12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
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:  1​h 45​min
5
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Snaefellsbaer
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik sightseeing planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Reykjavik is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in August, with highs in Reykjavik at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reykjadalur Hot Springs, The Settlement Center
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Videy Island ©
Videy Island

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally steep yourself in history at Saurbaejarkirkja.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Akureyri vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mud Pots.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner .

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverarond ©
Hverarond

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night
Hof

Hof ©
On the 2nd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church, explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then get outside with Diamond Beach, then explore the activities along Lac Polaire, and finally admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hof trip app .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Hof takes 7 hours. In September in Hof, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Diamond Beach, Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see Secret Iceland.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Hof to Kirkjubaejarklaustur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Secret Iceland ©
Secret Iceland

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night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik trip planning site .

Getting from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vik are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Skogar
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Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, look for gifts at Una Local Store, see the interesting displays at Lava Centre, then admire the sheer force of Urridafoss Waterfall, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hella trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hella are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Urridafoss Waterfall, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Urridafoss Waterfall ©
Urridafoss Waterfall
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Una Local Store ©
Una Local Store

3
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir, then kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olafsvikurkirkja, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Snaefellsbaer online trip maker .

You can drive from Hella to Snaefellsbaer in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kirkjufell Mountain, Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, Budir Church, Olafsvikurkirkja, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Olafsvikurkirkja ©
Olafsvikurkirkja

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