22 days in Copenhagen, Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

22 days in Copenhagen, Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

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22 days in Copenhagen, Iceland & Helsinki Itinerary

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mons Klint and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Do your shopping at Torvehallerne and Birthe Jarlbaek. Get out of town with these interesting Copenhagen side-trips: Store Heddinge (Hoejerup Gamle Kirke & Stevns Klint) and Soemarkedyssen (in Moen). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, and ponder the world of politics at Christiansborg Slot.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Copenhagen is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Copenhagen. Traveling from Doha in August, things will get much colder in Copenhagen: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Moen, Store Heddinge
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Mons Klint ©
Mons Klint
Torvehallerne ©
Torvehallerne
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get in touch with nature at Thingvellir National Park and Oxararfoss. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Reykjavik with a short trip to Reykjadalur Hot Springs in Hveragerdi, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Ring Road, stop by 12 Tonar, explore the striking landscape at Langjokull Glacier, and get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Reykjavik holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Reykjavik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in August, with highs in Reykjavik at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Horseback Riding Tours, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Langjokull Glacier, Ring Road
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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 10th (Mon), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri online tour planner .

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

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

3
nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dettifoss Waterfall and Lake Myvatn. Escape the urban bustle at Mývatn Nature Baths and Krafla Lava Fields. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjahlid day trip website .

Getting from Akureyri to Reykjahlid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park.

Discover how to plan a Vatnajokull National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Reykjahlid to Vatnajokull National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks
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1
night
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Systrafoss, immerse yourself in nature at Skaftarstofa, take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkjugolf, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaftareldahraun, then admire the sheer force of Stjornarfoss, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kirkjubaejarklaustur itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Vatnajokull National Park to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Systrafoss ©
Systrafoss
Skaftareldahraun ©
Skaftareldahraun

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, and finally explore the ancient world of Rutshellir Cave. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Black Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, then stop by Vik Wool Vikurprjon, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vik are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get outside with Hekluhestar, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, and then look for gifts at UNA Local Product.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hella day trip website .

Getting from Vik to Hella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Hella, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

UNA Local Product
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Hekluhestar ©
Hekluhestar
UNA Local Product ©
UNA Local Product

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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.
Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Nuuksio National Park. Shop till you drop at Hakaniemi Market and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Castle Hill). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Hella to Helsinki with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hella to Helsinki. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hella in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo, Arboretum Mustila, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
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Hakaniemi Market

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