15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Snaefellsbaer
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Hraunfossar and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur) and Borgarnes Museum (in Borgarnes). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary app .

San Francisco, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Reykjavik is 8 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Borgarnes Museum, Gullfoss Falls, Thingvellir National Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 21st (Thu), trot along with a tour on horseback and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri day trip website .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and finally admire the sheer force of Hverfjall. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid travel planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park travel route app .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

2
nights
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, explore and take pictures at Dyrhólaey, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vik journey planning website .

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

2
nights
Hella

Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then stop by UNA Local Product, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Thjofafoss, then admire the sheer force of Hjalparfoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Urridafoss Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hella trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Hjalparfoss, Urridafoss Waterfall
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Horseback Riding Tours
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Urridafoss Waterfall ©
Urridafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum and then kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Snaefellsbaer trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hella to Snaefellsbaer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Kirkjufell Mountain, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, Budir Church
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Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum ©
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

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