12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Grundarfjorour
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vik
— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Blue Lagoon (in Grindavik) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Hella). There's much more to do: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, stop by Nordic Store, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online travel route builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Reykjavik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 2 nights

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and then take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip builder.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.
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Akureyri — 3 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whale Watching Hauganes and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Siglufjordur (The Herring Era Museum & Folk Music Center) and Husavik (The Exploration Museum, The Húsavík Whale Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Akureyri Botanical Garden and take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip website.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grundarfjorour.
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Grundarfjorour — 1 night

On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Grundarfoss Waterfall, get up close to creatures of the deep with Laki Tours, then take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, and finally kick back and relax at Ytri Tunga Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grundarfjorour route app.

You can drive from Akureyri to Grundarfjorour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.
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Vik — 3 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Dyrhólaey, stroll through Black Sand Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church, and finally get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vik vacation website.

You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Vik in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Vik sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.
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