12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Eau Claire
Fly:  18 h
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Skogar
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
3
Vik
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Hofn
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
6
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Akureyri
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Snaefellsbaer
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
9
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Eau Claire

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Bruarfoss Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kerið, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary tool.

Eau Claire, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 18- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Eau Claire in July, you will find days in Reykjavik are colder (58°F), and nights are slightly colder (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Skogar.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kerið, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Seljavallalaug, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and finally kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Skogar trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Skogar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Skogar are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

1
day
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Svartifoss Waterfall as well as Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, identify plant and animal life at Glacier Adventure, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary maker tool.

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In July, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Glacier Adventure, Svartifoss Waterfall
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Glacier Adventure ©
Glacier Adventure
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

few
hours
Hofn

Hofn
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hofn trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Hofn sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Egilsstadir

Egilsstadir ©
You've now added Storurd to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and then hike along Storurd.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Egilsstadir road trip website.

Getting from Hofn to Egilsstadir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Egilsstadir can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Storurd
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Storurd ©
Storurd

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mývatn Nature Baths, Grjotagja Cave and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the 21st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and finally savor the flavors at The Akureyri Food Walk. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, explore the striking landscape at Hverir, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Akureyri
Highlights from your plan
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
You've now added Glaumbaer Museum to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Swimmingpool, see the interesting displays at Glaumbaer Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Grábrók Volcano, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Barnafoss.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Akureyri day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Grábrók Volcano, Barnafoss, Swimmingpool, Glaumbaer Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grábrók Volcano ©
Grábrók Volcano
Barnafoss ©
Barnafoss
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum

1
day
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Djúpalónssandur beach, Saxholl Crater, Skardsvik Beach, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Gatklettur, enjoy the sea views from Malariff Lighthouse, Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach, then go for a walk through Saxholl Crater, and finally stroll through Skardsvik Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Snaefellsbaer travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Akureyri to Snaefellsbaer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grundarfjorour, Hellnar
Highlights from your plan
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Gatklettur ©
Gatklettur

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
You've added Kleifarvatn, Blue Lagoon, Kolaportid Flea Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Tjornin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, gain interesting insight with Free Walking Tour Reykjavik, then hunt for treasures at Kolaportid Flea Market, and finally kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kleifarvatn and then test the waters at Blue Lagoon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Snaefellsbaer to Reykjavik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Blue Lagoon, Kleifarvatn
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Lake Tjornin ©
Lake Tjornin

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