13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hraunfossar and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. The Settlement Center and National Museum of Iceland will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Borgarnes Museum (in Borgarnes), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Tales from Iceland, see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik online road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Reykjavik is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, things will get slightly colder in Reykjavik: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Hvolsvollur, Horseback Riding Tours, Thingvellir National Park, Hraunfossar
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Hverfjall. Visiting Krafla Lava Fields and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and don't miss a visit to Viti Crater.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Akureyri online route planner.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Akureyri are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vik travel planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Akureyri to Vik in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blaskogabyggd trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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