16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

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Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hella
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik
— 4 nights
Drive
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Svinafell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to El Plumerillo Airport

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Reykjavik

— 5 nights
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 Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant (in Svartsengi), Kotstrandarkirkja (in Hveragerdi) and Grindavik (Thermal Spas & Brimketill). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, trot along with a tour on horseback, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik tour itinerary planning app.

Mendoza, Argentina to Reykjavik is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In January, Reykjavik is much colder than Mendoza - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Hella

— 1 night
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 15th (Sat), look for gifts at UNA Local Product, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hella trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Reykjavik in January since evenings lows in Hella dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Vik

— 4 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step out of Vik with an excursion to Kvernufoss in Skogar--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, contemplate the geological forces at Katla Volcano, and enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik day trip website.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Vik, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Svinafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Svinafell

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Diamond Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, and then don't miss a visit to Svinafellsjokull Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Svinafell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Svinafell takes 2 hours. In January in Svinafell, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Svinafell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Geysir

— 1 night
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Geysir, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Geysir planning tool.

Traveling by car from Svinafell to Geysir takes 4 hours. January in Geysir sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.