15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Snaefellsbaer
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
End: Playa del Carmen

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some historical perspective at Hallgrimskirkja and Galgaklettur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Blaskogabyggd (Haukadalur & Gullfoss), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and see the interesting displays at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

Make your Reykjavik itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Reykjavik is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Reykjavik. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, with highs in Reykjavik at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Gullfoss Falls, Strokkur, Thermal Spas
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Vik Church and Reyniskirkja Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, Head underground at Rutshellir Cave, and explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vik online trip maker .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Reykjavik in December since evenings lows in Vik dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

2
nights
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell National Park. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hof trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. January in Hof sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach

4
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Popular historic sites such as Budir Church and Olafsvikurkirkja are in your itinerary. Svortuloft Lighthouse and Ingjaldscholskirkja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Snaefellsbaer: Ytri Tunga Beach (in Arnarstapi), Rauðasandur (in Latrabjarg) and Djúpalónssandur beach (in Hellnar).

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Snaefellsbaer trip planner.

Getting from Hof to Snaefellsbaer by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Olafsvik, Hellnar, Rauðasandur, Kirkjufellsfoss, Ytri Tunga Beach
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Ytri Tunga Beach ©
Ytri Tunga Beach
Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss

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