12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  21 h 30 min
1
Stykkisholmur
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Houston

1
night
Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur ©
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helgafell, get outside with Sugandisey, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stykkisholmskirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Norska Husio (The Norwegian House) and then see the interesting displays at Volcano Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Stykkisholmur itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Stykkisholmur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Museums Parks Nature
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Norska Husio ©
Norska Husio
Stykkisholmskirkja ©
Stykkisholmskirkja
Helgafell ©
Helgafell

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Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey, then explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik sightseeing planner.

Drive from Stykkisholmur to Vik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

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nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Holar Cathedral and Vioimyrarkirkja Church. Step out of the city life by going to Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn) and Godafoss. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), contemplate the long history of Matthiasarhus, see the interesting displays at The Aviation Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Akureyri in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holar Cathedral, Mývatn Nature Baths, Víðimýrarkirkja
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Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Holar Cathedral ©
Holar Cathedral
Víðimýrarkirkja ©
Víðimýrarkirkja

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition and Stekkjarkot. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Strandarkirkja and Laugavegur. And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Landakotskirkja, examine the collection at Volcano House, and stop by Skumaskot.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Strandarkirkja, Stekkjarkot
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Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse
Stekkjarkot ©
Stekkjarkot

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