12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Saudarkrokur
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Husavik
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Hong Kong

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 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik online journey planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Reykjavik is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Reykjavik, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saudarkrokur.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Saudarkrokur

Saudarkrokur ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Grettislaug and then examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saudarkrokur trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Saudarkrokur takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Saudarkrokur can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Saudarkrokur

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Glaumbaer Museum
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Grettislaug ©
Grettislaug
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum

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nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 9th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja and then explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Akureyri trip planner.

Getting from Saudarkrokur to Akureyri by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Akureyri are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja

1
night
Husavik

Husavik
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.
To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Husavik trip planner.

Getting from Akureyri to Husavik by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Hofn.

Things to do in Husavik

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 12th (Thu), laugh and play at Hofn Swimming Pool and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Thorbergur center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and then enjoy the sea views from Hvalnes Lighthouse.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hofn trip maker site.

Fly from Husavik to Hofn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Hofn sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hvalnes Lighthouse, Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

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Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 14th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then stroll through Black Sand Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip app.

Drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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night
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 15th (Sun), play a few rounds at Geysir Golf Course, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Geysir holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Geysir are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course

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