12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Bern
+3
Train + Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  13 h
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Geysir
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Akureyri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Husavik
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 30 min
End: Bern

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 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then don't miss a visit to Dyrhólaey, and then look for gifts at Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vik online holiday planner.

Bern, Switzerland to Vik is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bern in April, you will find days in Vik are little chillier (6°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and then tee off at Geysir Golf Course.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Geysir online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Geysir

Golf Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Haukadalur, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall ©
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall

3
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Akureyri Golf Club and Flora, Akureyri. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Matthiasarhus, view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Geysir to Akureyri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Akureyri are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Husavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Golf Outdoors Tours
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Photography Tours
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja
The Industry Museum ©
The Industry Museum

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.
On the 24th (Wed), examine the collection at The Exploration Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Rauoanes Point.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Husavik trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Akureyri to Husavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Husavik, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Husavik

Museums Nature Parks
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The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum
The Exploration Museum ©
The Exploration Museum

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Settlement Center and Grotta Lighthouse. When in Reykjavik, make a side trip to see Kerið in Selfoss, approximately Selfoss away. And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, stop by Listvinahusid, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Husavik to Reykjavik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kerið, The Settlement Center
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Helicopter Tours
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Grotta Lighthouse ©
Grotta Lighthouse

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