12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Hellnar
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vik
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Djupivogur
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

1
day
Hellnar

Hellnar ©
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Londrangar Basalt Cliffs, enjoy the sand and surf at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, then kick back and relax at Djúpalónssandur beach, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Vatnshellir.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hellnar road trip planning app .

Kansas City, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kansas City to Hellnar due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Hellnar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Snaefellsbaer
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach
Cave Vatnshellir ©
Cave Vatnshellir

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Wed), head outdoors with Golden Circle Route. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then tee off at Geysir Golf Course, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Geysir trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hellnar to Geysir in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Geysir can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Geysir Golf Course ©
Geysir Golf Course

2
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, see the interesting displays at Skogasafn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrafoss. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, admire the striking features of Reyniskirkja Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vik trip planner .

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Vik are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Djupivogur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skogar Museum
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
day
Djupivogur

Djupivogur ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by Arfleifd, look for gifts at JFS Handcraft, then make a trip to Eggin i Gledivik, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Bulandsnes.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Djupivogur trip builder .

Traveling by car from Vik to Djupivogur takes 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Djupivogur

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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JFS Handcraft ©
JFS Handcraft
Eggin i Gledivik ©
Eggin i Gledivik

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 11th (Mon), Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, take in the natural beauty of Hverarond, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Husavik Whale Museum, then examine the collection at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

Before you visit Reykjahlid, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Djupivogur to Reykjahlid in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Djupivogur in March, Reykjahlid is little chillier at night with lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hallgrimskirkja and Grotta Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Handknitting Association of Iceland. Change things up with a short trip to The Settlement Center in Borgarnes (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: stop by Nordic Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Settlement Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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