12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

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Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
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Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Reykjavik
— 3 nights

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Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, then admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, and then Head underground at Lofthellir Lava Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip itinerary planning website.

Akranes to Reykjahlid is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally soothe aching muscles at Sundlaug Akureyrar. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri trip planner.

Drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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Grundarfjorour

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Budir Church and Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur and Djúpalónssandur beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Grundarfjorour: Gatklettur (in Arnarstapi), Ingjaldscholskirkja (in Rif) and Cave Vatnshellir (in Snaefellsbaer).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grundarfjorour day trip website.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Grundarfjorour takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave.

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You can drive from Grundarfjorour to Vik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Reykjavik

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Reykjavik Open Air Museum and The Icelandic Punk Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Videy Island and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and surround yourself with nature on Dogsledding Iceland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik planner.

Drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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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.