20 days in Iceland Itinerary

20 days in Iceland Itinerary

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20 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + Bus:  8 h
1
Grindavik
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Vatnajokull National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
6
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Thingvellir
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
9
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Bucharest

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Folk Museum in Gardur & Lighthouses, explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Halsanefshellir. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get impressive views of Volcano Tours, and then make a trip to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Grindavik holiday planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Grindavik is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Grindavik, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grindavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Reynisdrangar, Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, Folk Museum in Gardur & Lighthouses
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Reynisdrangar ©
Reynisdrangar
Folk Museum in Gardur & Lighthouses ©
Folk Museum in Gardur & Lighthouses
Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant ©
Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant

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nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jokulsarlon Lagoon as well as Climbing Tours. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Grindavik to Vatnajokull National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glacier Lagoon
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vik itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

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nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Seljavallalaug. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skogar vacation trip planner.

Skogar is just a short distance from Vik. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Gljúfrafoss
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Rutshellir Cave ©
Rutshellir Cave
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Skalholt Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Golden Circle Route.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Geysir trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Skogar to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll set off for Blaskogabyggd on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Skalholt Cathedral
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blaskogabyggd tour planner.

Blaskogabyggd is just a short distance from Geysir. In January in Blaskogabyggd, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will leave for Thingvellir on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Golf
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then examine the collection at Wildlife Museum Veidisafnid, and then see the interesting displays at Orgelsmidjan / Pipe Organ Workshop and Exhibition. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga and then admire the sheer force of Glymur.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thingvellir travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Thingvellir in an hour. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Thingvellir, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stokkseyri, LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga, Glymur
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LA Art Museum - Listasafn Arnesinga ©
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Christmas Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, and then admire the sheer force of Godafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then examine the collection at The Aviation Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Akureyri online itinerary creator.

Getting from Thingvellir to Akureyri by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Thingvellir in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -4°C in Akureyri. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Parks Nature
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The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
The Aviation Museum ©
The Aviation Museum

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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.
Let the collections at National Museum of Iceland and Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laugavegur and The Settlement Centre. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, get engrossed in the history at Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and examine the collection at Volcano House.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Settlement Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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