13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Grindavik
1
Grindavik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hveragerdi
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Selfoss
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Hella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Grindavik

1
night
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Gunnuhver Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Gunnuhver Hot Springs and then take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Keflavik Maritime Center, take in the awesome beauty at Keilir, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kleifarvatn, and finally explore the ancient world of Selatangar.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Grindavik road trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Keflavik International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Hveragerdi.

Things to do in Grindavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Keflavik, Kleifarvatn
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Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs
Kleifarvatn ©
Kleifarvatn
Keilir ©
Keilir

2
nights
Hveragerdi

Hveragerdi ©
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland's main ringroad, Route 1.The river Varmá runs through the town.OverviewThe surrounding area is part of the Hengill central volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): Head underground at Arnarker Cave, engage your brain at Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Logberg (Law Rock). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The exhibition Quake 2008, thenadmire the sheer force of Troll Waterfalls, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Kotstrandarkirkja, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Strandarkirkja.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hveragerdi road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grindavik to Hveragerdi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Selfoss.

Things to do in Hveragerdi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thorlakshofn, Logberg (Law Rock), Troll Waterfalls
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Logberg (Law Rock) ©
Logberg (Law Rock)
Troll Waterfalls ©
Troll Waterfalls
Strandarkirkja ©
Strandarkirkja

2
nights
Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, get impressive views of Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and then examine the collection at Icelandic Wonders. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic scenery at Urridafoss Waterfall, thendon't miss a visit to Tre Og List, and finally admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Selfoss trip itinerary maker.

Selfoss is very close to Hveragerdi. May in Selfoss sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Selfoss

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Urridafoss Waterfall, Icelandic Wonders, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Horseback Riding Tours, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Urridafoss Waterfall ©
Urridafoss Waterfall
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall ©
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall

2
nights
Hella

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Thjofafoss, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Hjalparfoss, and then contemplate the geological forces at Hekla. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Keldur, thenadmire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, thenlook for gifts at UNA Local Product, and finally head outdoors with Hekluhestar.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hella, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Selfoss to Hella in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Hella, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Hella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Region, Hvolsvollur
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Hjalparfoss ©
Hjalparfoss
Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
Thjofafoss ©
Thjofafoss

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, thenadmire the sheer force of Kvernufoss, and then trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, admire the sheer force of Nauthusagil Waterfall, and then explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Skogar trip planner.

Drive from Hella to Skogar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hvolsvollur
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Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss
Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail ©
Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail

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nights
Vik

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Skaftarstofa and then contemplate the geological forces at Laki Craters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Hjorleifshofoi, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, thenpause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vik day trip planning website.

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In June, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Reynisdrangar
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Horseback Riding Tours
Reynisdrangar ©
Reynisdrangar
Laki Craters ©
Laki Craters