12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Austin
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  17​h
1
Blaskogabyggd
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Akureyri
— 3 nights
4
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Austin

1
day
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd trip website .

Austin, USA to Blaskogabyggd is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Austin to Blaskogabyggd due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in July; daily highs in Blaskogabyggd reach 58°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

3
nights
Vik

Vik
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get some cultural insight at Skogar Museum and Vik Church. Visit Rutshellir Cave and Reyniskirkja Church for their historical value. Step out of Vik with an excursion to Fjadrargljufur Canyon in Kirkjubaejarklaustur--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and hike along Sólheimajökulll.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vik online tour builder .

Getting from Blaskogabyggd to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

3
nights
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Let the collections at The Húsavík Whale Museum and Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery capture your imagination. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, admire the sheer force of Godafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, and make a trip to Viti Crater.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Akureyri in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, The Húsavík Whale Museum
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
The Húsavík Whale Museum ©
The Húsavík Whale Museum

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nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Appreciate the collections at The Settlement Center and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Your inner history buff will appreciate Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Hallgrimskirkja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Kerið (in Selfoss). Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse and look for gifts at Orrifinn.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik tour itinerary builder app .

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerið, The Settlement Center, Hraunfossar, Thingvellir National Park
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The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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