44 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

44 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

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44 days in Scandinavia Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Odense, Denmark
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Randers, Denmark
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Grimstad, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Klepp Municipality, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Tromso, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Vasteras, Sweden
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Santiago, Chile

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosenborg Castle and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fanefjord Kirke and Church of Our Saviour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Kronborg Castle (in Helsingoer), Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, enjoy breathtaking views from The Round Tower, get advice or help at Visit Carlsberg, and wander the streets of Nyhavn.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen itinerary builder.

Santiago, Chile to Copenhagen is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Copenhagen is 4 hours. While traveling from Santiago, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Copenhagen, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fanefjord Church, Frederiksborg Castle, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kronborg
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National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
The Open Air Museum ©
The Open Air Museum
Fanefjord Church ©
Fanefjord Church

6
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.
Holckenhavn Slot and Horne Round Church and Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Thuroe Minigolf and Kerteminde Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Odense: Faaborg (Elsographical Museum of Drejet, Faaborg Kirke, Helligåndskirken, & more), Thurø Kirke (in Svendborg), Strøjer Samlingen (in Assens), Erholm Gods (in Aarup), Harridslevgaard Slot (in Bogense) and Broholm (in Gudme). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Egeskov Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Skeby Church, Otterup, examine the collection at Museum of Photographic Art, and learn about all things military at Odense Bunkermuseum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Odense trip builder.

You can take a train from Copenhagen to Odense in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Randers.

Things to do in Odense

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Faaborg, Svendborg, Funen and Islands, Strojer Samlingen, Skeby Church
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Holckenhavn Slot ©
Holckenhavn Slot
Broholm Castle ©
Broholm Castle
Erholm Gods ©
Erholm Gods

4
nights
Randers, Denmark

Randers ©
Randers is a city in Randers Municipality, Central Denmark Region on the Jutland peninsula. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lodbjerg Kirke and Porskaer Stenhus. Step off the beaten path and head to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and Lodbjerg Lighthouse. Explore Randers' surroundings by going to Kunsthaandvaerket (in Ebeltoft), Spøttrup Medieval Casttle (in Spoettrup), Jetsmark Kirke (in Pandrup), Dronninglund Kirke (in Dronninglund), Saltum Kirke (in Saltum), Aarhus (Moesgaard Museum & Den Gamle By) and Mariager Kirke (in Mariager). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Dansk Landbrugsmuseum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Randers vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Odense to Randers takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Randers sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can take a combination of to Grimstad.

Things to do in Randers

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aarhus, Tolbol, Jetsmark Kirke, Porskaer Stenhus, The Green Museum
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Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Lodbjerg Fyr ©
Lodbjerg Fyr
Lodbjerg Kirke ©
Lodbjerg Kirke

3
nights
Grimstad, Norway

Grimstad ©
Grimstad is a town and municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. Visit Naes Ironworks Museum and Trinity Church for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate SKMU Sorlandets Kunstmuseum and Merdogaard Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grimstad's Archipelago, kick back and relax at Marivold Recreation Ground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tromoy Church, and enjoy the sea views from Homborsund Lighthouse.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grimstad vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of from Randers to Grimstad takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Klepp Municipality.

Things to do in Grimstad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Arendal, SKMU Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Naes Ironworks Museum
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Grimstad's Archipelago ©
Grimstad's Archipelago
Merdøgaard skjærgårdsmuseum ©
Merdøgaard skjærgårdsmuseum
Homborsund Lighthouse ©
Homborsund Lighthouse

3
nights
Klepp Municipality, Norway

Klepp Municipality ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Borestranden Beach, then steep yourself in history at Old Stavanger, and then get curious at Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Vitengarden, stroll through Orre Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Aviation History.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Klepp Municipality trip planner.

You can do a combination of from Grimstad to Klepp Municipality in 5.5 hours. December in Klepp Municipality sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Oslo.

Things to do in Klepp Municipality

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stavanger, Vitengarden, The Museum of Aviation History
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Borestranden Beach ©
Borestranden Beach
Vitengarden ©
Vitengarden
The Museum of Aviation History ©
The Museum of Aviation History

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Halden Canal and Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Fram Polar Ship Museum and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Venture out of the city with trips to Norefjell (in Noresund) and Sosterkirkene (in Gran Municipality). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, enjoy breathtaking views from Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Nore Stavkirke, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bygdøy.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oslo vacation builder.

Getting from Klepp Municipality to Oslo by combination of takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Klepp Municipality in December, expect Oslo to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Oslo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sosterkirkene, Norefjell Skiresort, The Halden Canal Haldenkanalen, Nore Stavkirke
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Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum
The Ibsen Museum ©
The Ibsen Museum
The Halden Canal Haldenkanalen ©
The Halden Canal Haldenkanalen

5
nights
Tromso, Norway

Tromso ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) and Polaria. Let the collections at Profil Glassdesign and The Art Museum of Northern Norway capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Lavhaugen Museum, enjoy some diversion at Verdensteatret Cinema, and sample the tasty concoctions at Macks Ølbryggeri AS.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tromso travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Oslo to Tromso takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, night train, ferry, car, and bus. In January in Tromso, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums Tours Shopping
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Perspektivet Museum ©
Perspektivet Museum
Northern Norwegian Science Center ©
Northern Norwegian Science Center
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum ©
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Djurgarden and Sodermalm. Step off the beaten path and head to Fotografiska and Drottningholm Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Stockholm side-trips: Modelljarnvagens Hus (in Alunda), Arlanda Flygsamlingar (in Arlandastad) and Uppsala (Uppsala Domkyrka, Uppsala universitet Museum Gustavianum, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Abba The Museum, explore the galleries of Royal Palace, don't miss a visit to Stockholm City Hall, and get engrossed in the history at The Hallwyl Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Stockholm takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Vasteras.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uppsala, Arlanda Flygsamlingar, Modelljarnvagens Hus, Drottningholm Palace
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Uppsala Domkyrka ©
Uppsala Domkyrka
Museum Gustavianum ©
Museum Gustavianum
Gamla Uppsala ©
Gamla Uppsala

5
nights
Vasteras, Sweden

Vasteras ©
Västerås is a city in central Sweden, located on the shore of Lake Mälaren in the province Västmanland, some 100km west of Stockholm. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Floda kyrka and Västerås Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oljeön i Ängelsberg and Kyrkbacken. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vasteras: Verket (in Avesta), Harkeberga kyrka (in Enkoping), Munktellmuseet (in Eskilstuna), Heliga Trefaldighetskyrkan (in Arboga), Orebro Castle (in Orebro), Skoindustrimuseet (in Kumla) and Bil- och Teknikhistoriska Samlingarna (in Koping). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Västerås Flygmuseum, stop by Erikslund Shopping Center, contemplate the long history of Anundshog, and get engrossed in the history at Vallby Open Air Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vasteras travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Stockholm to Vasteras in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Vasteras, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vasteras

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heliga Trefaldighetskyrkan, Floda kyrka, Orebro Castle, Harkeberga kyrka, Munktellmuseet
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Oljeon ©
Oljeon
Munktellmuseet ©
Munktellmuseet
Anundshog ©
Anundshog

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