36 days in Iceland, Greenland & Norway Itinerary

36 days in Iceland, Greenland & Norway Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Husavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Ilulissat, Greenland
— 2 nights
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Narsarsuaq, Greenland
— 2 nights
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Stavanger, Norway
— 3 nights
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Bergen, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
— 6 nights
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Tromso, Norway
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 6 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Hraunfossar and Bruarfoss Waterfall. Reykjavik Open Air Museum and The Settlement Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Lava Centre (in Hvolsvollur), Reykjadalur Hot Springs (in Olfuss) and Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, experience rural life at Fridheimar, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tjornin, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Reykjavik is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for slightly colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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Husavik, Iceland

— 4 nights
The popular town of Husavik not only boasts some of Iceland's best whale-watching opportunities but is arguably the northeast coast's prettiest town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Húsavík Whale Museum and Husavikurkirkja. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hverir and Speed Boats Tours. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, don't miss a visit to Viti Crater, and admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall.

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Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Husavik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Husavik are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Husavik

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Vik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sólheimajökulll, and then kick back and relax at Reynisfjara Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull and then stroll through Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vik tour planning site.

Getting from Husavik to Vik by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilulissat.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Ilulissat, Greenland

— 2 nights
Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350km north of the Arctic Circle. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Ilulissat Art Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilulissat Icefjord. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Ilulissat Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tourist Nature - Day Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ilulissat trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Ilulissat in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Vik to Ilulissat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Ilulissat when traveling from Vik in July, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Narsarsuaq.

Things to do in Ilulissat

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Narsarsuaq, Greenland

— 2 nights
Narsarsuaq is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tjodhildes Church and then explore the galleries of Narsarsuaq Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Narsarsuaq day trip website.

Getting from Ilulissat to Narsarsuaq by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Ilulissat in July, expect nights in Narsarsuaq to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Narsarsuaq

Museums · Historic Sites

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Stavanger, Norway

— 3 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
Get outdoors at Lysefjord and Tengesdal Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Stavanger and Galleri G. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, appreciate the history behind Sverd i fjell, admire the natural beauty at Flor & Fjære, and examine the collection at Norsk Hermetikkmuseum.

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Explore your travel options from Narsarsuaq to Stavanger with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Narsarsuaq to Stavanger is 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Narsarsuaq in August: high temperatures in Stavanger hover around 21°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bergen.

Things to do in Stavanger

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Bergen, Norway

— 4 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ulriken and Museum Lepramuseet St. Jorgens Hospital. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and KODE Art Museums of Bergen. Go for a jaunt from Bergen to Norheimsund to see Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, appreciate the history behind The Homeless, browse the fresh offerings at Farmers Market Bergen, and take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Hetland.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bergen trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Stavanger to Bergen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

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Oslo, Norway

— 6 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Explore hidden gems such as Det Kongelige Slott and Oslomarka. Get some cultural insight at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum and Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress). Take a break from Oslo with a short trip to The Fortified Town in Fredrikstad, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bygdøy, buy something for everyone on your list at Aker Brygge, see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), and walk around Ekebergparken.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oslo online holiday planner.

Getting from Bergen to Oslo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bergen in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Oslo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tromso.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Tromso, Norway

— 4 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Step out of the city life by going to Coastal Hiking and Tromso Fjords. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tromso Botaniske Hage and Perspektivet Museum. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Art Ika, snap pictures at Tromso Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Catholic Church.

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You can fly from Oslo to Tromso in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Oslo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tromso, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tromso

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Greenland travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Museums · Art Museums
An autonomous Danish territory, Greenland combines the power of Mother Nature with some of the most stunning scenery in the world. A trip to Greenland takes you to the planet's largest non-continental island, with the sparsest population in the world. Don't let that stop you from choosing a holiday in Greenland, the perfect chance to discover small towns and photogenic villages known for their colorful wooden cottages. The improving tourist network includes many hotels and hostels, as well as a slew of tour operators providing exiting outdoor activities.

Norway travel guide

4.2
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.