3 Week Itinerary through the Nordic Countries!

So you’re planning a visit to the Nordic Countries but don’t know where to begin?

We have got you covered!

Let us show you a perfect itinerary to cover Denmark, Sweden, and Finland in 3 weeks!

We’ll show you: the funniest way to get there, highlights of the capitals, secret hidden gems of both countries and how to visit Swedish and Finish Lapland!

Cheapest (and most amazing) way to get there!

Of course, you can fly straight to the main capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm or Helsinki…

But why not hop on a flight to Hamburg, taking advantage of the several low-cost airlines that stop there?!

Plus you can add this amazing city on your itinerary! And after enjoying Hamburg, you can just hop on a train to Copenhagen!

Check out below why we think this is the most amazing way of getting to Copenhagen!

Also another tip: Interrail and Eurail pass make it much cheaper to travel by train. Consider getting one.

Day 1 – Hamburg

If you get there early, you can view the main spots in the city!

We recommend you visit the Town Hall, the Alster Lake, and Saint Pauli area!

For more details, check out our guide for the perfect stay in Hamburg!

Hamburg Statue inside City Hall

City Hall, Hamburg

Day 2 – Train ride from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Train goes inside the boat! Hamburg to Copenhagen trip!

Why should you go by train? Because one of the most amazing things that happen on this trip (besides of the views) is that you train actually gets INSIDE a boat!

Yes, you heard it right! To cross the Fehmarn Belt the whole train goes by ferry! Check out our review of the train-ferry crossing!

Day 2 to 4 – Copenhagen

Nyhavn Harbor Copenhagen

Nyhavn Harbour in Copenhagen

Grab a bike and start exploring this amazing city! Before going, check our guide to cycling in Copenhagen.

Nothing beats the views from Nyhavn harbor, the Little Mermaid Statue, Rosenborg Castle and the cherry on top of the cake – Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of Copenhagen!

You will fell in love with this city, for sure! It’s not by chance that it’s the capital of the happiest country on earth!

Click on to our recommended itinerary to Copenhagen in 48 hours and find what the famous Danish Hygge means!

Then hop on a train to your first city in Sweden, Gothenburg!

Day 4 and 5 – Gothenburg Archipelago

Fisherman huts in Donso

Gothenburg Archipelago

Sweden second largest city, this cultural capital has plenty to offer! Walk along its cozy city streets, go shopping, visit museums and enjoy local cuisine!

But the thing that will stick in your memory – the Gothenburg Archipelago. There are actually more than 20 islands to discover, and they are divided into northern and southern parts.

No cars are allowed in the southern part of the archipelago which makes this the perfect destination you to hop on a ferry and enjoy the views!

See our guide to the islands of the Gothenburg Archipelago!

Day 6 to 9 – Stockholm

Sunset in Stockholm

Sunset in Stockholm

Sweden’s capital city will just WOW you!

Its picture perfect islands, viewing platforms, City Hall, the old city of Gamla Stan, its subway art, its sunsets… You will have plenty to do for 4 days!

And the most important tip – sleep on a boat! There are cheap boat hotels you can book!

This will for sure be one of the most memorable cities you will visit!

Check our top 10 things to do in Stockholm!

Day 9 to 10 – Lake Siljan

Dalarna Horse

The famous Dalarna Horse in Siljan Lake

This lake is located in the center of Dalarna region, that is considered one of the most typical sites in Sweden.

It is one of the biggest lakes in Sweden and its surrounded by forest, giving it an amazing landscape!

Hop on the historical ship Gustav Wasa and do a cruise around the lake and get to know one of the most real and least touristy parts of Sweden! Our tips for this region are here.

Day 11 – Train ride from Siljan Lake to Kiruna

Get ready for the 16 hours exciting train ride to the north of Sweden! Its long, but get to know your fellow bunk mates and it will become an enjoyable trip!

It starts in the night, but we promise you will wake up to some stunning scenery in the morning!

Day 12 and 13 – Kiruna

The experience you will get in the north of Sweden will completely vary if you are in the Summer or in the Winter months.

Kiruna is known for its dog sledding opportunities and Ice Hotel stays in the winter, but don’t underestimate this city in the Summer!

Its one of the best places to enjoy the midnight sun, visit Sami villages and its reindeer, get to know the ore mine and understand why this city is being moved – yes! Moved!

Get to know what you shouldn’t miss in Kiruna here.

Reindeer in Sami Village Kiruna

Reindeer in Sami Village, Kiruna

Day 14 and 15 – Abisko National Park

Viewpoint going to the Aurora Station

Abisko National Park

Abisko National Park is located Swedish province of Lapland near the Norwegian border. Its Sweden’s northernmost municipality (its 195 Km north of the Arctic Circle)!

In the winter, its considered one of the best spots in the world to catch the Aurora Borealis!

And if you visit in the summer, you can enjoy its beautiful nature trails.

Don’t be scared of the expert hikers telling you they are doing the Kugsleden 400 Km trail…You can make several easy day hikes and enjoy the beauty of this National Park! See how here!

Day 16 to 18 – Crossing from Swedish to Finnish Lapland (Lulea and Kemi)

Instead of going back to Stockholm, you can cross between Lulea in Sweden to Kemi in Finland by bus (there is no passenger train), but you will have to sleep in Lulea. See why here!

Visit the cities of the Gulf of Bothnia and enjoy the seaside!

Also, in Lulea don’t miss Gammelstad and in Kemi check out the Santa Claus Seaside Office!

See all the details here.

Day 19 and 20 – Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Office in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Office in Rovaniemi

Visiting the Santa Claus Office in Rovaniemi will make you feel like a child again!

Just hop on a bus, cross the Arctic Circle Line and visit the real spirit of Christmas in this northern city of Finland!

Day 21 – Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Another long train ride to the south… You can also fly directly to Helsinki if you want to make this trip shorter.

If you have more time: Finland is called the Land of a Thousand Lakes for a reason! Go to Kuopio and enjoy the lakes and the public saunas!

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Day 22 – Helsinki

Helsinki is very compact, so a perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed day of sightseeing around the city!

See our suggested itinerary in Helsinki in one afternoon.

So, what are you waiting for? Book a flight and get to know 3 unique countries in 3 weeks!

You won’t regret it!

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