50 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

50 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

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50 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 7 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Odense, Denmark
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aarhus, Denmark
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Oslo, Norway
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Bergen, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Tromso, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia

7
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.
Visiting Stockholm Old Town and Sodermalm will get you outdoors. Royal Palace and Gamla Uppsala will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Uppsala Domkyrka in Uppsala (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, take an in-depth tour of Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm attractions planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in Stockholm: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Uppsala, Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

6
nights
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg ©
Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tylosand Strand and Universeum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Fine Art (Goteborgs Konstmuseum) and Maritiman. Step out of Gothenburg to go to Fjaras and see Tjoloholms Castle, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Volvo Museum, contemplate the long history of Skansen Kronan, contemplate the waterfront views at Delsjon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gothenburg itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Stockholm to Gothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Gothenburg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tjoloholms Castle, Tylosand Strand
Highlights from your plan
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago
Tjoloholms Castle ©
Tjoloholms Castle
Tylosand Strand ©
Tylosand Strand

7
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.
Visit Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Denmark and Viking Ship Museum. Take a break from Copenhagen with a short trip to Roskilde Domkirke in Roskilde, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens, make a trip to Stroeget, contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Gothenburg to Copenhagen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Roskilde, Mons Klint, Frederiksborg Castle
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Egeskov Castle and Ribe Vikinge Center are in your itinerary. The Danish Railway Museum and Trapholt are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Odense side-trips: Koldinghus (in Kolding), Ribe Domkirke (in Ribe) and Vor Frue Kirke (in Nyborg). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Funen Village, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Odense ZOO, and contemplate the long history of Odense Cathedral - Sct. Knuds Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Odense tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Copenhagen to Odense in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aarhus.

Things to do in Odense

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Esbjerg, Kolding, Vor Frue Kirke
Highlights from your plan
Koldinghus ©
Koldinghus
Egeskov Castle ©
Egeskov Castle
Ribe Vikinge Center ©
Ribe Vikinge Center

7
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Moesgaard Museum and Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church and Todbjerg Kirke will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Aarhus: Randers Regnskov (in Randers), Faengslet (in Horsens) and Billund (LEGO House & LEGOLAND Billund). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, pause for some serene contemplation at Lystrup Kirke, see the interesting displays at Besaettelsesmuseet, and contemplate the long history of Vor Frue Kirke.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aarhus trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Odense to Aarhus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aarhus can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Billund, Randers Regnskov, Faengslet, Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church
Highlights from your plan
Moesgaard Museum ©
Moesgaard Museum
LEGO House ©
LEGO House

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nordmarka and Sognsvann Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Oslomarka and Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum. Step out of Oslo with an excursion to Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress) in Halden--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Bygdøy, get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oslo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Aarhus to Oslo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Aarhus in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -9°C in Oslo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress)
Highlights from your plan
Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka

5
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen. Get outdoors at Ulriken and Vidden Trail between Mt. Floyen and Mt. Ulriken. Take a break from Bergen with a short trip to Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall in Norheimsund, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring at Hardangerfjord. There's much more to do: engage your brain at VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Stine Hoff Kunstglass Economusee, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bergen travel route builder app .

Getting from Oslo to Bergen by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in January, Bergen is a bit warmer at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Mount Floyen and the Funicular ©
Mount Floyen and the Funicular
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall ©
Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

4
nights
Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Let the collections at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Perspektivet Museum, look and learn at Northern Norwegian Science Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, and admire the striking features of The Arctic Cathedral.

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

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Tromso takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bergen in January, with highs in Tromso at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Northern Norwegian Science Center ©
Northern Norwegian Science Center
Perspektivet Museum ©
Perspektivet Museum

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