12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
5
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Hella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Snaefellsbaer
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Oxararfoss, then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, explore the activities along Lake Tjornin, then get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10- hour combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Horseback Riding Tours, Reykjadalur Hot Springs
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Mink Viking Portrait Studio ©
Mink Viking Portrait Studio
Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, then take an in-depth tour of The Industry Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

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Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Off-Road Tours

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Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Leirhnjukur, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, and finally admire the sheer force of Hverfjall. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Husavikurkirkja, get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, then admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Selfoss Waterfall
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Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Lac Polaire.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. July in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Svinafell Glacier
Svinafell Glacier

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Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and finally make a trip to Dyrhólaey.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik online attractions planner.

Getting from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik by bus takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

1
night
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 5th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic scenery at Urridafoss Waterfall, then learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hella driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hella are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hvolsvollur, Urridafoss Waterfall
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Horseback Riding Tours
Urridafoss Waterfall ©
Urridafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

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Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Snaefellsbaer tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Hella to Snaefellsbaer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirkjufell Mountain, Budir Church, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir

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