36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Billund, Denmark
— 2 nights
Train:  12 h
4
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
5
Flam, Norway
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
ferry:  4 h
7
Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  13 h
8
Levi, Finland
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
9
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
10
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
11
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Adelaide, Australia


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2
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Sandhamn, enjoy breathtaking views from Stockholm City Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, and finally have a blast at Grona Lunds Tivoli. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, then head off the coast to Sodermalm, then get to know the fascinating history of Strandvagen, and finally visit Sergels Torg.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip planning site.

Adelaide, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Central European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect Stockholm to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Sandhamn ©
Sandhamn
Grona Lunds Tivoli ©
Grona Lunds Tivoli
Sodermalm ©
Sodermalm

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Copenhagen Stock Exchange, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then take a stroll through Stroeget, and finally pause for some photo ops at H.C. Andersen Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Amager Strandpark, stroll around Jaegerborg Dyrehave, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinitatis Kirke, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in December, Copenhagen is a bit warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Billund.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Jaegerborg Dyrehave
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Amager Strandpark ©
Amager Strandpark
Jaegerborg Dyrehave ©
Jaegerborg Dyrehave

2
nights
Billund, Denmark

Billund ©
Billund centers around everything LEGGO, as the seat of the internationally renowed company's headquarters (and also home to the Billund airport, built by the LEGGO company).
You'll discover tucked-away gems like LEGO House and Vejers Strand. Get in touch with nature at Skallingen and Vesterhavets Barfodspark. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND Billund, make a splash at Lalandia, examine the collection at Museumsgaarden Karensminde, and have fun and explore at Teddy Bear Art Museum.

Plan trip to Billund with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Billund takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Billund can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Billund

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vejers Strand, Vesterhavets Barfodspark, Skallingen
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Vejers Strand ©
Vejers Strand
Vesterhavets Barfodspark ©
Vesterhavets Barfodspark
Skallingen ©
Skallingen

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.
Get outdoors at Nordmarka and Sognsvann Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oslomarka and HIMKOK Storgata Destilleri. Go for a jaunt from Oslo to Drammen to see Kjosterudjuvet about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Ekebergparken, examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum, take a stroll through Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood, and step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

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

Traveling by flight from Billund to Oslo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Billund in December since evenings lows in Oslo dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Flam.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kjosterudjuvet
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Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Sognsvann Lake ©
Sognsvann Lake
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka

3
nights
Flam, Norway

Flam ©
Nestled in a kingdom of mountains and fjords, the scenic village of Flam serves as a good base for exploring some of the most beautiful sights of Norwegian nature.
Take a break from the city and head to Naeroyfjord and Rjoandefossen. Explore hidden gems such as Voss Fjellandsby Skiutleige AS and Flam Hiking AS. Venture out of the city with trips to Osa Mountain (in Osa), Laerdalsoyri (Norsk Villakssenter, Gamle Laerdalsoeyri, &more) and Kjelfossen Waterfall (in Gudvangen). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Flaamsbana Museet.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Flam trip planning app.

You can drive from Oslo to Flam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Oslo in December, plan for little chillier days in Flam, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Bergen.

Things to do in Flam

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Laerdalsoyri, Osa Mountain, Naeroyfjord, Voss Fjellandsby Skiutleige AS, Kjelfossen Waterfall
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Osa Mountain ©
Osa Mountain
Naeroyfjord ©
Naeroyfjord
Flam Hiking AS ©
Flam Hiking AS

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, then take in the waterfront at Bryggen, and then admire the sheer force of Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: trek along Vidden Trail between Mt. Floyen and Mt. Ulriken, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bergen attractions planner.

You can drive from Flam to Bergen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Flam in December, expect Bergen to be a bit warmer, temps between 7°C and 1°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall
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Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall ©
Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall
Mount Floyen and the Funicular ©
Mount Floyen and the Funicular

3
nights
Tromso, Norway

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.
Get outdoors at Tromsoe Alpinsenter and Base Tromso. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Graff Brygghus, pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, admire the striking features of Polaria, and look for gifts at Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tromso road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Tromso takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bergen in December: high temperatures in Tromso hover around 0°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tromsoe Alpinsenter
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Base Tromso ©
Base Tromso
Tromso Domkirke ©
Tromso Domkirke

6
nights
Levi, Finland

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Icekarting Levi and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio), Jyppyra lookout (in Enontekio) and Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Discover Lapland, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Levi online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tromso to Levi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tromso to Levi due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tromso in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Lapland, Muonio, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Jyppyra lookout
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel route planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
On the 30th (Wed), wander the streets of Katajanokka and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

3
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Get in touch with nature at Lahemaa rahvuspark and Jagala Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rotermann Quarter and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Patkuli Viewing Platform, shop like a local with The Little Red House Design Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn tour itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. In December, daytime highs in Tallinn are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lahemaa rahvuspark, Jagala Waterfall
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Rotermann Quarter ©
Rotermann Quarter

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