31 days in Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Iceland Itinerary

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31 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvolsvollur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
End: Asheville

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 2nd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Gjain, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Geysir holiday app .

Asheville, USA to Geysir is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Geysir is 5 hours. Traveling from Asheville in July, expect nights in Geysir to be slightly colder, around 48°F, while days are colder, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then look for gifts at UNA Local Product, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Hekla, take in the dramatic scenery at Thjofafoss, then contemplate the long history of Keldur, then admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, and finally learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hvolsvollur itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Geysir to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hvolsvollur can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hella, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Hekla
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Horseback Riding Tours
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vik: Fjadrargljufur Canyon (in Kirkjubaejarklaustur) and Volcano Eyjafjallajokull (in Selfoss). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vik driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Hvolsvollur to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Vik, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogafoss, Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at The Thorbergur center, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hofn holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hofn, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Go for a jaunt from Vatnajokull National Park to Svinafell to see Svinafellsjokull Glacier about 2 hours away. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park in 4.5 hours. July in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Svinafellsjokull Glacier
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi), Husavik (The Húsavík Whale Museum, Speed Boats Tours, & more) and Faro de Gardur (in Gardur). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, explore the striking landscape at Askja, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. In July, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Faro de Gardur, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Change things up with a short trip to Glaumbaer Museum in Varmahlid (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at The Aviation Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Glaumbaer Museum
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Horseback Riding Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

6
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Kerið (in Selfoss). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in July, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park, Kerið, Bridge Between Continents
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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