12 days in Iceland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

12 days in Iceland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Paphos, Cyprus
Fly:  13 h
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hella, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h 45 min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Paphos, Cyprus

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Hallgrimskirkja are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thingvellir National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Reykjavik with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Grindavik, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, cast your line with a fishing tour, take a stroll through Laugavegur, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Reykjavik day trip tool .

Paphos, Cyprus to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Paphos in May, expect Reykjavik to be colder, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

1
night
Hella, Iceland

Hella ©
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hella online travel planner .

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hella are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lava Centre
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at Savior on the Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peterhof Grand Palace and Sobor Petra I Pavla. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Grand Maket Russia, steep yourself in history at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, admire the masterpieces at Erarta Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg tour planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hella to St. Petersburg. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hella to St. Petersburg. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hella in May: highs in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral

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