17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly
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Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flam, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Stavanger, Norway
— 1 night
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 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.
Nyhavn and National Museum of Denmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Amager Strandpark and Kastellet. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, take a stroll through Christiania, admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg, and explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Copenhagen is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, you will find days in Copenhagen are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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Helsinki, Finland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Helsinki is 1 hour. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sodermalm and Royal Armory. Vasa Museum and Royal Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Stockholm, make a side trip to see Sandhamn in Varmdo, approximately Varmdo away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Skansen, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, admire the landmark architecture of Drottningholm Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Storkyrkan.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Stockholm by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Stockholm are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): grab your bike and head to Bygdøy, explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Viking Ship Museum, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Fram Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oslo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in August, Oslo is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Flam.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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 25th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at FjordSafari, see the interesting displays at Flaamsbana Museet, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kjosfossen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Naeroyfjord, then take in panoramic vistas at Stegastein Lookout, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Borgund Stave Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Flam journey maker website.

You can drive from Oslo to Flam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oslo in August: highs in Flam hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bergen.

Things to do in Flam

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Bergen, Norway

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, then contemplate the long history of Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ulriken. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, then get to know the fascinating history of Bryggen, then see the interesting displays at Theta Museum, and finally see some colorful creatures with Gone Paddling AS.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bergen day trip app.

Getting from Flam to Bergen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Bergen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Stavanger, Norway

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of Ovre Holmegate and then get curious at Norwegian Petroleum Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stavanger trip planner.

Getting from Bergen to Stavanger by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Stavanger can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stavanger

Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Denmark travel guide

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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.

Finland travel guide

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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."

Sweden travel guide

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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.

Norway travel guide

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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.