16 days in Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Keflavik International Airport, Drive to Hella
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Hella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik
— 3 nights
Drive
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Svinafell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik
— 6 nights
Fly

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Hella

— 2 nights
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Lava Centre, admire the sheer force of Nauthusagil Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and finally stop by Seljalandsfoss. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback and then see what you can catch with MudShark Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hella trip planning website.

Calgary, Canada to Hella is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Calgary to Hella, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Calgary in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hella: temperatures range from 4°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Vik

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Kvernufoss in Skogar, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach, and stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vik visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vik are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Svinafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Svinafell

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Svinafell route planner.

Drive from Vik to Svinafell in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Svinafell are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Svinafell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Geysir

— 2 nights
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, and finally get to know the resident critters at Slakki Petting Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, experience rural life at Fridheimar, then relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Skalholt Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geysir road trip planner.

Getting from Svinafell to Geysir by car takes about 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Geysir can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Reykjavik

— 6 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Viking World (in Keflavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Reykjavik trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Geysir to Reykjavik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.