12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Grundarfjorour
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Grundarfjorour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Bus to Reykjavík, Fly to Husavik
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Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly
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Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly

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Grundarfjorour

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirkjufell Mountain and Laki Tours. Get in touch with nature at Cave Vatnshellir and Grundarfoss Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grundarfjorour: Stykkisholmskirkja (in Stykkisholmur), Hellnar (Dritvik and Djupalonssandur & Djúpalónssandur beach) and Londrangar Basalt Cliffs (in Hellissandur).

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Grundarfjorour sightseeing planner.

Boston, USA to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Grundarfjorour is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

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Vik

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Rutshellir Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, listen to music at Icelandic Lava Show, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Grundarfjorour to Vik by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 2nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and then admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, explore the fascinating underground world of Lofthellir Lava Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall, and finally go for a walk through Viti Crater.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Reykjahlid in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vik in September, Reykjahlid is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

1
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Akureyri

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 4th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Akureyri trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Reykjavik Open Air Museum and The Icelandic Punk Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reykjadalur Hot Springs and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Step out of Reykjavik with an excursion to Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Videy Island, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik route planning site.

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

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.