20 days in Helsinki, Iceland & Copenhagen Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Iceland & Copenhagen Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
2
Hella, Iceland
— 1 night
3
Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
4
Reykjahlid, Iceland
— 2 nights
5
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Shop till you drop at Old Market Hall and CraftCorner. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Turku (Turku Cathedral, Turku Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the masterpieces at Galerie Anhava, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel tool.

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Doha in August, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hella.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Turku
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©

1
night
Hella, Iceland

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. On the 7th (Fri), look for gifts at UNA Local Product, admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall, thensee the interesting displays at Lava Centre, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hella trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Hella with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki to Hella, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in August: highs in Hella hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hvolsvollur
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Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Horseback Riding Tours
Lava Centre ©
Lava Centre

1
night
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrhólaey, thenadmire the sheer force of Skogafoss, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

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

Drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach

2
nights
Reykjahlid, Iceland

Reykjahlid ©
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Take a break from the city and head to Dettifoss Waterfall and Hverir. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mývatn Nature Baths and Lake Myvatn. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Hverfjall, stroll through Krafla Lava Fields, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard).

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Reykjahlid travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Vik to Reykjahlid in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Reykjahlid are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Myvatn
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Hverfjall ©
Hverfjall
Dettifoss Waterfall ©
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths

1
night
Akureyri, Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, thenadmire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri holiday maker.

You can drive from Reykjahlid to Akureyri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Akureyri, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thingvellir National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do your shopping at Laugavegur and Myconceptstore. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, explore and take pictures at Perlan, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Reykjavik, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
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 National Gallery of Denmarkfor some retail therapy. Nyhavn and Roskilde Domkirke are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Moen (Mons Klint & Soemarkedyssen), Hillerod (Frederiksborg Slotskirke & Frederiksborg Castle) and Borre (Birthe Jarlbaek & Geo Center Mons Klint). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and admire the striking features of Amalienborg.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Copenhagen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in August, with highs in Copenhagen at °C and lows at °C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Moen, Hillerod, Roskilde Domkirke, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
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Mons Klint ©
Mons Klint
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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