12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  30 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hraunfossar and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Thingvellir National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Hveragerdi (Reykjadalur Hot Springs & Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum), The Cave (in Reykholt) and Borgarnes Museum (in Borgarnes). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, The Cave, Thingvellir National Park, Hraunfossar, Borgarnes Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Cave ©
The Cave

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Visiting Krafla Lava Fields and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), contemplate the long history of Saurbaejarkirkja, and take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Akureyri sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Speed Boats Tours

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 14th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip site .

Getting from Akureyri to Vik by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vik are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, then take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd trip maker tool .

You can drive from Vik to Blaskogabyggd in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Blaskogabyggd sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Strokkur, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Geysir ©
Geysir

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