23 days in Norway & Patagonia Itinerary

23 days in Norway & Patagonia Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive
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Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Tromso, Norway — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum and then make a trip to Tromso Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tromso trip builder tool.

Newark, USA to Tromso is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in January; daily highs in Tromso reach 29°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 5 nights

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Escape the urban bustle at Circuito Chico and Cascada de los Duendes. Step off the beaten path and head to Sendero de los Arrayanes and Kayaking & Canoeing. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Refugio Frey, stroll through Playa Bonita, engage your brain at Museo Paleontologico Bariloche, and admire the sheer force of Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tromso to San Carlos de Bariloche. The time zone difference when traveling from Tromso to San Carlos de Bariloche is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Tromso in January, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be much hotter, temps between 75°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa La Angostura.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Villa La Angostura, Argentina — 2 nights

A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Rio Correntoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Lago Espejo Grande and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Correntoso.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Villa La Angostura online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa La Angostura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Villa La Angostura sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Martin de los Andes.
Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina — 4 nights

Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Take a break from the city and head to Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias and Lago Lolog. Step off the beaten path and head to Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum and Cerro Chapelco. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Playa La Islita, look for gifts at De la Montana, and kick back and relax at Playa Quila Quina.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Martin de los Andes trip planner.

Drive from Villa La Angostura to San Martin de los Andes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Madryn.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 2 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Loberia de Punta Loma and then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then gain insight at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn trip planning app.

You can fly from San Martin de los Andes to Puerto Madryn in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to El Calafate.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

El Calafate, Argentina — 1 night

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 20th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then experience the excitement of Estancia 25 de Mayo.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate trip maker site.

Fly from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in El Calafate are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to El Chalten.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games

El Chalten, Argentina — 4 nights

Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Mirador De Los Condores and Road to El Chalten. Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de los Tres and Mirador del Torre. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and stroll through Laguna Torre.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten online trip planner.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

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.

Patagonia travel guide

4.3
Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.