20 days in Norway, Finland & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Norway, Finland & Switzerland Itinerary

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Stavanger, Norway
— 3 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Stavanger, Norway

— 3 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
We've included these beaches for you: Orre Beach and Hellesto/Byberg/Skarasanden. Explore hidden gems such as Ovre Holmegate and Varlivarden. Get out of town with these interesting Stavanger side-trips: Tryggvi Islandshestgard (in Sandnes) and Borestranden Beach (in Kleppe). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, appreciate the views at Lysefjord, and experience rural life at Soma Gard.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Stavanger trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Stavanger is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Stavanger is minus 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July: high temperatures in Stavanger hover around 65°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Oslo.

Things to do in Stavanger

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 3 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Visiting Bygdøy and Oslofjord will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Aker Brygge and Karl Johans gate. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum, steep yourself in history at Det Kongelige Slott, and take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum.

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You can fly from Stavanger to Oslo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Stavanger in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oslo

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Helsinki, Finland

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Oslo in July, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Historic Sites

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Limmat and Lake Zurich. Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Hauptbahnhoffor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Rigi, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Zurich in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Traveling from Helsinki to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Helsinki in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zurich, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aletsch Glacier. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald vacation maker tool.

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Zermatt on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then stop by Laderach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Jack Wolfskin Store and then see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.