15 days in Iceland & Norway Itinerary

15 days in Iceland & Norway Itinerary

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15 days in Iceland & Norway Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Skaftafell, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom


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3
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vik Church and Rutshellir Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reynisfjara Beach and Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Explore Vik's surroundings by going to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Skaftarstofa & Systrafoss). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sólheimajökulll, get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Myrdalsjokull Glacier, and don't miss a visit to Dyrholaey.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vik online trip builder .

Manchester, UK to Vik is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect nights in Vik to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Skaftafell.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar
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Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll

3
nights
Skaftafell, Iceland

Skaftafell ©
Get in touch with nature at Diamond Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skaftafell National Park and The Thorbergur center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Skaftafell: Hofskirkja Church (in Hof) and Glacier Lagoon (in Jokulsarlon).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Skaftafell attractions website .

Traveling by bus from Vik to Skaftafell takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Skaftafell

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jokulsarlon, Hofskirkja Church, Skaftafell / Vatnajökull National Park, The Thorbergur center
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Diamond Beach ©
Diamond Beach
Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Let the collections at Perlan and Borgarnes Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hraunfossar and Laugavegur. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Gullfoss (in Blaskogabyggd), The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, and get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Skaftafell to Reykjavik in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Borgarnes, Hraunfossar, Thermal Spas, Gullfoss Falls
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

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nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Astrup Fearnley Museet and Viking Ship Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oslomarka and Fram Museum. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, see the interesting displays at Holmenkollen Ski Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Nordisk bibelmuseum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oslo trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Oslo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oslo, with lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

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