12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly
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Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly
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Hella
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Geysir
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Thingvellir (Galgaklettur, Thingvellir National Park, &more), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Keflavik Maritime Center (in Keflavik). Spend the 24th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and examine the collection at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Reykjavik is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 4 hours. In May, Reykjavik is colder than Dubai - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

Akureyri

— 1 night

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akureyri trip builder app.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Hella.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Hella

— 1 night
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. On the 28th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, stop by Seljalandsfoss, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hella journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Hella takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Vik

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and then explore and take pictures at Dyrhólaey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Icelandic Lava Show, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Vik sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Geysir

— 2 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, experience rural life at Fridheimar, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Geysir tour planner.

Traveling by car from Vik to Geysir takes 2.5 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 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.