12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hella
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Hella — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stop by UNA Local Product, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gljúfrafoss. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin and then take a pleasant ride with Hekluhestar.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hella route site.

Toronto, Canada to Hella is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Hella is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Toronto in September: highs in Hella hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vik.
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Vik — 2 nights

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 14th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskirkja Church. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally take in a show at Lava Show.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Landmannalaugar.
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Landmannalaugar — 1 night

Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Landmannalaugar, trek along Laugavegur, then stroll through Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and finally explore the activities along Ljótipollur.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Landmannalaugar route planner.

Getting from Vik to Landmannalaugar by car takes about 3 hours. September in Landmannalaugar sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Reykjavik.
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Reykjavik — 6 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Strokkur (in Geysir), Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). Spend the 18th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Iceland.

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Traveling by car from Landmannalaugar to Reykjavik takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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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.