18 days in Iceland Itinerary

18 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Grindavik
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Lake Myvatn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Husavik
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Hofn
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
7
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Geysir
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  37 h
End: Bangkok

2
nights
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindavik side-trips: Reykjavik (Horseback Riding Tours, National Museum of Iceland, &more).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grindavik trip itinerary app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Grindavik is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bangkok to Grindavik due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in September: high temperatures in Grindavik hover around 12°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Grindavik

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Reykjavik
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 27th (Tue), shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grindavik to Akureyri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Akureyri are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Lake Myvatn.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Museums
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

2
nights
Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn ©
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna.
Lake Myvatn is known for nature, parks, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Myvatn trip website.

You can drive from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lake Myvatn can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Husavik.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Nature Parks
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Husavik day trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Myvatn to Husavik in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Husavik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Husavik

Museums
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum

1
night
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll around Skriduklaustur and then head outdoors with Hengifoss.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Egilsstadir trip planner.

You can drive from Husavik to Egilsstadir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
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Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
Skriduklaustur ©
Skriduklaustur

1
night
Hofn

Hofn
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hofn visit planning app.

You can drive from Egilsstadir to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer route maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Snaefellsbaer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geysir: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Kerið (in Selfoss). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geysir trip planner.

Drive from Snaefellsbaer to Geysir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus. In October, daytime highs in Geysir are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Kerið, Fridheimar, Gullfoss Falls
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar) and Fjadrargljufur Canyon (in Kirkjubaejarklaustur). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Geysir to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Laugavegur, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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