17 days in Iceland Itinerary

17 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
2
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 night
3
Skogar
— 2 nights
4
Hofn
— 3 nights
5
Akureyri
— 4 nights

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Kerið (in Selfoss) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire all the interesting features of Perlan.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik journey planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Reykjavik is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Reykjavik is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Reykjavik at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Gerdarsafn Kopavogur Art Museum, Kerið, Thermal Spas
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Geysir, thenadmire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, thenadmire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blaskogabyggd online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Blaskogabyggd takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Blaskogabyggd are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Strokkur, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and then don't miss a visit to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Skogar trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Blaskogabyggd to Skogar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Skogar when traveling from Blaskogabyggd in December, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hofn day trip app.

Drive from Skogar to Hofn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hofn are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center

4
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja.

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Fly from Hofn to Akureyri in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hofn in January, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Akureyri. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Photography Tours
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

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