19 days in Iceland, Switzerland & Copenhagen Itinerary

19 days in Iceland, Switzerland & Copenhagen Itinerary

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19 days in Iceland, Switzerland & Copenhagen Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  11​h
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Perlan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at foa, and finally examine the collection at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip builder.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 36°F and lows are around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Mink Viking Portrait Studio ©
Mink Viking Portrait Studio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, look for gifts at Laderach, and fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Reykjavik to Zermatt takes 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, have fun at Indoor Rope Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich vacation trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
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.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen itinerary builder.

You can fly from Zurich to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Copenhagen, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
The Little Mermaid ©
The Little Mermaid

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