56 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

56 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

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56 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Leknes, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Kristiansand, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Lillehammer, Norway
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Geiranger, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Bergen, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Visby, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Turku, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

5
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
For shopping fun, head to Karl Johans gate or Aker Brygge. Appreciate the collections at Viking Ship Museum and The Nobel Peace Center. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at The Kon-Tiki Museum, see the interesting displays at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, and step into the grandiose world of Det Kongelige Slott.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oslo trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Oslo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in August: high temperatures in Oslo hover around 23°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Leknes.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum ©
Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

5
nights
Leknes, Norway

Leknes ©
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Step off the beaten path and head to Haukland Beach and Lofotr Viking Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kraftstasjonen - Haukland Beach and Flakstad Church. Spend the 13th (Mon) among lush scenery at Himmeltinden. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Lofoten Island, take a memorable drive along Uttakleiv Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kvalvika Beach, and hike along Hiking on the hills.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Leknes trip planner .

You can fly from Oslo to Leknes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Oslo in August: highs in Leknes hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kristiansand.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kvalvika Beach, Hiking on the hills, Lofoten Island, Flakstad Church, Lofotr Viking Museum
Highlights from your plan
Haukland Beach ©
Haukland Beach
Himmeltinden ©
Himmeltinden
Lofotr Viking Museum ©
Lofotr Viking Museum

3
nights
Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand ©
Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Randesund Candle Foundry and Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Grimstad's Archipelago and then make a splash at Dyreparken.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kristiansand road trip planning app .

You can fly from Leknes to Kristiansand in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Leknes in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kristiansand: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lillehammer.

Things to do in Kristiansand

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Annas Rom, Lindesnes Fyr, Grimstad's Archipelago
Highlights from your plan
Lindesnes Fyr ©
Lindesnes Fyr
Ravnedalen Naturpark ©
Ravnedalen Naturpark
Grimstad's Archipelago ©
Grimstad's Archipelago

4
nights
Lillehammer, Norway

Lillehammer ©
Lillehammer is a town and municipality in Oppland county, Norway. Step off the beaten path and head to Hunderfossen Familiepark and Helvete. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maihaugen Open-Air Museum and Galleri Zink. Venture out of the city with trips to Oystre Slidre Municipality (Myhre Gard & Bitihorn) and Norsk Elgsenter (in Koppang). It doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Knight's Leap and steep yourself in history at Sigrid Undset's Home Bjerkebaek.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lillehammer day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kristiansand to Lillehammer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kristiansand in August; daily highs in Lillehammer reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Geiranger.

Things to do in Lillehammer

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knight's Leap, Helvete, Myhre Gard, Bitihorn, Norwegian Moose Center
Highlights from your plan
Hunderfossen Familiepark ©
Hunderfossen Familiepark
Helvete ©
Helvete
Knight's Leap ©
Knight's Leap

3
nights
Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger ©
Surrounded by pristine nature, the scenic village of Geiranger serves as a gateway to some of Norway's most famous landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get great views at Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba, then admire the sheer force of Seven Sisters, then look for gifts at Geiranger Sjokolade, and finally get outside with Ornevegen - Ornesvingen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Storseterfossen, then stroll through Flydalsjuvet, then don't miss a visit to Fossevandring Geiranger, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Geiranger Fjord.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geiranger driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lillehammer to Geiranger by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Lillehammer in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Geiranger, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Geiranger

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba ©
Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba
Geiranger Fjord ©
Geiranger Fjord
Seven Sisters ©
Seven Sisters

4
nights
Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Get in touch with nature at Ulriken and Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen). Let the collections at Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene and KODE Art Museums of Bergen capture your imagination. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring at Hardanger Fjord. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Bryggen, look for gifts at Susan Fosse Knitwear, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fantoft Stavkirke, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bergen day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Geiranger to Bergen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ulriken ©
Ulriken
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene ©
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene

5
nights
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg ©
Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Visiting Southern Goteborg Archipelago and Grimsholmen Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Lisebergs Nojespark and Gekås Ullared. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gothenburg: Nordens Ark (in Hunnebostrand) and Getteron 1:a vik (in Varberg). And it doesn't end there: stop by Fish Church, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Maritiman, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gothenburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Gothenburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gothenburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Visby.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gekås Ullared, Nordens Ark, Getteron 1:a vik, Grimsholmen Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Volvo Museum ©
Volvo Museum
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago

4
nights
Visby, Sweden

Visby ©
Located on the largest island in the Baltic Sea, the historical port town of Visby features one of the best-preserved medieval city walls in northern Europe.
Head to F & Th Ödins Garveri AB Ödins Garveri and Kranku Te & Kaffefor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Visby City Wall and Gotlands Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Visby: Grogarnsberget (in Katthammarsvik), Bungemuseet (in Farosund) and Folhammar (in Ljugarn). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hogklint Naturreservat, tee off at Visby Golfklubb, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Karin Cathedral Ruins, and admire the natural beauty at Botaniska Tradgarden.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Visby online journey planner .

You can fly from Gothenburg to Visby in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In September in Visby, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Visby

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gotland, Bungemuseet, Föreningen Gotlandståget, Grogarnsberget, Visby Golfklubb
Highlights from your plan
Gotlands Museum ©
Gotlands Museum
Visby City Wall ©
Visby City Wall
Hogklint Naturreservat
Hogklint Naturreservat

6
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace and Stockholm Old Town are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Fotografiska and Skansen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stockholm: Uppsala (Uppsala Domkyrka, The English Bookshop, & more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sodermalm, and learn about all things military at Royal Armory.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip app .

Fly from Visby to Stockholm in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uppsala
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Hietaranta Beach. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and steep yourself in history at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Porvoo Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

3
nights
Turku, Finland

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Teijo national park (in Pernio).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey builder site .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

8
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Denmark and Frederiksborg Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosenborg Castle and Roskilde Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Kronborg Castle (in Helsingoer) and Viking Ship Museum (in Roskilde). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, stop by Torvehallerne, step into the grandiose world of Amalienborg, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church).

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Turku to Copenhagen. Traveling from Turku to Copenhagen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Turku in September since evenings lows in Copenhagen dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Roskilde, Kronborg, Frederiksborg Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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