12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  3 h
1
Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Giantess in the Mountain, learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center, then take an in-depth tour of Viking World, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Keflavik trip itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Keflavik is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Keflavik. Expect colder weather when traveling from Boston in May: highs in Keflavik hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Keflavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Reynisdrangar
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Reynisdrangar ©
Reynisdrangar
Viking World ©
Viking World
Keflavik Maritime Center ©
Keflavik Maritime Center

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Skogasafn, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then make a trip to Crashed DC 3 Plane, and finally kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vik trip builder.

Traveling by car from Keflavik to Vik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

1
night
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull Glacier and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon. On the next day, make a splash at Hofn Swimming Pool, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vatnajokull National Park Visitor Center, and then see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hofn trip planner.

Drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hofn are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Reykjahlid holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hofn to Reykjahlid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hofn in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Reykjahlid, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Iceland and Hallgrimskirkja. Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) and Videy Island will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Strokkur (in Geysir), Gullfoss (in Blaskogabyggd), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Glymur (in Akranes). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to The Pearl (Perlan), examine the collection at Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition, and explore the striking landscape at Askja.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Keflavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Askja, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Falls, Glymur, Strokkur
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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

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night
Keflavik

Keflavik ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to The Giantess in the Mountain, then take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally examine the collection at Viking World.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Keflavik tour planner.

Drive from Reykjavik to Keflavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Reynisdrangar
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Viking World ©
Viking World
Keflavik Maritime Center ©
Keflavik Maritime Center

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