28 days in Scandinavia, Helsinki & St. Petersburg Itinerary

28 days in Scandinavia, Helsinki & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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28 days in Scandinavia, Helsinki & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Rochester, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
2
Aarhus, Denmark
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Rochester, United States

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.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens, take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen trip itinerary maker .

Rochester, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rochester in June; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

4
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.
Explore Aarhus' surroundings by going to LEGOLAND Billund (in Billund) and Egeskov Castle (in Odense). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, get curious at Moesgaard Museum, see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By, and stroll through Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aarhus tour planner.

Take a train from Copenhagen to Aarhus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

LEGOLAND Billund, Egeskov Castle
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Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
LEGOLAND Billund ©
LEGOLAND Billund
Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses ©

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.
When in Oslo, make a side trip to see Hallanderiet in Son, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, stroll around Vigelandsparken, explore the activities along Oslofjord, and examine the collection at Munch Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo road trip app .

Getting from Aarhus to Oslo by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daytime highs in Oslo are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hallanderiet
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen), view the masterpieces at DMG GALLERY, take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, then take a leisurely stroll along Fish Market, then go for a walk through Stoltzekleiven, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ulriken.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bergen trip planner .

Getting from Oslo to Bergen by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Oslo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bergen: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Bergen

Nature Parks Shopping
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Bryggen ©
Bryggen
Stoltzekleiven ©
Stoltzekleiven

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.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, head off the coast to Sandhamn, take a stroll through Stockholm Old Town, and find something for the whole family at Junibacken.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stockholm trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Bergen to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bergen in July, you will find days in Stockholm are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Millesgarden
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route builder site .

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), examine the collection at Russian Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg tour planner .

Getting from Helsinki to St. Petersburg by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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