12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Salt Lake City, United States

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park and then take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route builder .

Salt Lake City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Royal Swedish Opera as well as Drottningholm Palace. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stockholm Old Town and Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Skansen, shop like a local with Fargfabriken, explore the galleries of Royal Palace, and glide through natural beauty at The Green Trails.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In August in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Outdoors Adventure Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Green Trails ©
The Green Trails
Fotografiska Stockholm ©
Fotografiska Stockholm
Langholmen ©
Langholmen

1
night
Oslo, Norway

Oslo
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Bamsebua, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, then get in on the family fun at Norsk Folkemuseum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka. On the next day, wander the streets of Karl Johans gate, steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Oslo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Stockholm in August since evenings lows in Oslo dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Outdoors Nightlife

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies. Guinness Storehouse and Kilkenny Castle will appeal to history buffs. Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with National Gallery of Ireland, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Grafton Street, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dublin driving holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piccadilly Circus. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The British Museum and Buckingham Palace. Get some historical perspective at Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London online route planner .

You can fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Dublin in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): test the waters at a local thermal spa, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then look for gifts at Hidden People, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, wander the streets of Laugavegur, take in the exciting artwork at Dead Gallery/Studio, contemplate the long history of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and finally steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik road trip website .

You can fly from London to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London in August, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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