11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Reykjahlid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vatnajokull National Park
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
4
Vik
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h
End: Denver

3
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Hraunfossar and Strokkur. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Grábrók Volcano (in Bifrost) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, and steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik road trip planning app .

Denver, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Reykjavik. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Strokkur, Hraunfossar, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Thermal Spas
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Reykjahlid

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, then go for a walk through Viti Crater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Selfoss Waterfall, then Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hverfjall.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, Reykjahlid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
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Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields
Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park ©
On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull and then take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. Traveling from Reykjahlid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Vatnajokull National Park, with lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Vik.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, then explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, and finally see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue, then explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon, then immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar.

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Traveling by bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Vik takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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