5 days in Iceland Itinerary

5 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Reykjavik — 1 night

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), steep yourself in history at Videy Island, and then enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Cemetery Holavallagardur.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Reykjavik. In December in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Vik — 1 night

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, then delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church.

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Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Vatnajokull National Park.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Vatnajokull National Park — 1 night

On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

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Traveling by bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park takes 4.5 hours. December in Vatnajokull National Park sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.
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Reykjahlid — 1 night

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

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Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. Traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Reykjahlid, with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Iceland travel guide

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.