53 days in Sweden, Denmark & Norway Itinerary

53 days in Sweden, Denmark & Norway Itinerary

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Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Uppsala, Sweden
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Linkoping, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Helsingborg, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Lund, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
7
Malmo, Sweden
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Odense, Denmark
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Aarhus, Denmark
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
11
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
12
Oslo, Norway
— 7 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
13
Bergen, Norway
— 4 nights
car:  6 h
14
Stavanger, Norway
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
15
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Bangkok, Thailand

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vasa Museum and Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet). Get a sense of the local culture at Skansen and Royal Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Stockholm side-trips: Munktellmuseet (in Eskilstuna) and Arsenalen - Sveriges Forsvarsfordonsmuseum (in Strangnas). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Strandvagen, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, take an in-depth tour of Medeltidsmuseet, and examine the collection at ABBA The Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Stockholm vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Bangkok, Thailand to Stockholm is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Stockholm. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 11°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Uppsala.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Munktellmuseet, Arsenalen - Sveriges Forsvarsfordonsmuseum, Taby Centrum
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
nights
Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala ©
Dominated by two major universities, Uppsala serves as Scandinavia's oldest center of higher education.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum Gustavianum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppsala Domkyrka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helga Trefaldighets kyrka, and finally stop by The English Bookshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott), then examine the collection at Uppsala Konstmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Upplandsmuseet, and finally examine the collection at Biotopia - Biologiska Museet.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Uppsala online travel route planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Uppsala by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Uppsala are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Linkoping.

Things to do in Uppsala

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Uppsala Domkyrka ©
Uppsala Domkyrka
Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott) ©
Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott)
Helga Trefaldighets kyrka ©
Helga Trefaldighets kyrka

3
nights
Linkoping, Sweden

Linkoping ©
Linköping is a city in southern Sweden, with 153 000 inhabitants in 2016. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Ostergotlands Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Lars Kyrka, then get engrossed in the history at Linkopings Castle- and Cathedral museum, and finally head outdoors with Kinda Kanal. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Linkoping Cathedral, trek along Tinnero Eklandskap, and then brush up on your military savvy at Flygvapenmuseum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Linkoping trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Uppsala to Linkoping in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Linkoping are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Linkoping

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Flygvapenmuseum ©
Flygvapenmuseum
Linkoping Cathedral
Linkoping Cathedral
Ostergotlands Museum ©
Ostergotlands Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Vasa Church, contemplate the long history of Skansen Kronan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oscar Fredriks Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Haga. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritiman, then steep yourself in history at Skansen Lejonet, then explore the historical opulence of Bohus Fastning, and finally examine the collection at Aeroseum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gothenburg online travel planner.

Drive from Linkoping to Gothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Gothenburg, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsingborg.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bohus Fastning
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Aeroseum ©
Aeroseum
Maritiman ©
Maritiman
Skansen Kronan ©
Skansen Kronan

3
nights
Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg ©
A scenic coastal city known for its lively waterfront area overlooked by a medieval castle, Helsingborg considers itself Sweden's gateway to Europe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sofiero Palace and Orby angar. Karnan – the keep of Helsingborg and Stortorget Helsingborg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Tropikariet, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tropical Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Palsjo skog, and get great views at Landborgspromenaden.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsingborg day trip site.

Traveling by car from Gothenburg to Helsingborg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lund.

Things to do in Helsingborg

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hilleshogs dalar
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Tropikariet ©
Tropikariet
Sofiero Palace ©
Sofiero Palace
Tropical Beach ©
Tropical Beach

3
nights
Lund, Sweden

Lund ©
Small enough to cover on foot in a single afternoon, Lund boasts one of Europe's oldest and most prominent universities.
On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kungshuset i Lundagard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Life, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Allhelgonakyrkan, explore the stunning scenery at Rinnebacksravinen, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Klosterkyrkan, and finally delve into the distant past at Medieval Museum (Drottens Museet).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lund trip builder app.

Lund is just a short distance from Helsingborg. In May, daily temperatures in Lund can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Malmo.

Things to do in Lund

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Lund Cathedral ©
Lund Cathedral
Medieval Museum (Drottens Museet) ©
Medieval Museum (Drottens Museet)
Allhelgonakyrkan ©
Allhelgonakyrkan

2
nights
Malmo, Sweden

Malmo ©
A conglomeration of over a hundred different nationalities, cosmopolitan Malmo sits on the southern tip of Sweden as part of the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Malmohus castle and Formargruppen. Take a break from the city and head to Skanors Havsbad and Ljunghusens Golfbana. Step out of Malmo to go to Hollviken and see Barnstensmuseet i Kampinge, Hollviken, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Gustus Butik & Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church (St. Johannes Kyrka), see the interesting displays at Moderna Museet - Malmo, and get engrossed in the history at Fotevikens Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Malmo day trip planning website.

Malmo is just a short distance from Lund. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Malmo

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Hollviken, Skanors Havsbad, Torup Castle, Bokskogens Golf Club
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Gustus Butik & Gallery ©
Gustus Butik & Gallery
Malmohus castle ©
Malmohus castle
Torup Castle ©
Torup Castle

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Denmark and Cold War Museum Stevnsfort. Rosenborg Castle and Frederiksborg Slotskirke are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Store Heddinge (Stevns Klint & Hoejerup Gamle Kirke), Vesterhavegaarden Vingaard (in Karrebaeksminde) and Stege (Thorsvang - Danmarks Samlermuseum & Elmelunde Kirke). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Christiania, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, explore the historical opulence of Christiansborg Slot, and pause for some photo ops at Frederiksborg slotshave.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Malmo to Copenhagen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Moen, Hillerod, Store Heddinge, Jaegerborg Dyrehave, Vesterhavegaarden Vingaard
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Frederiksborg Slotskirke ©
Frederiksborg Slotskirke
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at H. C. Andersens House, examine the collection at Carl Nielsen Museet, hunt for treasures at GenbrugsHallerne, then appreciate the history behind Emperors New Clothes, and finally see the interesting displays at The Time Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Sct. Albani Church, then stop by Kramboden, then steep yourself in history at Odense City Hall, and finally contemplate the long history of Odense Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Odense trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Copenhagen to Odense takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aarhus.

Things to do in Odense

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Sct. Albani Church ©
Sct. Albani Church
H. C. Andersens House ©
H. C. Andersens House
Carl Nielsen Museet ©
Carl Nielsen Museet

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Viborg Domkirke and Aarhus Domkirke. Head to Dokk1 and Herning bibliotekfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Energimuseet (in Bjerringbro) and Dollerup bakker (in Viborg). There's still lots to do: get curious at Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, take a peaceful walk through Moesgard Forrest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vor Frue Kirke, and explore the world behind art at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aarhus planning website.

Drive from Odense to Aarhus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Aarhus are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Viborg, Herning bibliotek
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Viborg Domkirke ©
Viborg Domkirke
Aarhus Domkirke ©
Aarhus Domkirke

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Ghost, stop by Crime Passionnel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holmens Kirke, then admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Aarhus to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Amalienborg ©
Amalienborg
Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken) ©
Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken)

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nordmarka and Sognsvann Lake. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vigeland Museum and Fram Museum. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Tehnology, contemplate the long history of Drobak, admire the landmark architecture of Ostbanehallen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oslo trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Oslo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oslo, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Norwegian Museum of Science and Tehnology ©
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Tehnology
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

4
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.
Get outdoors at Mount Floyen and the Funicular and Vidden Trail between Mt. Floyen and Mt. Ulriken. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and KODE Art Museums of Bergen. There's still lots to do: get curious at VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter, stroll through Helleneset, view the masterpieces at Gunvor Handmade Illustration, and examine the collection at Theta Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bergen trip planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Bergen in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Bergen are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Mount Floyen and the Funicular ©
Mount Floyen and the Funicular
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene ©
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene

5
nights
Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger ©
The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
You'll explore and learn at Solvberget bibliotek og kulturhus and Touscene. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tungenes Fyr and Kvekergravstedet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stavanger: Utstein Kloster (in Rennesoy Municipality) and Borestranden Beach (in Kleppe). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, examine the collection at Roots of the Vikings, explore the world behind art at Reidar Berge museet, and get engrossed in the history at Kvitsoy Hummermuseet.

To find photos and other tourist information, use the Stavanger trip builder.

Fly from Bergen to Stavanger in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Stavanger, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stavanger

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tungenes Fyr, Utstein Kloster, Galleri G, Borestranden Beach
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Norwegian Petroleum Museum ©
Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Borestranden Beach ©
Borestranden Beach
Utstein Kloster ©
Utstein Kloster

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
On the 8th (Mon), wander the streets of Street Art at Ingens gate, examine the collection at The Nobel Peace Center, then explore the historical opulence of Det Kongelige Slott, then see the interesting displays at The Ibsen Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum in Oslo, stroll through Damstredet & Telthusbakken, then admire the masterpieces at Astrup Fearnley Museet, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Soerenga Public Pool.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip planner.

You can fly from Stavanger to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. When traveling from Stavanger in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Parks Outdoors
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The Nobel Peace Center ©
The Nobel Peace Center
Astrup Fearnley Museet ©
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Det Kongelige Slott ©
Det Kongelige Slott

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