13 days in Iceland Itinerary

13 days in Iceland Itinerary

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13 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Thingvellir
— Few hours
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hvolsvollur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Geysir
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Svinafell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Jokulsarlon
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Grindavik
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Selfoss
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: London

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night
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
The Wonders of Snaefellsnes has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get interesting insight from The Wonders of Snaefellsnes, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then don't miss a visit to Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yntri Tunga Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Svinafell.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ytri Tunga Beach
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Ytri Tunga Beach ©
Ytri Tunga Beach

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hours
Thingvellir

Thingvellir
One of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, Thingvellir represents a national park steeped in historical, cultural, and geological significance, as evidenced by its designation as a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Thingvellir National Park to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Thingvellir vacation website .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Thingvellir in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Thingvellir

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Hvolsvollur

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". You've now added Seljalandsfoss to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, then admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrafoss.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvolsvollur travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Thingvellir to Hvolsvollur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Strokkur. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Golden Circle Route.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Geysir vacation planner .

Getting from Hvolsvollur to Geysir by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gullfoss Falls
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur

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nights
Svinafell

Svinafell ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Svinafellsjokull Glacier. On the 4th (Thu), explore the activities along Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, get outside with Diamond Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofskirkja Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Svinafell Glacier.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Svinafell vacation planner .

Drive from Reykjavik to Svinafell in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Svinafell are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Svinafell

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Svinafell Glacier, Hofskirkja Church
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Hofskirkja Church ©
Hofskirkja Church
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon ©
Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jokulsarlon visit planner .

Getting from Svinafell to Jokulsarlon by car takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 30th (Sun), you're off toGrindavik.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vatnajokull
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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nights
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Blue Lagoon Iceland has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Giantess in the Mountain, enjoy the sea views from Garoskagi Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Hvalsneskirkja, then examine the collection at Duushus Museum, then learn about all things military at Keflavik Maritime Center, and finally examine the collection at The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Blue Lagoon Iceland, explore the ancient world of Selatangar, then visit a coastal fixture at Hopsnes Lighthouse, and finally get impressive views of Volcano Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grindavik holiday app .

Traveling by car from Jokulsarlon to Grindavik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. October in Grindavik sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grindavik

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Keflavik, Garoskagi Lighthouse, Bridge Between Continents, Hvalsneskirkja
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Hvalsneskirkja ©
Hvalsneskirkja
Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon
Stekkjarkot ©
Stekkjarkot

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Selfoss

Selfoss ©
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
You've now added Kerid Crater to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kerid Crater. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Selfosskirkja, then examine the collection at Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Reykjadalur Hot Springs, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kotstrandarkirkja.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Selfoss vacation planner.

You can drive from Grindavik to Selfoss in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Selfoss are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Selfoss

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, The House at Eyrarbakki
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs ©
Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Horseback Riding Tours
Kerið ©
Kerið

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