12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Barcelona

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.
To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Geysir online trip itinerary planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Geysir is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Barcelona to Geysir, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Geysir is cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

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

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally admire the sheer force of Skogafoss. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Geysir to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hofn: Vatnajokull (in Vatnajokull National Park) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). The adventure continues: try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, and see the interesting displays at The Thorbergur center.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hofn online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hofn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid travel planning tool.

You can drive from Hofn to Reykjahlid in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

3
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 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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