22 days in Western Europe Itinerary

22 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Oslo, Norway
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get some historical perspective at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Iceland and Videy Island. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Duushus Museum (in Keflavik). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, take in the local highlights with Magical Iceland - Food & Wine Tours, see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Reykjavik road trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Reykjavik. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect nights in Reykjavik to be a bit cooler, around 4°C, while days are much colder, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

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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.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and Viking Ship Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and Oscarsborg Fortress. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), learn about all things military at Armed Forces Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oslomarka, and admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oslo itinerary builder.

Getting from Reykjavik to Oslo by flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik to Oslo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Reykjavik, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum of Denmark and Davids Samling (The David Collection). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Cold War Museum Stevnsfort (in Roedvig) and Store Heddinge (Stevns Klint & Hoejerup Gamle Kirke). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Alban's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, stroll through Amager Strandpark, and stroll the grounds of Assistens Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Oslo to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Copenhagen, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Drottningholm Palace and Skogskyrkogarden. Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Stockholm: Uppsala (Museum Gustavianum, Linnaeus Garden, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, appreciate the extensive heritage of Strandvagen, and explore the world behind art at Thiel Gallery (Thielska Galleriet).

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and Temppeliaukio Church. You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online route builder.

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Norway travel guide

4.2
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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."