15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Geysir
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  14 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Kerið (in Selfoss). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik road trip planning site .

Valletta, Malta to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Valletta in August; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerið, Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Kerið ©
Kerið

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths, then go for a walk through Viti Crater, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Krafla Lava Fields and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lac Polaire, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. August in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hofn: Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon) and Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hofn day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Sveinsstekksfoss
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Dyrhólaey.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Skogar trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Hofn to Skogar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Skogar sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geysir trip planner .

Traveling by car from Skogar to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Geysir, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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