32 days in Southern Norway & Iceland Itinerary

32 days in Southern Norway & Iceland Itinerary

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32 days in Southern Norway & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Kristiansand, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h
2
Geysir, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
5
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Akureyri, Iceland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
8
Egilsstadir, Iceland
— 2 nights
9
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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3
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Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand ©
Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. On the 12th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Kristiansand Kunsthall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baneheia, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ravnedalen Naturpark. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Fiskebrygga, then stroll through Fevik via Hasseltangen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grimstad's Archipelago.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kristiansand attractions website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Kristiansand is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Lisbon in March, plan for colder days in Kristiansand, with highs around 8°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Geysir.

Things to do in Kristiansand

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grimstad
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Ravnedalen Naturpark ©
Ravnedalen Naturpark
Baneheia ©
Baneheia
Grimstad's Archipelago ©
Grimstad's Archipelago

2
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Geysir, Iceland

Geysir ©
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Golden Circle Route. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geysir holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kristiansand to Geysir. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kristiansand in March, expect nights in Geysir to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Gullfoss Falls
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall ©
Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall

3
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Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Step out of the city life by going to Sólheimajökulll and Black Sand Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Myrdalsjokull Glacier and Gljufrafoss. Take a break from Vik with a short trip to Seljavallalaug in Skogar, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Skogasafn, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, take in the dramatic natural features at Reynisdrangar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vik Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vik planning site .

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Vik sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skogar Museum ©
Skogar Museum

3
nights
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland

Kirkjubaejarklaustur ©
Kirkjubaejarklaustur holidays offer visitors an easy access to the untamed landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fjadrargljufur Canyon and Laugavegur. Visiting Skaftarstofa and Laki Craters will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Ljótipollur in Landmannalaugar (about 1h 10 min away).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kirkjubaejarklaustur online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Vatnajokull National Park.

Things to do in Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Landmannalaugar
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Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Laugavegur ©
Laugavegur
Laki Craters ©
Laki Craters

3
nights
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park ©
Step out of the city life by going to Svartifoss Waterfall and Askja. Step off the beaten path and head to Jokulsargljufur National Park and Svinafell Glacier. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Polaire.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vatnajokull National Park trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Vatnajokull National Park in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Vatnajokull National Park are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Vatnajokull National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Askja, Jokulsargljufur National Park
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Svartifoss Waterfall ©
Svartifoss Waterfall
Askja ©
Askja

5
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Old Farmhouse Laufas and Puffin and Friends. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Grettislaug. Get out of town with these interesting Akureyri side-trips: Folk Music Center (in Siglufjordur) and Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi (in Hofsos). On the 27th (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Hlíðarfjall. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland, and get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum.

Discover how to plan a Akureyri trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vatnajokull National Park to Akureyri. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Vatnajokull National Park in March since evenings lows in Akureyri dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saudarkrokur, Folk Music Center, Samgonguminjasafn Skagafjaroar Storageroi
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hlíðarfjall ©
Hlíðarfjall
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Get outdoors at Hverarond and Aldeyjarfoss. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Lofthellir Lava Cave.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjahlid trip planner .

You can drive from Akureyri to Reykjahlid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Reykjahlid can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Hverir ©
Hverir
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

2
nights
Egilsstadir, Iceland

Egilsstadir ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atlavik and Auroras Iceland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petra's Stone Collection and Technical Museum. Step out of Egilsstadir with an excursion to Fransmenn a Islandi in Faskrudsfjordur--about 40 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Egilsstadir trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Reykjahlid to Egilsstadir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Egilsstadir are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Seydisfjordur, Faskrudsfjordur, Petra Stone Collection
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Atlavik ©
Atlavik
Hengifoss ©
Hengifoss
The French Museum ©
The French Museum

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nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Perlan and Hraunfossar. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Kotstrandarkirkja (in Hveragerdi), The Settlement Center (in Borgarnes) and Glanni Waterfall (in Bifrost). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and examine the collection at Reykjavik Maritime Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Glanni Waterfall, Hraunfossar, The Settlement Center
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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