48 days in Iceland Itinerary

48 days in Iceland Itinerary

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48 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Keflavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Landmannalaugar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
9
Hofn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Seydisfjordur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Borgarfjordur Eystri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Vopnafjordur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Raufarhofn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Asbyrgi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Husavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
16
Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
18
Grimsey Island
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
19
Siglufjordur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  44​h
End: Sydney

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Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the 11th (Fri), snap pictures at Bridge Between Continents, examine the collection at Viking World, then examine the collection at The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, then examine the collection at Duushus Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Brimketill, delve into the distant past at Selatangar, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Keflavik trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Keflavik is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for colder days in Keflavik, with highs around 12°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Selfoss.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Grindavik, Garoskagi Lighthouse, Bridge Between Continents, Hvalsneskirkja
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The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll ©
Thermal Spas
Viking World ©
Viking World

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Logberg (Law Rock), then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Selfoss travel route planning tool .

Getting from Keflavik to Selfoss by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Selfoss are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Haukadalur, Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, Gljúfrafoss
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laugavegur and Haifoss. Get in touch with nature at Fjallabak Nature Reserve and Hekla. It doesn't end there: go for a walk through Landmannalaugar and explore the activities along Ljótipollur.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Landmannalaugar online holiday planner .

Drive from Selfoss to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. In September in Landmannalaugar, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Vestmannaeyjar.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haifoss, Hekla
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Haifoss ©
Haifoss
Hekla ©
Hekla

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Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Island

Vestmannaeyjar ©
Vestmannaeyjar is a town and archipelago off the south coast of Iceland.The largest island, Heimaey, has a population of 4,135. Get a sense of the local culture at Eldheimar and Sagnheimar Folk Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Heimaklettur (Home Rock) and Eldfell. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Saeheimar Aquarium, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Natturugripasafn Vestmannaeyja), examine the collection at Landlyst Museum, and appreciate the views at Herjolf's Valley (Herjolfsdalur).

Planning Vestmannaeyjar trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Landmannalaugar to Vestmannaeyjar in 4 hours. September in Vestmannaeyjar sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Vestmannaeyjar

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heimaey Island
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Eldheimar ©
Eldheimar
Saeheimar Aquarium ©
Saeheimar Aquarium

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Skogar Museum and Rutshellir Cave. Explore hidden gems such as Sólheimajökulll and Mýrdalsjökull. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vestmannaeyjar to Vik in 2 hours. September in Vik sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftarstofa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minningarkapella ser Jons Steingrimssonar, and finally stroll through Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Skaftareldahraun, then admire the landmark architecture of Nupsstadur, then steep yourself in history at Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar, and finally admire the sheer force of Foss a Sidu.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur holiday maker app .

You can drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Foss a Sidu ©
Foss a Sidu
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon and Svinafellsjokull Glacier. Step out of Jokulsarlon with an excursion to Hofskirkja Church in Hof--about 36 minutes away.

Make your Jokulsarlon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Jokulsarlon are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off toVatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, and then explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park online itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Jokulsarlon to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafellsjokull ©
Skaftafellsjokull
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire

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Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Huldusteinn and The Thorbergur center will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Hofn Swimming Pool. Venture out of the city with trips to Djupivogur (Sveinsstekksfoss & Eggin i Gledivik) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vestrahorn.

Find out how to plan Hofn trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Djupivogur, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse
Vestrahorn ©
Vestrahorn

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Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Skalanes, take an in-depth tour of East Iceland Heritage Museum (Minjasafn Austurlands), then take in the dramatic scenery at Fardagafoss, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seydisfjordur day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Hofn to Seydisfjordur with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Seydisfjordur can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Egilsstadir
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Seydisfjordur Church ©
Seydisfjordur Church
Skalanes ©
Skalanes

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Borgarfjordur Eystri

Borgarfjordur Eystri ©
On the 8th (Thu), explore the activities along Raudamelsolkelda and then trek along Storurd.

Planning Borgarfjordur Eystri trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Seydisfjordur to Borgarfjordur Eystri with the Route module. In October in Borgarfjordur Eystri, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Vopnafjordur.

Things to do in Borgarfjordur Eystri

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Storurd ©
Storurd

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Vopnafjordur

Vopnafjordur ©
Vopnafjörður is a village and municipality in Northeast Iceland, standing on a peninsula in the middle of a mountainous bay by the same name. To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vopnafjordur trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Borgarfjordur Eystri to Vopnafjordur. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raufarhofn.

Things to do in Vopnafjordur

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Folaldafoss Waterfall
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Bustarfell Museum ©
Bustarfell Museum

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Raufarhofn

Raufarhofn ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Arctic Henge.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Raufarhofn trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vopnafjordur to Raufarhofn. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Asbyrgi.
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Arctic Henge ©
Arctic Henge

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Asbyrgi

Asbyrgi ©
To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asbyrgi holiday builder .

Explore your travel options from Raufarhofn to Asbyrgi with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Asbyrgi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Faro de Gardur
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Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Faro de Gardur ©
Faro de Gardur

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Husavik

Husavik ©
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
Get some cultural insight at The Húsavík Whale Museum and The Transportation Museum at Ystafell. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Thermal Spas. There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the interesting displays at The Exploration Museum, admire the striking features of Husavikurkirkja, and head outdoors with Active North.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Husavik route planning tool .

You can drive from Asbyrgi to Husavik in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Husavik

Outdoors Museums Tours
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
Horseback Riding Tours
Speed Boats Tours

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja and then steep yourself in history at Moorudalur Farm.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid online journey planner .

Drive from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Moorudalur Farm
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Askja ©
Askja
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hofdi ©
Hofdi

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Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Let the collections at Lytingsstadir Riding Tours and The Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Akureyri to Varmahlid to see Víðimýrarkirkja about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Safnasafnid The Folk and Outsider Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nordurslod - Into the Arctic, and relax and rejuvenate at Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grimsey Island.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Varmahlid
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
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Speed Boats Tours
Off-Road Tours
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours ©
Lytingsstadir Riding Tours

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Grimsey Island

Grimsey Island ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Orbis et Globus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grimsey Island journey maker tool .

You can fly from Akureyri to Grimsey Island in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siglufjordur.
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Orbis et Globus ©
Orbis et Globus

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Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Drangey Island, examine the collection at Herring Era Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Folk Music Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Siglufjordur trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grimsey Island to Siglufjordur. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Siglufjordur

Wildlife Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland, Drangey Island
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Herring Era Museum ©
Herring Era Museum
Hvoll Folk Museum of Dalvik Iceland ©

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