12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland tour planner

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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Shuttle to Bsí, Bus to Akureyri
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grundarfjorour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly to Larnaca, Bus to Paphos

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Saurbaejarkirkja, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then shop like a local with Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, and finally let the river carry you with Viking Rafting.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri online vacation builder.

Paphos, Cyprus to Akureyri is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Paphos to Akureyri, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Paphos in August; daily highs in Akureyri reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Reykjahlid

— 2 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Selfoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, then admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, and then go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner.

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grundarfjorour

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with Laki Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, then examine the collection at Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grundarfoss Waterfall. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Budir Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Grundarfjorour trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Grundarfjorour takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then listen to music at Icelandic Lava Show, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally push the limits with Katlatrack Adventure Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Zipline.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Vik trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grundarfjorour to Vik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Reykjavik

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Popular historic sites such as Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Videy Island are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reykjadalur Hot Springs and Krysuvik. Change things up with a short trip to Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery Holavallagardur, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik online vacation planner.

You can drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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.