36 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

36 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

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36 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
Stockholm, Sweden
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Kalmar, Sweden
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Aarhus, Denmark
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Bergen, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
Oslo, Norway
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
Sydney, Australia

7
days
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Shop till you drop at Ostermalm Saluhall and Plugged Records. Royal Palace and Fotografiska are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, get into the urban bustle at Kulturhuset, take in nature's colorful creations at Millesgården, and make a trip to Stockholm City Hall.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm travel itinerary creator.

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Stockholm reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kalmar.

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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Skansen ©
Skansen

1
day
Kalmar, Sweden

Kalmar ©
Kalmar is a city in Småland in the south-east of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. On the 30th (Sat), look for gifts at Gerdas Te & Kaffehandel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalmar Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Kalmar Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Klackeberga Kyrka.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kalmar sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Kalmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Kalmar sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Gothenburg.

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Kalmar Castle ©
Kalmar Castle
Klackeberga Kyrka ©
Klackeberga Kyrka
Kalmar Cathedral ©
Kalmar Cathedral

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vasa Church and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Liseberg. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Southern Goteborg Archipelago, then get to know the fascinating history of Haga, then admire the striking features of Fish Church, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Universeum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gothenburg itinerary maker.

Take a train from Kalmar to Gothenburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Gothenburg are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aarhus.

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Haga ©
Haga
Liseberg ©
Liseberg
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago

5
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helligaandskirken and Lystrup Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Den Gamle By and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dokk1, pause for some serene contemplation at Aarhus Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Møllestien, and look for gifts at Bazar Vest.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aarhus online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Gothenburg to Aarhus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Copenhagen.

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Den Gamle By ©
Den Gamle By
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum ©
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Helligaandskirken ©
Helligaandskirken

7
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Denmark and Nyhavn. Shop till you drop at Illums Bolighus and Royal Copenhagen Factory Outlet. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Saviour, take a stroll through Stroeget, and examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Aarhus to Copenhagen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bergen.

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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

5
days
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.
Do your shopping at Fish Market and Julehuset - Christmas Shop. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bryggen and Bergenhus Festning. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring at Hardanger Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen), steep yourself in history at Bergen Fortress, take an in-depth tour of Bryggens Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, and view the masterpieces at KODE Art Museums of Bergen.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bergen custom trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Bergen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bergen can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Oslo.

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Bryggen ©
Bryggen
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene ©
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene

6
days
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.
Shop till you drop at Karl Johans gate and Norrøna Flagship Store Oslo. Vigeland Museum and Fram Polar Ship Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Viking Ship Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oslomarka, stop by Mathallen Oslo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Aker Brygge.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oslo custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bergen in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Oslo, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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The Vigeland Museum / Vigeland Museum ©
Akershus Fortress ©
Akershus Fortress
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

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