40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Hornafjörður Airport, Drive to Hofn
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Hofn, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hella, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geysir, Iceland
— 1 day
Bus to Reykjavík - BSÍ, Fly to Akureyri
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lulea, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kalmar, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Hofn, Iceland

— 2 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Hoffellsjokull Glacier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flaajokull Glacier, and then try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hofn vacation planner.

Hong Kong, China to Hofn is an approximately 38-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hong Kong to Hofn, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in March; daily highs in Hofn reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Vik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, get impressive views of Icelandic Lava Show, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally pause for some photo ops at Voyages Friendship Statue. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then explore and take pictures at Rutshellir Cave, and finally explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vik road trip planning tool.

Getting from Hofn to Vik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Vik sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hella.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Hella, Iceland

— 3 nights
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 7th (Tue): look for gifts at UNA Local Product, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, then head outdoors with Gljúfrafoss, and finally admire the sheer force of Gljufrabui Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with MudShark Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the long history of Keldur.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hella holiday planner.

You can drive from Vik to Hella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hallgrimskirkja and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, admire all the interesting features of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik tour builder website.

You can drive from Hella to Reykjavik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hella in March, plan for little chillier nights in Reykjavik, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Geysir, Iceland

— 1 day
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Haukadalur, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geysir trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Geysir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Akureyri, Iceland

— 4 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Akureyri is known for nature, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Akureyrarkirkja, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arctic Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn).

To plan Akureyri vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Geysir to Akureyri in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In March in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lulea.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Lulea, Sweden

— 2 nights
Luleå is a city on the coast of northern Sweden, and the capital of Norrbotten County, the northernmost county in Sweden. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to The Old Harbour Crane, then get into the urban bustle at Kulturens Hus, then get curious at Teknikens Hus, and finally surround yourself with nature on Lulea Adventure Hundspann. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at Clarion Sense Spa and then hike along Isbanan.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lulea online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Akureyri to Lulea. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Akureyri to Lulea. Traveling from Akureyri in March, expect little chillier with lows of -8°C in Lulea. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lulea

Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Rovaniemi, Finland

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

Before you visit Rovaniemi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Lulea to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Helsinki trip simple and quick.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then explore the engaging exhibits at Junibacken, then see the interesting displays at Skansen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church). Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, then examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Stockholm takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in March, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kalmar.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Kalmar, Sweden

— 3 nights
Kalmar is a city in the southeast of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. Kids will enjoy Kalmar Cathedral and Stadsparken. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalmar: Karlskrona (Karlskrona Porslinsmuseum & Marine Museum Karlskrona). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kalmar County Museum, get a new perspective on nature at A world of Dinosaurs, experience rural life at Skalby 4H-gard, and deepen your understanding at Stortorget.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalmar online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Kalmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Kalmar

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, and see Bar & Club Tours.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kalmar to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:

Aarhus, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Bring the kids along to Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum and LEGOLAND Billund. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, appreciate the history behind Vagnende kvinde (Aarhuspigen), engage your brain at Moesgaard Museum, and examine the collection at Den Gamle By.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aarhus attractions planner.

Drive from Copenhagen to Aarhus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Aarhus are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Oslo, Norway

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vigeland Museum and Kon-Tiki Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, find something for the whole family at Norsk Folkemuseum, walk around Vigeland Park, and explore the world behind art at Munch Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo online holiday builder.

Getting from Aarhus to Oslo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Aarhus in April since evenings lows in Oslo dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Finland travel guide

4.1
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.