12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Geysir
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Vienna

1
night
Geysir

Geysir ©
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 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Geysir route planner .

Vienna, Austria to Geysir is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Vienna to Geysir, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vienna in April, things will get little chillier in Geysir: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Bring the kids along to Diamond Beach and Hofn Swimming Pool. Change things up with these side-trips from Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour), Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur) and Glacier Lagoon (in Jokulsarlon). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Geysir to Hofn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Sveinsstekksfoss
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
On the 12th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Foss a Sidu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kirkjugolf.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur travel planning website .

You can drive from Hofn to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Skogar.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Foss a Sidu ©
Foss a Sidu

2
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then don't miss a visit to Dyrhólaey, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Skogar online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Skogar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer and Sundhollin Public Baths. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool (in Thorlakshofn) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Skogar to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Skogar in April, plan for little chillier nights in Reykjavik, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool, Thingvellir National Park, Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
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