12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Geysir
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto


3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of Reykjavik to go to Thingvellir and see Thingvellir National Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Reykjavik online holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri journey planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Reykjavik in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Akureyri, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours
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Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur ©
Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 13th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip planner .

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Reykjahlid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire, and finally admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hof day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Hof takes 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjahlid in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hof, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon Lagoon
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Jokulsarlon Lagoon ©
Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and finally make a trip to Crashed DC 3 Plane.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hof to Vik by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

1
night
Geysir

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.
On the 18th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, and then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geysir online visit planner .

You can drive from Vik to Geysir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Geysir sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Blaskogabyggd
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Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

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