16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken). On the 15th (Mon), spend a peaceful day at Tivoli Gardens. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg.

Plan my day in Copenhagen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Paris, France to Copenhagen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in November: highs in Copenhagen hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

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 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour builder tool.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Helsinki in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in November, with highs in Helsinki at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Junibacken, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, then admire all the interesting features of Royal Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Storkyrkan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and then admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Stockholm attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Stockholm are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Oslo, Norway

— 2 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll around Vigeland Park, get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Fram Museum. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Holmenkollen Ski Museum, steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oslo trip planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Oslo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oslo, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, surround yourself with nature on Dogsledding Iceland, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Oslo in November, you will find days in Reykjavik are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to London.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Spas · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Saatchi Gallery, walk around Hyde Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the London day trip planner.

Getting from Reykjavik to London by flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in November, expect London to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, wander the streets of Le Marais, and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip tool.

Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. November in Paris sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Piers & Boardwalks · Gardens · Monuments
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.