8 days in Iceland Itinerary

8 days in Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iceland route planner

Make it your trip
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Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geysir
— 1 night
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport

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Reykjavik

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kids will enjoy Laugavegur and National Museum of Iceland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kolaportid Flea Market and Art Gallery 101. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Grindavik (Thermal Spas & Selatangar) and Viking World (in Keflavik). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, buy something for everyone on your list at Bonus, and stop by JS Watch Company.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Reykjavik online itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Reykjavik is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in January; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Geysir

— 1 night
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geysir road trip planning website.

Getting from Reykjavik to Geysir by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Spas

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.