22 days in Iceland & Finland Itinerary

22 days in Iceland & Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  30 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

4
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus

8
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir), Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, push the limits with an extreme tour, see Off-Road Tours, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik road trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rovaniemi to Reykjavik takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rovaniemi to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas, Hraunfossar
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

2
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Reyniskyrka Church, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, then take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, then take an in-depth tour of Skogar Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vik trip tool.

Getting from Reykjavik to Vik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogar, Reynisdrangar
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

3
nights
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geysir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Slakki Petting Zoo, and then admire the verdant scenery at Gjain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Blaskogabyggd day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Vik to Blaskogabyggd takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vik in December since evenings lows in Blaskogabyggd dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bruarfoss Waterfall, Gjain, Strokkur, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, Geysir
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall

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