12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  11 h 45 min
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Hof
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Zurich

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then stop by Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Rutshellir Cave, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Vik route maker website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Vik is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Zurich, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vik, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rutshellir Cave
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

2
nights
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hof holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Vik to Hof takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vatnajokull National Park, Diamond Beach
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park
Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then go for a walk through Viti Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hof to Reykjahlid takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

2
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Akureyri sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Museums
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Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) ©
Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn)
The Old Farmhouse Laufas ©
The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Head to Laugavegur and Dead Gallery/Studiofor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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