20 days in Norway, Finland & Switzerland Itinerary

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Stavanger, Norway
— 3 nights
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Kuala Lumpur


Stavanger, Norway — 3 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Orre Beach and Borestranden Beach. Kids will enjoy Ovre Holmegate and Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Tryggvi Islandshestgard in Sandnes (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hellesto/Byberg/Skarasanden, hike along Varlivarden, experience rural life at Soma Gard, and admire the verdant scenery at Lysefjord.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Stavanger road trip planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Stavanger is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, things will get much colder in Stavanger: highs are around 4°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oslo.
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Oslo, Norway — 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bygdøy and Oslofjord. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mathallen Oslo and Karl Johans gate. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Aker Brygge, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, contemplate the long history of Det Kongelige Slott, and take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oslo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Stavanger to Oslo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stavanger in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oslo, with lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.
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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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then shop like a local with Old Market Hall, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip site.

Getting from Oslo to Helsinki 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 Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Oslo in January, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprungli. Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi & Altstadt Luzern). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and make a trip to Hauptbahnhof.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Zurich in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Traveling from Helsinki to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Aletsch Glacier. Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Grindelwald-First.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Edelweiss Trail, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then stop by Laderach. On the next day, look for gifts at Jack Wolfskin Store and then tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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."

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.