23 days in Iceland Itinerary

23 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip maker

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hella
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Hella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 4 nights
Drive
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Svinafell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 3 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 11 nights
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Hella

— 2 nights
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. On the 10th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall and then get outside with Gljúfrafoss. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls and then cast your line with MudShark Tours.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hella road trip planner.

Pisa, Italy to Hella is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Pisa to Hella, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pisa in December, with highs in Hella at 3°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Vik

— 4 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Vik is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dyrhólaey.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Svinafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Svinafell

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Fellsfjara and then explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Svinafell trip planner.

You can drive from Vik to Svinafell in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Svinafell can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Svinafell

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Geysir

— 3 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Geysir is known for nature and golf. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, head outdoors with Fjallhalla Adventurers, and soothe aching muscles at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Geysir trip planner.

You can drive from Svinafell to Geysir in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Reykjavik

— 11 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir (Kaldidalur Valley & Thingvellir National Park). Spend the 23rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Iceland, and examine the collection at Perlan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Geysir to Reykjavik by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 31:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.