13 days in Norway, Stockholm & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Norway, Stockholm & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Longyearbyen, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Strandvagen and Storkyrkan. Skansen and Skogskyrkogarden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, and get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet).

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Stockholm online day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Stockholm is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Stockholm are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Strandvagen ©
Strandvagen

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Katajanokka and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and steep yourself in history at Pohjolan toimitalo.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker app.

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Adventure
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, stroll around Prestvannet Lake, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Telegrafbukta Beach, explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tromso itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Tromso in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, Tromso is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Telegrafbukta Beach ©
Telegrafbukta Beach
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral
Perspektivet Museum ©
Perspektivet Museum

1
night
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen ©
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
On the 26th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Svalbard Brewery, examine the collection at Svalbard Museum, thenstop by Longyear 78 Outdoor & Expeditions, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Svalbard Kirke.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Longyearbyen trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Longyearbyen takes 4 hours. Traveling from Tromso in May, things will get slightly colder in Longyearbyen: highs are around 0°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Svalbard Kirke ©
Svalbard Kirke
Svalbard Museum ©
Svalbard Museum
Longyear 78 Outdoor & Expeditions ©
Longyear 78 Outdoor & Expeditions

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum) and Viking Ship Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sognsvann Lake and Oslomarka. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Det Kongelige Slott, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, and find something for the whole family at Norsk Folkemuseum.

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

You can fly from Longyearbyen to Oslo in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Longyearbyen in May, you will find days in Oslo are warmer (18°C), and nights are a bit warmer (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum) ©
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Sognsvann Lake ©
Sognsvann Lake

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