16 days in Finland, Norway & Stockholm Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Fly to Sogndal, Bus to Flam
Flam, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive to Bergen Airport Flesland, Fly to South Bend


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.
You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation maker website.

South Bend, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from South Bend to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from South Bend in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Oslo.
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vigeland Museum and The Ibsen Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Bygdøy and Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Oslomarka, brush up on your military savvy at Armed Forces Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ingierstrand Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Aker Brygge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo road trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Oslo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Helsinki to Oslo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Helsinki in August since evenings lows in Oslo dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Stockholm.
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Stockholm, Sweden — 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Royal Palace and Strandvagen will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moderna Museet - Stockholm and Royal Armory. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Army Museum, don't miss a visit to Stortorget, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, and take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Stockholm day trip planner.

Getting from Oslo to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Stockholm, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

Start your trip to Rovaniemi by creating a personalized itinerary on Klarna Trips.

Getting from Stockholm to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Stockholm in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Flam.
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Flam, Norway — 3 nights

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.
Let the collections at Otternes Bygdetun and Flamsbana Museet capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at FjordSafari and Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route. When in Flam, make a side trip to see Kjosfossen Waterfall in Myrdal, approximately Myrdal away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Naeroyfjord, take in panoramic vistas at Stegastein Lookout, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bakka Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Brekkefossen.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Flam itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rovaniemi to Flam takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Finland travel guide

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."

Norway travel guide

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.