12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 1 night
Drive
3
Jokulsarlon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Husavik
— 1 night
Drive
6
Drangsnes
— 1 night
Drive
7
Budir
— 1 night
Drive
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Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gullfoss Falls and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall (in Skalholt), Strokkur (in Geysir) and Haukadalur (in Blaskogabyggd). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, relax in the rural setting at Hradastadir Horse Riding & Farm, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik online vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get cooler in Reykjavik: highs are around 58°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

— 1 night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, then make a trip to Scenic Green Lava Walk, and finally stroll through Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Jokulsarlon

— 1 night
On the 26th (Mon), explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then kick back and relax at Fellsfjara, and then explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jokulsarlon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Jokulsarlon in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Jokulsarlon can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Reykjahlid

— 2 nights
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Viti Crater, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip planner.

Drive from Jokulsarlon to Reykjahlid in 6 hours. In July, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Rauoanes Point, get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, then head outdoors with Salka Whale Watching, and finally admire the striking features of Husavikurkirkja.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Husavik vacation builder website.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Husavik in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Drangsnes.

Things to do in Husavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Drangsnes

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Hot Pots and then head off the coast to Grimsey Island Drangsnes.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Drangsnes route planner.

You can drive from Husavik to Drangsnes in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Husavik in July, expect nights in Drangsnes to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budir.

Things to do in Drangsnes

Parks · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Budir

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore and take pictures at Gatklettur, then explore the striking landscape at Londrangar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ytri Tunga Beach.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Budir trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Drangsnes to Budir takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Keflavik.

Things to do in Budir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Keflavik

— 1 night
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then examine the collection at Viking World, and then take in the awesome beauty at Keilir.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Keflavik trip planner.

You can drive from Budir to Keflavik in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Keflavik are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:

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.

East Region travel guide

4.4
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Waterfalls

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.

Westfjords Region travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Waterfalls · Geologic Formations