7 days in Iceland Itinerary

7 days in Iceland Itinerary

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7 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Vik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, and finally explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vik trip maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Vik is an approximately 36-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Vik is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Vik at 3°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

3
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, then get engrossed in the history at Tales from Iceland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, look for gifts at Aurum by Guobjorg Jewellery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vik in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Reykjavik, with lows of -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Horseback Riding Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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