12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip itinerary planner

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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Vik
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, explore and take pictures at Ring Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik day trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Reykjavik is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Reykjavik, you'll gain 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in September: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 13°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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 22nd (Tue), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip tool.

Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Reykjahlid

— 2 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Viti Crater, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Hverfjall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Reykjahlid itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Grundarfjorour

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Cave Vatnshellir and Djúpalónssandur beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kirkjufell Mountain and Grundarfoss Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Grundarfjorour side-trips: Budir Church (in Budir) and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur (in Hellnar).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grundarfjorour travel planning website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Grundarfjorour in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, then push the limits with Katlatrack Adventure Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary app.

Getting from Grundarfjorour to Vik by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.