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Reykjavik — 3 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like FlyOver Iceland and Helicopter Tours. Go for a jaunt from Reykjavik to Grindavik to see Blue Lagoon about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Iceland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore and take pictures at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: highs in Reykjavik hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Svinafell.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Spas
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Svinafell — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fellsfjara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Svinafell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Svartifoss Waterfall, and then make a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Svinafell journey planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Svinafell by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Svinafell can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Blaskogabyggd.
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Blaskogabyggd — 1 night

A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Blesi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Blaskogabyggd trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Svinafell to Blaskogabyggd in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Blaskogabyggd are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Iceland travel guide

Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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.