11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Vik
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15 h
End: Dubai

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sólheimajökulll and Mýrdalsjökull. Escape the urban bustle at Fjadrargljufur Canyon and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Vik: Hvolsvollur (Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss & Seljalandsfoss). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vik is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 4 hours. In November, Vik is colder than Dubai - with highs of 5°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Hvolsvollur, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Reynisdrangar
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4 hours. December in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and finally explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Selfoss Waterfall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Hverfjall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid visit site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Reykjahlid, with lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations ©
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Handknitting Association of Iceland and Bonus. Visiting Gunnuhver Hot Springs and Thingvellir National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Selfoss (Horseback Riding Tours & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Laugavegur and pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik driving holiday site .

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Grindavik, Selfoss, Thingvellir National Park
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thermal Spas

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