17 days in Finland, Norway & Sweden Itinerary

17 days in Finland, Norway & Sweden Itinerary

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17 days in Finland, Norway & Sweden Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Sun), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Oslo to Tonsberg to see Gullkronen about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, see the interesting displays at Fram Museum, have some family-friendly fun at VR Games Zone, and walk around Vigeland Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oslo trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Oslo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: highs in Oslo hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gullkronen
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum
Oslofjord ©
Oslofjord

4
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, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, and explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Stockholm using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oslo in January: highs in Stockholm hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

4
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in January, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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