12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Reykjavik

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, shop like a local with Laugavegur, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Reykjavik. In February, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Hella

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. On the 20th (Thu), stop by Seljalandsfoss, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then examine the collection at Lava Centre, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

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You can drive from Reykjavik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hella, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss

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 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and finally delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vik tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). There's much more to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, admire the masterpieces at The Thorbergur center, examine the collection at Huldusteinn, and explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hofn trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Walking 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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Geysir trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Geysir takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Geysir are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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