26 days in Iceland Itinerary

26 days in Iceland Itinerary

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26 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Skogar
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Reykjahlid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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 5th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and then play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gjain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Geysir driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Geysir is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Geysir is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with highs in Geysir at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gjain, Gullfoss Falls, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

2
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at UNA Local Product, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, and finally admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Skogar online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Geysir to Skogar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Skogar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): admire the striking features of Reyniskirkja Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary maker app .

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

2
nights
Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Landmannalaugar has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fjallabak Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laugavegur, and then don't miss a visit to Landmannalaugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the activities along Ljótipollur and then get impressive views of Hekla.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Landmannalaugar tour planner .

You can drive from Vik to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Landmannalaugar are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hekla
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Hekla ©
Hekla
Ljótipollur ©
Ljótipollur

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nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Landmannalaugar to Vatnajokull National Park. In August, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Step out of the city life by going to Dettifoss Waterfall and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Husavik (The Húsavík Whale Museum & Thermal Spas). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid tour itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. In August, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then step off the mainland to explore Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then tee off at Akureyri Golf Club, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri holiday planning site .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Step out of the city life by going to Kerið and Reykjadalur Hot Springs. When in Selfoss, make a side trip to see Fridheimar in Reykholt, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Floi, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Floi Bird Reserve.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Selfoss road trip planning website .

Getting from Reykjavik to Selfoss by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Selfoss are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, Urridafoss Waterfall, Fridheimar
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Kerið ©
Kerið
Volcano Eyjafjallajokull ©
Volcano Eyjafjallajokull

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nights
Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Lagoon. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, then explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then don't miss a visit to Diamond Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jokulsarlon trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Selfoss to Jokulsarlon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Hofskirkja Church
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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