12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Selfoss
— 1 night
Drive
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Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Vik
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hofn
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive
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Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 2 nights

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Selfoss

— 1 night
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs, explore the activities along Kerið, and then get curious at Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then make a trip to Tre Og List, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Selfoss travel route builder site.

Reykjavik to Selfoss is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. March in Selfoss sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Geysir

— 2 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hrunalaug, then soothe aching muscles at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and finally take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then experience rural life at Fridheimar, and finally admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Geysir trip builder.

Traveling by car from Selfoss to Geysir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Geysir are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, then contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, and finally stroll through Black Sand Beach.

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Drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Vik sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hofn

— 2 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 30th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and then try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Egilsstadir

— 1 night
On the 1st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Fardagafoss, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagarfljot, then head outdoors with Hengifoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Litlanesfoss.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Egilsstadir tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hofn to Egilsstadir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hofn in March, Egilsstadir is a bit cooler at night with lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then examine the collection at The Industry Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Husavikurkirkja, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, and finally shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Akureyri travel route planner.

Getting from Egilsstadir to Akureyri by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 4th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and finally take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

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.