12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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 see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Geysir travel planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Geysir is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Geysir is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Geysir to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 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.
On the 4th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then stroll through Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Crashed DC 3 Plane, then don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vik journey planner.

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Vik, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. 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: Jokulsarlon (Jokulsarlon Lagoon & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull, take an in-depth tour of The Thorbergur center, make a trip to Diamond Beach, and cool off at Hofn Swimming Pool.

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Getting from Vik to Hofn by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach

1
night
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn).

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You can drive from Hofn to Reykjahlid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik day trip planner.

Getting from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. July in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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