18 days in Sweden, Norway & Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Sweden, Norway & Lapland Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
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Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
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Abisko, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Akaslompolo, Finland
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 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, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, see the interesting displays at Nobel Prize Museum, and have fun and explore at Nordiska Museet.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm journey planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Stockholm is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in January, with highs in Stockholm at 0°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Oslo.
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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: get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at Oslofjord, and stroll around Vigeland Park.

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Getting from Stockholm to Oslo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Stockholm in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 6°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tromso.
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Tromso, Norway — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Polaria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Lone Slydahl. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Sherpatrappa.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tromso trip site.

You can fly from Oslo to Tromso in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Oslo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tromso: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Tornetrask, then see the sky in a new way at Aurora Sky Station, and then head outdoors with Lights Over Lapland. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Abisko National Park.

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You can drive from Tromso to Abisko in 4.5 hours. In February in Abisko, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.
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Akaslompolo, Finland — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up, then cast your line with Outdoors Yllas, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Abisko to Akaslompolo takes 4.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Abisko to Akaslompolo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abisko in February, things will get little chillier in Akaslompolo: highs are around -5°C and lows about -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to 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 6th (Mon), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Angry Birds Park, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

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You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling 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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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.
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