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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Thingvellir National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, browse the exhibits of Perlan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip 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. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Reykjavik to be cooler, temps between 36°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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), 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 Dyrholaey, and finally don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Skogar tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Skogar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Skogar, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Solheimasandur Plane Wreck ©
Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

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 3rd (Thu): get outside with Golden Circle Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Geysir itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Skogar to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Skogar in January, Geysir is slightly colder at night with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Blaskogabyggd
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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