16 days in Scandinavia & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Scandinavia & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Scandinavia & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Flam, Norway
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Kristiansand, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
7
Odense, Denmark
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Svaneke, Denmark
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): shop like a local with DMG GALLERY, stop by Susan Fosse Knitwear, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bryggen, then examine the collection at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at KODE Art Museums of Bergen. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Galleri S.E, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ulriken, then delve into the distant past at Lyse Abbey, and finally contemplate the long history of Lysoen Museum (Ole-Bull Haus).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bergen road trip tool .

Washington DC, USA to Bergen is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Bergen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Bergen: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Flam.

Things to do in Bergen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Lysekloster
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Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Lyse Abbey ©
Lyse Abbey
Lysoen Museum (Ole-Bull Haus) ©
Lysoen Museum (Ole-Bull Haus)

1
night
Flam, Norway

Flam ©
Nestled in a kingdom of mountains and fjords, the scenic village of Flam serves as a good base for exploring some of the most beautiful sights of Norwegian nature.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rjoandefossen, cruise along Aurlandsvegen, then take in panoramic vistas at Stegastein Lookout, then look for gifts at Merete Rein Glasblaseri og Galleri, and finally contemplate the long history of Otternes Bygdetun.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Flam trip planning app .

Drive from Bergen to Flam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Kristiansand.

Things to do in Flam

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aurlandsvangen, Otternes Bygdetun, Aurlandsvegen
Highlights from your plan
Aurlandsvegen ©
Aurlandsvegen
Otternes Bygdetun
Otternes Bygdetun
Stegastein Lookout ©
Stegastein Lookout

1
night
Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand ©
Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oddernes Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleri Bi-Z, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pyramidehuset Art Gallery - Birte Lohne, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Sorlandssenteret. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Lillemarkens Shopping, take in the exciting artwork at Agder Kunstsenter, shop like a local with Galleri Knapstad, then stop by Annas Rom, and finally view the masterpieces at Tegnebua & Galleri Geitodden.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kristiansand online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Flam to Kristiansand in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Flam in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kristiansand, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Kristiansand

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Annas Rom
Highlights from your plan
Annas Rom ©
Annas Rom
Oddernes Church ©
Oddernes Church
Sorlandssenteret ©
Sorlandssenteret

2
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
On the 23rd (Thu), browse the fresh offerings at Molleren Sylvia, ponder the world of politics at Rådhuset, then steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and finally find something for the whole family at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wide array of goods at Strommen Storsenter, then look for gifts at Norrona Concept Store Strommen, then buy something for everyone on your list at Aker Brygge, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oslo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kristiansand to Oslo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kristiansand in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Oslo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Strommen
Highlights from your plan
Aker Brygge ©
Aker Brygge
Strommen Storsenter ©
Strommen Storsenter

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, stop by Keramikerna, then examine the collection at Vasa Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Stockholm Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, get into the urban bustle at Kulturhuset, then admire the striking features of Stockholm City Hall, and finally hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stockholm road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Monteliusvagen ©
Monteliusvagen

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Lapinlahti, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, then look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Getting from Stockholm to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Odense.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
day
Odense, Denmark

Odense ©
The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
On the 29th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Gallery Galschioet, view the masterpieces at Mal Ravn Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kramboden, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at GenbrugsHallerne, and finally step into the grandiose world of Egeskov Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Odense travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Helsinki to Odense takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Odense due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Svaneke.

Things to do in Odense

Shopping Museums Classes
Highlights from your plan
Egeskov Castle ©
Egeskov Castle
Kramboden ©
Kramboden
GenbrugsHallerne ©
GenbrugsHallerne

1
day
Svaneke, Denmark

Svaneke ©
Svaneke is a small town on the eastern coast of the Baltic island of Bornholm, Denmark.It is Denmark's easternmost and until few years ago the smallest and now the second smallest chartered town with a population of 1,059 as of 1 January 2014. On the 30th (Thu), stop by Svaneke Broed, get a taste of the local shopping with Jans Keramik, steep yourself in history at Ostermarie Kirkeruin, shop like a local with Baltic Sea Glass, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dueodde Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Art Box.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Svaneke trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Odense to Svaneke. May in Svaneke sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Svaneke

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jans Keramik, Baltic Sea Glass, Ostermarie Kirkeruin, Dueodde Beach
Highlights from your plan
Svaneke Broed ©
Svaneke Broed
Ostermarie Kirkeruin ©
Ostermarie Kirkeruin
Baltic Sea Glass ©
Baltic Sea Glass

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then look for gifts at Illums Bolighus, and finally see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Torvehallerne, then see the interesting displays at Kronborg, and then explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Svaneke to Copenhagen. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kronborg
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Kronborg ©
Kronborg

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