16 days in Scandinavia & Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Scandinavia & Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Scandinavia & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Hvolsvollur, Iceland
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Minneapolis, United States

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
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 13th (Thu), explore the galleries of Rosenborg Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Saviour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Frederiksborg Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Kronborg Castle, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetaarn.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen online trip maker .

Minneapolis, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. In June, Copenhagen is a bit cooler than Minneapolis - with highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
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National Museum of Denmark

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace and Skansen. Vasa Museum and ABBA The Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, explore the activities along Stockholm Canals, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm online travel planner .

Fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and Rådhuset are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and The Nobel Peace Center. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, have fun and explore at The Kon-Tiki Museum, explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and examine the collection at The Ibsen Museum.

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You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Oslo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vik.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Black Sand Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Dyrholaey, take an in-depth tour of Skogasafn, then hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vik trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oslo to Vik takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Vik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Vik, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hvolsvollur.

Things to do in Vik

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hvolsvollur, Iceland

Hvolsvollur ©
Hvolsvöllur is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík.It is situated in the inland swamps of Landeyjar, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra and has, as of January 2015, 934 inhabitants.OverviewThe name of the town literally translates to "Hillfield". On the 23rd (Sun), admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss, and then get outside with Gljúfrafoss.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvolsvollur attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vik to Hvolsvollur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Hvolsvollur

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

South Region
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Seljalandsfoss ©
Seljalandsfoss
Gljúfrafoss ©
Gljúfrafoss

1
night
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Krafla Lava Fields, then take in the natural beauty of Myvatn Nature Baths (Jardbodin vid Myvatn), and then examine the collection at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hvolsvollur to Reykjahlid in 6 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Reykjahlid to Reykjavik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

#Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

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