11 days in Los Angeles & Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles & Iceland Itinerary

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Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Laugarvatn, Iceland
— 1 night
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Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Hella, Iceland
— 1 night

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary (in Corona del Mar) and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore and learn at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Aurora Reykjavik. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hallgrimskirkja and Perlan. When in Reykjavik, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Grindavik, approximately Grindavik away. Make the 3rd (Sun) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, wander the streets of Laugavegur, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik trip site.

Getting from Los Angeles to Reykjavik by flight takes about 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Reykjavik is 8 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Reykjavik: highs are around 36°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Laugarvatn.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Laugarvatn, Iceland

Laugarvatn ©
On the 4th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Laugarvatn tour planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Laugarvatn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Laugarvatn, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Laugarvatn

Nature · Parks · Spas

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Hot Spring
Geysir
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Hot Spring
Strokkur
4.6

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Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and finally get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vik trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Laugarvatn to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Laugarvatn in January since evenings lows in Vik dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Must see
Reynisfjara Beach
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Geologic Formation
Dyrhólaey
4.8

1
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Hella, Iceland

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hella trip website.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hella, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hella

Nature · Parks
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