21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skogar, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Bus to Bsí, Shuttle to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Fly to Copenhagen
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Train to Svedala station, Taxi to Malmo, Fly to Stockholm
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi, Finland
— 2 nights
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Saariselka, Finland
— 1 night
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Rukatunturi, Finland
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip maker site.

Manchester, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Reykjavik to be little chillier, temps between 2°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Blaskogabyggd.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Blaskogabyggd, Iceland

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of several districts, Blaskogabyggd encompasses a handful of settlements totaling around 930 people in southwestern Iceland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bruarfoss Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, then take in the natural beauty of Haukadalur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Strokkur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Skalholt Cathedral, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geysir, then experience rural life at Fridheimar, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Blaskogabyggd trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Skogar.

Things to do in Blaskogabyggd

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Skogar, Iceland

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Skogar for a chance to see a picture-perfect glacier and a collection of waterfalls fed by the Skoga River.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Skogar Museum, then admire the sheer force of Skogafoss, then stroll through Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Rutshellir Cave. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss and then get impressive views of Katla Volcano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Skogar vacation planner.

Getting from Blaskogabyggd to Skogar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Blaskogabyggd in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Skogar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Skogar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
Visiting Mons Klint and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jaegerborg Dyrehave.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen road trip site.

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Skogar to Copenhagen in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Skogar to Copenhagen is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Take a break from the city and head to The Green Trails and Sodermalm. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, visit Stureplan, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Copenhagen to Stockholm by combination of train, taxi, and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, things will get little chillier in Stockholm: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Graff Brygghus, then see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum, then admire the striking features of The Arctic Cathedral, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lone Slydahl. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Polaria, then examine the collection at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial to Deportation of Jews of Tromso.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tromso online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Tromso takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Stockholm in December, you will find days in Tromso are little chillier (0°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Levi, Finland

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Levi, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tromso to Levi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tromso to Levi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tromso in January, you will find days in Levi are little chillier (-11°C), and nights are cooler (-21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Saariselka, Finland

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Rukatunturi, Finland

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rukatunturi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Rovaniemi, Finland

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 7th (Fri), shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."