14 days in Finland, Southern Norway & Norrbotten County Itinerary

14 days in Finland, Southern Norway & Norrbotten County Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  21 h 15 min
1
Kristiansand, Norway
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Arendal, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 h
3
Abisko, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  11 h 15 min
4
Jyvaskyla, Finland
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Lulea, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand ©
Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kristiansand Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kristiansand trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Kristiansand is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Kristiansand is 9 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Kristiansand at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arendal.

Things to do in Kristiansand

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Kristiansand Museum ©
Kristiansand Museum
Kristiansand Domkirke ©
Kristiansand Domkirke
Fiskebrygga ©
Fiskebrygga

3
nights
Arendal, Norway

Arendal ©
Arendal is a town and municipality in the county of Aust-Agder, Norway. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Fjaere Kirke, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Marivold Recreation Ground, thenbrowse the different shops at Pandoras Fevik, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Vitensenteret Sorlandet Arendal and then enjoy the sea views from Store Torungen Fyr.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arendal trip planner.

Getting from Kristiansand to Arendal by car takes about an hour. June in Arendal sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Abisko.

Things to do in Arendal

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Grimstad, Tromoya
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Fjaere Kirke ©
Fjaere Kirke
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church
Store Torungen Fyr ©
Store Torungen Fyr

1
night
Abisko, Sweden

Abisko ©
Abisko's northern location free of light pollution makes it home to one of the greatest displays of the Northern Lights and midnight suns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Silverfallet, take in the pleasant sights at Trollsjon, and then look and learn at Aurora Sky Station.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Abisko trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Arendal to Abisko in 21 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Arendal in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Abisko: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Abisko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bjorkliden
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Tornetrask ©
Tornetrask
Aurora Sky Station ©
Aurora Sky Station
Trollsjon ©
Trollsjon

1
day
Jyvaskyla, Finland

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get interesting insight from Laajis.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Jyvaskyla trip planner.

You can drive from Abisko to Jyvaskyla in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Abisko to Jyvaskyla. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Laajis ©
Laajis

1
day
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

You can fly from Jyvaskyla to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Lulea.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
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Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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nights
Lulea, Sweden

Lulea ©
Luleå is a city on the coast of northern Sweden, and the capital of Norrbotten County, the northernmost county in Sweden. On the 8th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Balingeberget Nature Reserve and then get outside with Svedjekojan in Swedish Lapland. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gammelstad Church Town and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nederlulea Kyrka.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lulea trip website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lulea in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rovaniemi to Lulea due to the time zone difference. July in Lulea sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lulea

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalix Kyrka, Svedjekojan in Swedish Lapland
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Gammelstad Church Town ©
Gammelstad Church Town
Nederlulea Kyrka ©
Nederlulea Kyrka
Lulea domkyrka ©
Lulea domkyrka

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