36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
3
Skelleftea, Sweden
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
6
Flam, Norway
— Few hours
train:  30​min
7
Gudvangen, Norway
— Few hours
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Bergen, Norway
— Few hours
ferry:  11​h
9
Geiranger, Norway
— 1 night
ferry:  6​h
10
Trondheim, Norway
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h
11
Bodo, Norway
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Mosjoen, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Trondheim, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Otta, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
15
Kristiansand, Norway
— Few hours
ferry:  5​h 30​min
16
Aarhus, Denmark
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
17
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
18
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

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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 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally don't miss a visit to Senate Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker website .

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. In May, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tallinn day trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Skelleftea.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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Skelleftea, Sweden

Skelleftea ©
Skellefteå is a city and the seat of Skellefteå Municipality in Västerbotten County, Sweden, with 32,775 inhabitants in 2010. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): browse the different shops at Solbacken Handelsomrade, then take in the views from Lejonstromsbron, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bonnstan, and finally stroll around Nordanaparken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Olovs kyrka, then let the kids burn off some steam at Leo's Lekland, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bjuroklubbs Naturreservat.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Skelleftea trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Tallinn to Skelleftea in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Skelleftea due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Skelleftea are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Skelleftea

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Bjuroklubbs Naturreservat
Highlights from your plan
Leo's Lekland ©
Leo's Lekland
Solbacken Handelsomrade ©
Solbacken Handelsomrade
Lejonstromsbron ©
Lejonstromsbron

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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.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at Skansen, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Skelleftea to Stockholm. June in Stockholm sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, then walk around Vigelandsparken, and then steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning). On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Rådhuset, get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, then examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oslo holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Flam.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

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hours
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.
On the 13th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Rjoandefossen, examine the collection at Flaamsbana Museet, then enjoy breathtaking views from Stegastein Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Flam route planning website .

You can drive from Oslo to Flam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Oslo in June, plan for slightly colder days in Flam, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gudvangen.

Things to do in Flam

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Aurlandsvangen
Highlights from your plan
Rjoandefossen ©
Rjoandefossen
Stegastein Lookout ©
Stegastein Lookout

few
hours
Gudvangen, Norway

Gudvangen ©
Gudvangen is a village in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Bakka Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gudvangen trip planning tool .

Gudvangen is very close to Flam. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bergen.

Things to do in Gudvangen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bakka Church
Highlights from your plan
Bakka Church ©
Bakka Church

few
hours
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.
For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bergen journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gudvangen to Bergen takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bergen can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 13th (Sat), you're off toGeiranger.

Things to do in Bergen

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

1
night
Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger ©
Surrounded by pristine nature, the scenic village of Geiranger serves as a gateway to some of Norway's most famous landscapes.
On the 14th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba, then make a trip to Fossevandring Geiranger, and then explore the striking landscape at Geiranger Fjord.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Geiranger day trip site .

You can drive from Bergen to Geiranger in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Geiranger are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trondheim.

Things to do in Geiranger

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Geiranger Fjord ©
Geiranger Fjord
Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba ©
Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba
Fossevandring Geiranger ©
Fossevandring Geiranger

1
night
Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim ©
The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim sits on the southern shore of one of the country's longest fjords.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn about all things military at The Armoury Rustkammeret, then see the interesting displays at Erkebispegarden (Archbishop's Palace), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tyholttarnet.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Trondheim visit planner .

You can drive from Geiranger to Trondheim in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or take a bus. In June in Trondheim, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bodo.

Things to do in Trondheim

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Armoury Rustkammeret ©
The Armoury Rustkammeret
Room Escape Games
Erkebispegarden (Archbishop's Palace) ©

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hours
Bodo, Norway

Bodo ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kjerringoy Trading Post and then brush up on your military savvy at Norsk Luftfartsmuseum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bodo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Trondheim to Bodo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Trondheim in June, you will find days in Bodo are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mosjoen.

Things to do in Bodo

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kjerringoy Trading Post ©
Kjerringoy Trading Post
Norsk Luftfartsmuseum ©
Norsk Luftfartsmuseum

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nights
Mosjoen, Norway

Mosjoen ©
On the 17th (Wed), take in the waterfront at The Historical Sjoegata Street, trek along Marsora Hiking Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Seven Sisters, then snap pictures at Helgelandsbrua, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vindenes Hus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): hike along Oyfjellvarden Hiking Trail and then admire the sheer force of Laksforsen Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mosjoen road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bodo to Mosjoen takes 5 hours. June in Mosjoen sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Trondheim.

Things to do in Mosjoen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandnessjoen, Laksforsen Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Laksforsen Waterfall ©
Laksforsen Waterfall
Vindenes Hus ©
Vindenes Hus

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Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Olav Tryggvason Monument, brush up on your military savvy at Kristiansten Fortress, admire the striking features of Stiftsgarden, then examine the collection at Rockheim, then make a trip to Old Town Bridge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nidaros Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ladestien - Hiking Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Munkholmen batteri, and then take a stroll through Bakklandet Old Town.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Trondheim trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Mosjoen to Trondheim in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Otta.

Things to do in Trondheim

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nidaros Cathedral ©
Nidaros Cathedral
Bakklandet Old Town ©
Bakklandet Old Town
Old Town Bridge ©
Old Town Bridge

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nights
Otta, Norway

Otta ©
Otta is a town in the municipality of Sel in the county of Oppland in Norway.The nameThe town is named after the Otta river.General informationIt has 1,687 inhabitants per 1 January 2012 making it the largest settlement in the municipality Sel, of which it is the administrative centre.Otta has a regional medical clinic.The first three tiers of Norwegian education are covered by its primary and secondary schools and the high school, Otta vidaregående skule.GeographySituated 110 kilometers North from Lillehammer, it spans the valley floor where Ottadalen branches of the Gudbrand Valley and the largely glacial fed, most of its 4,000 km^2 watershed being in a very arid region, the river Otta merges into GudbrandsdalslågenNorth-east lies the massif Rondane, which areas became the first national park in Norway in 1962, and has several mountains over 2,000 metres.TransportationOtta sits at roughly the midway point between Oslo and Trondheim along the (E6)European route E06, and the Rv15 starts here connected to the E6, heading west along Ottadalen and over the mountains to Stryn, along the Nordfjord, finally terminating in Måløy Otta is also an important link on the Dovre Line, since Otta Station is the only station in the valley where every single passing passenger train stops. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then head outdoors with Besseggen. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nasjonale Turistveier, Solbergplassen and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rondane National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Otta trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Trondheim to Otta takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kristiansand.

Things to do in Otta

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Rondane National Park, Nasjonale Turistveier, Solbergplassen, Besseggen, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Besseggen ©
Besseggen
Rondane National Park ©
Rondane National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand ©
Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): cool off at Dyreparken.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kristiansand trip maker .

Traveling by car from Otta to Kristiansand takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aarhus.

Things to do in Kristiansand

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dyreparken ©
Dyreparken

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Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus ©
Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Explore Aarhus' surroundings by going to LEGOLAND Billund (in Billund) and Egeskov Castle (in Odense). The adventure continues: look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, admire the landmark architecture of Musikhuset Aarhus, stroll around Musikhusparken, and see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aarhus route planner.

Traveling by car from Kristiansand to Aarhus takes 5.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Aarhus are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

LEGOLAND Billund, Egeskov Castle
Highlights from your plan
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Old Town in Aarhus ©
Old Town in Aarhus
Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses ©

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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.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a stroll through Christiania, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Aarhus to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, look for gifts at Myconceptstore, and take a stroll through Laugavegur.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip planner .

Getting from Copenhagen to Reykjavik by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Thermal Spas, Gullfoss Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

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