12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Grindavik
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Selfoss
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Hofn
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Isafjordur
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
9
Geysir
— Few hours
Bus + Taxi:  1 h
10
Thingvellir
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
11
Reykjavik
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  16 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik itinerary builder.

Edinburgh, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6-hour flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Edinburgh in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
You've now added Blue Lagoon to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at Blue Lagoon and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grindavik trip generator.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Grindavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Grindavik are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Grindavik

Spas Parks Nature
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Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon
Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rutshellir Cave. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): Head underground at Rutshellir Cave.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Selfoss custom trip planner.

You can drive from Grindavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Selfoss

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rutshellir Cave, Icelandic HorseWorld
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Icelandic HorseWorld ©
Icelandic HorseWorld
Rutshellir Cave ©
Rutshellir Cave

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reynisfjara Beach, Skogasafn and Skogafoss. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vik trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Selfoss to Vik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bulandstindur. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bulandstindur.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajokull, Bulandstindur
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Bulandstindur ©
Bulandstindur

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Hveradalir has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park and then make a trip to Hveradalir.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park vacation trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hveradalir
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hveradalir ©
Hveradalir

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Akureyri

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 23rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri travel itinerary creator.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Akureyri with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Isafjordur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©

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Isafjordur

Isafjordur ©
On the 25th (Sun), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at The Arctic Fox Centre.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Isafjordur holiday planner.

You can fly from Akureyri to Isafjordur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Isafjordur, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 27th (Tue), you're off toGeysir.

Things to do in Isafjordur

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Arctic Fox Centre, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve ©
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
The Arctic Fox Centre ©
The Arctic Fox Centre

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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.
Strokkur has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Geysir trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Isafjordur to Geysir in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Geysir sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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Thingvellir

Thingvellir ©
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thingvellir National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thingvellir trip builder.

You can drive from Geysir to Thingvellir in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Thingvellir can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Parks Nature
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Thingvellir to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 28th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Spas
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Lake Tjornin ©
Lake Tjornin
Spas & Wellness

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