12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hellnar
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hvolsvollur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Accra

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saurbaejarkirkja and Matthiasarhus. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery and Puffin and Friends. Get out of town with these interesting Akureyri side-trips: Textile Museum (in Blonduos), Glaumbaer Museum (in Varmahlid) and Hofsos (Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi & The Icelandic Emigration Center). There's much more to do: stop by Flora, Akureyri, get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland, and shop like a local with Brunir Horse.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Akureyri trip planner .

Accra, Ghana to Akureyri is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. In October, Akureyri is much colder than Accra - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hofsos, Textile Museum, Glaumbaer Museum, Puffin and Friends
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Puffin and Friends ©
Puffin and Friends
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Hallgrimskirkja and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Iceland and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. When in Reykjavik, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Grindavik, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Dead Gallery/Studio, look for gifts at JS Watch Company, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kolaportid Flea Market.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip website .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Hellnar.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, then identify plant and animal life at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Djúpalónssandur beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ytri Tunga Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hellnar trip planner .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Hellnar in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ytri Tunga Beach, Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Ytri Tunga Beach ©
Ytri Tunga Beach

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vik day trip planning app .

Drive from Hellnar to Vik in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal ©
Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal

2
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". On the 30th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, and finally stop by UNA Local Store.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hvolsvollur online trip maker .

Drive from Vik to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

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