12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Hvolsvollur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vik
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". On the 5th (Wed), trot along with a tour on horseback, then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, and then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hvolsvollur trip itinerary maker site .

Toronto, Canada to Hvolsvollur is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Hvolsvollur is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: highs in Hvolsvollur hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hella
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Horseback Riding Tours
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

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 6th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Vik trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Vik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Skogar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull, take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vatnajokull National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Vik to Vatnajokull National Park in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Parks Nature
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Lac Polaire ©
Lac Polaire

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, get a new perspective on nature at The Húsavík Whale Museum, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, then make a trip to Viti Crater, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Reykjahlid with the Route module. August in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Old Farmhouse Laufas and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Speed Boats Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hraunfossar and The Statue of Leif Eiriksson. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Brugghus Steoja (in Hvanneyri) and Borgarnes (Aurora Borealis & The Settlement Center). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Reykjavik Open Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Reykjavik travel route planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Gullfoss Falls, Strokkur, Brugghus Steoja, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum

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