8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

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8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Shuttle:  13 h 15 min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Skogar
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Geysir
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Reykjavik, make a side trip to see Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, examine the collection at Aurora Reykjavik, and have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik journey planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Reykjavik. In December, Reykjavik is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Skogar.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then stroll through Dyrholaey, and finally make a trip to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

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You can drive from Reykjavik to Skogar in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, Skogar is a bit warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Vik
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
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Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

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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 3rd (Thu): take a memorable drive along Golden Circle Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geysir route planner .

Traveling by car from Skogar to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Skogar in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Geysir, with lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
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Strokkur

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