11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  18 h 15 min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Dubai

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Thingvellir National Park and Volcano Tours. Strandarkirkja and Stekkjarkot will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Reykjavik to go to Akranes and see Akranes Lighthouse, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, make a trip to Laugavegur, see the interesting displays at Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik travel itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Reykjavik is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in January, with highs in Reykjavik at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stekkjarkot, Volcano Tours, Thingvellir National Park, Strandarkirkja, Akranes Lighthouse
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Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Akranes Lighthouse ©
Akranes Lighthouse

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur, then fly down the slopes at Hlíðarfjall, then see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at Christmas Garden, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), then contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Akureyri travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -4°C in Akureyri. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Hlíðarfjall ©
Hlíðarfjall
Horseback Riding Tours
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): Head underground at Rutshellir Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vik custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Akureyri to Vik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Rutshellir Cave ©
Rutshellir Cave
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get impressive views of Hekla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Skalholt Cathedral, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Hjalparfoss and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Geysir tour planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Geysir are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Region, Gullfoss Falls, Skalholt Cathedral
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Hjalparfoss ©
Hjalparfoss
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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