10 days in Iceland Itinerary

10 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
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Geysir
— 1 night
Drive
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Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardur
— 1 night
Drive
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Sandgerdi
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindavik
— 3 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik travel route planning app.

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 36°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Geysir

— 1 night
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Geysir, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Geysir holiday planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Geysir in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Geysir sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Keflavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Keflavik

— 1 night
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the 9th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Stekkjarkot, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get engrossed in the history at Viking World.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Keflavik trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Geysir to Keflavik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gardur.

Things to do in Keflavik

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Gardur

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Folk Museum in Gardur & Lighthouses and then visit a coastal fixture at Garoskagi Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gardur trip itinerary builder.

Gardur is very close to Keflavik. In December, daytime highs in Gardur are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Sandgerdi.

Things to do in Gardur

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Sandgerdi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hvalsneskirkja.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sandgerdi tour builder.

Sandgerdi is just a short distance from Gardur. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 29°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grindavik.

Things to do in Sandgerdi

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
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Grindavik

— 3 nights
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Krysuvik, then pause for some serene contemplation at Strandarkirkja, and then don't miss a visit to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Selatangar, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and finally take in the views from Bridge Between Continents.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grindavik online trip itinerary maker.

Grindavik is just a short distance from Sandgerdi. In December, daily temperatures in Grindavik can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Reykjanes Peninsula travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Hot Springs · Bridges
Featuring both bizarre and beautiful landscapes, the Southern Peninsula epitomizes the quirks, charm, and otherworldliness of rural Iceland. The lava fields that cover much of peninsula are some of the youngest in country and are largely responsible for the area's fantastic array of scenery. The peninsula's biggest city, Keflavik, retains a distinctly small-town feel and boasts a number of picturesque walking trails. Most visitors and locals spend their time by the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the area's striking beaches and cliffs. After a long day exploring, you can relax in one of the area's famed traditional spas.