12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vik online trip maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Vik is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Zurich in July: highs in Vik hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rutshellir Cave
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hof road trip planning app .

You can drive from Vik to Hof in 2 hours. In July in Hof, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon
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Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park ©
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 30th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall and then explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hof to Reykjahlid takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

2
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 1st (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Godafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, look for gifts at Flora, Akureyri, then admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Akureyri journey planner .

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Perlan. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take in the exciting artwork at Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery, take a stroll through Laugavegur, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dead Gallery/Studio.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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