12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
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Budir
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindavik
Drive
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Thingvellir
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geysir
Drive
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Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Frankfurt

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik journey site.

Frankfurt, Germany to Reykjavik is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Frankfurt in July: highs in Reykjavik hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Budir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Budir

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Londrangar and Malariff Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budir: Djúpalónssandur beach (in Hellnar) and Ytri-Raudamelur church (in Borgarfjorour).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Budir trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Reykjavik to Budir in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grindavik.

Things to do in Budir

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Grindavik

A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
On the 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take an in-depth tour of The Icelandic Saltfish Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grindavik tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Budir to Grindavik by car takes about 3 hours. July in Grindavik sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Grindavik

Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Thingvellir

— 1 night
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thingvellir trip builder tool.

Getting from Grindavik to Thingvellir by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Thingvellir are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 26th (Mon): get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vik travel planner.

Traveling by car from Thingvellir to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Vik, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

— 3 nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park (in Vatnajokull National Park) and Skaftafell (Svinafell Glacier, Svartifoss Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftarstofa, and contemplate the long history of Dwarf Crags Dverghamrar.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur day trip planning site.

You can drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 31st (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Geysir trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Geysir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Geysir, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Keflavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Keflavik

— 1 night
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. On the 31st (Sat), examine the collection at Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll and then don't miss a visit to The Giantess in the Mountain.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Keflavik holiday planning website.

Drive from Geysir to Keflavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums

Side Trip

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.

Reykjanes Peninsula travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Hot Springs · Bridges
Featuring both bizarre and beautiful landscapes, the Southern Peninsula epitomizes the quirks, charm, and otherworldliness of rural Iceland. The lava fields that cover much of peninsula are some of the youngest in country and are largely responsible for the area's fantastic array of scenery. The peninsula's biggest city, Keflavik, retains a distinctly small-town feel and boasts a number of picturesque walking trails. Most visitors and locals spend their time by the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the area's striking beaches and cliffs. After a long day exploring, you can relax in one of the area's famed traditional spas.

South Region travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Beaches
Home to some of the country's most striking scenery and richest history, it is no surprise that Iceland's South Region ranks as one of its popular tourist destinations. The centers of medieval power and picturesque rural areas are a big draw, but few sights can complete with the region's national park. Its waterfalls, glaciers, and geological wonders have served as the dramatic setting for some of Iceland's best known sagas. Make sure to sample some local ingredients from the region, as the western part of South Iceland is considered its agricultural heartland, with especially good dairy products.