36 days in Iceland, Greenland & Norway Itinerary

36 days in Iceland, Greenland & Norway Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
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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
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Lava Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hraunfossar and Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar), The exhibition Quake 2008 (in Hveragerdi) and The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, experience rural life at Fridheimar, pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, and see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Reykjavik is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, you will find days in Reykjavik are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Husavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 8:

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. Visiting Hverir and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Selfoss Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard), take in the pleasant sights at Viti Crater, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Husavik trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Reykjavik to Husavik by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Husavik are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Husavik

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

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 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, 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 explore the stunning scenery at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Vik day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Husavik to Vik takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilulissat.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Ilulissat Art Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Ilulissat Icefjord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ilulissat Museum and then surround yourself with nature on Tourist Nature - Day Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilulissat travel planner.

Getting from Vik to Ilulissat by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to West Greenland Standard Time (WGT) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Vik in July since evenings lows in Ilulissat dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Narsarsuaq.

Things to do in Ilulissat

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Narsarsuaq, Greenland

— 2 nights
Narsarsuaq is a settlement in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tjodhildes Church and then examine the collection at Narsarsuaq Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Narsarsuaq journey planning website.

Getting from Ilulissat to Narsarsuaq by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ilulissat in July: highs in Narsarsuaq hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Stavanger and Norsk Hermetikkmuseum. Visiting Lysefjord and Tengesdal Lake will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, appreciate the history behind Sverd i fjell, view the masterpieces at Galleri G, and admire the natural beauty at Flor & Fjære.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Stavanger trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Narsarsuaq to Stavanger. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Narsarsuaq to Stavanger. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Narsarsuaq in July since evenings lows in Stavanger dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bergen.

Things to do in Stavanger

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ulriken and Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall. Get some cultural insight at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum Lepramuseet St. Jorgens Hospital, explore the world behind art at KODE Art Museums of Bergen, engage your brain at VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter, and savor the flavors at Farmers Market Bergen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bergen holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stavanger to Bergen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bergen are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Det Kongelige Slott and Bygdøy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum and Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress). Step out of Oslo to go to Fredrikstad and see The Fortified Town, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, explore the activities along Sognsvann Lake, see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), and admire the landmark architecture of Ostbanehallen.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oslo tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Oslo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bergen in July, expect nights in Oslo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tromso.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coastal Hiking and Tromso Fjords. Get some cultural insight at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Tromso Domkirke. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tromso Botaniske Hage, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, snap pictures at Tromso Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tromso day trip planner.

Fly from Oslo to Tromso in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Oslo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tromso: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tromso

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

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
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Nature & Parks
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

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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.