11 days in Russia & Norway Itinerary

11 days in Russia & Norway Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  7 h
1
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
3
Longyearbyen, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Berlin, Germany


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3
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov and Brandenburg Gate. Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Baltiysk (Baltiysk Embankment, Monument to Empress of Russia Elizaveta Petrovna, &more), Zelenogradsk (Museum of Skulls and Skeletons & Water Tower) and Church of the Icon of Our Lady of All Who Sorrow (in Svetlogorsk). There's much more to do: walk around Youth Recreation Park, make a trip to Sackheim Gate, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Grandfather Homlin, and see the interesting displays at Museum Martsipana.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kaliningrad trip website.

Helsinki, Finland to Kaliningrad is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In March, Kaliningrad is somewhat warmer than Helsinki - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Baltiysk, Zelenogradsk, Svetlogorsk
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Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff
Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov ©
Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bolsheokhtinskiy Bridge and Bogoslovka Ethnographic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pushkin Park (in Abakan), Park Complex Bogoslovka Estate (in Vsevolozhsk) and Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin (in Imeni Sverdlova). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Coffee Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument S.O. Makarov, admire the local landmark of Fountain Samson, Tearing the Lion's Jaws, and contemplate the long history of Peter I House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online vacation planner.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kaliningrad in March, expect St. Petersburg to be slightly colder, temps between 2°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imeni Sverdlova, Pushkin Park, Park Complex Bogoslovka Estate
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Olga's and Tsaritsyn Islands Pavilions ©
Olga's and Tsaritsyn Islands Pavilions
Bolsheokhtinskiy Bridge ©
Bolsheokhtinskiy Bridge
Pushkin Park ©
Pushkin Park

2
nights
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get outside with Spitzbergen Outdoor Activities, stop by Longyear 78 Outdoor & Expeditions, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Magdalenefjord Svalbard. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gruve 3, then see the interesting displays at North Pole Expedition Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Svalbard Brewery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Longyearbyen trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from St. Petersburg to Longyearbyen. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Longyearbyen. Traveling from St. Petersburg in March, things will get a bit cooler in Longyearbyen: highs are around -7°C and lows about -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Magdalenefjord Svalbard
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Spitzbergen Outdoor Activities
Spitzbergen Outdoor Activities
Gruve 3 ©
Gruve 3
North Pole Expedition Museum ©
North Pole Expedition Museum

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