52 days in Iceland Itinerary

52 days in Iceland Itinerary

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52 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hvolsvollur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Vik
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Hofn
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Snaefellsbaer
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Husafell
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Vatnajokull National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Reykjahlid
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Akureyri
— 8 nights
Fly:  1 h
10
Reykjavik
— 11 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls and then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Geysir, admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gjain.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Geysir vacation planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Geysir is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Johannesburg to Geysir, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get much colder in Geysir: highs are around 2°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gjain, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

4
nights
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". Get out of town with these interesting Hvolsvollur side-trips: Thjofafoss (in Hella), Laugavegur (in Landmannalaugar) and Eldheimar (in Vestmannaeyjar). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, get impressive views of Hekla, examine the collection at Saga Center, and get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hvolsvollur trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Geysir to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Geysir in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hvolsvollur, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hella, Eldheimar, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Hekla, Laugavegur
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

4
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Explore Vik's surroundings by going to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Skaftarstofa, Stjornarfoss, & more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, contemplate the geological forces at Katla Volcano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vik road trip site .

You can drive from Hvolsvollur to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Reynisdrangar, Katla Volcano
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

4
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hofn: Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon), Hofskirkja Church (in Hof) and Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier, try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Find out how to plan Hofn trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hofn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hofn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Snaefellsbaer.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hofskirkja Church, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Walking tours

4
nights
Snaefellsbaer

Snaefellsbaer ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Lighthouse Sugandisey (in Stykkisholmur), Hellnar (Londrangar & Djúpalónssandur beach) and Gatklettur (in Grundarfjorour).

Find out how to plan Snaefellsbaer trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Snaefellsbaer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Husafell.

Things to do in Snaefellsbaer

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hellnar, Grundarfjorour, Lighthouse Sugandisey, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Budir Church
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Berserkjahraun ©
Berserkjahraun

3
nights
Husafell

Husafell ©
Húsafell is a sprawling farm and church estate and the former site of a rectory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Husafell: Hestaland (in Borgarnes), Bifrost (Grábrók Volcano & Illugastaoir Farm) and Brugghus Steoja (in Hvanneyri). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Hraunfossar, laugh and play at Húsafell sundlaug, get a dose of the wild on The Cave, and hike along Husafell Hiking.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Husafell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Snaefellsbaer to Husafell takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Husafell are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Husafell

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Reykholt, Bifrost, Brugghus Steoja, Hraunfossar Lava Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Cave ©
The Cave
Húsafell sundlaug ©
Húsafell sundlaug

5
nights
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vatnajokull National Park tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Husafell to Vatnajokull National Park. December in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

6
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjahlid: Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) (in Asbyrgi), Husavik (Husavikurkirkja, Speed Boats Tours, & more) and Faro de Gardur (in Gardur). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December since evenings lows in Reykjahlid dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Selfoss Waterfall, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods), Faro de Gardur
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn ©
Lake Myvatn

8
nights
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hofsos (Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi, The Icelandic Emigration Center, & more), Varmahlid (Víðimýrarkirkja & Lytingsstadir Riding Tours) and Skagastrond (Kalfshamarsvik & The Museum of Prophecies in Skagastrond). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, stop by Flora, Akureyri, pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and admire the natural beauty at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Akureyri tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akureyri are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Hofsos, Skagastrond, Varmahlid
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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

11
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Selfoss (Bobby Fischer Center & Kerið), Viking World (in Keflavik) and Thingvellir (Galgaklettur & Thingvellir National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, don't miss a visit to Laugavegur, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik trip itinerary app .

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Selfoss, Grindavik, Thingvellir, Viking World, Gerdarsafn Kopavogur Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 21:
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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