11 days in Barcelona & Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Barcelona & Iceland Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona sightseeing planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Barcelona is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City to Barcelona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi), Blaskogabyggd (Haukadalur & Gullfoss Falls) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, stop by Hidden People Iceland, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Reykjavik in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Barcelona in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 2°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Iceland travel guide

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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.