47 days in Japan, Norway & Iceland Itinerary

47 days in Japan, Norway & Iceland Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Fludir, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Tromso
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Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Longyearbyen, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train to Kanazawa, Drive to Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawa-mura, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 1 night
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Astrup Fearnley Museet and Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum). Visit Ostbanehallen and Norsk Folkemuseum for their historical value. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, see the interesting displays at Fram Museum, explore the activities along Bygdøy, and take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip itinerary tool.

Perth, Australia to Oslo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Perth in February, expect Oslo to be cooler, temps between 6°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dogsledding Iceland and Off-Road Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Grindavik (Gunnuhver Hot Springs & Thermal Spas) and Viking World (in Keflavik). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and admire the masterpieces at Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to Reykjavik is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oslo in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of -1°C in Reykjavik. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Vik, Iceland

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Vik. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fludir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

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Fludir, Iceland

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally soothe aching muscles at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fludir trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vik to Fludir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vik in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°C in Fludir. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tromso.

Things to do in Fludir

Parks · Nature · Spas

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Tromso, Norway

— 3 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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Prestvannet Lake will get you outdoors. Head to Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Blastfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum, see the interesting displays at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Telegrafbukta Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tromso day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fludir to Tromso. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fludir in February: high temperatures in Tromso hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Longyearbyen, Norway

— 3 nights
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hit the slopes at Snowmobile Safari Svalbard, then examine the collection at Svalbard Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Magdalenefjord Svalbard. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Svalbard Kirke, then see the interesting displays at North Pole Expedition Museum, and then look for gifts at Ingenior G. Paulsen.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Longyearbyen vacation builder app.

Fly from Tromso to Longyearbyen in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tromso in February, things will get slightly colder in Longyearbyen: highs are around -6°C and lows about -12°C. You will leave for Kutchan-cho on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

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Kutchan-cho, Japan

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and White Isle Niseko. Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Step out of Kutchan-cho to go to Niseko-cho and see Niseko Village Ski Resort, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kagaminuma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, and get a new perspective on nature at Kutchan Natural History Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Longyearbyen to Kutchan-cho. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Longyearbyen in February, expect Kutchan-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

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Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Head to Ginza and Shimokitazawafor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Mejiro no Mori and Tokyo Port Wildbird Park. Change things up with a short trip to Kawasaki Daishi in Kawasaki (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 2°C, while days are much hotter, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Shirakawa-mura, Japan

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, admire the masterpieces at Binen Yumeromu Museum, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Shirakawa-mura hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

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Ise, Japan

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, stop by Hakutaka Miyake Shoten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ise online trip planner.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in March since evenings lows in Ise dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

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Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamigamo Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Ishiyamadera Temple in Otsu--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Hiroshima, Japan

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Senjokaku and Daishoin Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like JMSDF Kure Museum and Former Naval Academy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Kiyomori Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, and steep yourself in history at Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

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Miyakojima, Japan

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping
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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.

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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.