfjörður.It is the most densely populated area in the Húnaþing County, with a current population of about 580 people.OverviewHvammstangi is an important service center for the surrounding area. To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Hvammstangi travel planner.

Drive from Akureyri to Hvammstangi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Hvammstangi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Icelandic Seal Center ©
Icelandic Seal Center

1
night
Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Stykkisholmur journey builder tool .

Drive from Hvammstangi to Stykkisholmur in 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Keflavik.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Tours Nature Parks
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Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the 20th (Tue), snap pictures at Bridge Between Continents, then take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Keflavik road trip planner .

You can drive from Stykkisholmur to Keflavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Keflavik are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Grindavik, Bridge Between Continents
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Thermal Spas
Keflavik Maritime Center ©
Keflavik Maritime Center

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