16 days in Norway, Finland & Stockholm Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Flam, Norway
— 3 nights
Bus to Sogndal, Fly to Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights


Stockholm, Sweden — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monteliusvagen and Hallwyl Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Riddarholmen Church. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, get engrossed in the history at Medeltidsmuseet, and stroll around Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Stockholm online road trip planner.

South Bend, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, Stockholm is slightly colder than South Bend - with highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Oslo.
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Oslo, Norway — 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vigeland Museum and Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum). Appreciate the collections at Armed Forces Museum and The Ibsen Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and examine the collection at Munchmuseet.

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You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oslo, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Flam.
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Flam, Norway — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as FjordSafari and Brekkefossen. Get some historical perspective at Undredal Stave Church and Flam Church. Go for a jaunt from Flam to Gudvangen to see Kjelfossen Waterfall about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Naeroyfjord, see the interesting displays at Flamsbana Museet, pause for some serene contemplation at Vangen Kyrkje (Vangen Church), and stop by Memories from Flam.

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Traveling by car from Oslo to Flam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in August, you will find days in Flam are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally stop by Arctic Design Shop.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Flam to Rovaniemi takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 4 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 Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Mannerheim Museum. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the striking features of Johannes Church.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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Norway travel guide

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

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."