23 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

23 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Scandinavia & Finland Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
plane:  1​h
3
Turku, Finland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dallas, United States

3
nights
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg ©
Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Maritiman, steep yourself in history at Skansen Kronan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Masthuggskyrkan, then see the interesting displays at Aeroseum, and finally head off the coast to Southern Goteborg Archipelago.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gothenburg travel planner.

Dallas, USA to Gothenburg is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Gothenburg, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get colder in Gothenburg: highs are around 69°F and lows about 55°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlstens Fastning, Bohus Fastning
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Maritiman ©
Maritiman
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago
Aeroseum ©
Aeroseum

5
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
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 Strandvagen and Monteliusvagen. Popular historic sites such as Uppsala Domkyrka and Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan) are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, examine the collection at Skansen, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Storkyrkan.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm trip planner .

Fly from Gothenburg to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Turku.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Uppsala Domkyrka
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Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

2
nights
Turku, Finland

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku trip builder .

You can drive from Stockholm to Turku in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Turku is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Porvoo and Kansallisgalleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and The National Museum of Finland. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Copenhagen.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The David Collection and Viking Ship Museum. Appreciate the collections at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Frederiksborg Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Roskilde Domkirke in Roskilde (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), step into the grandiose world of Amalienborg, and appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue).

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen route planning tool .

You can fly from Helsinki to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Helsinki to Copenhagen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Roskilde, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Frederiksborg Castle
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

4
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Oscarsborg Fortress and Vigeland Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Drobak and Norsk Folkemuseum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, see the interesting displays at Kon-Tiki Museum, admire the masterpieces at Munch Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Armed Forces Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oslo driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Oslo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oslo, with lows of 49°F. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

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