18 days in Sweden, Norway & Finland Itinerary

18 days in Sweden, Norway & Finland Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
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Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
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Tromso, Norway
— 1 night
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Abisko, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Akaslompolo, Finland
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
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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.
Stockholm is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Stockholm City Hall, see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Stockholm is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in January, things will get much colder in Stockholm: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Oslo.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks
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Oslo, Norway — 4 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.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Fram Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in January: highs in Oslo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bergen.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Bergen, Norway — 1 night

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the waterfront at Bryggen, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, then hunt for treasures at Fish Market, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bergen trip planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Bergen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -1°C in Bergen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tromso.
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Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Nature · Parks
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Tromso, Norway — 1 night

Paris of the North

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tromso trip planner.

Getting from Bergen to Tromso by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bergen in January, expect Tromso to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Abisko.
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Abisko, Sweden — 2 nights

Abisko's northern location free of light pollution makes it home to one of the greatest displays of the Northern Lights and midnight suns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Abisko National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then get outside with Lights Over Lapland.

To plan Abisko vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Tromso to Abisko in 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.
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Akaslompolo, Finland — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Jemes Sport, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take a memorable tour with Seven Fells Up, and finally fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Akaslompolo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Abisko to Akaslompolo by car takes about 4.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Abisko to Akaslompolo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abisko in February, expect Akaslompolo to be slightly colder, temps between -5°C and -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 3 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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Okra, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in February; daily highs in Helsinki reach 0°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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