8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Budapest

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri online travel planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Akureyri is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for cooler days in Akureyri, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater.

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Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dimmuborgir Lava Formations ©
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 26th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 27th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selfoss.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

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nights
Selfoss

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Selfoss trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Vik to Selfoss takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Selfoss, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Strokkur, Gullfoss Falls, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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