10 days in Iceland Itinerary

10 days in Iceland Itinerary

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10 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  6​h
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Skogar
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Grindavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary builder website .

Manchester, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Skogar.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Nature & Wildlife Tours
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

2
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave, explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reyniskirkja Church.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Skogar trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Skogar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Skogar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Blaskogabyggd trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Skogar to Blaskogabyggd takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Skogar in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Blaskogabyggd, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindavik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Strokkur
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Haukadalur ©
Haukadalur

3
nights
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindavik: Hvalsneskirkja (in Sandgerdi) and Thorlakshofn (Strandarkirkja & Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs, delve into the distant past at Selatangar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bridge Between Continents, and enjoy the sea views from Hopsnes Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grindavik trip website .

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Grindavik in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Grindavik are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thorlakshofn, Reykjanes Peninsula, Keflavik Maritime Center, Hvalsneskirkja
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon
Krysuvik ©
Krysuvik

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