13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Grindavik
1
Grindavik
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hveragerdi
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
3
Selfoss
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Hella
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Skogar
— 2 nights
bus:  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), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center, take in the awesome beauty at Keilir, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kleifarvatn, and finally delve into the distant past at Selatangar.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindavik trip site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport 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) to allow enough time to drive to Hveragerdi.

Things to do in Grindavik

Nature Parks Historic Sites

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): explore the fascinating underground world of Arnarker Cave, get curious at Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Logberg (Law Rock). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at The exhibition Quake 2008, then admire the sheer force of Troll Waterfalls, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kotstrandarkirkja, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Strandarkirkja.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hveragerdi trip itinerary maker website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Selfoss.

Things to do in Hveragerdi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, get impressive views of Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and then take an in-depth tour of Icelandic Wonders. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic scenery at Urridafoss Waterfall, then make a trip to Tre Og List, and finally admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall.

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Selfoss is just a stone's throw from Hveragerdi. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hella.

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Thjofafoss, admire the sheer force of Hjalparfoss, and then contemplate the geological forces at Hekla. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Keldur, admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, then look for gifts at UNA Local Store, and finally get outside with Hekluhestar.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hella trip itinerary maker app .

Hella is just a stone's throw from Selfoss. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Skogar.

Things to do in Hella

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

South Region, Hvolsvollur
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Hjalparfoss ©
Hjalparfoss
Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
Hekla ©
Hekla

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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 31st (Sun): get outside with Gljúfrafoss, admire the sheer force of Kvernufoss, and then stroll through Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Nauthusagil Waterfall, and then explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Skogar online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Hella to Skogar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Skogar can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hvolsvollur
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Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa and then get impressive views of Laki Craters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Hjorleifshofoi, then explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vik online attractions planner .

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In June, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Vik

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

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