12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Perugia
train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Hofn
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  14​h
End: Perugia

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, see Off-Road Tours, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip planning app .

Perugia, Italy to Reykjavik is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Perugia in May, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Skogar.

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
Thermal Spas

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then admire all the interesting features of Rutshellir Cave, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Black Sand Beach, then stroll through Reynisfjara Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Skogar trip planner .

Drive from Reykjavik to Skogar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Skogar, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Hofn

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Explore Hofn's surroundings by going to Jokulsarlon (Diamond Beach & Glacier Lagoon), Hvalnes Lighthouse (in Hornafjorour) and Sveinsstekksfoss (in Djupivogur). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hofn trip builder .

Traveling by car from Skogar to Hofn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Hofn

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hvalnes Lighthouse, Sveinsstekksfoss
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Walking tours

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Blaskogabyggd travel planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hofn to Blaskogabyggd in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir, Strokkur, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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