33 days in Iceland Itinerary

33 days in Iceland Itinerary

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33 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Akureyri
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Geysir
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

7
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Kerið (in Selfoss), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik route maker .

Amsterdam, Holland to Reykjavik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Kerið
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

5
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Akureyri: Puffin and Friends (in Saudarkrokur), Monumento a Stephan Stephansson (in Skagafjordur) and Víðimýrarkirkja (in Varmahlid). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, examine the collection at The Industry Museum, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri trip builder app .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Reykjavik in December since evenings lows in Akureyri dip to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hofsos, Puffin and Friends, Monumento a Stephan Stephansson, Víðimýrarkirkja
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjahlid: Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi), Faro de Gardur (in Gardur) and Husavik (Husavikurkirkja & Speed Boats Tours). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Askja, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and don't miss a visit to Viti Crater.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods), Selfoss Waterfall, Faro de Gardur
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

4
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Explore Vatnajokull National Park's surroundings by going to Svinafellsjokull Glacier (in Svinafell) and Hofskirkja Church (in Hof). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park online route maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vatnajokull National Park when traveling from Reykjahlid in December, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hofskirkja Church, Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and examine the collection at Huldusteinn.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hofn trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn takes 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Walking tours

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step out of Vik to go to Kirkjubaejarklaustur and see Stjornarfoss, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, get impressive views of Katla Volcano, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vik route builder tool .

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Katla Volcano, Reynisdrangar, Stjornarfoss
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

2
nights
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at UNA Local Product, admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then examine the collection at Lava Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Keldur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback and then get impressive views of Hekla.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hella trip planner .

Getting from Vik to Hella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Hekla
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Hekla ©
Hekla

3
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Gjain and then take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Geysir trip planner.

Getting from Hella to Geysir by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Hella in December, Geysir is little chillier at night with lows of -2°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Gjain, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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