16 days in Croatia, Iceland & Finland Itinerary

16 days in Croatia, Iceland & Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Croatia, Iceland & Finland Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  15​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 24th (Sun), wander the streets of Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik driving holiday website .

Mumbai, India to Dubrovnik is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Dubrovnik. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
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Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then explore the world behind art at Mestroviceve Crikvine Kastilac, and finally explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano. On your second day here, make a trip to Gaspina mlinica, then do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Split online trip builder .

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Split sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gaspina mlinica, Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine, explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally explore the activities along Lake Milino.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka). Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then look for gifts at Heritage Croatian Food Shop, and then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Zagreb sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Room Escape Games
Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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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 1st (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and then explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip website .

Getting from Zagreb to Reykjavik by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Zagreb in May: highs in Reykjavik hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

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night
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head off the coast to Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Akureyri attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Akureyri

Nature Parks Spas
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Akureyri to Helsinki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Akureyri to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akureyri in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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