12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
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Budir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thingvellir
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindavik
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 1 night
Drive
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Kirkjubaejarklaustur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Keflavik
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Berlin

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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik itinerary website.

Berlin, Germany to Reykjavik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Budir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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Budir

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Budir Church, then explore the striking landscape at Londrangar, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gatklettur. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ytri Tunga Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Hellnar Church, then stroll through Djúpalónssandur beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Malariff Lighthouse.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budir online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Budir in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thingvellir.

Things to do in Budir

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Thingvellir

— 1 night
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galgaklettur, then admire the sheer force of Oxararfoss, and then explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock).

To find out how to plan a trip to Thingvellir, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Budir to Thingvellir in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindavik.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Grindavik

— 2 nights
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bridge Between Continents.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grindavik road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Thingvellir to Grindavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Grindavik

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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Vik

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 27th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, and finally get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik route planner.

Drive from Grindavik to Vik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. July in Vik sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur

— 3 nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park and Lac Polaire. Venture out of the city with trips to Skaftafell (Skeioara Bridge Monument & Svartifoss Waterfall). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, go for a walk through Scenic Green Lava Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Stjornarfoss, and explore the striking landscape at Skaftarstofa.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Keflavik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Keflavik

— 1 night
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Gardur, see the interesting displays at Viking World, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Keflavik trip planner.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Keflavik in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. In July in Keflavik, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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South Region travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Beaches
Home to some of the country's most striking scenery and richest history, it is no surprise that Iceland's South Region ranks as one of its popular tourist destinations. The centers of medieval power and picturesque rural areas are a big draw, but few sights can complete with the region's national park. Its waterfalls, glaciers, and geological wonders have served as the dramatic setting for some of Iceland's best known sagas. Make sure to sample some local ingredients from the region, as the western part of South Iceland is considered its agricultural heartland, with especially good dairy products.

Reykjanes Peninsula travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Hot Springs · Bridges
Featuring both bizarre and beautiful landscapes, the Southern Peninsula epitomizes the quirks, charm, and otherworldliness of rural Iceland. The lava fields that cover much of peninsula are some of the youngest in country and are largely responsible for the area's fantastic array of scenery. The peninsula's biggest city, Keflavik, retains a distinctly small-town feel and boasts a number of picturesque walking trails. Most visitors and locals spend their time by the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the area's striking beaches and cliffs. After a long day exploring, you can relax in one of the area's famed traditional spas.