15 days in Iceland Itinerary

15 days in Iceland Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland Itinerary

Start: Durango
Fly:  19​h
1
Reykjavik
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Skaftafell
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Vik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Blaskogabyggd
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Durango

5
nights
Reykjavik

Reykjavik ©
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 Keflavik Maritime Center (in Keflavik), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, explore the galleries of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online vacation planner .

Durango, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Traveling from Durango in December, Reykjavik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Skaftafell.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Keflavik Maritime Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

3
nights
Skaftafell

Skaftafell ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Skaftafell: Hofskirkja Church (in Hof), Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach) and The Thorbergur center (in Hofn).

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Skaftafell trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Skaftafell takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Skaftafell are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Vik.

Things to do in Skaftafell

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajokull National Park, Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Hofskirkja Church, The Thorbergur center
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

3
nights
Vik

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Venture out of the city with trips to Landmannalaugar (in Landmannalaugar) and Skaftarstofa (in Kirkjubaejarklaustur). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, explore the striking landscape at Reynisdrangar, and kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Vik trip planner.

You can take a bus from Skaftafell to Vik in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Vik can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Skogar, Landmannalaugar, Skaftarstofa, Reynisdrangar, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Slakki Petting Zoo, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Strokkur.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd road trip site .

Traveling by car from Vik to Blaskogabyggd takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vik in December, plan for little chillier nights in Blaskogabyggd, with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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