20 days in Scandinavia & Rovaniemi Itinerary

20 days in Scandinavia & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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20 days in Scandinavia & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  15​h
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Aarhus, Denmark
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

4
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 historic sites, theme parks, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Stroeget, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen road trip site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Copenhagen is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in November, things will get cooler in Copenhagen: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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

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.
Take a break from Aarhus with a short trip to LEGOLAND Billund in Billund, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, have some family-friendly fun at Eventhall, examine the collection at Den Gamle By, and engage your brain at Moesgaard Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aarhus trip planner .

Traveling by train from Copenhagen to Aarhus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

LEGOLAND Billund
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Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Den Gamle By ©
Den Gamle By
Moesgaard Museum ©
Moesgaard Museum

1
night
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): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Aarhus to Rovaniemi takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Aarhus in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

4
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, admire the landmark architecture of Drottningholm Palace, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, and get in on the family fun at Junibacken.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Stockholm in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi to Stockholm, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Stockholm at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

4
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. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum, have some family-friendly fun at VRden - Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience, and contemplate the long history of Norsk Folkemuseum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Stockholm in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 8°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -5°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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