12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland visit planner

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Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly
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Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
Drive
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Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Food Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

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Nice, France to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nice to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nice in August, things will get colder in Reykjavik: highs are around 16°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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 16th (Sun), relax and float downstream with Viking Rafting, take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja, and finally admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri road trip planning app.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Akureyri

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Hofn

— 3 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Bring the kids along to Glacier Lagoon and Glacier Adventure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour), Diamond Beach (in Jokulsarlon) and Vatnajokull (in Vatnajokull National Park). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool, explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Akureyri to Hofn by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Hofn sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 20th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show, and finally kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik online trip builder.

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to 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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Ljótipollur, then take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar, and then hike along Laugavegur.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Landmannalaugar trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vik to Landmannalaugar in 3 hours. August in Landmannalaugar sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Blaskogabyggd

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Landmannalaugar to Blaskogabyggd takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature · Parks

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.