17 days in Sweden, Finland & Norway Itinerary

17 days in Sweden, Finland & Norway Itinerary

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Helsinki, Finland
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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Bergen, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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Gothenburg, Sweden

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Tjoloholms Castle, examine the collection at Aeroseum, then examine the collection at Volvo Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Southern Goteborg Archipelago.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gothenburg road trip site.

Valletta, Malta to Gothenburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Valletta in September, things will get cooler in Gothenburg: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Stockholm, Sweden

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Get some historical perspective at Gripsholm Castle and Linnaeus Garden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gamla Uppsala and Skogskyrkogarden. Get out of town with these interesting Stockholm side-trips: Uppsala (Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala Domkyrka, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church), brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Storkyrkan.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm road trip planning site.

Fly from Gothenburg to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Popular historic sites such as Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app.

Fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi, Finland

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then relax in the rural setting at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and finally stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Bergen, Norway

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Visit St. Mary's Church and Museum Lepramuseet St. Jorgens Hospital for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Magic Ice Bar Bergen and VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter. When in Bergen, make a side trip to see Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall in Norheimsund, approximately Norheimsund away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Vidden Trail between Mt. Floyen and Mt. Ulriken, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ulriken, take an in-depth tour of Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fantoft Stavkirke.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bergen travel planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Bergen in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi to Bergen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rovaniemi in September, expect Bergen to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Oslo, Norway

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Step out of the city life by going to Oslomarka and Nordmarka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oscarsborg Fortress and Vestre Gravlund. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Drobak, admire the landmark architecture of Ostbanehallen, walk around Frogner Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bygdøy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oslo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Bergen to Oslo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oslo when traveling from Bergen in September, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Norway travel guide

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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.