Delicious Nordic cuisine awaits as you embark on a gastronomic journey of what’s among the most dynamic and sustainable gastronomic regions of Europe in the Nordic countries. This itinerary starts in Iceland, where you’ll taste Michelin-starred food with views of a lava field, before heading to Sweden for seasonal dishes and dining in a castle in Denmark. Want more help booking your epic Nordic adventure? Let 50 Degrees North be your guide.
ItineraryPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1The Tastes of Iceland
Savor a classic Icelandic lunch of either lobster soup or fish and chips at Bryggjan in Grindavík, a small fishing town on the peninsula, before heading to the Blue Lagoon. Care for your skin with a face mask and float in the 100-degree, mineral-rich waters.
Your evening meal is steps away at the Michelin-starred restaurant Moss for modern Icelandic dishes by head chef Aggi Sverisson, using local and seasonal ingredients with vegan options available.
Stay at Silica Hotel, a 10-minute walk away, where Nordic-designed rooms have views of volcanoes and lava fields. If you’re lucky, you might see the Northern Lights, typically visible in Iceland between September and April.
Day 2Explore the Otherworldly Outdoors of South Iceland
Discover the mysterious ancient crosses and caves of Hella before dinner at the fantastic Hotel Rangá where you’ll also stay for the night. At the resort, next to a salmon river, you can watch the Northern Lights from a hot tub, if the timing is right. Reindeer, arctic char, and lamb are the stars of the menu at the property’s Rangá Restaurant.
Day 3The Golden Circle
Next, go to the Geysir geothermal area. The Great Geysir hot spring has been dormant for decades with few exceptions, but the smaller Strokkur erupts around every 10 minutes and its boiling hot water can reach nearly 100 feet in the air.
Head to the family-run Friðheimar tomato farm, where heat from the island’s geothermal activity helps grow the ingredients for dishes served in a greenhouse among tomato plants. Head to Efstidalur II for an organic homemade ice cream, made with milk from cows raised there.
This afternoon, visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to numerous trails and the Öxarárfoss waterfall. Conclude the day in Reykjavík with its multiple dining options, including the Michelin-starred restaurant ÓX. The enchanting, multisensory dining experience plays with the idea of Icelandic food. Overnight at Berjaya Reykjavik Marina Hotel, where you can have a nightcap and introduction to Reykjavík’s cocktail scene at its bar, Slippbarinn.
Day 4The Flavors of Reykjavík
Lunch, if you desire, is Icelandic sushi at Fiskmarkaðurínn. Next, take a thrilling whale watching tour from the old harbor—depending on the season, you might see minke and humpback whales.
Dine at Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Skál for hand-dived local scallops, beef tartar, and salt-baked beets, paired with natural wine. End your day with a runtur, or bar crawl, along Laugavegur for classic pubs like Prikið and local favorites Kaffibarinn, Röntgen, and Gaukurinn.
Day 5Exploring Stockholm’s Dining Scene
Stay at the stylish Ett Hem, a townhouse hotel in the Ostermalm area designed by Ilse Crawford. A short walk away is the Michelin-starred Adam & Albin restaurant, renowned for its exceptional Nordic cuisine.
Day 6Stockholm Culture and Art
Check out Vasa Museum, where an astonishingly well-preserved ship from 1628 lends insight into its past glories. Then walk among the boutiques, churches, and palaces of Gamla Stan, the old town and one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval centers. Delight your palate at the Michelin-starred restaurant Fem Små Hus to dine on Swedish cuisine with a French twist in ancient, vaulted cellars beneath the old town for a last dinner in Sweden.
Day 8Exploring Wonderful Copenhagen
Head to one of the city’s stellar bakeries for a casual lunch. Hart Bageri, Lille Bakery, and Andersen & Maillard are three of the best. Wander through the Vesterbro neighborhood, an area packed with bars, boutiques, and character-filled sidewalk cafes.
Walk along the harbor front at Nyhavn and dine at local favorite Goldfinch for Asian dishes with a Danish twist. Or take the harbor bus from Nyhavn to Reffen, a street food market in an urban area known for startups, innovation, and creativity. Sip a cocktail or glass of natural wine at Apollo Bar before resting your head at the stylish boutique hotel, Hotel 71 Nyhavn.
Day 9Copenhagen’s Royal Heritage and Beyond
See the city’s architecture and charming canals on a Hey Captain private boat tour, cruising past houseboats and historic landmarks, as well as the city’s major cultural institutions. Enjoy traditional open-face sandwiches (smørrebrød) for lunch at Meyers i Tårnet, located in Christiansborg Palace. Go to the top of the tower afterward and enjoy the views over the city.
Take a CPH Cooking Class to learn the art of making Danish sandwiches or pastries. End your day at Tivoli Gardens, a lush green wonderland of rides and entertainment where Walt Disney found inspiration for his theme parks. Nibble the seafood platter with Danish crab, whipped butter, and delicious scallops and oysters at one of the amusement park’s newest restaurants, Kilden i Haven.
Day 10Art and Architecture in the Copenhagen Area
After returning to the city, drive to Dragsholm Castle, just over an hour west. The more than 800-year-old castle is now a hotel overlooking the sea in Zealand, offering gourmet experiences, including wine tasting in its own vineyard and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Spend the afternoon exploring and learning about the history (and ghosts), and consider borrowing a bicycle to pedal to the Odsherred UNESCO Global Geopark nearby. Dine in Dragsholm Slot Gourmet, the castle’s Michelin-starred restaurant, before retiring to your room. There you can look forward to a breakfast of local ingredients the following morning at Dragsholm Castle’s Madhus, a casual café in the former stable building, before you depart.