12 days in Norway & Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Norway & Iceland Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
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Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway

— 3 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.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, see the interesting displays at Fram Museum, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, and stroll around Vigeland Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Oslo trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Oslo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Oslo. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Oslo reach 8°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
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Bergen, Norway

— 1 night

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, and then don't miss a visit to Pepperkakebyen - The Worlds largest Gingerbread City.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bergen trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Oslo to Bergen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 1°C in Bergen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Bergen

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, get outside with Dogsledding Iceland, admire the masterpieces at Gerdarsafn Kopavogur Art Museum, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik online holiday maker.

Getting from Bergen to Reykjavik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Bergen to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bergen in December; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, then experience rural life at Fridheimar, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Reykjavik to Blaskogabyggd in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Blaskogabyggd can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Tromso, Norway

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Polaria, then examine the collection at The Polar Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tromso online vacation planner.

Getting from Blaskogabyggd to Tromso by flight takes about 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Blaskogabyggd to Tromso. In December, daily temperatures in Tromso can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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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.

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.