12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Valladolid
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hella
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Valladolid

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Spas & Wellness (in Grindavik). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, don't miss a visit to The Pearl (Perlan), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Valladolid, Spain to Reykjavik is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valladolid to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Valladolid in August, you will find days in Reykjavik are cooler (16°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
On the 10th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss. On the next day, cruise along Golden Circle Route.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geysir holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Geysir takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Geysir sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

1
night
Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Ljotipollur Lake and then stroll through Laugavegur.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Landmannalaugar travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Geysir to Landmannalaugar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Landmannalaugar can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Trails
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
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Ljótipollur

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Bring the kids along to Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, and don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik vacation trip planner.

Getting from Landmannalaugar to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

1
night
Hella

Hella ©
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss, examine the collection at Saga Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Icelandic HorseWorld.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Hella vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hella

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Saga Center
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Icelandic HorseWorld ©
Icelandic HorseWorld
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

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