12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Reykjavik
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Thingvellir
— 1 day
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
4
Arnarstapi
— 1 day
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Hellnar
— 1 night
Drive
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Rif
— 1 day
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Stykkisholmur
— 1 night
Drive
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Hvammstangi
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Varmahlid
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Akureyri
— 1 day
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Husavik
— 1 night
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12
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
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Egilsstadir
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Seydisfjordur
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Stodvarfjordur
— 1 night
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Djupivogur
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Hofn
Drive
18
Vatnajokull National Park
Drive
19
Jokulsarlon
— 2 nights
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20
Vik
— 1 night
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Geysir
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
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Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You've now added Blue Lagoon to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), boost your wellbeing at Blue Lagoon.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planning app.

Raleigh, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Raleigh to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Raleigh, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 37°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Thingvellir.

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Thingvellir

— 1 day
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Langjokull Glacier, and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thingvellir tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Thingvellir takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Thingvellir can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik day trip planning website.

Drive from Thingvellir to Reykjavik in an hour. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Arnarstapi.

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Arnarstapi

— 1 day
Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. You've now added Bjarnarfoss to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), kick back and relax at Ytri Tunga Beach, admire the sheer force of Bjarnarfoss, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ingjaldscholskirkja, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Saxholl Crater.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arnarstapi online tour planner.

Drive from Reykjavik to Arnarstapi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hellnar.

Things to do in Arnarstapi

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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Hellnar

— 1 night
To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hellnar trip itinerary planning app.

Hellnar is very close to Arnarstapi. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Rif.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches
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Rif

— 1 day
Your day by day itinerary now includes Borgarfjardarhofn - Hafnarholmi as well as Kirkjufell Mountain. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stykkisholmskirkja, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Borgarfjardarhofn - Hafnarholmi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rif road trip website.

Getting from Hellnar to Rif by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Stykkisholmur.

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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Stykkisholmur

— 1 night
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Stykkisholmur trip builder website.

Getting from Rif to Stykkisholmur by car takes about an hour. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Hvammstangi.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Tours · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Hvammstangi

Hvammstangi is an Icelandic village in the north-west part of the country, on Vatnsnes peninsula, situated on the Miðfjörður.It is the most densely populated area in the Húnaþing County, with a current population of about 580 people.OverviewHvammstangi is an important service center for the surrounding area. Hvitserkur has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Hvitserkur.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hvammstangi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Stykkisholmur to Hvammstangi takes 2.5 hours. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Varmahlid.

Things to do in Hvammstangi

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

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Varmahlid

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varmahlid journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Hvammstangi to Varmahlid takes 1.5 hours. October in Varmahlid sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Akureyri.

Things to do in Varmahlid

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
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Akureyri

— 1 day

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aldeyjarfoss as well as Goðafoss Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall and then head outdoors with Aldeyjarfoss.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Akureyri driving holiday planner.

Drive from Varmahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature · Outdoors · Parks

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Husavik

— 1 night
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Husavik sightseeing website.

You can drive from Akureyri to Husavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Husavik are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. You will leave for Reykjahlid on the 20th (Wed).

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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dettifoss Waterfall, Skutustaoagigar, Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Skutustaoagigar, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and finally take in the natural beauty of Mývatn Nature Baths.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Husavik to Reykjahlid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Egilsstadir.

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Nature · Parks

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Egilsstadir

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Egilsstadir online visit planner.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Egilsstadir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Egilsstadir can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Seydisfjordur.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Seydisfjordur

Your day by day itinerary now includes Seydisfjordur Church as well as Gufufoss. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Gufufoss and then pause for some serene contemplation at Seydisfjordur Church.

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Seydisfjordur is just a stone's throw from Egilsstadir. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Stodvarfjordur.

Things to do in Seydisfjordur

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Stodvarfjordur

— 1 night
Stöðvarfjörður is a village in east Iceland. For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Stodvarfjordur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seydisfjordur to Stodvarfjordur takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Djupivogur.

Things to do in Stodvarfjordur

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Djupivogur

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Traveling by car from Stodvarfjordur to Djupivogur takes 1.5 hours. In October in Djupivogur, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Hofn.

Things to do in Djupivogur

Shopping · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
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Hofn

Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hoffell Hot Tubs. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): test the waters at Hoffell Hot Tubs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn vacation app.

Getting from Djupivogur to Hofn by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Hofn

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hofn to Vatnajokull National Park. In October, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks
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Jokulsarlon

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Fellsfjara, contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jokulsarlon trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Jokulsarlon. In October in Jokulsarlon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vik online travel route planner.

You can drive from Jokulsarlon to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vik are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Geysir.

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Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kerið as well as Gullfoss Falls. On the 25th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls and then explore the activities along Kerið.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Geysir attractions planner.

Getting from Vik to Geysir by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Geysir are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

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Nature · Parks

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Before you visit Reykjavik, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Geysir to Reykjavik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Tue).

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Iceland travel guide

4.5
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.

Lake Myvatn travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous.