12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  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
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik route maker site .

Helsinki, Finland to Reykjavik is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time 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): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grettislaug and then examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saudarkrokur trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Reykjavik to Saudarkrokur in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Saudarkrokur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Glaumbaer Museum
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Grettislaug ©
Grettislaug
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Vaolaheioi Utsynispallur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Akureyrarkirkja and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri road trip site .

Drive from Saudarkrokur to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Husavik trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Husavik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off toHofn.

Things to do in Husavik

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a splash at Hofn Swimming Pool and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center, explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and then visit a coastal fixture at Hvalnes Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Husavik to Hofn in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September in Hofn, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hofn to Vik takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive 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

1
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, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, and then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geysir visit planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Geysir sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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