11 days in Iceland Itinerary

11 days in Iceland Itinerary

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11 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Akureyri
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Reykjavik
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Skogar
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Cairo

1
night
Akureyri

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, see the interesting displays at The Industry Museum, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saurbaejarkirkja, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akureyri trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Akureyri is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in Akureyri reach 1°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Parks Nature
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Photography Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Saurbaejarkirkja ©
Saurbaejarkirkja

4
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

3
nights
Skogar

Skogar ©
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
When in Skogar, make a side trip to see UNA Local Product in Hvolsvollur, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, stroll through Black Sand Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Skogar travel route planner .

Drive from Reykjavik to Skogar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 1°C in Skogar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vik, UNA Local Product, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Katla Volcano
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

2
nights
Blaskogabyggd

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blaskogabyggd route maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Skogar to Blaskogabyggd in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Skogar in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Blaskogabyggd, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Strokkur, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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