12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Grundarfjorour
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Vik
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Grundarfjorour

Grundarfjorour ©
Visiting Kirkjufell Mountain and Dritvik and Djupalonssandur will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and Djúpalónssandur beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Grundarfjorour: Cave Vatnshellir (in Snaefellsbaer) and Budir Church (in Budir).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grundarfjorour attractions planner.

London, UK to Grundarfjorour is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hellnar, Olafsvik, Budir Church, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Cave Vatnshellir
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Kirkjufellsfoss ©
Kirkjufellsfoss

1
night
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Grundarfjorour to Vik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Vik sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 25th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and then explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vatnajokull National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), and finally explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, get outside with Hofdi, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid tour website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Reykjahlid, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore hidden gems such as Hraunfossar and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Gunnuhver Hot Springs and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Fridheimar (in Reykholt), Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur) and Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall (in Skalholt). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs, examine the collection at The Icelandic Punk Museum, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik tour website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hraunfossar, Horseback Riding Tours, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Fridheimar, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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