12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h
Akureyri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss, take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Akureyri trip site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Akureyri is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Akureyri. In September, Akureyri is colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Godafoss
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Godafoss ©
Godafoss

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hverarond, then explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid online road trip planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time 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

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
On the 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, then explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Hof takes 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hof can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Hof

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Skaftafell, 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 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Systrafoss, admire the majestic nature at Skaftarstofa, take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, and finally take in breathtaking views at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kirkjubaejarklaustur attractions planning tool .

Drive from Hof to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

#Nature, #Parks
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Stjornarfoss ©
Stjornarfoss

2
nights
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, examine the collection at Skogasafn, then explore the striking landscape at Gljufrafoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, and then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vik driving holiday app .

Drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Reynisdrangar, Gljufrafoss, Skogasafn
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Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogasafn ©
Skogasafn

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Videy Island, then see the interesting displays at Reykjavik Maritime Museum, then explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and finally explore the galleries of Perlan. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Settlement Center, get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and then trek along Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik route maker .

Getting from Vik to Reykjavik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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