12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Hof
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 22nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Hellnar Church, Head underground at Cave Vatnshellir, then enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Budir Church.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hellnar road trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Hellnar is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Hellnar is minus 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cave Vatnshellir, Budir Church
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir
Hellnar Church ©
Hellnar Church

1
night
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then stroll through Black Sand Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik journey maker.

Traveling by car from Hellnar to Vik takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hof.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

1
night
Hof

Hof ©
Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the sea and the glacier, Hof remains best known for its 1883 turf church--the last of its kind to be built in the old Icelandic style of architecture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofskirkja Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Svartifoss Waterfall.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hof online trip planner.

Getting from Vik to Hof by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hof

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Svartifoss Waterfall
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, and then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, see the interesting displays at The Exploration Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip planner.

Getting from Hof to Reykjahlid by car takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Reykjahlid when traveling from Hof in December, with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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night
Akureyri

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan), take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, then stop by Flora, Akureyri, and finally view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Akureyri driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Akureyrarkirkja ©
Akureyrarkirkja
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan) ©
Catholic Church (Katholska Kirkjan)
The Industry Museum ©
The Industry Museum

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Do your shopping at Nordic Store and Burid. Grotta Lighthouse and Perlan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum (in Hveragerdi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Selfoss). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Reykjavik Open Air Museum, admire the artistry at Skumaskot, look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland, and stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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