12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Dubai

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Reykjavik

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Iceland, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online journey maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Reykjavik is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in November, with highs in Reykjavik at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally soothe aching muscles at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Geysir travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Geysir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Geysir can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Vik is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vik driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Geysir in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Hella

— 2 nights
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall and then head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hella online route planner.

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hella

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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.