40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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Visby, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly
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Stavanger, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bergen, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flam, Norway
— 2 nights
Bus
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Stryn, Norway
— 1 night
Bus to Hellesylt ferjekai, Ferry to Geiranger
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Geiranger, Norway
— 2 nights
Bus to Otta stasjon, Train to Oslo
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Oslo, Norway
— 6 nights
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Turku, Finland
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden

— 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Skansen and The Swedish History Museum. Royal Palace and Uppsala Domkyrka will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Strandvagen, explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, and admire the landmark architecture of Drottningholm Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Stockholm: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Visby.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Visby, Sweden

— 3 nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Gotlands Museum, explore the historical opulence of Visby City Wall, and then admire the natural beauty at Botaniska Tradgarden. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Föreningen Gotlandståget, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hogklint Naturreservat.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Visby trip itinerary app.

Getting from Stockholm to Visby by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Visby, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Visby

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

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 Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kastellet and Our Saviour's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Roskilde (Roskilde Domkirke & Viking Ship Museum). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke), stop by Christiania, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen day trip planning tool.

Drive from Visby to Copenhagen in 8 hours. In July in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Stavanger, Norway

— 3 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lysefjord and Norsk Hermetikkmuseum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Norwegian Petroleum Museum and Touscene. Change things up with a short trip to Dalsnuten in Sandnes (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sola Strand, take in nature's colorful creations at Flor & Fjære, shop like a local with Galleri Gann, and appreciate the history behind Sverd i fjell.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Stavanger trip planning website.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stavanger in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Copenhagen in July, plan for little chillier days in Stavanger, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Stavanger

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bergen, Norway

— 3 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and KODE Art Museums of Bergen. Do your shopping at DMG GALLERY and Gunvor Handmade Illustration. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, see the interesting displays at Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, and take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bergen trip builder tool.

Fly from Stavanger to Bergen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Flam.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Flam, Norway

— 2 nights
Nestled in a kingdom of mountains and fjords, the scenic village of Flam serves as a good base for exploring some of the most beautiful sights of Norwegian nature.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Stegastein Lookout, then examine the collection at Flaamsbana Museet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borgund Stave Church, and finally go for a walk through Vindhellavegen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Brekkefossen, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bakka Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Naeroyfjord.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Flam trip planner.

You can drive from Bergen to Flam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Flam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Stryn.

Things to do in Flam

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Stryn, Norway

— 1 night
Stryn is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Olden, take in the pleasant sights at Briksdal Glacier (Briksdalbreen), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olden kyrkje.

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Traveling by bus from Flam to Stryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Stryn are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Geiranger.

Things to do in Stryn

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Geiranger, Norway

— 2 nights

Pearl of the North

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 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Geiranger Fjord. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Fossevandring Geiranger, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Seven Sisters, and then explore the stunning scenery at Flydalsjuvet.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geiranger day trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Stryn to Geiranger takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Geiranger

Nature · Parks

Oslo, Norway

— 6 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Det Kongelige Slott and Bygdøy. Get some historical perspective at Oslomarka and Rådhuset. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, admire the masterpieces at Astrup Fearnley Museet, examine the collection at Fram Museum, and explore the activities along Sognsvann Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oslo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Geiranger to Oslo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. When traveling from Geiranger in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Turku, Finland

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Oslo to Turku with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Helsinki, Finland

— 5 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Let the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Katajanokka, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder website.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Sweden travel guide

4.2
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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."