12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Geysir
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Gjain.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Geysir trip itinerary builder site .

San Francisco, USA to Geysir is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Francisco to Geysir, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Geysir to be a bit cooler, around 28°F, while days are much colder, around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Diamond Beach and Hofn Swimming Pool. Change things up with these side-trips from Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour), Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur) and Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Thorbergur center and examine the collection at Huldusteinn.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hofn journey builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Geysir to Hofn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hofn sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Sveinsstekksfoss
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
The Thorbergur center ©
The Thorbergur center
Hvalnes Lighthouse ©
Hvalnes Lighthouse

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, explore the fascinating underground world of Rutshellir Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and contemplate the geological forces at Katla Volcano.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hofn to Vik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Katla Volcano, Reynisdrangar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool and Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vik in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Reykjavik, with lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool, Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Mink Viking Portrait Studio ©
Mink Viking Portrait Studio

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