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

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Yntri Tunga Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Hallgrimskirkja. Step out of Reykjavik to go to Thingvellir and see Thingvellir National Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik driving holiday planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: highs in Reykjavik hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Yntri Tunga Beach
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Krafla Lava Fields. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dettifoss and Hverarond. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, examine the collection at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Mud Pots.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Reykjahlid journey builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Reykjahlid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Reykjahlid sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Gullfoss, take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Golden Circle Route.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Geysir takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Nature

Side Trips

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

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Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, then steep yourself in history at Rutshellir Cave, and then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, and then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vik road trip planner.

Getting from Geysir to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Vik, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Vik

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

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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.
Vigeland Museum and The Kon-Tiki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Fram Polar Ship Museum and National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo visit planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Oslo in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Vik to Oslo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vik in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oslo

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

2
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then make a trip to Anne Frank House. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, then get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), then browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in June, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to 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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