12 days in Iceland, Sweden & Copenhagen Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Sweden & Copenhagen Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
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Malmo, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Skogar, Iceland
— 1 night
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Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Selfoss, Iceland
— 1 night
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Keflavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Bradley International Airport, Drive to Albany

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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 1 night

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 18th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen online route planner.

Albany, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Albany to Copenhagen. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Albany in August; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Malmo.

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Malmo, Sweden

Sweden's Berlin

A conglomeration of over a hundred different nationalities, cosmopolitan Malmo sits on the southern tip of Sweden as part of the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Stortorget, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lund Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Torup Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Malmo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Copenhagen to Malmo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Malmo, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Stockholm.

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Historic Sites

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Explore hidden gems such as Drottningholm Palace and Royal Armory. Visit Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Stockholm Old Town, explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm trip maker.

You can fly from Malmo to Stockholm in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Stockholm sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then explore and take pictures at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, then see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Stockholm to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Reykjavik is slightly colder than Stockholm - with highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skogar.

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Skogar, Iceland

— 1 night
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 25th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and then explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Skogar trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Skogar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Skogar sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Skogar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Vik, Iceland

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vik trip itinerary planner.

Vik is just a short distance from Skogar. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selfoss.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Selfoss, Iceland

— 1 night
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kerið and then trot along with Icelandic HorseWorld.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Selfoss trip planner.

Drive from Vik to Selfoss in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Keflavik.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Keflavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Keflavík is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Keflavik Maritime Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Keflavik online trip builder.

Drive from Selfoss to Keflavik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Keflavik

Museums
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Sweden travel guide

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Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Iceland travel guide

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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.