12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland holiday planner

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Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 1 night
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Reykjavik
— 4 nights
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Blaskogabyggd

— 1 night
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 21st (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Blaskogabyggd is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Blaskogabyggd reach 57°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, stroll through Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and finally get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vik online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Blaskogabyggd to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Landmannalaugar

— 1 night
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. On the 23rd (Mon), go for a walk through Landmannalaugar and then hike along Laugavegur.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Landmannalaugar trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Vik to Landmannalaugar takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Reykjahlid

— 3 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Reykjahlid is known for nature and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, head outdoors with Vindbelgjarfjall, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid travel app.

You can drive from Landmannalaugar to Reykjahlid in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 27th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on Whale Watching Hauganes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akureyri online travel planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Reykjavik

— 4 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 Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, see Off-Road Tours, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip planning website.

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.