16 days in Iceland, Norway & The Netherlands Itinerary

16 days in Iceland, Norway & The Netherlands Itinerary

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16 days in Iceland, Norway & The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Hellnar, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Geysir, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis, United States

1
night
Hellnar, Iceland

Hellnar ©
On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Djúpalónssandur beach, kick back and relax at Dritvik and Djupalonssandur, and then make a trip to Ingjaldscholskirkja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hellnar online travel route planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Hellnar is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Hellnar is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hellnar

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Ingjaldscholskirkja
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Djúpalónssandur beach ©
Djúpalónssandur beach

1
night
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Dettifoss and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Krafla Lava Fields, witness a stunning natural landmark at Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and then see the interesting displays at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Hellnar to Reykjahlid by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In June, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dettifoss ©
Dettifoss

1
night
Geysir, Iceland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Golden Circle Route.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Geysir travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Geysir in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Geysir can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Nature

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Bruarfoss Waterfall - CLOSED, Golden Circle Route, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Golden Circle Route ©
Golden Circle Route
Gullfoss ©
Gullfoss

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, and then kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vik trip planning site .

Drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vik are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Dyrholaey ©
Dyrholaey

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thingvellir National Park and National Museum of Iceland. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik travel planner .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

2
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vigeland Museum and Fram Polar Ship Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, and get a sense of history and politics at Rådhuset.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oslo trip builder .

Getting from Reykjavik to Oslo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Reykjavik, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oslo

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Fram Polar Ship Museum ©
Fram Polar Ship Museum

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, then take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam online tour planner .

Getting from Oslo to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in June since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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