24 days in Norway, Finland & Gothenburg Itinerary

24 days in Norway, Finland & Gothenburg Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Train
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Kemi, Finland
— 1 day
Train
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Bus
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Saariselka, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karasjok, Norway
— 1 night
Drive
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Skarsvag, Norway
— 1 night
Drive
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Alta, Norway
— 1 night
Fly
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Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly to Evenes, Bus to Narvik
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Narvik, Norway
— 1 night
Drive
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Svolvaer, Norway
— 1 night
Fly
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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gothenburg, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland — 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Kemi.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Kemi, Finland — 1 day

Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kemi SnowCastle.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get little chillier in Kemi: highs are around -4°C and lows about -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.
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Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi, Finland — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Tue), stop by Santa Claus' Main Post Office, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Saariselka.
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Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Saariselka, Finland — 2 nights

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip builder app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saariselka, with lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Karasjok.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Karasjok, Norway — 1 night

Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. On the 18th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Samipath, then view the masterpieces at Sami Center for Contemporary Art, and then take an exotic tour of KB-Siida.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Karasjok road trip planning app.

You can drive from Saariselka to Karasjok in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Saariselka to Karasjok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Karasjok can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Skarsvag.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Skarsvag, Norway — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see what you can catch with The North Cape Experience and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Skarsvag trip planning website.

Drive from Karasjok to Skarsvag in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Karasjok in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Skarsvag, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Alta.
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Alta, Norway — 1 night

Alta is the most populated municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. On the 20th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alta trip planner.

Getting from Skarsvag to Alta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Skarsvag in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Alta, with lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tromso.
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Museums · Historic Sites

Tromso, Norway — 3 nights

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Tromso is known for nightlife, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Prestvannet Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tromso day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Alta to Tromso takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Alta in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tromso, with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Narvik.
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Side Trip

Narvik, Norway — 1 night

or Áhkanjárga is the third-largest town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Narvik Kjoretoyhistoriske Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Narvik Krigsmuseum, and finally appreciate the history behind Polish War Memorial.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Narvik trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tromso to Narvik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Narvik are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Svolvaer.
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Svolvaer, Norway — 1 night

The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
On the 25th (Sat), take an exotic tour of Lofoten Lights.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Svolvaer online travel planner.

Getting from Narvik to Svolvaer by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Svolvaer are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Oslo.
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Highlights from your trip

Oslo, Norway — 3 nights

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, then explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum. On the next day, walk around Vigeland Park, contemplate the long history of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Svolvaer to Oslo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Svolvaer in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 6°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -7°C. You'll set off for Gothenburg on the 28th (Tue).
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Gothenburg, Sweden — 3 nights

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): engage your brain at Universeum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Horticultural Gardens (Tradgardsforeningen), appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga, then slough off your stress at Hamam Goteborg, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gothenburg tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Oslo to Gothenburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in February since evenings lows in Gothenburg dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Side Trips

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."
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Norway travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Art 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.
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