9 days in Iceland Itinerary

9 days in Iceland Itinerary

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9 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9 h 15 min
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Reykjavik
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Hunavatnshreppur
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Blue Lagoon Iceland.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online travel route planner .

Toronto, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Spas

Side Trip

Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon

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Hella

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skogafoss. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre and then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hella journey planning tool .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 1°C in Hella. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
UNA Local Product ©
UNA Local Product

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Skaftarstofa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur online day trip planner .

Drive from Hella to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature
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Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Thorbergur center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hofn vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hofn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

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Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Fardagafoss, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagarfljot, and then get outside with Hengifoss.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Egilsstadir journey maker .

You can drive from Hofn to Egilsstadir in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hofn in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Egilsstadir, with lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fardagafoss ©
Fardagafoss
Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Egilsstadir to Akureyri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Akureyri are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hunavatnshreppur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan)

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Hunavatnshreppur

Hunavatnshreppur ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Textile Museum, experience rural life at Stora - Asgeirsa, then get great views at Svalbard Seal Watching Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hvitserkur.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hunavatnshreppur tour planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Hunavatnshreppur in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Hunavatnshreppur

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Vatnsnes, Stora - Asgeirsa, Textile Museum
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Hvitserkur ©
Hvitserkur
Textile Museum ©
Textile Museum
Stora - Asgeirsa ©
Stora - Asgeirsa

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
On the 25th (Tue), make a trip to Reykjavik Open Air Museum, explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, and then see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Tales from Iceland and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hunavatnshreppur to Reykjavik in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, The Settlement Center
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Tales from Iceland ©
Tales from Iceland
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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