27 days in Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen Itinerary

27 days in Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen Itinerary

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27 days in Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Akureyri, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
5
Kulusuk, Greenland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Nuuk, Greenland
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
7
Longyearbyen, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Berlin, Germany

4
nights
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Krafla Lava Fields. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) and Selfoss Waterfall. The adventure continues: get outside with Hofdi, go for a walk through Viti Crater, pause for some serene contemplation at Saurbaejarkirkja, and explore the striking landscape at Dimmuborgir Lava Formations.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Akureyri trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Akureyri is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Akureyri due to the time zone difference. In January in Akureyri, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Myvatn, Selfoss Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard) ©
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
Speed Boats Tours
Krafla Lava Fields ©
Krafla Lava Fields

8
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Visit Hallgrimskirkja and Cemetery Holavallagardur for their historical value. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thingvellir National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Borgarnes (Borgarnes Museum & The Settlement Center), Glanni Waterfall (in Bifrost) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, witness a stunning natural landmark at Reykjadalur Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik online tour planner .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Reykjavik are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Selfoss, Borgarnes, Grindavik, Thingvellir, Reykjadalur Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar

1
night
Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

Blaskogabyggd ©
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Blaskogabyggd visit app .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Blaskogabyggd takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Blaskogabyggd are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Strokkur, Geysir, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Bruarfoss Waterfall ©
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Geysir ©
Geysir

3
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vik Church and Rutshellir Cave. Escape the urban bustle at Sólheimajökulll and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Vik's surroundings by going to Hvolsvollur (Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss & Lava Centre) and Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Fjadrargljufur Canyon & Stjornarfoss). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mýrdalsjökull, admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, appreciate the history behind Voyages Friendship Statue, and examine the collection at Skogar Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vik holiday builder app .

You can drive from Blaskogabyggd to Vik in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in January, Vik is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Kulusuk.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Skogar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Hvolsvollur, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Fjadrargljufur Canyon ©
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Mýrdalsjökull
Mýrdalsjökull

1
night
Kulusuk, Greenland

Kulusuk ©
Kulusuk, formerly Kap Dan, is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland, located on an island of the same name. On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Kap Dan and then take an in-depth tour of Kulusuk Museum. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at New Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Old Cemetery, and then get engrossed in the history at Ammassalik Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Kulusuk day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Vik to Kulusuk with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Vik to Kulusuk is minus 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vik in January: high temperatures in Kulusuk hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Nuuk.

Things to do in Kulusuk

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ammassalik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Church of Kap Dan ©
Church of Kap Dan
Old Cemetery ©
Old Cemetery
New Cemetery ©
New Cemetery

2
nights
Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk ©
Home to a quarter of the nation's population, Nuuk represents the nation's cultural and economic center and holds the title as the world's smallest and northernmost capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hans Egedes hus, then see the interesting displays at Greenland National Museum and Archives, then admire the masterpieces at Nuuk Art Museum, and finally make a trip to Qornok. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of University of Greenland, then explore the striking landscape at Evigheds Fjords, then make a trip to Nuuk Cathedral, and finally enjoy some diversion at Greenland Simulation Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nuuk travel route site .

You can fly from Kulusuk to Nuuk in 2 hours. Traveling from Kulusuk in January, Nuuk is little chillier at night with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in Nuuk

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Evigheds Fjords
Highlights from your plan
Hans Egedes hus ©
Hans Egedes hus
Nuuk Art Museum ©
Nuuk Art Museum

5
nights
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen ©
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
Explore hidden gems such as Svalbard Kirke and Svalbard Museum. Get in touch with nature at Snowmobile Safari Svalbard and Magdalenefjord Svalbard. There's lots more to do: see a world frozen in time at Pyramiden, make a trip to Galleri Svalbard, examine the collection at North Pole Expedition Museum, and go deep underground at Gruve 3.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Longyearbyen attractions site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nuuk to Longyearbyen. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Nuuk to Longyearbyen due to the time zone difference. In January in Longyearbyen, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Spitsbergen
Highlights from your plan
Magdalenefjord Svalbard ©
Magdalenefjord Svalbard
Pyramiden ©
Pyramiden
Svalbard Kirke ©
Svalbard Kirke

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