20 days in Helsinki, Iceland & Copenhagen Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Iceland & Copenhagen Itinerary

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20 days in Helsinki, Iceland & Copenhagen Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h
2
Hella, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Doha, Qatar

4
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Old Market Hall and CraftCorner. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Turku (Turku Cathedral, Turku Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Anhava, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and get a taste of the local shopping with ARTag Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Doha in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hella.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Turku
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Hella, Iceland

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at UNA Local Product, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then get a new perspective on nature at Lava Centre, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hella trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Hella with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Hella is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect nights in Hella to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

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Side Trip

Hvolsvollur
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Horseback Riding Tours
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vik attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Hella to Vik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Vik sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

2
nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dettifoss Waterfall and Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard). Get in touch with nature at Mývatn Nature Baths and Lake Myvatn. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krafla Lava Fields, and explore the striking landscape at Hverir.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Reykjahlid in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

1
night
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 12th (Wed), race across the water with a speed boat tour, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Akureyri trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Do your shopping at Laugavegur and Myconceptstore. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thingvellir National Park and Hallgrimskirkja. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik sightseeing tool.

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Torvehallerne and Birthe Jarlbaek. Explore Copenhagen's surroundings by going to Moen (Mons Klint & Soemarkedyssen), Frederiksborg Slotskirke (in Hillerod) and Geo Center Mons Klint (in Borre). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg, pause for some serene contemplation at Roskilde Domkirke, and steep yourself in history at Christiansborg Slot.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen visit planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to Copenhagen by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Reykjavik to Copenhagen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in August: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Moen, Hillerod, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Roskilde Domkirke
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Mons Klint ©
Mons Klint
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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