14 days in Iceland Itinerary

14 days in Iceland Itinerary

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14 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik
— 1 day
2
Reykjavik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Grindavik
— 2 nights
4
Geysir
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Skogar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Landmannalaugar
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Washington DC


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1
day
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You've now added Kirkjufell Mountain to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik travel planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Reykjavik. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 36°F and lows are around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kirkjufell Mountain
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Kirkjufell Mountain ©
Kirkjufell Mountain
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

3
nights
Reykjavik

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip builder app .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grindavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Food Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Grindavik

Grindavik ©
A historical fishing town on the scenic south coast of the Southern Peninsula, Grindavik boasts one main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.
Blue Lagoon has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Gunnuhver Hot Springs, take in the dramatic natural features at Brimketill, then delve into the distant past at Selatangar, then visit a coastal fixture at Hopsnes Lighthouse, and finally boost your wellbeing at Blue Lagoon. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Hvalsneskirkja, then brush up on your military savvy at Keflavik Maritime Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Strandarkirkja, and finally cool off at Thorlakshofn Swimming Pool.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Grindavik trip planning site .

You can drive from Reykjavik to Grindavik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Grindavik sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Grindavik

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Keflavik, Thorlakshofn, Hvalsneskirkja
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Keflavik Maritime Center ©
Keflavik Maritime Center
Blue Lagoon ©
Blue Lagoon
Gunnuhver Hot Springs ©
Gunnuhver Hot Springs

3
nights
Geysir

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Geysir travel route site .

Traveling by car from Grindavik to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gjain, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally make a trip to Solheimasandur Plane Wreck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vik Church, trek along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, then admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Skogar tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Geysir to Skogar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Geysir in December since evenings lows in Skogar dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Landmannalaugar.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vik, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, Lava Centre
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

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night
Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hike along Laugavegur and then take in the pleasant sights at Landmannalaugar. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Hekla.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Landmannalaugar day trip planner .

You can drive from Skogar to Landmannalaugar in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Hekla
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Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Landmannalaugar ©
Landmannalaugar
Hekla ©
Hekla

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