12 days in Denmark & Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Denmark & Iceland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly to Húsavík Airport, Drive to Lake Myvatn
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Lake Myvatn, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geysir, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Bus to Bsí, Shuttle to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Fly to Ankara

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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Head to Torvehallerne and Illums Bolighusfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Visit Carlsberg Brand Store. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and visit Stroeget.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen road trip planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Copenhagen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Myvatn.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

— 1 night
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Hverir and then admire the sheer force of Dettifoss Waterfall. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Myvatn planner.

Explore your travel options from Copenhagen to Lake Myvatn with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Copenhagen in December: high temperatures in Lake Myvatn hover around 35°F and lows are around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Head to Lucky Records and Kraumfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Thingvellir National Park and Fotografi. Change things up with a short trip to Blomasetrid in Borgarnes (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, stop by Handknitting Association of Iceland, and get a taste of the local shopping with Skumaskot.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik day trip app.

You can drive from Lake Myvatn to Reykjavik in 6 hours. December in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Geysir, Iceland

— 1 night
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Skalholt Cathedral and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Geysir trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Geysir in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Vik, Iceland

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach, then make a trip to Dyrhólaey, then get engrossed in the history at Skogar Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vik trip maker app.

You can drive from Geysir to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Geysir in December since evenings lows in Vik dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.