40 days in Iceland & Norway Itinerary

40 days in Iceland & Norway Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 6 nights
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Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hofn, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Fludir, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Husafell, Iceland
— 1 night
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Grundarfjorour, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Tromso
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Tromso, Norway
— 6 nights
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Alta, Norway
— 2 nights
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Longyearbyen, Norway
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dogsledding Iceland and Gljufrabui Waterfalls. Visiting Gunnuhver Hot Springs and Oxararfoss will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Hella) and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths (in Laugarvatn). There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and examine the collection at Aurora Reykjavik.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik road trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. In February, Reykjavik is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 26:

Akureyri, Iceland

— 6 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Visiting Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Dimmuborgir Lava Formations will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and The Húsavík Whale Museum. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths, and take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

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Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Akureyri are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 4:

Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Vatnajokull.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vatnajokull National Park trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Akureyri to Vatnajokull National Park with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Vatnajokull National Park can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Hofn, Iceland

— 3 nights
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fellsfjara and Walking tours. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Glacier Lagoon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hofn trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Vatnajokull National Park to Hofn with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Hofn are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hofn

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Vik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get in touch with nature at Sólheimajökulll and Mýrdalsjökull. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Icelandic Lava Show and Reyniskirkja Church. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the 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. In March in Vik, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fludir.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Fludir, Iceland

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, then relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar, and then relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

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Getting from Vik to Fludir by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Husafell.

Things to do in Fludir

Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

Husafell, Iceland

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cave and then admire the sheer force of Hraunfossar.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Husafell trip maker site.

Getting from Fludir to Husafell by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In March, daytime highs in Husafell are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grundarfjorour.

Things to do in Husafell

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:
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Grundarfjorour, Iceland

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with Laki Tours and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kirkjufell Mountain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grundarfjorour day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Husafell to Grundarfjorour takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Tromso.

Things to do in Grundarfjorour

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Tromso, Norway

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Perspektivet Museum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Take a break from the city and head to Tromso Fjords and Base Tromso. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Tromso Botaniske Hage, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Grundarfjorour to Tromso. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grundarfjorour to Tromso. In March in Tromso, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Alta.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:

Alta, Norway

— 2 nights
Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Northern Lights Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alta Church and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Alta day trip planning site.

You can fly from Tromso to Alta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and car. Traveling from Tromso in March, Alta is little chillier at night with lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in Alta

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Longyearbyen, Norway

— 5 nights
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Spitzbergen Adventures. Step off the beaten path and head to North Pole Expedition Museum and Svalbard Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svalbard Kirke, get a taste of the local shopping with Ingenior G. Paulsen, head outdoors with Spitzbergen Outdoor Activities, and explore the activities along Magdalenefjord Svalbard.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Longyearbyen trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Alta to Longyearbyen takes 7 hours. Traveling from Alta in March, expect Longyearbyen to be slightly colder, temps between -7°C and -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
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.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
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.