12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Skogar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Geysir
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
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: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take in panoramic vistas at Perlan, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Reykjavik visit planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hverir, explore the fascinating underground world of Grjotagja Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, then stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and then explore the activities along Lake Myvatn.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Reykjahlid online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Reykjahlid, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverir ©
Hverir

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hofn: Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon). Next up on the itinerary: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, see the interesting displays at Huldusteinn, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get engrossed in the history at The Thorbergur center.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hofn tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Reykjahlid to Hofn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hofn are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Skogar trip planner .

Drive from Hofn to Skogar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Skogar, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Sand Beach, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Geysir driving holiday planner.

Getting from Skogar to Geysir by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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