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Freedom to Roam in Finnish Lakeland, Swedish Lapland, and the Norwegian Fjords

Go off the beaten track in finland, sweden, and norway to discover the best of northern europe’s wild nature in this adventurous, wide-ranging itinerary..

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Lake Saimaa

Lake Saimaa

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Travel across the landscapes of Finnish Lakeland, Swedish Lapland, and the Norwegian fjords, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and Sami culture, and experience the power of Nordic nature. You’ll visit the Nordic cities of Helsinki, Bergen, Stavanger, and Kiruna and explore the landscape through engaging activities. It’s a trip filled with the joy of friluftsliv , the Nordic concept of life in the open air, and under-the-radar destinations in Northern Europe. And you can always turn to 50 Degrees North for tours and Nordic expertise.

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Helsinki Cathedral

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Day 1 Exploring Helsinki

Kuru Resort

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Day 2 Helsinki to the Lake Saimaa Region

Day 3 adventures in linnansaari national park.

A Finnish sauna experience immersed in nature

A Finnish sauna experience immersed in nature

Photo by Harri Tarvainen/Visit Finland

Day 4 Rantasalmi to Joroinen

Steamboats in Mikkeli

Steamboats in Mikkeli

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Day 5 Joroinen to Helsinki to Kiruna

An Ice Hotel suite

An Ice Hotel suite

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Day 6 The Wilderness of Arctic Sweden

Sarek National Park

Sarek National Park

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Day 7 Sami Cultural Experiences and a Distinctive Spa

Bergen Bryggen

Bergen Bryggen

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Day 8 Norway’s Mountains and Fjords

Pulpit Rock with a view of Lysefjord

Pulpit Rock with a view of Lysefjord

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Day 9 Hardangervidda National Park

The cozy streets of old Stavanger

The cozy streets of old Stavanger

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Day 10 Stavanger, Lysefjord, and Flørli 4444

Delicious cuisine, like that of a Swedish Fika, or coffee break, abounds throughout the Nordic countries.

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15 days | tour scandinavia on a trip through norway, sweden and finland.

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Tour Scandinavia and discover the many charms and delights on this two-week adventure through Norway, Sweden and Finland. Travel through some of Europe's most stylish capitals and be wowed by some of the world's biggest fjords. Visit Norway's uber-cool Oslo, travel to Sweden's vibrant Stockholm and explore Finland's hip Helsinki. Along the way, uncover a Viking past, learn of maritime heritage and get swept up in Olympic fever and embrace the Swedish “lagom” lifestyle away from hustle and bustle in the idyllic countryside. Whether it's walking along charming streets in Bergen or sailing through vast fjords, you'll undoubtedly be left with a multitude of memories from this once-in-a-lifetime Scandinavian adventure.

Trip overview

  • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord.
  • Visit Dalarna County, nestled in middle Sweden and often referred as “Sweden in miniature” for the abundance of lakes, forests, and local traditions.
  • Follow your local guide along the narrow, winding roads through genuine villages, past the typical red painted cottages and explore unique sights around Siljan lake rural settlements. You'll even get a chance to meet and mingle with the locals living in these villages.
  • Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for.
  • Wind up your adventure in Helsinki for a Scandinavian culture binge. Senate Square, the market hall, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna and the Design Museum are just some of the highlights of this amazing city
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.
  • The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that will keep you cosy.
  • Scandinavia can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to optional activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to have the best value holiday in Scandinavia.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Occasionally bathrooms will be shared with other guests.
  • This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.
  • On this trip we predominantly travel by public transport therefore we recommend packing light and smart as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations, ferry ports and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip by combining it with our 'Baltic Experience' trip, travelling from Helsinki through the Baltic States, and ending in Vilnius. Alternatively, you could start the trip in Copenhagen by combining it with our 'Taste of Scandinavia' trip.

Welcome to Norway, where you’ll discover the irresistible charm and eccentricity of Oslo. With so much to see and do in Oslo we recommend that you plan to arrive a few days before the trip begins, so you can see as much of the city as possible. Why not head to the Munch Museum to glimpse Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream. Your adventure begins with a important welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you'll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. Afterwards, why not seek out some traditional Norwegian fare with the group.

  • Hotel (1 night)

There are no meals included on this day.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

This morning, follow your leader on an orientation walk in the city. Then enjoy some free time in Oslo. Maybe embark on some island hopping on Oslofjord, browse the harbour-front Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, taste local flavours at the food hall Vulkan, explore the immense Akershus Castle & Fortress, or check out the cool shops in the Grunerløkka district. There's so much to get stuck into.

  • Oslo - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Oslo - Holmenkollen Museum - NOK190
  • Oslo - Fram Museum - NOK140
  • Oslo - Akershus Castle & Fortress - NOK100
  • Oslo - Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK130
  • Oslo - Museum Edvard Munch - NOK180
  • Oslo - Resistance Museum - NOK100
  • Oslo - 24 hour Transport and Sightseeing Pass - NOK520
  • Oslo - The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History - NOK180

Today you'll leave Oslo behind and take the train across the stunning countryside of the Fjell region to Bergen. No other train ride between two cities in Europe is at a higher altitude than this one, and few can match the views passing by your window. Linking Norway's two main cities, this line takes in some spectacular scenery of lush valleys, idyllic villages, dramatic mountains and picturesque lakes as it crosses the Hardangervidda Plateau. As the trip is long and you'll arrive quite late into quirky city of Bergen, there won't be too much time to explore today (don't worry, you'll have time to explore here tomorrow). There are some great seafood restaurants in town, so possibly venture out with the group for a bite to eat this evening.

Although a global ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, approximately 1000 whales are still being killed every year, as Iceland, Norway and Japan ignore the ban. We strive not to visit places that serve whale on any of our trips, however often this is unavoidable and there is a likelihood that you will come across whale meat on a menu or at a market stand.

Today's travel time is approximately 7 hours.

After breakfast this morning, join your leader for a ride by Fløibanen funicular. Taking you to 1.050 feet above the city in just seven minutes, it offers a bird eye prospective of the town and vistas of the deep blues of the sea. Those who want to get active can also continue following its multiple hiking trails. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to explore however you like. Perhaps visit World Heritage Bryggen area and wander through the reconstructed medieval homes and warehouses or visit the beautifully preserved wooden Hanseatic Museum (a former trade building), and explore the old Hanseatic port area – the Hanseatic merchant confederation dominated Baltic maritime trade for 400 years from the 15th century.

  • Bergen - Floy Mountain Funicular round trip
  • Bergen - Mt Ulriken Cable Car & Shuttle - NOK250
  • Bergen - Vidden Trail Hike - Free
  • Bergen - Bergenhus Fortress - Free
  • Bergen - Aquarium - NOK365
  • Bergen - Rosenkrantz Tower - NOK150
  • Bergen - Håkons Hall - NOK120

Leave Bergen after breakfast and travel by bus to the fjord region. The journey will take you through epic landscapes and remote regions, so have your camera at the ready. The typical Norwegian huts that you’ll stay in tonight are located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by steep cliff walls with a perfect view of the spectacular crystal clear Kjelsfossen waterfall falling from the top of the fjords. It's humbling to look up and consider these giant and ancient geological formations. Your accommodation is located near the village of Gudvangen.

  • Cabin (1 night)

The accommodation for the next two nights is in rustic cabins on a camp site in peaceful surroundings. All cabins have electricity, running water, a kitchen for self-catering and bathroom facilities that are shared between the rooms in each cabin. Bedding in the cabins is a mix of double beds, bunk beds and sofas; final allocation depends on availability and group configuration. Linen and towels are provided. If you have booked a single supplement, please note that the nights at the cabins are an exemption and you will share a room with one of your fellow travellers.

Today's travel time is approximately 3-4 hours.

Today, take a boat trip and be captivated by the sight of crisp mountain peaks reflected in the glassy waters of Naeroyfjord, a World Heritage site. The name Naeroyfjord takes its origins from the Norse god of seafarers and the sea, Njord. The fjord itself, formed by glacial erosion of the surrounding bedrock, is 18 kilometres long and only 250 metres wide at its narrowest point, but its depth reaches up to 500 metres. Surrounding mountain peaks rise up to 1400 metres and waterfalls crash down sheer cliff faces. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding area. Perhaps hire bikes and cycle along the shore of the fjord, take to the waters in a kayak or take a bus to the nearby fishing village of Flam and then ride the famous railway up to Myrdal. This is one of the most picturesque (and steepest) railway journeys in the country. Alternatively, explore on foot and discover nearby waterfalls and ancient moraines. Fishing enthusiasts will love the opportunity to throw a line in the crystal waters, sit back and soak up the serenity (a fishing licence is required and costs around NOK 150).

  • Gudvangen - Naeroyfjord Boat Cruise
  • Gudvangen - Bike Hire - NOK350
  • Gudvangen - Kayak Hire - Half Day - NOK600
  • Flam - Cog Railway - NOK680
  • Flam - Stegastein Lookout - NOK380
  • Flam - Railway Museum - Free
  • Gudvangen - Hiking Options - Free

Please note that the Flam Railway should be booked in advance during the busy summer months. Your leader will be able to advise of the best time for this excursion should you wish to prebook this.

There will be another long bus journey ahead of us after breakfast today, as you journey to the town Alpine playground of Lillehammer. Cross vast high plains, and remote valleys, and drive through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world's longest road tunnel at 24.5 km. The tunnel is divided into four sections, broken up by ‘mountain caves’. These caves are 6 kilometres apart and equipped with special lighting to help drivers concentrate by giving off the illusion of driving into daylight. Lillehammer, which held the Winter Olympics in 1994, is picturesquely situated on Lake Mjøsa. When you arrive, head out for a brief orientation walk to find your bearings in the laid-back 19th-century town centre, along the main pedestrian street of Storgata (Big Street), lined with wooden houses, boutiques and restaurants.

Today's travel time is approximately 6 hours.

Join an orientation walk this morning and get to know Lillehammer. Your leader will take you on an included visit to the Maihaugen Open Air Museum, home of the Garmo Stave Church, which tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley over the last 300 years. This brilliant museum includes timber-built farms, a town and a big residential area that gives you an insight into various eras of Norway's history. The afternoon is free for you to further explore. Perhaps conquer misty mountains on a hike. As a town famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer has a great Olympic Museum where you can hear tales of heroic feats and is also an ideal spot for many outdoor activities.

  • Lillehammer - Maihaugen Open Air Museum
  • Lillehammer - Sigrid Undset's Home at Bjerkebæk - NOK140
  • Lillehammer - Hiking Options - Free
  • Lillehammer - Olympic Museum - NOK140

Please note some travellers choose to take part in bobsleigh activity while in Lillehammer. It is not an activity we feel is safe for novices and therefore our recommendation is to not undertake it. There are plenty of other options and our leaders will be on hand to suggest and help with pre-bookings.

Travel for around five hours by private bus today and cross the border into Sweden. Head to the lakeside town Rättvik, a laidback place that encapsulates the most Swedish of Swedish landscapes, and which sits right in the middle of the Swedish lakes. Rättvik is a location steeped in history and culture that's ready to be discovered. Dalarna county is in the heart of the Sweden and is famous for the national symbol of the wooden Dala horse. Tonight, you will stay at in a peaceful setting of local B&B located 7 km outside of Rattvik.

  • Bed and Breakfast (1 night)

Travelers of BMSH240615, BMSH240622, BMSH240629, BMSH240706, BMSH240710, BMSH240713, BMSH240720, BMSH240727 departures will stay at the hotel at picturesque village Tallberg and take part in all activities on day 10 as planned

Travelers of BMSH240619 departure will stay at the hotel in the town of Mora and take part in all activities on day 10 as planned

This morning you'll get a chance to get under the surface of this region with a special guided village safari with local experts. You'll get to know the history behind the villages here and learn about the traditions of the area around Lake Siljan. A truly memorable experience, you'll visit a variety of villages, discover the traditional way of life and mingle with the locals. The rest of the day is free to explore the local area and its lakes. Perhaps take a leisurely historic boat trip across the lake, sink a line to partake in a little fishing, hike around the gentle rolling surrounds or enjoy local artisan shopping.

  • Bed & Breakfast (1 night)
  • Lake Siljan - Cultural Village tour with picnic lunch
  • Lake Siljan – Historic boat trip - SEK250
  • Lake Siljan – Canoe or SUP rental - SEK150

Leaving the Swedish lakes behind, head to the country's cultural, political and economic capital of Stockholm by train. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North' and arguably Scandinavia 's most beautiful city, Stockholm is packed full of amazing architecture, pristine parks and clear waters. After an introductory orientation walk, use the rest of your day to settle into your accommodation and explore the area around you. You can perhaps head underground for the world’s longest art exhibition. Connecting the fourteen islands of the city and blasted through hard rocky ground, the subway (Tunnelbana) system's 100 stations are like the longest modern art exhibition in the world, featuring artwork from over 140 different artists. Enjoy the narrow cobble stone streets and the colourful merchant houses. Why not soak up the culture and try a cinnamon roll in Stockholm’s oldest café Sundbergs Konditori located on Jarntorget square, and dating from 1785.

Today's travel time is approximately 4 hours.

After breakfast, go on an included visit to the Vasa Museum on the inner-city island of Djurgarden. The 17th-century warship, Vasa, sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage in the harbour of Stockholm and was salvaged only in 1961. As one of the most visited sights in Sweden, the Vasa Museum collection consists of the Vasa itself and all of the objects that were found within the ship. The rest of the afternoon is all yours to explore as you wish, so why not leave the city behind for a few hours and see the waterways of Stockholm on a cruise past tiny islets and along narrow waterways? Consider taking a self-guided Millennium Walking Tour of Stockholm or visit the Abba Museum. Alternatively, you can take a trip to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Swedish royal family. There are plenty of sights and attractions to keep you busy here in this great Scandinavian city, so plan your activities wisely. Tonight perhaps head to Stockholm's Sodermalm district, the inner-city island with the best nightlife, full of hip shops, bars and cafes. Or maybe sit down at one of the city’s top-notch restaurants, such as the latest venues opened on the cobblestoned islet of Gamla Stan, or in the cool fusion restaurants of Kungsholmen.

  • Stockholm - Vasa Museum
  • Stockholm - Millennium Books Tour - SEK450
  • Stockholm - Drottningholm Palace - SEK150
  • Stockholm - Skansen Open Air Museum - SEK265
  • Stockholm - Abba Museum - SEK299
  • Stockholm - Fotografiska (Photography Museum) - SEK220
  • Stockholm - City Hall - SEK130
  • Stockholm - Nobel Prize Museum - SEK140
  • Stockholm - Nordic Museum - SEK170
  • Stockholm - Gröna Lund Amusement Park - SEK130
  • Stockholm - The Royal Palace - SEK180

We recommend you book your tickets to the Abba Museum in advance at:

Today is free for you to enjoy your last day in Sweden. In the evening, you'll be boarding an overnight ferry for Helsinki, Finland.

  • Overnight boat (1 night)

Please note that your cabins for the night are bunk bed cabins, however we have booked one cabin per 2 passengers to allow for a bit more room. Each cabin has a private bathroom. If you have booked a single supplement, please note that the night on the overnight ferry is an exemption and you will share a cabin with one of your fellow travellers.

After your morning arrival into Helsinki's port you will take a public transport to your hotel. Discover a wealth of historical sights and gastronomic wonders in Helsinki. Apart from a short orientation walk, today is completely free and you'll be able to explore Helsinki in your own time. A few options to consider during your time here are a visit to the city's cathedral or the interesting Design Museum. Don't miss the harbour-side market and market hall from 1889 for local oddities, and make sure you take a short ferry ride to the magnificent Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of the North, a World Heritage-listed site that was once an important point of defence for the city. Surrounded by the sea, Helsinki is a modern European city that offers an endless array of options. Throughout its 450-year history, the city has often been the buffer between the east and west. This is shown in their cuisine, with a mix of root vegetables, berries and fresh fish. Perhaps head out in the evening to sample some traditional dishes at dinner with your group.

Upon your morning arrival check-in at our hotel in Helsinki may not yet be possible. In this case, you will store your luggage at the hotel and head out for an orientation walk. You will be able to check into your room later on.

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you would like to extend your stay in Helsinki we are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Please speak to your travel consultant at the time of booking.

  • Helsinki - National Museum of Finland - EUR20
  • Helsinki - Cathedral - Free
  • Helsinki - City Museum - Free
  • Helsinki - Suomenlinna Sea Fortress - EUR7
  • Helsinki - Design Museum - EUR20
  • Helsinki - Open-Air Museum Seurasaari - EUR12
  • Helsinki - Mannerheim Museum - EUR14
  • Helsinki - Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum - EUR22
  • Helsinki - Rock Church - EUR8

If it's all ending too soon, you can extend your trip by combining it with our 'Baltic Experience' trip, travelling from Helsinki through the Baltic States, and ending in Vilnius. Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.

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Hotel (9 Nights), Cabin (2 nights), Bed and Breakfast (2 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)

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1. A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. The single supplement excludes Days 5 and 6 (Cabin) and Day 13 (Overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation. 2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for ferry tickets. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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Norway & Finland Trip: 7 Stops to Add to Your Lapland Itinerary

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Excited to do a combined Norway Finland trip? I was too. Hubby and I enjoyed this scenic arctic itinerary in autumn. 

The red beach of Pallas, gentle fells of Kilpisjärvi, views of Muotkatakka, the roaming Rovjok waterfall, the lively city of Tromso, the fishing village of Sommaroy, and the glacier of Blåvatnet. 

If you’re an outdoor enthusiastic like us, you’re going to love this scenic arctic itinerary that features both Finland and Norway. 

This itinerary makes a wonderful summer or autumn trip. It will give you incredible scenery, attractions and plenty of exercises too. 

You’ll need to be in good physical health to do some of the activities in this itinerary. You’ll definitely need good hiking boots and hiking poles will be very helpful too. 

This itinerary is perfect to do with a friend, spouse, or as a small group. I wouldn’t recommend it to small children. So, jump in your rental car, fill up the tank, get ready for the destination of a lifetime, and add the places below to your vacation guide. 

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Norway & Finland trip: Tips & basic information

Rovaniemi in finland, the red beach and arctic fells of pallas, beautiful views from kilpisjärvi, the roaming rovjok waterfall, lively tromso in norway , sommaroy in norway, glacier of blåvatnet.

  • You will be crossing the border between Norway and Finland so make sure to have all needed traveling documents to travel in both countries.
  • Renting a car is usually cheaper in Finland. I recommend having some kind of navigation app or system in use. 
  • If you take a ferry in Norway, the staff will take a picture of your license plate and send the invoice to you later. Our invoice arrived after 8 months and it was less than 15 euros. 

7 Scenic places to visit in northern Norway and Finland 

If you plan on heading towards the Arctic region this summer season and are an outdoor fan, here is a list of things everyone should add to their itineraries. 

The starting point of your journey might be driving or taking the train to Lapland or arriving by plane to Rovaniemi. 


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Rovaniemi is about at the Arctic circle and is one of Finland’s most popular tourist destinations, with awe-inspiring landmarks you have to see, the most important being the Santa Claus Village where you can visit Santa Claus every day.  

Not in the Christmas spirit? That’s okay; you can also enjoy some time on the water, white water rafting on the Arctic river, or go Canoeing under the midnight sun. I have a complete Rovaniemi guide for you but here are some of my favorite accommodation options when in town:  

Places to stay in Rovaniemi:

  • Arctic Light Hotel
  • Sokos Hotel Rovaniemi

You head north and after driving for three hours, you’ll get to our next stop in Pallas. Just a short stroll from the dirt road you’ll find the Red Beach of Pallas .

On the red beach, you’ll have lovely views to the fells. There’s also a camping place with a hut over campers, a fireplace, and an outhouse. These huts are something you’ll see across Finland in most national parks. They are a wonderful and free accommodation system for avid hikers. Very simple, but effective. 

Red sand beach at Pallas Finnish Lapland

You can either stay the night in a tent on the Red Beach, continue the road trip, or then spend the night in Lapland hotel Pallas . If you stay there, don’t miss the highest peak of the National park, Taivaskero, quite nearby. It’s the place where they lit the Olympic Flame for the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952 and you’ll find a marking about this at the top. The climb requires that you are in good physical condition. 

Drive further until you reach Kilpisjärvi. This road is very beautiful and my favorite time of the day is to drive it when the sun is setting and the waters on the left are shimmering in the evening light. 

Our next destination is just next to the road: Muotkatakka

Before Kilpisjärvi, Muotkatakka is a great spot to stop and admire the views. It’s perfect if you are not into hiking because in Muotkatakka the ascend is quite small and the views are still wonderful. If you cannot do the arduous hike of Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi, this is definitely a must. You can find the exact location via this map link .

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Kilpisjärvi is a village in the municipality of Enontekiö near the Norweigan border. Kilpisjarvi is the only alpine village in Finland and is famous for its lake and fells, which tourists seek out to hike and explore.

In Kilpisjärvi, you can take a boat cruise with the boat Malla to the world’s northernmost spot for three national boundaries. Take a stroll around the yellow cairn and you have been in Finland, Sweden, and Norway in seconds. 

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My favorite place to stay in Kilpisjärvi is Arctic Land Adventure where you can get up close and personal with reindeer at this Sami reindeer ranch. There are also wonderful chalets in the village center. 

This is an amazing hidden gem just next to the road after you drive a short distance from the Finland-Norway border. There are clear brown signs to it. Definitely a must! If you want to go all the way down be prepared to do some proper climbing. There are no steps or no extra help for you.   

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Tromsø is the 12th most populous municipality in Norway, where it is home to many islands and mountains with amazing views and natural beauty to explore, including Tromos Fjords, which are natural, steep inlets carved by glaciers.

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If you are looking for a little adventure, take the Fjellheisen cable car 421 meters above sea level to a panorama, where dinner is served using all local ingredients, or take advantage of the city life here by stopping by local art galleries, the local Museums, and the Historical Sites. 

Sommaroy (aka Summer Island) is an island in Norway where that doesn’t set for 69 days during the summer, giving the area plenty of time to enjoy the land and water around them. 

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Sommaroy is an old fishing village with white beaches, plenty of herring fishing, and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. Once you get to this little island, you can take a Sommaroy cruise, and do a little ice fishing. We had lovely time at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel which I warmly recommend. 

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A car drive and ferry away, you can see an actual glacier. This is definitely a full-day hiking day. Come packed with snacks and water. Also swimming suit if you want to take a dip in the incredibly blue lake under the glacier.

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There’s my list of seven wonderful arctic places to visit in Finland and Norway. 

All of these places offer amazing scenery you will never forget and make the perfect sporty vacation spot whether you’re going on a romantic getaway, a fun vacation, or flying solo to experience the adventure of a lifetime.  

Would you want to visit both Finland and Norway in one trip? Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday 1st of May 2023

Hei. I enjoy your blog! If you only do the drive - how many days should you allow? We are traveling with old folks :-)

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Please send me an itinerary for Finland and norway

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Hei Salim, thanks for your comment! Based on our experiences, I think this 7 stop route is a great option to use as the base of your trip. Have the best time!

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Best Scandinavia Itinerary 15 Days + Nordic (Norway Sweden Denmark Finland)

Read about detailed and day-wise Scandinavia itinerary 15 days + Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland Itinerary) with things to do, places to visit with distance and how to commute in-between places, overnight stay with hotel names, adventure activities, and boat tours.

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Scandinavia Itinerary 15 Days

Scandinavia is worth visiting for its stunning natural beauty, Northern lights, and high-quality lifestyle. Therefore read Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland itinerary for 15 days with things to do. 

Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Arrive in Copenhagen and check into your hotel .
  • Explore the city’s iconic landmarks like the Nyhavn Harbor, the Little Mermaid statue, and Christiansborg Palace.
  • Visit Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park with beautiful gardens and thrilling rides.
  • Enjoy Danish cuisine at local restaurants.

Day 2: Copenhagen

  • Take a canal tour to see the city from a different perspective.

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  • Explore the trendy neighborhood of Nørrebro, known for its vibrant atmosphere and street art.
  • Experience the lively nightlife in the Vesterbro district.
  • Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 3: Stockholm, Sweden

  • Travel to Stockholm by train or flight.

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  • Visit the historic Gamla Stan (Old Town) and explore its narrow cobblestone streets and colorful buildings.
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  • Explore the Vasa Museum , which houses a 17th-century warship that sank and was salvaged after 333 years.
  • Stroll along Djurgården Island and visit attractions like the Skansen open-air museum and Gröna Lund amusement park.
  • Overnight in Stockholm. Recommended mid-budget hotel: Hotel Hellsten.

Day 4: Stockholm

  • Explore the modern part of Stockholm, including the trendy district of Södermalm.
  • Visit the ABBA Museum and learn about the iconic Swedish band.

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  • Explore the art galleries and boutiques in the trendy neighborhood of Östermalm.
  • Overnight in Stockholm.

Day 5: Oslo, Norway

  • Travel to Oslo by train or flight.
  • Check into your hotel and start exploring the city.
  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum and see well-preserved Viking ships.

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  • Visit the Oslo Opera House and enjoy its stunning architecture.
  • Overnight in Oslo. Recommended mid-budget hotel: Thon Hotel Terminus.

Day 6: Oslo

  • Explore Oslo’s historical and cultural sites, such as the Royal Palace and the Akershus Fortress.
  • Visit the Nobel Peace Center and learn about the Nobel Prizes and laureates.
  • Stroll along Aker Brygge, a waterfront area with restaurants and shops.
  • Explore the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula, including the Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum.
  • Overnight in Oslo.

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Day 7: Bergen, Norway

  • Travel to Bergen by train or flight.

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  • Take a ride on the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for panoramic views of Bergen.
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, known for its colorful wooden buildings.
  • Visit the Bergenhus Fortress and the Hanseatic Museum to learn about Bergen’s history.
  • Overnight in Bergen. Recommended mid-budget hotel: Scandic Byparken.

Day 8: Bergen

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  • Visit Troldhaugen, the former home of the renowned composer Edvard Grieg.
  • Explore the picturesque neighborhoods of Bergen, such as Nordnes and Sandviken.
  • Overnight in Bergen.

Day 9: Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Travel to Gothenburg by train or flight.

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  • Explore the Haga district, known for its charming wooden houses and cozy cafés.
  • Visit the Universeum, a science center with interactive exhibits.
  • Overnight in Gothenburg. Recommended mid-budget hotel: Hotel Flora.

Day 10: Gothenburg

  • Explore the Gothenburg Archipelago and take a boat tour to visit some islands.
  • Visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art and admire its extensive Nordic and international art collections.
  • Walk along Avenyn, Gothenburg’s main boulevard, and visit the Trädgårdsföreningen Park.
  • Enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the city’s many seafood restaurants.
  • Overnight in Gothenburg.

Day 11: Helsinki, Finland

  • Travel to Helsinki by ferry or flight.

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  • Explore the Market Square and try local delicacies like Finnish pastries and smoked salmon.
  • Visit the Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church, carved into solid rock.
  • Overnight in Helsinki. Recommended mid-budget hotel: Hotel Arthur.

Day 12: Helsinki

  • Explore the Design District and visit the Design Museum to learn about Finnish design.
  • Take a stroll along the Esplanade Park and enjoy the street performances.
  • Visit the Ateneum Art Museum and admire its Finnish and international art collections.
  • Explore the unique architecture of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence.
  • Overnight in Helsinki.

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Day 13: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Return to Copenhagen by ferry or flight.

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  • Visit the National Gallery of Denmark and admire its collection of European art.
  • Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the Latin Quarter.
  • Overnight in Copenhagen .

Day 14: Copenhagen

  • Visit the Carlsberg Brewery and learn about the history of the famous Danish beer.
  • Explore the Frederiksberg Gardens, a beautiful park with a palace and a zoo.
  • Take a bike tour around the city to explore further.
  • Enjoy a Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich) for lunch.

Day 15: Departure

  • Check out of your hotel and depart from Copenhagen, marking the end of your Scandinavian adventure. 

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Read some helpful information about the Scandinavia tour before planning the Scandinavia itinerary 15 days.

Distances between Cities – Scandinavia 15 days Itinerary

Approximate distances between the major cities in Scandinavia and the estimated travel times by train:

Copenhagen, Denmark to Stockholm, Sweden :

  • Distance: Approximately 650 km (400 miles)
  • Travel Time: Around 5-6 hours by train

Stockholm, Sweden to Oslo, Norway:

  • Distance: Approximately 530 km (330 miles)
  • Travel Time: Around 6-7 hours by train

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Oslo, Norway to Bergen, Norway:

  • Distance: Approximately 400 km (250 miles)

Bergen, Norway to Gothenburg, Sweden:

  • Distance: Approximately 320 km (200 miles)
  • Travel Time: Around 3-4 hours by train

Gothenburg, Sweden to Helsinki, Finland:

  • Distance: Approximately 600 km (370 miles) by flight
  • Travel Time: Around 1.5 hours by flight (direct flights available)

Helsinki, Finland to Copenhagen, Denmark:

  • Distance: Approximately 1,000 km (620 miles) by ferry
  • Travel Time: Around 16-18 hours by ferry (overnight trip)

How To Commute Internally – Norway Sweden Denmark Finland Itinerary Planning

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  • Train Operators:  The leading train operators in Scandinavia are DSB in Denmark, SJ in Sweden, and NSB in Norway. These operators offer regular train services connecting major cities and towns within each country.
  • Ticket Types:  Train tickets in Scandinavia come in different types, including single-use tickets, round-trip tickets, and flexible tickets. Single-use tickets are valid for a specific journey, while round-trip tickets cover a return journey between two destinations. Flexible tickets offer more flexibility in terms of travel dates and times.
  • Booking Tickets:  Train tickets in Scandinavia can be booked online in advance through the respective train operator’s website or third-party websites offering train ticket bookings. It’s recommended to book your tickets in advance, especially during peak travel seasons, to secure your preferred travel times and get the best fares.
  • Seat Reservations:  Some trains in Scandinavia require seat reservations, especially for long-distance and high-speed trains. Seat reservations ensure that you have a designated seat for your journey. When booking your train ticket, check if a seat reservation is included or needs to be purchased separately.
  • Train Passes:  If you plan to travel extensively by train in Scandinavia, consider purchasing a rail pass. The Interrail Pass and Eurail Pass are popular options that offer flexible travel within multiple countries. These passes allow unlimited train travel within a specified period, providing excellent value for frequent train journeys.
  • Boarding the Train:  Arrive at the train station early to locate your platform and boarding area. Trains in Scandinavia are generally punctual, so make sure to be on time. Look for the carriage number on your ticket and board the appropriate train carriage.
  • Onboard Facilities:  Trains in Scandinavia typically offer comfortable seating, luggage storage, and onboard amenities like Wi-Fi, power outlets, and food and beverage services. Some trains also provide scenic views, especially when traveling through the countryside or along the coast.
  • Commuting Within Cities:  Trains are also a convenient mode of transportation for getting around cities. Each city has a local train or metro system, such as the Copenhagen S-train in Denmark, Stockholm Metro in Sweden, and Oslo Metro in Norway. These systems are efficient and connect various neighborhoods and attractions within the cities.

Vegetarian food options – Scandinavia 15 days itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark:

  • Copenhagen offers a good variety of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Look out for places like Plant Power Food, which specializes in plant-based comfort food. The organic restaurant Souls serves a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Additionally, you can find vegetarian options in many international cuisines, such as Indian, Middle Eastern, and Italian.

Stockholm, Sweden:

  • Stockholm has a growing vegetarian and vegan scene. Check out Hermans, a vegetarian buffet restaurant with a stunning city view. Chutney offers delicious Indian vegetarian and vegan dishes. Other notable options include Veganbar and Veggie by Paul’s.

Oslo, Norway:

  • Oslo has a decent selection of vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Mathallen Food Hall is a great place to explore various food stalls with vegetarian options. For vegetarian sushi and Asian fusion cuisine, try Happolati. Nordvegan is a popular vegan spot in the city, offering tasty plant-based dishes.

Bergen, Norway:

  • Bergen may have fewer vegetarian-focused restaurants, but you can still find suitable options. Legal Food is a vegetarian-friendly restaurant that offers a variety of dishes. Pingvinen is a traditional pub with vegetarian options available. For vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and wraps, check out Fresko.

In addition to dedicated vegetarian restaurants, most places in Scandinavia will have vegetarian options on their menus. Look for terms like “vegetarian” (vegetarian) or “vegans” (vegan) when ordering vegetarian Food in your Scandinavian countries.

Must Do Tours in Scandinavia itinerary 15 Days 

Here’s a list of must-do tours in the mentioned cities:

  • Canal Tour: Take a boat tour along Copenhagen’s picturesque canals to see the city’s landmarks from a unique perspective.
  • Tivoli Gardens: Explore the historic amusement park, known for its beautiful gardens, thrilling rides, and live entertainment.
  • Christiansborg Palace: Join a guided tour of the palace, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Royal Stables, and the Royal Kitchen.
  • Food Tour: Embark on a food tour to sample Danish specialties like smørrebrød, Danish pastries, and craft beers.
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  • Archipelago Boat Tour: Take a boat tour through Stockholm’s stunning archipelago, visiting some islands and enjoying the scenic landscapes.
  • Gamla Stan Walking Tour: Join a guided walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town) to explore its cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and historic sites.
  • ABBA Museum: Immerse yourself in the world of ABBA with a tour of this interactive museum featuring memorabilia, costumes, and music.
  • Royal Palace: Take a guided tour of the Royal Palace to see the opulent Royal Apartments, the Treasury, and the Royal Chapel.
  • Viking Ship Museum : Explore the museum and see the well-preserved ships, artifacts, and exhibits showcasing Viking history.
  • Oslo Fjord Cruise : Take a leisurely boat cruise along Oslo Fjord, passing scenic landscapes, islands, and iconic landmarks.
  • Holmenkollen Ski Jump : Visit the ski jump area and take an elevator to the top for panoramic views of Oslo and the surrounding area.
  • Oslo Opera House : Take a guided tour of the striking Oslo Opera House, known for its modern architecture and panoramic views from the rooftop.
  • Fløibanen Funicular: Ride up Mount Fløyen for breathtaking views of Bergen and the surrounding fjords.
  • Bryggen Walking Tour: Join a guided walking tour of Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about its history and architecture.
  • Fjord Cruise: Take a boat tour through the majestic Norwegian fjords, immersing yourself in the stunning natural beauty.
  • Troldhaugen: Visit the former home of composer Edvard Grieg and enjoy a guided tour of the museum, his cabin, and the beautiful gardens.

Gothenburg, Sweden:

  • Liseberg Amusement Park: Enjoy thrilling rides, live performances, and beautiful gardens at this renowned amusement park.
  • Gothenburg Archipelago Tour: Join a boat tour to explore the picturesque islands of the Gothenburg Archipelago, with opportunities for swimming and nature walks.
  • Universeum: Visit this interactive science center, featuring exhibits on everything from animals and space to the human body.
  • Haga Walking Tour: Stroll through the charming neighborhood of Haga, known for its cozy cafés, boutiques, and historic wooden houses.

Helsinki, Finland:

  • Suomenlinna Fortress Tour: Explore the UNESCO-listed sea fortress on a guided tour, learning about its history and enjoying the scenic views.
  • Helsinki Design District Tour: Discover Finnish design with a guided tour of the Design District, including visits to boutiques, galleries, and design studios.
  • Market Square Food Tour: Sample Finnish delicacies at Helsinki’s lively Market Square, including fresh seafood, reindeer meat, and Finnish pastries.
  • Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: Visit this unique museum, featuring historic Finnish buildings and structures, and learn about traditional Finnish culture.

These tours offer a great way to experience each city’s highlights and unique attractions. Remember to check availability and book beforehand, especially during peak travel seasons.

Frequently asked questions Scandinavia itinerary 15 Days 

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What is the best time to visit Scandinavia for a 10-day itinerary?

  • The summer months (June to August) are generally the best time to visit Scandinavia as the weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy longer daylight hours. However, each season has its charm, and you can plan your visit based on your preferences.

Is English widely spoken in Scandinavia?

  • English is widely spoken in Scandinavia, especially in major cities and tourist areas. You’ll be fine communicating with locals and seeking assistance if needed.

What is the currency in Scandinavia?

  • Denmark uses the Danish Krone (DKK), Sweden uses the Swedish Krona (SEK), and Norway uses the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Carrying some local currency for small expenses is advisable, although credit cards are widely accepted.

How do I get around Scandinavia between cities?

  • Scandinavia has an efficient transportation system. You can travel between cities by train, bus, or domestic flights. Trains are a popular choice, offering comfort, scenic views, and convenient connections. Buses are a cost-effective option, especially for shorter distances. Domestic flights can be faster for longer distances.

How do I book train tickets in Scandinavia?

  • Book Train tickets online through national railway websites, such as DSB for Denmark, SJ for Sweden, and Vy for Norway. Better to book in advance, especially during peak travel periods, to secure your preferred schedule and seating.

Are there vegetarian food options available in Scandinavia?

  • Yes, vegetarian food options are widely available in Scandinavia. Most restaurants and cafes offer vegetarian dishes, and you’ll find vegetarian-friendly options in major cities. It’s also helpful to inform the staff about your dietary preferences to ensure suitable meals.

What should I pack for my Scandinavia trip?

  • Pack layers of clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions. Include a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, and a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings. Remember essentials like a power adapter, sunscreen, and any necessary medications.

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of?

  • Scandinavians value personal space and privacy, so respecting their boundaries is polite. Tipping is not mandatory when dining out, as the bill usually includes service charges. However, it’s customary to round up the bill or leave a small tip as a gesture of appreciation.

Are there any safety concerns in Scandinavia?

  • Scandinavia is generally considered safe for tourists. However, it’s always advisable to take standard safety precautions, such as safeguarding your belongings, being aware of your surroundings, and following local guidelines or warnings.

Now you can plan the best Nordic countries with this 15 days Scandinavia itinerary. So enjoy your Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland trip with this detailed Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland itinerary (Scandinavia itinerary 15 days). 

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  • 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package offers a thrilling exploration of the Arctic wonders and Scandinavian charm.
  • Discover Helsinki’s vibrant city life and Lapland’s serene beauty with snowmobiling, reindeer safaris, and dog sledding.
  • Meet Santa at Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, and enjoy high-quality accommodations.
  • Marvel at the mesmerizing northern lights in Finland’s Lapland, a stunning display of nature’s power and beauty.
  • Explore Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, and nearby regions, experiencing the blend of history and modernity.
  • The tour then takes you to Denmark, offering a mix of cultural richness and picturesque landscapes.
  • Experience the wonders of the Arctic Circle, captivating scientists and spectators alike with its cinematic aura.
  • An unforgettable journey awaits, filled with Arctic adventures and Scandinavian enchantment.

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  • 9-day tour covering Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
  • Explore the Arctic charm of Finnish Lapland, meet Santa Claus in Rovaniemi.
  • Experience thrilling snow activities like snowmobiling and dog sledding.
  • Discover the Nordic capitals of Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo.
  • Witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights and enjoy scenic drives through stunning landscapes.

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Day 1 : finland's helsinki airport welcome and hotel checkin for your 8 nights 9 days finland, sweden and norway tour package.

Arrival at Helsinki Airport: Your 8 nights 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Norway tour package begins as you arrive at Helsinki Airport. Our friendly representatives will welcome you with warm greetings and assist you with the necessary formalities.

Transfer to Hotel: After the airport welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel in Helsinki. The comfortable journey will allow you to rest and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead.

Check-in at Hotel: Upon reaching the hotel, complete the check-in process and receive your room keys. Take some time to settle into your accommodation and relax after your travel.

  • Day 1 marks the start of your 8 nights 9 days tour through Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
  • Helsinki Airport will be your point of entry into Finland, where you will be greeted by our representatives.
  • A smooth transfer from the airport to your hotel will be arranged for your convenience.
  • Check-in at the hotel will ensure a comfortable stay for the first night of your tour.
  • Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with Arctic wonders and Scandinavian charm.

Day 2 : Have breakfast After leaving the hotel, you will have a tour of Helsinki and its surrounding region, Porvoo

Breakfast at the Hotel: Start your second day of the 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Fuel up for an exciting day of exploration.

Helsinki City Tour: After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. Explore the vibrant city's iconic landmarks, modern architecture, and cultural highlights.

Porvoo Excursion: After the Helsinki tour, proceed to the charming town of Porvoo, located nearby. Enjoy the picturesque surroundings, historical buildings, and cobblestone streets that showcase Finland's quaint beauty.

Sightseeing and Cultural Experience: During the tour, immerse yourself in the local culture, visit art galleries, museums, and experience the Finnish way of life.

  • Day 2 offers a combination of city exploration and a visit to the picturesque town of Porvoo.
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before commencing the day's activities.
  • The guided Helsinki city tour will provide insights into the city's rich history and contemporary appeal.
  • The excursion to Porvoo will introduce you to Finland's traditional architecture and cultural heritage.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and take in the beautiful surroundings during this enriching day of the tour.

Day 3 : Checkout from Hotel + Drop to Helsinki Airport + Flight to Rovaniemi + Transfer from Rovaniemi airport to Hotel + rest for the day

Hotel Checkout: Begin your day by checking out from the hotel in Helsinki. Ensure you have all your belongings ready for the next leg of your 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package.

Transfer to Helsinki Airport: Our team will arrange a comfortable transfer from the hotel to Helsinki Airport. Get ready to board your flight to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.

Flight to Rovaniemi: Enjoy a scenic flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, where Arctic adventures and enchanting experiences await you.

Arrival at Rovaniemi Airport: Upon arrival at Rovaniemi Airport, our representatives will greet you and assist with the necessary arrangements.

Transfer to Hotel: After the airport welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel in Rovaniemi. Take some time to rest and rejuvenate after the journey.

Rest for the Day: The rest of the day is at your leisure to unwind and explore the local surroundings or simply relax at the hotel.

  • Day 3 involves travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the gateway to Finnish Lapland.
  • Check out from your Helsinki hotel before proceeding to the airport.
  • The flight to Rovaniemi will offer scenic views of Finland's northern landscapes.
  • Upon arrival in Rovaniemi, transfer to your hotel for a comfortable stay.
  • Enjoy a restful day in Rovaniemi, preparing for exciting Arctic adventures in the coming days.

Day 4 : Santa Clause Village visit, Rovaniemi sightseeing trip, and nighttime northern lights hunt by bus in group

Santa Claus Village Visit: Begin your day with a magical visit to the famous Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. Meet Santa himself, send postcards from the Arctic Circle, and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.

Rovaniemi Sightseeing: Explore the charming town of Rovaniemi on a guided sightseeing tour. Discover its unique architecture, cultural landmarks, and fascinating history.

Evening Preparation: As the day turns into night, get ready for an extraordinary adventure - a Northern Lights hunt!

Northern Lights Hunt by Bus: Join a group bus tour to search for the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Head to the best viewing spots, away from city lights, and witness nature's spectacular light show in the Arctic skies.

Witnessing the Aurora Borealis: With luck on your side, marvel at the dancing hues of the Northern Lights, creating an unforgettable experience.

  • Day 4 is filled with enchanting activities, starting with a visit to Santa Claus Village.
  • Explore the beauty of Rovaniemi on a sightseeing tour, learning about its unique culture.
  • In the evening, embark on a thrilling Northern Lights hunt by bus, aiming to witness this natural wonder.
  • The group tour ensures a shared experience with fellow travelers, adding to the excitement.
  • Capture the magical moments of the Northern Lights dance, creating memories to cherish forever.

Day 5 : Checkout from Hotel + Drop to Helsinki Airport + Flight to Stockholm + Transfer from Stockholm airport to Hotel + rest for the day

Hotel Checkout: Begin your day by checking out from the hotel in Rovaniemi. Ensure all your belongings are ready for the next part of your 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package.

Transfer to Rovaniemi Airport: Our team will arrange a comfortable transfer from the hotel to Rovaniemi Airport. Get ready to board your flight to Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.

Flight to Stockholm: Enjoy a pleasant flight from Rovaniemi to Stockholm, where the Scandinavian charm and cultural delights await you.

Arrival at Stockholm Airport: Upon arrival at Stockholm Airport, our representatives will welcome you and assist with the necessary arrangements.

Transfer to Hotel: After the airport welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel in Stockholm. Take some time to rest and relax after the journey.

  • Day 5 involves travel from Rovaniemi to Stockholm, Sweden's capital city.
  • Check out from your Rovaniemi hotel before proceeding to the airport.
  • Enjoy a comfortable flight to Stockholm, where Scandinavian delights await.
  • Upon arrival in Stockholm, transfer to your hotel for a restful stay.
  • Take the opportunity to explore the charming city or rest at your hotel, preparing for the adventures ahead.

Day 6 : Stockholm city tour + Amazing Vasa Museum

Stockholm City Tour: Embark on an exciting city tour of Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. Explore its fascinating blend of modernity and historical charm.

Iconic Landmarks: Visit iconic landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm City Hall, and the historic Gamla Stan (Old Town) with its cobblestone streets and colorful buildings.

Cultural Highlights: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Stockholm, discovering museums, art galleries, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Vasa Museum Visit: Experience the marvel of the Vasa Museum, home to the restored 17th-century warship Vasa. Learn about its history and the remarkable preservation efforts.

Intriguing Exhibits: Marvel at the well-preserved ship and its intricate details, making the Vasa Museum a captivating historical treasure.

Leisure Time: After the tour and museum visit, you have the option to explore more of Stockholm or enjoy leisure time at your own pace.

  • Day 6 offers a comprehensive city tour of Stockholm, introducing you to its highlights.
  • Explore the Royal Palace, City Hall, and the charming Old Town on the city tour.
  • The Vasa Museum is a must-visit, showcasing the impressive Vasa warship.
  • Enjoy the mix of cultural experiences and historical marvels on this day of the tour.
  • Take advantage of leisure time to further explore Stockholm's delights or relax as you wish.

Day 7 : Checkout from Stockholm hotel + A drive from Stockholm to Oslo(519 Kms\6:30 hours) + A visit at Karlstad

Hotel Checkout: Begin your day by checking out from the hotel in Stockholm. Prepare for an exciting road journey from Stockholm to Oslo.

Drive to Oslo: Embark on a scenic drive from Stockholm to Oslo, covering a distance of approximately 519 kilometers. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes during the 6 hours and 30 minutes journey.

Enroute Visit at Karlstad: On the way to Oslo, make a delightful stop at Karlstad, a charming city in Sweden. Explore its beautiful architecture, green spaces, and cultural offerings.

Sightseeing and Leisure: Take some time to sightsee in Karlstad, visit local attractions, or indulge in a leisurely stroll by the river.

Continue to Oslo: After the Karlstad visit, resume the drive to Oslo, the capital city of Norway.

Arrival in Oslo: Upon reaching Oslo, check into your hotel and unwind after the day's journey.

  • Day 7 includes a road journey from Stockholm to Oslo with a visit to Karlstad en route.
  • Check out from your Stockholm hotel before commencing the road trip.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of Sweden and Norway.
  • Karlstad offers a pleasant stopover with its cultural charm and scenic beauty.
  • After the Karlstad visit, proceed to Oslo for the next leg of your 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package.

Day 8 : Explore Oslo city on your own and today will also have free time for Shopping

Independent Exploration: Today is dedicated to exploring Oslo, the capital city of Norway, at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to discover the city's hidden gems and renowned attractions.

Iconic Landmarks: Take the opportunity to visit famous landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Oslo Opera House, and Vigeland Sculpture Park, known for its impressive sculptures.

Rich Culture: Immerse yourself in Oslo's rich cultural scene by visiting museums, art galleries, and historical sites.

Norwegian Cuisine: Treat yourself to delicious Norwegian cuisine at local eateries and cafes, savoring traditional dishes.

Free Time for Shopping: With leisure time on hand, indulge in shopping for souvenirs, local handicrafts, and unique Nordic products.

Souvenir Hunt: Find the perfect mementos to take home, cherishing the memories of your 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Denmark tour package.

  • Day 8 offers the freedom to explore Oslo independently.
  • Discover iconic landmarks, museums, and cultural attractions on your own.
  • Savor Norwegian cuisine at local eateries for a gastronomic delight.
  • Enjoy ample time for shopping, searching for souvenirs and unique Nordic treasures.
  • Relish the last day of your tour, making the most of your time in Oslo before departure.

Day 9: Checkout from Hotel + Transfer to Oslo Airport + International flight to your Native place + It marks the end of your 9 days Finland, Sweden and Norway tour package

Hotel Checkout: On the final day of your 9 days Finland, Sweden, and Norway tour package, check out from your hotel in Oslo.

Transfer to Oslo Airport: Our team will arrange a convenient transfer from your hotel to Oslo Airport for your departure.

International Flight: Board your international flight to your native place, bidding farewell to the beautiful countries of Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Cherished Memories: Reflect on the incredible experiences, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural wonders you encountered throughout the tour.

End of Tour: The journey concludes with your departure from Oslo Airport, leaving you with unforgettable memories and the desire to explore more of Scandinavia in the future.

  • Day 9 marks the departure from Oslo and the conclusion of your tour.
  • Check out from your Oslo hotel and transfer to the airport for your international flight.
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  • Depart with a sense of fulfillment, carrying the spirit of exploration with you as you return to your native place.

Compare the Inclusions and Exclusions

  • 2 nights Accommodation in Helsinki
  • 2 nights Accommodation in Rovaniemi
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You should keep these things with you while on a Finland tour package - Underwear Thermal underwear Thin socks Hiking socks/wool socks Pyjamas/sleepwear Swimwear Tshirts Thin and thick sweaters Jeans/long pants Shorts Hiking pants Wind- and rainproof jacket Rainproof (overcoat) pants Fleece jacket Hat Scarf/multi-functional scarf Thin gloves Waterproof (hiking) shoes Sneaker Slippers and/or flip-flops Very important: Sleeping mask and sunglasses

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My One Week Midnight Sun/ Northern Lights Itinerary for Norway, Finland & Sweden

August 1, 2019 by Silvia 6 Comments

I’m always telling people who are planning to visit Norway in the summer to book their accommodation way in advance because it’s high season,  especially if they’re visiting in July when most of Norway has vacation as well. But this year I didn’t take my own advice at all and instead booked a week’s vacation in Norway two days beforehand.

Really I should have planned better, but being able to take spontaneous trips is also one of the best perks of my job.

Basically I couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend a week island hopping along the Helgeland coast – there’s a new summer ferry route I really wanted to check out – or if I wanted to drive up to the North Cape. I hadn’t been that far north since I was little, so I was eager to go back again. And summer seemed like the best time to make such a long drive.

I kept putting off making a decision, so by the time I hopped on Airbnb to check out my options pretty much all accommodation on the Helgeland coast was already booked. But luckily the places I wanted to visit in the north still had availability, so my decision was made for me!

And yes, my friends thought I was crazy to leave Mosjøen right at the height of summer, but this European heat wave reached all the way up to the far north of Norway, so I still got plenty of Vitamin D.

There were three main places I wanted to visit – Hammerfest, Kirkenes, and Rovaniemi – and the rest of my road trip sort of fell into place around them.

one week itinerary for northern lights or midnight sun in Norway, Finland, and Sweden

Table of Contents

Day 1: Kiruna

Now, I was driving my own car up from Mosjøen because that’s where I live, but if you wanted to replicate this you could cut out a lot of driving by instead flying or taking the train to Kiruna and renting a car from there.

Then again Mosjøen is amazing and if you started there you could stop by my place for some waffles!

It’s a  really long drive though.

But I do like driving through Sweden every once in a while, if only to remind myself how lucky I am to live in Norway. I mean, Sweden does have some great snacks that we don’t have here, but views? Nope, just boring straight roads.

Of course that makes it great for a road trip. If I had driven up to Hammerfest through Norway it would have been all swings and fjords and ferries, while in Sweden it was just a straight highway.

I spent the night at this very basic cabin outside of Kiruna, mostly just because it was right along the highway and didn’t require any detours at all. I had to bring my own bedding and there was no indoor toilet, but I love an outhouse , and since I was coming from home bringing my bedding wasn’t a big deal.

kiruna airbnb cabin

But if you want to spend a bit more time in Kiruna, I can highly recommend both this Airbnb with huskies and this Airbnb with reindeer . And then if you’re coming in the winter you could also go up to Abisko and spend a night there for optimal Northern Lights viewing.

Days 2: Hammerfest

The next day I had another long drive (to be honest there are a lot of long drives on this itinerary), but it was an exciting one. I crossed the border into Finland, and then finally back into Norway.

I stopped briefly in Alta to do a bit of shopping and reminisce about my trip to Alta last summer , and then I headed up towards Hammerfest.

I remember wishing when I was last in Alta that we could keep driving farther north, and I have to admit it was quite exciting to get to do so this time. The landscape in Finnmark is so special, and it gets more wild and barren as you head north.

I had considered staying at the Thon Hotel in Hammerfest (mostly for their breakfast buffet of course), but after having such a lovely time at the cottage on Dønna I decided to check if I could find something similar near Hammerfest. And I did!

This cottage is on the other side of the island Hammerfest is on, and it ended up being one of my favorite Airbnbs I’ve ever stayed at.

It was right on the water, with reindeer roaming around all day. And the inside was so nice too.

kvaløya airbnb norway

Speaking of reindeer, it was crazy how many reindeer there are on Kvaløya! The island is covered in them (I would have taken photos, but I was busy trying not to run them over).

Day 3: Hammerfest

I spent two nights at this cottage, but I took two little road trips during my second day here.

First I went to Hammerfest to explore town a bit, and of course meet the famous Russian spy whale Hvaldimir .

hvaldimir beluga whale in hammerfest harbor norway

And afterwards I drove up to Havøysund, along one of the Norwegian National Tourist routes .

I’m always a bit skeptical when I turn onto one of the tourist routes because it’s like, how much prettier can Norway get? Which is so dumb of me, because literally every time I drive down a new tourist route I’m in complete awe and declare it my favorite road in Norway.

And that’s exactly what happened here. It was just  so pretty.

national tourist route to havøysund, norway in summer

The national tourist routes always have the most interesting public toilets.

national tourist route to havøysund, norway in summer

After driving through what really felt like total wilderness, I came up to Havøysund, a cute little fishing village. It’s hard to believe people live this remotely, but there was something so cosy about the village that had me wondering if maybe I could someday live here too.

havøysund norway in summer

And it’s worth driving through the village up to the mountainside. It’s covered in windmills and has views out to what really does feel like the edge of the world.

havøysund norway in summer windmills

Day 4: Hamningberg

Today I drove down yet another scenic route (I’ve now driven 15 of them!).

I first heard about this drive from my friends Rachel and Chris who work in Abisko, and again, Rachel described this as driving along the edge of the Earth. It’s a recurring theme up here – Northern Norway really does feel like the end of Europe (and it is).

Though actually a lot of the Varanger scenic route didn’t even feel like Norway. Norway has a very specific look, to the point where if you showed me pretty much any photo I’d be able to immediately say whether or not it was taken in Norway. But I’m not sure I would guess photos of Varanger were from Norway.

varanger tourist route in summer norway

This was another long drive that originally I had planned to break up by wild camping along the way, but I “forgot” my tent at home when I was packing up my car. I use quotes because I’m pretty sure my subconscious had decided I simply couldn’t be bothered to set up a tent on my own.

But if you do want to camp, there were plenty of places that would have been perfect to set up for the night.

varanger national tourist route norway

Instead I booked myself into another Airbnb.

There are a bunch of Airbnbs along this road, but I chose one in Hamningberg and I’m so glad I did. The views here were incredible, and again there were reindeer grazing in the yard (another recurring theme of the North).

This cottage was smaller and more simple than the one by Hammerfest, and again I had to bring my own bedding, but I also loved it. And I was super lucky to get this place on such short notice, as I noticed that it was fully booked for every other day in July. It must have been fate.

hamningberg norway airbnb

Hamningberg used to be a fishing village, but now it’s only home to people’s summer cottages, adding to its remote feel. I’ll just go ahead and say it again: Hamningberg felt like the edge of the world.

varanger national tourist route norway

Days 5: Kirkenes

And then the next day I headed over to Kirkenes! This was actually my main reason for the entire road trip.

I remember visiting Kirkenes as a little girl and being so excited to be right on the border to Russia. I’ve since visited Russia twice , but I was still thrilled to be so close by again.

But Kirkenes itself is also such an interesting little town. It lies farther east than Istanbul, and part of the municipality is even farther east than St Petersburg! It was heavily bombed during World War II, so most of the town was rebuilt after the war. This means the town perhaps isn’t the most beautiful one in Norway, but its surrounding scenery on the fjord more than makes up for it.

kirkenes norway in summer

I spent my two nights in Kirkenes at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Check current rates and availability here

Day 6: Kirkenes

My second day at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel was packed with activities, which I wrote more about in my full Kirkenes Snow Hotel review .

husky hike kirkenes snowhotel in summer

Day 7: Rovaniemi

If you’re a fan of Santa Claus, you’ll probably know that he lives in Rovaniemi, Finland. So of course I needed to go there!

I didn’t actually visit Santa because it seemed embarrassing for a 31 year old to go alone, but as soon as I find a kid to kidnap for a road trip to Finland, I’m going back.

I stayed at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel right outside of Rovaniemi, and while I booked it sort of as an afterthought it turned out to be a highlight of my entire trip.

arctic treehouse hotel rovaniemi finland

I loved it so much that I wrote a whole post about staying in the Arctic Treehouse Hotel . It’s crazy that one night at a hotel could have left such an impression on me, but it really did.

Day 8: Home

And then on my final day I returned home to Mosjøen. But if you took my advice and started from Kiruna instead, you would of course now return to Kiruna, which is about 4 hours away.

Mosjøen is 9 and a half hours from Rovaniemi, which made for a  drive.  If you were returning to Norway, though, you could always stop in Hattfjelldal , which is about 8 hours from Rovaniemi and definitely worth the visit.

There are many ways you could extend this itinerary – adding nights in Abisko, Alta, or even exploring more of Finland – but even in just seven days this itinerary covered  so much ground. And I mean that literally, as it was a lot of driving, but also I think it was totally worth it for the wide range of places I got to experience in such a short time.

varanger tourist road norway

I’ve also written an in depth ebook covering all aspects of planning your Northern Lights trip, including the best places in the Nordics to see the Northern Lights, the best time to see the Northern Lights, my top accommodation choices, tour options, how to chase the Northern Lights, how to photograph and film the Northern Lights, what to pack for your trip, and other exciting Arctic activities to try on your trip up North.

If you want to ensure you have the best Northern Lights trip possible, you can purchase the ebook here .

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August 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Love the casual reindeer in the yard :). And the majestic views. But from just seeing that one picture, I’m most excited to read your blog about the treehouse hotel! And suddenly extra excited to be moving to a house with a garden in proximity to pine-trees soon. I’m sure I won’t be able to see them from my bed, but still!

Claire says

August 4, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Do you recommend any rental car companies? I’m looking to rent a car from Oslo and to return there as well, approx 12 days. Thanks!

Silvia says

August 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm

My favorite is always

Saurabh says

August 8, 2019 at 7:53 am

Fascinating images. I would love to see Northen light and midnight sun when I travel there.

lyn smith says

August 11, 2019 at 6:41 am

hi what mode of transport did u use to go to roviani santa claus town? flight? from where ?cos don’t like to drive

caroline says

October 27, 2019 at 11:24 pm

there isn’t any sunny pics? did you see the midnight sun?

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As a former travel consultant and Scandinavian product design specialist, I’ve created and booked MANY trips throughout the Nordic countries. Before diving into booking local tours and hotels, there are a few questions that you want to ask yourself. In this, “ how to plan a trip to Scandinavia ” guide, I will walk you through the process. I will also help you get a clear picture of what kind of trip you are looking for, making the planning process fun and easy.

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1. should you do the scandinavian trip planning yourself or hire a professional.

I have been on both sides of the fence. If you want to save time and have somebody else take care of the arrangements for you, your best bet is to hire a professional to put together the tour for you.

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If you need a professional to help plan your Scandinavian vacation, please feel free to leave a comment below, and I will be happy to make suggestions. (There is a tour operator article in the making, so will post that when done).

But, if you enjoy researching your destinations, and want to make sure that you get what you are looking for,  making your own arrangements is the way to go. Making your own arrangements is also, a way to stay 100% in control of your trip. Another benefit is the enjoyment of how your trip evolves, to find new places to visit, and new things to discover.

Putting together the arrangements with accommodation, local tours, transportation, and other events does not have to be hard. Many online resources can be of great assistance, many of them which we share on this site. Being in charge of your own arrangements will give you flexibility, 100% control, and most likely save you money as well.

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When you travel, do you want to explore on your own or be part of a group? With escorted group tours, you have set departure dates to choose from, with most arrangements booked for you. You have a daily program to follow, with a tour guide and driver taking care of you.

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Depending on the tour you join, the group size usually varies from small groups of 12 people up to a full coach of 50+ passengers. If you enjoy traveling with others and having a set schedule for 10 to 14 days, this could be a good option for you. You will not miss the highlights, but you might miss out on some of the unique, more personal experiences. If escorted tours are for you, view Scandinavian group tours here  (coming soon).

If you enjoy exploring on your own , and like the flexibility to your itinerary, a customized trip, with your wants and needs in mind, will work best for you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have local tours booked, in fact you should. But, instead of a full pre-booked 10-day program, you might book a castle tour in Copenhagen, a 3-hour walking tour in Stockholm, and a half-day fjord hiking tour in Geiringer Norway. The rest of the time, you might want to leave open to explore on your own.

It is still a good idea to plan out a daily itinerary for your trip, it will be flexible, and your interests will get priority. Last minute changes, depending on the day, might make for some unexpected highlights. The thing is you never know when you run into an intriguing street performer or strike up an interesting conversation with a local. Don’t rush, enjoy the moment.

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Do you have a set budget for your trip? Maybe this is a once in a lifetime experience where the memories are more important than the cost of things? Either way, it is a good idea to decide how much you are willing to spend on your Scandinavian adventure.

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You might also want to include a daily budget for meals, souvenirs, and other spending.

4. Destinations to Include in Your Scandinavian Trip 

When planning your trip to Scandinavia, there is a lot to see. The duration of your tour, along with your personal interests, decides what destinations to include. To give you some ideas, I provide some destination suggestions depending on different interests.

Natural Scenic Beauty

  • Fjord Norway with the Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord – deep fjords and stunning mountains,
  • Mons Klint on the east coast of Denmark – chalk white cliffs along the coast,
  • Österlen Skåne Sweden – open landscapes and a light that artists crave,
  • Stockholm Archipelago – get lost among the islands,
  • Lapland northern Scandinavia – snow, silence, and undiscovered winter beauty.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife. In the summer, enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and boating. In the winter, snowmobiling, husky ride, and snowshoeing will allow for exciting activities.

Natural Phenomenon – Northern Lights

Northern Scandinavia, with destinations like Tromso and Kirkenes in Norway, along with Kiruna and Riksgränsen in Sweden, are great places to see the Northern lights . Looking at the Nordic countries, northern Finland and Iceland, are other great places to see this natural phenomenon.

Weather permitting, the Aurora Borealis, dancing greenish bluish light on the dark sky, is a unique experience. For best chance to view the Northern lights visit northern Scandinavia in September to early April.

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Natural Phenomenon – Midnight sun

Enjoy the sun visible pretty much all night long, this can be experienced north of the Arctic circle. Great places to see the Midnight sun in Scandinavia is Narvik Norway, or Kiruna Sweden.

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  • Canal tour in Copenhagen,
  • Archipelago tour in Stockholm or Gothenburg,
  • Ferry ride between Copenhagen and Oslo,
  • Ferry ride between Helsingor Denmark and Helsingborg Sweden,
  • Fjord tour in Norway from Balestrand to Bergen,
  • Cruise tour of Scandinavia.


Scandinavia is filled with history and architecture. Just walking around the cities, you will be surrounded by it.

Here are a few places, with unique architecture, worth a visit in Norway;

  • One of the stave churches in Norway,
  • The opera house in Oslo ,
  • The restaurant Under in Lindesnes.

In Sweden some of the interesting architectural landmarks are;

  • Turning torso in Malmo,
  • Ice hotel in Jukkasjarvi,
  • City hall, the woodland cemetery, and the library in Stockholm.

Some architectural suggestions to visit in Denmark;

  • Louisiana Art museum north of Copenhagen,
  • The round tower in the capital,
  • Moesgaard museum in Arhus.

Viking History

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Some suggestions to get a taste of the Viking history:

  • Do a guided tour in the footsteps of the Vikings in Roskilde Denmark,
  • Discover the Viking history around Stockholm with a guided tour,
  • Visit mythical rune stones in Lund, Sweden,
  • Visit a Viking ship museum in Oslo.

Scandinavian Design

The capitals offer many designs shops worth visiting, here are a few suggestions;

  • Stockholm – Svenskt Tenn, NK Nordiska Kompaniet and Design torget.
  • Copenhagen – Georg Jensen, Illums Bolighus and Royal Copenhagen.
  • Oslo – Pur Norsk, Glasmagasinet and Norway designs.

If you are interested in crystal, the district “ kingdom of crystal ” in Småland, Sweden, is well worth a visit.

Winter Wonderland Adventures

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Lapland, including northern Sweden, Norway, and Finland, offers many fun winter activities.

Reindeer-safari, husky ride, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling are just a few of the many fun winter activities that you can experience up north. Add hunting for the northern lights to your list, and you have an experience of a lifetime.

Kirkenes Norway, Kiruna Sweden, and Rovaniemi Finland are great winter destinations.

Kronborg castle

Denmark and Sweden will not disappoint when it comes to unique, well-kept, castles. There are many gems that you can visit for the day, some you can even spend the night in.

Denmark castle suggestions;

  • Kronborg Castle , also known as the Hamlet castle, located in Helsingor,
  • Frederiksborg Castle, in Hillerod, is a unique place with amazing gardens,
  • Amalienborg Castle, the home of the royal family in Copenhagen,
  • If you want to spend a night in one of them – Kokkedal Castle north of Copenhagen is an excellent choice.

Sweden castle suggestions;

  • Drottningholm Castle in Stockholm, one of the many royal palaces and a UNESCO listed site,
  • Sofiero Castle, former summer residence of the royal family in Helsingborg,
  • Kalmar Castle, is off the beaten path, but a unique one,
  • At the Kronovall Castle in southern Sweden, you can spend the night and enjoy a delicious meal and a tour of the wine cellar.

If you are interested in cars, Volvo and Saab have made their marks in Sweden. A thrilling experience is ice driving on a lake, but there are more fun things for car lovers;

  • Ice driving in Åre northern Sweden,
  • Saab car museum in Trollhättan Sweden,
  • Volvo museum in Gothenburg,
  • Join a car racing event in Denmark.

Thrilling Adventures


Nordic nature offers many exciting adventures. These are just a few tours to get your adrenalin going;

  • Winter activities like snowmobiling or husky rides in Lapland,
  • Watch the northern lights from a hot air balloon up north in Sweden,
  • White water rafting and glacier hiking in Norway,
  • Skydiving and ziplining in Denmark.

Mindfulness, Yoga, Massage, and Meditation


In unique Scandinavian environments, you can enjoy exercise, mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. Here are a few relaxing activities to try;

  • Take a yoga class in Stockholm,
  • Join a yoga and hiking retreat in Molde Norway,
  • Enjoy a meditation and spa experience in Copenhagen.

If you have a specific interest, please leave a comment below, and we will be happy to give you some tips and ideas on how to experience that in Scandinavia.

5. Get There… Best Ways to Get to Scandinavia

Depending on where in the world you are visiting from, you have a few different alternatives arriving in Scandinavia.

If  flying, start your trip in one of the capitals by flying into Stockholm Arlanda , Copenhagen Kastrup , or Gardermoen Oslo.

Many airlines can get you there. Scandinavia Airlines, SAS, fly many international routes, they are part of the Star Alliance and collaborate with many airlines around the world.

Flying from the USA or Canada:

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  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Norwegian (budget)
  • United Airlines

Flying from Europe:

  • British Airway
  • Ryan Air (budget)

Flying from Australia or New Zealand:

  • Air Singapore

You can also use a service like Expedia to find airline tickets.

From Europe, you can also arrive in Scandinavia via car, train, bus, or ferry.

6. Best Ways to Travel Between Sweden, Denmark, and Norway

Scandinavia is a great place to get around using public transportation like train, ferry, flight, underground, and buses. Transportation well-connected, frequent, and used by pretty much everybody. Locals often use bus or train commuting to work.

Tip: Most places will require you to have a ticket before getting on the bus, underground or train. Ticket stations are located on the platform or station for purchase.

If you want to explore more remote areas, you might want to consider renting a car.

How do you travel between the Scandinavian countries Sweden, Denmark, and Norway?

Flying between different cities in Scandinavia will quickly take you between locations but, there are other maybe more scenic ways to cross the borders.

Sweden – Denmark

Malmö Sweden and Copenhagen Denmark , connected by the Öresund bridge and tunnel, makes it quick and easy to travel either by train or car between the two countries.

The maybe more scenic way is to take the ferry between Helsingborg Sweden and Helsingor Denmark. A 20-minute ride, where you will get a view of the beautiful Hamlet castle arriving on the Danish side.

Sweden – Norway

With a long land border between Sweden and Norway, you can easily cross by car or train.

Denmark – Norway

Traveling between Copenhagen and Oslo can be done with a scenic overnight ferry ride. If you prefer to be moving during the day, enjoy a train or bus ride along Sweden’s west coast. This is a train-ride, that will take you about 8 – 9 hours depending on the day.

Sweden – Finland

Finland might be on your bucket list and added to your itinerary. Taking the ferry from Stockholm Sweden to Helsinki Finland, is a fun way to travel between the two countries.

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7. Scandinavian Accommodation

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When you decide on where to stay. Think of how many people are in your travel party? Are you traveling with kids? How many people do you want in a room? If you are 4 people, for example, do you want a family room or two double rooms?

Another thing to consider is if you are looking for a specific style of accommodation. Do you want convenience, funky, unique, exclusive, or maybe simple?

In Scandinavia, you have many unique options. You can stay in a treehouse, lighthouse, ice hotel, castle, airplane, the smallest hotel in the world, boat hotel, or a plain and simple hotel room. You can make it as fun and crazy as you want it to be.

As far as the room size, in general, rooms are smaller than hotel rooms in the US, for example. If you want more than two people in a room, look for a family room. Some hotels allow for a rollaway bed or fold out couch, when traveling with kids.

No matter the standard of your accommodation, you want to make sure it is in a good location. Making it easy to explore your surroundings.

Read more about hotel options here:

Scandinavian Hotels – The Ultimate Guide
  • Copenhagen hotels near Tivoli

8. Local Tours, Excursions and Time to Explore on Your Own

The key to a great vacation is to keep a balance between booked activities and free time. What you can experience in a guided 3-hour city tour, walking or biking, can save you a ton of time in the long run. City tours are usually done in small groups, or as a private tour for you and your travel party.

You will get to see the city highlights, plus you can ask your local guide for tips and ideas of restaurants, events, and other local things going on in the area when you are there.

Here are some tours we suggest:

  • 21 Biking, Walking and Canal Tours in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 29 Sightseeing Tours in Oslo
  • 29+ of the Best Tours in Stockholm
  • Norway Northern Lights Tour Packages in Tromso, Lofoten and Alta

Depending on your interests and destinations, you might want to book some more guided tours ahead of traveling. For example, if you plan on going up north to do winter activities like snowmobiling, husky rides, and reindeer safari, you will need to book that ahead of time. Don’t risk that your wanted tour is sold out.

If you want to do the “ Norway in a nutshell ” Oslo to Bergen, for example, including the famous Flam railway and a fjord tour, make sure to book ahead of time.

The key is to plan out your itinerary with a balance of planned activities and free time to explore.

9. Itinerary Suggestion – Sweden, Denmark and Norway in 13 days / 12 nights

Here is a brief overview, itinerary suggestion, for a pretty standard trip of the 3 Scandinavian capitals, including fjord Norway. Depending on your interest, put your touch on the trip, with preferred local tours and accommodations.

Day 1 – Stockholm, Sweden

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If you start your trip arriving in Stockholm, flying from overseas, you will most likely land in the morning. It’s always convenient to have made arrangements for a driver to pick you up when you arrive. Take that first day to adjust and get to know the area. In case of delays, don’t book any guided tours this day.

  • Spend the night in Stockholm.

Day 2 – Stockholm, Sweden

Guided city tour in the morning.

Explore on your own in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Stockholm, Sweden

Archipelago day tour, or depending on your interests, maybe a Viking tour, or a day on Djurgarden to explore the many museums.

Day 4 – Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark

Take the train from Stockholm to Copenhagen.

Explore Copenhagen on your own when you arrive.

  • Spend the night in Copenhagen.

Day 5 – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Explore the city on your own in the afternoon.

Visit Tivoli in the evening.

Day 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Day excursion – do a castle tour, or take the train to Helsingor and visit the Hamlet castle on your own. Depending on your interests, you might want to visit a museum, shop, or just stroll around. Here are some more tips on what to do in Copenhagen .

Day 7 – Copenhagen, Denmark

In the morning, take a canal tour of Copenhagen.

In the late afternoon board the ferry to Oslo.

  • Spend the night on the ferry.

Day 8 – Oslo Norway

oslo norway

You will arrive in Oslo in the morning, make sure to get up early to see the beautiful entrance, arriving in Oslo.

Do a guided afternoon city tour.

  • Spend the night in Oslo.

Day 9 – Oslo Norway

Explore the city on your own. Oslo has a great city card that gets you into many of the museums.

Day 10 – Fjord Norway

The first part of your Norway in a Nutshell tour – Take the train from Oslo via Myrdal and Flåm, and experience the famous Flåm Railway. Then take the ferry from Flåm to Balestrand. This quaint little town is well worth a visit and a great place to spend the night.

  • Spend the night in Balestrand.

Day 11 – Fjord Norway

Do a RIB boat safari in the morning.

The second part of your Norway in a Nutshell tour – Take a ferry ride from Balestrand to Bergen.

  • Spend the night in Bergen.

Day 12 – Bergen Norway

If you like hiking, do a guided hiking tour in the morning and explore on your own in the afternoon. You can take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, for a beautiful view.

Day 13 – Bergen Norway

After many memories are created, it is time to fly back home from Bergen.

10. Now It’s Your Turn, Plan Your trip to Scandinavia!

Each and every trip to the Scandinavian countries will be unique, depending on your interest, destinations, duration, and personal preferences. My hope with this article is to help you figure out what’s the perfect Scandinavian vacation for you and your travel party. Let’s recap some of the things to consider;

  • Will you take care of the arrangements, yourself, or hire a tour operator?
  • Will you travel with a group, or will you travel independently?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Depending on your interests, what destinations do you want to visit?
  • How will you get there?
  • How will you travel within Scandinavia?
  • What type of accommodation are you looking for?
  • What do you want to experience? What local tours do you want to include in your trip?

These questions will help you plan out your Scandinavian vacation. When that is done, it is time to start booking your trip.

  • Start booking your international flight
  • Accommodation (book with free cancelation if available)
  • Scandinavian transfers (trains can be booked 90 days prior to traveling)
  • Get travel insurance

I would love to hear from you. Have you been to Scandinavia, or maybe you are planning on going? What’s your favorite booking tips? Please share in the comment section below,

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Written by  Veronica

Born and raised in Sweden, now living in the US, Veronica has a passion for Scandinavian travel. As a former product design specialist with a Scandinavian tour operator, she has extensive knowledge of tour planning and the Scandinavian countries.

17 thoughts on “ How to Plan a Trip to Scandinavia – 10 Tips for the Perfect Vacation ”

As a parent, one of the most stressful things to do for me is planning trips. We have to put into consideration each and every member of the family and interest is really important when it comes to trips. I so much love how you’ve listed and explained the facts to consider, it’s very important to know if you can plan it yourself, or hire someone to do it.

If you decide to hire somebody to plan your trip or do it yourself, depends on what you are looking for. There’s really not a right or wrong answer. What you do want to take in to considoration is your travel party, in your case your family, and your interests. Have a good balance of planned activities and free time to explore. Also, consider to break up into smaller groups for a couple of hours if you want to do different things. Scandinavia is very family friendly and there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family.

These are some very good tips to know to travel to the Scandinavian places and I really like it too because I haven’t ever thought that this is really neccessary. I like the way this works and I think maybe after the pandemic, it would make a whole lot of sense for me to go down to maybe Norway.

Norway is a beautiful place. I will be happy to help you out with destination ideas and suggestions of things to do while there. Just let me know 🙂

Thank you for your comprehensive article on planning a trip to Scandinavia.  I am well traveled but I have yet to see the Northern Lights.  I have always chosen to instate the help of a professional planner when traveling.  I feel it translates to a certain confidence when I am actually on my trip.  Trip insurance enhances that confidence for me.  The peace of mind is worth every penny.  Thanks again for the great article.

The Northern Lights are amazingly beautiful, and it is absolutely worth the trip to go see them. Scandinavia, Iceland or somewhere else, the Northern Lights are a beautiful natural phenomenon. Always weather permitting though so you will have to give yourself some time when you do go hunt for it. To use a travel professional to help you with your trip, like you say, can give that extra confidence. It’s great to have that contact person if there are ever any issues that come up. Thanks for your feedback, and if you ever decide to go hunt for the Northern Lights, get in touch and I will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Nice comprehensive list of things to do in Scandinavia! Although we’ve been to Norway, we’ve never done a fjord cruise and that is something that we’re quite interested in. But we wouldn’t want to go on a large cruise ship. Are there any smaller vessels that do multi-day cruises of the fjords? More like the size of a river cruise or one of those smaller expedition type ships?

Exploring the fjords from the water is an amazing experience. Norway offers everything from RIB boat tours, to larger ships with Hurtigruten going up the coast of western Norway, and everything in between. The Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour , will take you from Oslo to Bergen on a combined train and fjord cruise tour. On a tour like this, you will discover small gems like the town of Balestrand. From here you can discover more of the fjords on a RIB boat, a small boat that will get you close to the wildlife and deeper into the fjords. Hurtigruten offers different expedition cruises along the coast of Norway, where they also cruise many of the fjords. Perfect if you want to maximize your trip and have a little bit more time to explore.

Hi Veronica, My husband and I are from Australia and are in the early stages of planning a trip to the UK, Iceland and Scandinavia during August/September/October in 2023, including hopefully seeing the Northern Lights and tick off a bucket list item. I have found this webpage a great starting point, thank you very much, and still have plenty more reading and research to do obviously.

We want to plan our itinerary and trip, but should we go through a tour company to organise the Northern Lights part, and which country would give us the best chance to see them please?

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated too. Thank you in advance.

I suggest that you read this article it has a ton of information about the Northern Lights. Tour suggestions if you want to book it yourself as well. If you have any question, let me know I will be happy to help, Veronica

Hi there, I need urgent help for planning a 3-week trip in Denmark/Norway/Sweden. We’re traveling by car and because of other issues the vacation-planning has slid down into the “lowest priority” category. I am feeling the stress (it’s my doing, of course!) and need help to salvage this! We are four people, I’m the mom. Let me know if it’s possible for you to help me snap this into focus. I have a vague idea where we want to go and what we want to do. Thanks in advance!

V good and in-depth information. Covered almost all points/ aspects with tips . Thank you so much

Glad you liked it! If you have anything else you would like me to add please let me know.

Very detailed and informative. Thanks for sharing your insight. Had few questions : we are vegetarian ( Not even seafood) are there enough options for vegetarians? Secondly, we prefer airbnb so that dinner wis can Donot our choice. Are there options or good airbnb in Norway. And Denmark. Lastly , can we stay at one place in Norway and cover everything or need to move around along with our luggage Thanks in advance

Hi Raj, Scandinavia offer a verity of Vegetarian food. There is also a sustainable thinking and a lot of restaurants use local organic produce. There are plenty of Airbnb options in the larger cities like Oslo and Copenhagen. When you get out of the bigger cities I would suggest that you stay at a bed and breakfast or hotel if Airbnb is not available. When it comes to cover things in Norway, if you share with me the things you would like to see and explore I will be happy to give you some more information. How much time do you have? If you want to explore some of the fjords and have some what limited time, I would suggest that you do Norway in a Nutshell from Oslo to Bergen. You can read more about that here . I do suggest getting out of Oslo to explore more of the countryside that’s where you fill find amazing nature and stunning scenery. Will be happy to help if you have more questions,

We are planning a trip to Scandinavia August 2023. I’m afraid I waited too long to get tours I really wanted but I have family in Norway who have a hytte for us to stay in. One thing I am curious about is the visa process. Are there any resources you can recommend

Hi Kristina,

Where are you from? Norway is part of the Schengen Agreement. The Visa rules depends on where you are from. Here are some helpful links about Visa to Norway, hope that helps.

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If you're in a race to rack up as many countries on your "been there, done that" list, then we've got one very special place for you to visit that will allow you to technically be in three countries at once. 

Just outside of Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden , travelers can make their way to the small village of Kilpisjärvi. There, they can set out to hike to Treriksröset, the exact point where Sweden, Finland, and Norway intersect.

There, travelers can walk out on a small wooden walkway to a cement cairn, first placed in 1897 by both the Russians and Norwegians to mark the border. (At the time, the section of Finland was owned by Russia.) It was replaced with the current cement cairn in 1926. Once you're there, you can walk the pathway around the cairn in a matter of seconds and brag to all your friends about it forever. 

Though, getting to this point isn't exactly an easy feat. As Kiruna's tourism site explained , once travelers arrive in Kilpisjärvi, they can choose to hike 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to the cairn. If they pick this slightly arduous path, they will at least be rewarded with walking through Malla , Finland's oldest national park. 

Kiruna's website also noted that travelers can take the easier route by hopping aboard the M/S Malla , a 45-minute tourist boat to Koltaluokta that's available from midsummer to the end of September. From there, travelers just need to hike the remaining 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles) to the final stop.

As for the return trip, the boat stops and waits for about two hours, so you just need to hustle to the cairn and get back in time for your return ride. (ThoKiruna'sna's website suggests "to take the boat there and walk back.”) Missed the boat this year? The site is then only available via snowmobile or skis, which you can do via a guided tour .

Of course, this is far from the only place where three nations intersect at a single point, which is known as a tripoint. In fact, according to Earth Observatory , the United Nations registry lists an estimated 176 tripoints around the world, with China boasting the highest number of tripoints at 16. (Note: the number is estimated due to disputed territories.)

There are also some rather famous tripoints that are a bit more accessible, including the one intersecting Germany, France, and Switzerland, and even one place with a " quadripoint " — the intersection of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. And now that you know all this, maybe "collecting tripoints" can be the new collecting passport stamps" challenge.

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Against the backdrop of COVID-19, road trips are one of the best ways to keep travelling. Explore our top 10 road trip suggestions for our region.

If you’re planning on travelling in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, road trips are the safest, most controlled way to do so due to the fact that you won’t be sharing a space with an undefined number of strangers. Road trips are also a fantastic option due to the fact that you see a more authentic side of any destination. Driving through the countryside allows you to see more up-close what life looks like in the quiet heart of a country, away from the trendy, fashionable capital cities.

However, despite the image of freedom and the open road, road trips actually take a significant amount of planning, particularly if you’re travelling for several days and cover hundreds of kilometres. With this in mind, we have taken the need for planning out of the equation by listing our top 10 road trip packages and itineraries in Scandinavia and Finland. Note that most of our accommodation options are charming, hand-picked boutique hotels and lodges instead of major chain hotels.

Roadtrip 1: Oslo to Bergen in Norway

The 6-day Oslo to Bergen road trip itinerary is a classic route that combines beautiful accommodation with spectacular views of Norwegian fjords, mountains and valleys. Enjoy historical hotels and fresh local produce.

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Roadtrip 2: Norway by Design and History with Juvet Design Hotel

Norway by Design and History with Juvet is a 9-day premium option that combines romantic manors and hotels steeped in history and design with some of Norway's most spectacular and scenic areas. Drive the dramatic hairpin bends of the Troll Road and visit Sognefjord, Norway's longest fjord.

Day 1: Bergen Day 2: Fjærland - drive around Lusterfjord Day 3: Briksdals Glacier and Ålesund Day 4: Explore Ålesund and drive to Juvet Day 5: Visit the Geirangerfjord Day 6: Troll Road and Atlantic Road Day 7: Håholmen - Deep sea fishing or ocean walks Day 8: Trondheim – marvel at the Nidaros Cathedral Day 9: Departure day![Atlantic Hwy Norway ]

Roadtrip 3: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten in Norway

The 8-day Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten itinerary is one of our all-time favourites. The drive from Tromsø via Sommarøy and Senja to Å in Lofoten is one of the most spectacular ones in the world, each bend revealing another majestic fjord, quaint village, white sandy beach or spectacular mountain peak.

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Roadtrip 4: Log Cabins & Bears of Finland

The 8-day Log Cabins & Bears of Finland self-drive itinerary is something altogether different. Travelling along the eastern half of Finland, you have a unique chance to explore five different national parks and even see brown bears in the wild!

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Roadtrip 5: Green Forests & Blue Lakes, Finland

The 9-day itinerary Green Forests & Blue Lakes takes you away from Helsinki and into the heart of the Finnish lake district. That is truly saying something considering that Finland has over 188,000 lakes . This is a beautiful, scenic, and serene road trip along the lakes, forests and rolling hills of eastern Finland.

Day 1: Helsinki to Lappeenranta - old towns, intriguing architecture and beautiful gardens Day 2: Lappeenranta - fortress town by Lake Saimaa Day 3: Lappeenranta to Imatra - Stay at an Art Nouveau castle Day 4: Imatra to Joensuu – forests, ridges and lakes Day 5: Joensuu - visit Koli National Park Day 6: Joensuu to Valamo to Anttolanhovi – Monks, wine and food Day 7: Anttolanhovi – relax by the lake Day 8: Anttolanhovi – visit Mikkeli and Savonlinna Day 9: Anttolanhovi to Lahti to Helsinki – Lakes and ski jumps![Green Forests & Blue Lakes - self drive in Finland ]

Roadtrip 6: From the Sea to the Lakes, Finland

The 10-day itinerary From the Sea to the Lakes follows Finland’s south-western coastline before taking a turn towards the centre and completing the circle. Discover Finland’s cultural heritage by visiting many of its castles, fortresses, manor houses and other places of historical and cultural importance.

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Roadtrip 7: Gothenburg to Stockholm in Sweden

The 5-day Gothenburg to Stockholm self-drive itinerary allows you to get a taste of the picturesque Swedish countryside. Stay in the romantic Bjertorp Slott, an elegant 100-year old Art Nouveau manor hotel and explore the lush green countryside nearby.

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Roadtrip 8: Stockholm return, Sweden

The 6-day Stockholm return self-drive itinerary takes you to the lovely coastal villages and castles in the lush Swedish countryside. Explore the many lakes, forests, and nature trails at your own pace.

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Roadtrip 9: Denmark's Viking Trail Tour

The 7-day Denmark's Viking Trail Tour explores the spiritual and historical home of the Vikings. Gain insights into the everyday life of the Vikings while driving through Denmark’s finest scenery.

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Roadtrip 10: Journey through Lapland in Norway, Sweden and Finland

Lastly, the 8-day Journey through Lapland combines the northern Norway, Sweden and Finland – something very different to the drives down south. The midnight sun is even stronger this far up, you get a stronger sense of the indigenous Sami cultures in the north, and the landscape is more rugged, with a beauty very much its own.

Day 1: Tromsø to Kiruna Day 2: Enjoy the amazing Treehotel Day 3: Head to Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle Day 4: Rovaniemi's Santa village Day 5: Rovaniemi to Karasjok (the heartland of Norway’s Sami people) Day 6: Karasjok to Honningsvåg Day 7: North Cape - the northernmost point of Europe Day 8: North Cape to Tromsø

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Nordic breaks offer peace and tranquillity, say our tipsters, who revel in midnight skies, car-free islands and spectacular views

Beautiful Bergen and beyond, Norway

Bergen is often referred to as “the city between seven mountains” – which encapsulates its blend of culture and nature. Lose yourself in its charming old town, fish markets, galleries and museums, then hike or take a funicular up Mount Fløyen for views and pine forest trekking. Bergen is a great base from which to day trip. Using direct buses/trains, you can go to Gudvangen to kayak across the fjord to your own secluded beach for a picnic lunch, or pop to Voss for its water sports, hiking and farm-to-fork food ( Store Ringheim is my top pick). Seb

Car-free calm on Utö, Sweden

Utö island.

Utö in the south-western part of the Stockholm archipelago might just be “utöpia”. We packed a tent and went for a weekend adventure from Stockholm, taking the bus and the Line 21 ferry. Life slows on the car-free island and you discover summer houses, wild strawberries, secluded beaches and swimming spots. We camped at a waterside site , with a view of the south harbour and Mysingen, which has its own beach. An absolute must is a visit to the island’s bakery, Utö Bakgård , to try its cinnamon and cardamom buns. Lizzie Bird

A dream break by Lake Vättern, Sweden

The beach of Guldkroksbadet, Hjo.

Hjo in Sweden is on the edge of Lake Vättern and provides the setting holiday dreams are made of. You’d feel as if you’d stepped back in time … if it weren’t for the heated outdoor pools, modern play parks and a few antique shops for those looking to uncover a gem. Liquorice ice-cream in a homemade waffle cone is a must at Gula Paviljongen , a wonderful place to sit by the water and take it all in. Kirsty Johansson

Kayaking around Vaxholm, Sweden

Our reader’s photograph of kayaking off Vaxholm.

We’ve toured Norway, Denmark and Sweden over the last few summers, cycling and using public transport. We love the freedom it brings, and the opportunities it provides to explore cities and their outdoor pursuits. One of our favourites was travelling by commuter boat from Stockholm to the island of Vaxholm, which takes about an hour. It has lovely shops, huge ice-creams and picturesque cafes. We found a small jetty and beach that was popular with swimmers and kayakers. On the day we visited we’d already booked a kayak using Kayakomat , paying online and releasing the kayak and all the equipment needed using a pin code; it cost 398 Swedish krona (£30) for two hours in a two-seater kayak and was a great way to explore the island. Rebecca

Going Viking in Denmark

A wooden stave church in Ribe.

Ribe, one of Denmark’s oldest towns, has a Viking Centre where you can get an authentic feel of the life of families from more than 1,000 years ago. The town is also a great place for exploring the marine wonders of the Wadden Sea national park and climbing the nearby Marsk Tower to look over the expansive marshes. There’s a campsite and great restaurant by the tower, too. Jacqui

Boat house stay, Norway

Vermundsjøen near Åsnes.

My partner and I stayed in a traditional boat house (on Airbnb) in an area called Åsnes Finnskog in Norway, near the border with Sweden. We took a canoe out on Lake Vermundsjøen, cooked over an open fire, sunbathed on the pebbly beach and swam to a nearby island – without coming across anyone over the two nights we stayed. It was an amazing experience. Angelica

I found a perfect beach in Denmark


In summer, I’ve found Denmark’s sandy beaches to be peaceful and free of sunbeds and hotels blocking off swathes of them. They’re often protected by sand dunes, making them sheltered from winds and perfect for swimming, sunbathing and having picnics of local rye bread, cheese and fresh herring. Hornbæk beach was my favourite of the many I tried last summer: it’s just 90 minutes by public transport from Copenhagen. A morning drink at Albis cafe will set you up for the day. Danes love their ice-creams, and Iskagehuset , just behind the beach, has lovely flavours, made with milk from local cows. Gayle

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At one with nature hiking in northern Sweden

Nijak mountain, Sarek national park.

My friends thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to the Arctic Circle last summer instead of Ibiza, but my visit to the Sarek national park in northern Sweden was brilliant. I joined a community of hikers and wild campers who were just wandering around, totally at one with each other and nature, happy to share tips, resources, food and life stories as we walked, and then lit camp fires to keep warm in the long summer nights. In a landscape of mountains, forests and streams, there were reindeers, elks, wolverines and kind-hearted Sami people. Much better than getting burnt and drunk on a Spanish island. Bill

Winning tip: Nature under midnight skies on the Åland Islands


The Swedish-speaking but Finnish Åland Islands, in the gulf between Turku and Stockholm, encompass so much of the culture and beauty of Scandinavia. There is idyllic farmland, charming villages and banks of wild lupins in impressionist colours. We cycled to Kastelholm Castle, which has served as a palace and a prison, went birding on Lågskär island and visited the museum ship in Mariehamn harbour. Gorgeous local cheeses washed down with the cold-pressed juice of fresh berries were a highlight, as were midsummer rituals such as the saunas. A wonderful moment was watching swans gliding on a calm sea under light-filled midnight skies. Elizabeth

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Your Perfect Scandinavia Itinerary (1 week, 2 weeks, or 3 weeks)

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As far as European travel destinations go, Scandinavia is easily one of the most captivating. This enchanting region is your gateway to out-of-this-world natural beauty, the northern lights , and an enviable lifestyle that’s considered to be one of the happiest and healthiest on the planet.

I could wax poetic about Scandinavia all day long, but don’t worry — I won’t waffle on. If you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’ve already decided you want to explore this breathtakingly beautiful corner of Northern Europe and you’re looking for some itinerary inspiration. Mapping out a Scandinavia itinerary can be as frustrating as it is fun, so let’s dive right in! 

If you’re not sure what to do with your time in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, here are a few itinerary ideas that’ll give you a taste of the region’s greatest hits.

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A boat and colourful houses along the harbour in Nyhavn, Copenhagen

One-week Scandinavia itinerary

  • Route: Copenhagen -> Stockholm -> Oslo

Thinking of visiting Scandinavia and only have one week to spare? Not to worry! You can still get a feel for the region by visiting its effortlessly cool capital cities over the course of seven days. 

The perfect introduction to Denmark , Sweden , and Norway , this route is great if you’re after a mix of stellar historical attractions, bohemian charm, and a dose of hygge for good measure. Get ready to explore everything from opulent palaces to top-notch museums and world-renowned cuisine in these stylish capitals. 

Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo are connected by frequent and reliable high-speed trains, so travelling between the cities is a breeze.

People walking on the roof of the Opera House in Oslo, Norway

Two-week Scandinavia itinerary

  • Route: Copenhagen -> Stockholm -> Oslo -> Bergen -> Flåm -> Sognefjord

With two weeks to spend in Scandinavia, you can travel through the contemporary capital cities and explore one of the most spectacular regions in this part of the world: the western coast of Norway .

Immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s superb cafe and culinary scene. Stroll through the cobbled, medieval streets of Stockholm’s Old Town. Learn about Viking history in Oslo. Take in the spectacular vistas on a train ride from Oslo to Bergen. And get ready to be blown away by the spellbinding scenery in Sognefjord. 

Pink skies at sunset over Stockholm, Sweden

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Three-week Scandinavia itinerary

  • Route: Copenhagen -> Gothenburg -> Stockholm -> Oslo -> Trondheim -> Bodø -> Lofoten Islands -> Tromsø

Planning to spend three weeks travelling around Scandinavia? Lucky you! This itinerary will take you through the region’s capital cities before heading to Northern Norway for a glimpse of the country’s wild, unspoiled wilderness and (hopefully!) the northern lights.

You could follow this itinerary any time of the year, but Northern Norway is especially magical during the winter months — and, of course, it’s also the best time to see the northern lights . 

Speaking of the northern lights, Tromsø — a small city located 350km north of the Arctic Circle — is renowned for being one of the best places in Europe to witness the remarkable phenomenon that is the aurora borealis. If you have your heart set on seeing those otherworldly celestial lights dancing in the night sky, plan to spend at least a few days here to increase your chances of spotting them.

Want more itinerary ideas? Explore our range of Scandinavia tours and trips to find your perfect adventure now.

The northern lights over water in Northern Norway

Can’t-miss sights and experiences in Scandinavia

Now that you’ve got your itinerary sorted, it’s time to start planning the most exciting part of your Scandinavia sojourn: everything you’re going to see and do in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Fuel your wanderlust and get even more amped up about your trip with these can’t-miss attractions and experiences.

  • Sail Norway’s fjords. It’s no secret that Norway has some of the most astonishingly beautiful fjords on the planet. There are more than 1,000 fjords dotted around the country’s coastline, but Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord are two of the most famous.
  • Visit Copenhagen’s famous landmarks. The colourful facades at Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid statue, and Tivoli Gardens are a few musts when you’re sightseeing in Denmark’s laid-back capital.
  • Go island-hopping around the Stockholm Archipelago. Made up of roughly 30,000 islands, this is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and go hiking, sea kayaking, or cycling alongside fields of wildflowers and sweeping views of the Baltic Sea.
  • Try an open-faced sandwich. Smörgås in Swedish, smørrebrød in Danish, smørbrød in Norwegian — the pronunciation of this traditional Scandinavian sandwich may change depending on which country you’re in, but one thing they all have in common? They’re delicious (and you have to try one while you’re in this part of the world).

A traditional red and yellow house on the water with mountains in the background in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

  • See the stunning landscapes of the Lofoten Islands. You’ve probably seen photos of the Lofoten Islands’ craggy mountains and idyllic fishing villages on Instagram, but nothing compares to seeing the rugged beauty of this remote archipelago in person.
  • Explore Denmark’s fairy tale castles. Frederiksborg Castle (which can be visited on an easy day trip from Copenhagen) is a highlight for any castle fanatic, but there are plenty of grand palaces scattered throughout the country.
  • Celebrate Midsummer in Sweden. Thinking of heading to Scandinavia in June? Try to plan your visit to coincide with Swedish Midsummer, an annual festival that celebrates the start of summer with traditional food, music, and a whole lot of pickled herring and schnapps.
  • See the northern lights . Head to Tromsø — Norway’s gateway to the Arctic — for the chance to cross this once-in-a-lifetime experience off your bucket list.

Traditional huts and houses on the Stockholm Archipelago in Sweden

Getting around Scandinavia 

Thanks to an extensive network of train, ferry, and bus services, travelling between Scandinavian countries is both easy and convenient.

Express trains are available between popular destinations (like Copenhagen and Stockholm, for example) and overnight trains are ideal for longer journeys. However, like almost everything else in Scandinavia, train tickets are expensive. Booking ahead and buying an Interrail or Eurail pass will help to keep costs down.

Buses are surprisingly comfortable in Scandinavia, and they offer a viable alternative to the region’s rail network. It’s also worth noting buses are the best transport method of choice when travelling to remote destinations or around the northern reaches of Sweden and Norway.

Mountains and a waterfall in Geirangerfjord, Norway

If you’re short on time — and if you’re planning to travel to the far north — hopping on a flight with a local carrier is your best bet.

Ferries are also an essential part of the Scandinavia travel experience, so don’t forget to pack your motion sickness remedies.

Keep in mind that it may be more difficult to get around the northern part of Sweden and Norway during the winter — especially if you’re planning to rent a car or travel by bus. It’s entirely possible to run into service disruptions or road closures due to inclement weather, so extra planning and preparation is necessary for a Scandinavian holiday in winter. 

What does your dream Scandinavian itinerary look like? Let us know in the comments!

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Ashley is a Content Editor at TourRadar. When she’s not writing, travelling, or obsessively checking flight prices on Skyscanner, you can find her attempting to fine-tune her photography skills or watching a shark documentary.

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