Scandinavia 2-week Itinerary

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Scandinavia is my favourite place in Europe, and I visit it during the summer season. During this time, it’s neither too not nor too cold compared to the rainy UK or the blistering heat of Southern Europe.

I’ve been to Scandiavnia a few times. In the beginning, it was only Denmark. But on my second visit I explored Sweden and Denmark, nad on my third, I was able to visit all three – Norway, Denmark, and Sweden – it’s my favourite summer desination in Europe.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to enjoy Scandinavia in the winter, that’s also possible too. Just make sure to bring enough warm clothes. I spent two years living in Denmark, and this gave me plenty of time to discover and learn about the neighbouring countries.

There are three countries in Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Combining these places will make a perfect Scandinavia 2-week itinerary. This is because each country offers a very unique experience.

For example, Denmark is a flat country, perfect for a biking or road trip adventure. On the other hand, Norway has lots of natural beauty to offer. Sweden is a great place to end your trip since Stockholm is an awesome hub for travelling between Scandinavia and the rest of the world.

In this article, I will guide you in planning how to spend 14 days in Scandinavia. This includes where to go, how many days to spend in each city, what to see and eat, and more.

BASIC TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR SCANDINAVIA

4 images - top left is the colourful houses in Trondheim square. top right is the ancient viking boat. bottom right is the trolltunga. bottom left is the skyline of stockholm -

The following travel information will help you plan your trip to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – such as best time to visit, the cost, which cities to include, and more:

When is the best time to travel to Scandinavia

The best time to travel to Scandinavia depends on what you plan to do. If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and attending music festivals, you should go in the summer season (May to August).

If you want to visit Christmas markets and villages and do winter activities, wintertime will be perfect (December to February).

On the other hand, those two seasons can be seen as peak time, making accommodations more expensive. In that situation, you should plan your Scandinavia 2-week itinerary during the shoulder season, which is from March to April or August to September.

Are 2 weeks enough for Scandinavia

14 days is plenty of time to spend in Scandinavia. Of course, the more time, the better. But if it’s your first, you can definitely see the top attractions in this region in this amount of time.

You can visit all three countries with good planning. But if you prefer to travel slower, you should choose 1-2 countries only. One thing to remember is to visit 3-4 cities only, and no more than that.

A sample of a packed itinerary will be like this: 5 days in Norway, 3 days in Denmark, and 4 days in Sweden.

A slow travel might look like this: 7 days in Sweden and 7 days in Norway or 9 days in Norway and 5 days in Denmark.

How to get around

Scandinavia has one of the best public transportation in Europe. Although not the most affordable, they’re reliable and on time. You can take the train to get from one city to another.

There are also buses, which are slower but are the most affordable choice. There are domestic flights as well, but they cost quite a lot. In some areas of Scandinavia, you might be able to use the ferries.

To get around the cities, apart from metros and trams, you can use ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Bolt, Taxa 4×35, and MiVai; only Uber works in all these three countries. The most affordable mode of transportation would be to rent a bicycle.

There are bike rental machines in main train stations and around the cities. However, if you’re in the city for just a day or two, figuring out how to rent a bike might not be the best use of your time.

You can rent a car in Scandinavia as well. This is specifically a great plan for Denmark. You can do it in Sweden and Norway too, if the cities you’re visiting are not too far from one another.

Language and currency

The official language of Norway is Norwegian. Denmark’s official language is Danish, which is also a North Germanic language. Sweden’s official language is Swedish, closely related to both Norwegian and Danish. These languages, while distinct, share similarities due to their common Germanic roots.

Regardless, you can easily get around with English in Scandinavia. 90% of Norwegians speak English, while 86% in Sweden and Denmark can speak English.

Each Scandinavian country has their own currency. Denmark uses Danish kroner (DKK), Norway has Norwegian krone (NOK), and Sweden has Swedish kronor (SEK). You can’t really use any other major currency here, it might be acceptable in hotels, but that would be it.

ATMs will dispense the local currency, while you can change your USD/GBP/EURO/AUD/CAD/NZD/SGD in currency converter shops or the bank. Most businesses accept payments with credit cards or debit cards. You will be able to pay with cash, but sometimes the shop will have a hard time finding enough change, especially in smaller towns.

The best way to do this is to plan to pay with your bank card, but have some cash just in case (around 500 in local currency will be enough). Make sure to bring at least 2 bank cards in case your main card runs into some issues.

Don’t worry about having too much currency left over. When you get to the next Scandinavian country (or any country in Europe), you will be able to convert it to a local one easily through a bank.

Visa

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden have implemented the Schengen area visa policy. This means in total, you can stay in the entire of Schengen Area for 90 days. That should be enough time for your trip in these three countries.

This visa policy is implemented to most countries in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, and freedom of movement in Europe.

Other visitors must get a Schengen tourist visa in advance. You can apply as soon as 6 months before your trip.

Cost of 2 weeks in Scandinavia

It’s no secret that Scandinavia is an expensive region. This means that you must plan to spend more than what you normally spend in your home country. On average, a budget of $200 would be a good start. Here’s the cost breakdown:

  • Affordable: Budget around $1,500-$2,000 ($110 to $140 a day). This covers hostel stays, public transport, and self-catering with occasional dining out.
  • Mid-range: Expect to spend $3,000-$5,000 ($215 to $350 a day). This includes comfortable hotels, restaurant meals, some guided tours, and intercity travel.
  • Luxury: Budget $7,000-$10,000 or more ($500 and up a day). This allows for high-end hotels, fine dining, private tours, and possibly domestic flights for quicker travel.

You must also get travel insurance. Although these countries have a public health service, you don’t want to get into a situation where you need emergency medical treatment but you can’t afford it.

Some foreign tourists experience free health treatment during their trip, but it’s not safe to rely on this because your situation could be different.

Travel arrangement tips

Scandinavian countries are not super known as holiday destinations. This means that most hotels here cater for businesses and luxury travellers. Because of this, if you’re travelling during the busy season, you must book your room in advance to ensure that you get a good deal.

You can also book your tours and car rental in advance. Many of these sites offer free cancellation in case you change your plans.

MAP OF TOP SITES AND ACTIVITIES IN SCANDINAVIA

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SCANDINAVIA 2-WEEK ITINERARY

There are 4 travel itineraries here for spending 14 days in the Scandinavian region of Europe. You can choose which one works best for you. You can also use these as a starting template and then swap the cities to the ones you prefer.

Denmark is quite easy to travel to, if you don’t plan to see Greenland and Faroe Island (territories of Denmark), you can easily plan a 5-day trip and see the top attractions. This means you can spend 9 days in the other country of your choosing.

Norway and Sweden are bigger countries. Renting a car is possible, but it might not serve you the best since the popular sites in these countries are far from one another.

Itinerary #1: Norway, Denmark, and Sweden

This is coming off strong, especially after I said that visiting all the Scandinavian countries will lead to a tight schedule. However, I understand that some people want to see all of them regardless of how challenging it might be.

In this itinerary of 2 weeks in Scandinavia, you’ll most likely only have the time to see the capital cities. For example, you can spend 7 days in Norway, 3 days in Denmark, and 4 days in Sweden.

This itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors to Scandinavia who are looking to make the most out of their holiday and their visit. This itinerary could also be done the other way around, starting in Sweden and finishing in Norway.

ALSO READ: 2 weeks in Norway itineraries

Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger for 7 days (Norway)

Welcome to the land of fjords, folklore, and phenomenal landscapes! If you’re planning to spend an incredible week in Norway, exploring the vibrant streets of Oslo, the picturesque alleys of Bergen, and the majestic natural beauty of Stavanger – where you’ll find the famous cliff rock of Preikestolen.

Whether you’re coming from North America, Latin America, Asia, or around Europe, you should easily find a flight that lands in Oslo, a great place to start your Scandinavia 2-week itinerary. You can rent a car from Oslo, and drive to Bergen, but it will take nearly 8 hours or take the train for a more scenic ride.

There’s a non-stop one hour flight between Oslo and Bergen. Then from Bergen to Stavanger is a 4hr and 30 mins drive.

Copenhagen for 3 days (Denmark)

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark is known for its charming historical town where you’ll find the Little Mermaid statue, Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Castle, and the colourful Nyhavn Harbour.

Fortunately, there’s a a direct flight both from Stavanger and Bergen to Copenhagen, so you don’t need to travel back to Oslo.

Getting from the airport to downtown Copenhagen is easy too. There are direct metro/train lines, bus routes, or you can take a taxi for convenience.

2 images - on hte left is the colourful row houses in Trondheim in norway. on the right is the cliff of pulpit rock

Malmo and Stockholm for 4 days (Sweden)

Malmo might be less popular destination in Scandinavia but it has lots to offer espeically those who enjoy learning about Scandinavian architecture.

There’s no reason to fly to Malmo from Copenhagen. Taking the train or bus, both will save you more time than booking a flight. You might also find a car rental company in Copenhagen that will allow you to take it to Sweden, and drop it off in Stockholm.

The drive from Copenhagen to Malmo is around 50 minutes or even less and you’ll get a chance to take the underwater tunnel that connects these two countries. From Malmo to Stockholm, the drive is less than 5 hours.

Itinerary #2: Norway and Denmark

This itinerary of 2 weeks in Scandinavia is suitable for visitors who wish to travel a bit slower and see more of both countries.

What I love about this itinerary is that Norway is a great place for hiking and attractions about nature. It’s balanced by Denmark, you can’t really hike here, but the food is amazing. Plus, depending on how you plan you trip, you can even travel by land and sea, and skip travelling by air.

Oslo, for 3 days (Norway)

Oslo, the capital city of Norway, offers impressive landmarks like the modern Oslo Opera House and the historic Akershus Fortress. It is also a hub for Nordic culture, with institutions like the National Gallery and the Munch Museum showcasing rich art collections – making it an incredible destination for those interested in history.

If you have three days here, you can make the most out of your time by getting a City Bus tour or renting a car to manage your own time. You can pick up the car rental right when you arrive at the airport.

Bergen and Stavanger for 5 days (Norway)

Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords, is famous for its stunning natural surroundings, including seven surrounding mountains and close proximity to fjords like Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

Its picturesque Bryggen area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases colourful wooden houses reflecting its Hanseatic heritage.

Stavanger, on the other hand, combines old-world charm with an interesting cultural scene. It’s the gateway to the Lysefjord and the iconic Preikestolen cliff. The city’s old town, Gamle Stavanger, is known for well-preserved wooden houses, while attractions like the Norwegian Petroleum Museum highlight Norway’s oil industry.

It’s a long drive to Bergen from Oslo, but if you’re into small villages, take a night break at Seljord or Kviteseid, where you can enjoy the scenic view of glacial lakes.

2 images - on the left is the old Viking boat. on the right is the colourful houses in Stortorget square in Stockholm

Copenhagen for 3 days (Denmark)

Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in Northern Europe. It’s walkable, but it is also a great idea to rent a bicycle and bike around like a local. If you’re a fan of Hans Christian Andersen’s storybooks, you will see a statue dedicated to his book The Little Mermaid here.

You can walk around the Nyhavn and enjoy the colourful houses along the pier where you can board a boat that goes around the popular spots around Copenhagen. Along Nyhavn, there are also trendy restaurants, cafes, and even bars for some food and nightlife adventure.

You can visit museums and castles if you love history and want to learn more about Denmark’s history. Even with just three days, you will be able to maximise your time due to Copenhagen’s reliable metros, trams, and city buses.

To get to Copenhagen, flying is the best choice. There are direct flights leaving both Bergen and Stavanger, which are only about an hour and cost about $60 to $80 per person.

Odense or Aarhus and Legoland for 3 days (Denmark)

For the next city, you have two choices: Odense or Aarhus. Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, is a charming city with contemporary Danish culture. You can visit Andersen’s childhood home and a museum to learn more about his life and work.

If that’s not something you have in mind, you can also consider Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark. Here, you will find Den Gamble By. An open-air museum where you will learn about the culture and history of Denmark. Visit the ARoS Museum, where there’s a panoramic view of the city.

Since you have three wonderful days here (in either city) you should visit Legoland in Billund City, which is an hour away from both Odense and Aarhus. Legos are from Denmark, so visiting this amusement park is something you must do while visiting this country.

This is a nice place to end your Scandinavia 2-week itinerary since from both cities, you can reach Copenhagen either by air or land. The capital of Denmark has lots of international flights, so getting from here and back home should be easy.

Itinerary #3: Sweden and Denmark

What I love about this Scandinavia 2-week itinerary is that you can do the entire trip by land. You can rent a car and make a road trip, although you must check with the car rental company to see if you can bring the vehicle across the border.

This idea will give you freedom of time to explore less-travelled destinations. Visiting these two countries during your 2 weeks in Scandinavia also means that you can drive through an underwater tunnel that connects Denmark and Sweden.

Stockholm for 4 days (Sweden)

Start your adventure in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. Spend a few days exploring the Old Town (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace, and the cool Vasa Museum. If you want to explore a smaller town, visit Uppsala.

It’s a University City filled with a young and lively atmosphere, but you can also visit Uppsala Castle. Take a boat trip to the nearby archipelago to enjoy nature.

If you’re renting a car, you can arrange this here. But if you decide to take public transportation, that’s not a problem either. This city is connected to many major cities across Sweden and Scandinavia, whether by air, land, or sea – truly a perfect place to start your trip.

Gothenburg for 4 days (Sweden)

Next, head to Gothenburg for some awesome amusement park fun at Liseberg and walk around the Haga district with its neat cafes. There are also castles that you can visit here such as Skansen Kronan, Nya Älvsborg Fortress, and Gunnebo Palace and Gardens.

There’s actually a ferry from Gothenburg to Frederikshavn in Denmark if you prefer to explore Northern Denmark such as Skagen and Grennen, where the Skagerak and Kattegat waters meet.

To get to Gothenburg from Stockholm, that’s a 5-hour drive covering 470 km (292 mi). You can also take the train which is 3 hours. There are also direct flights, which are only an hour.

2 images -on the left is Egeskov slot. on the right is Rosenborg castle both in denmark

Copenhagen for 3 days (Denmark)

The next stop is the capital city of Denmark. Check out the Little Mermaid statue, get your thrill on at Tivoli Gardens, and relax by the colourful Nyhavn harbour. If you love European castles, don’t miss the cool castles like Rosenborg, Christiansborg Palace, and the most popular one – Amalienborg.

Personally, I’d say Copenhagen is the food capital in the Scandinavian region (Swedes and Norwegians might come for me!), but I really love the dishes here. From pastries and seafood to local beers. I always get excited whenever I have a chance to connect in Copenhagen, because it means I can get my hands on some tasty Danish dishes.

From Gothenburg to Copenhagen, you can take the train for about 4 hours or a 45-minute flight.

Odense for 3 days (Denmark)

Apart from Hans Christian Andersen’s house and museum, you can also drive down south, about 30 minutes and spend the morning or the afternoon at Egeskov Castle which is a moated castle built in the 16th century.

I actually spent a few hours there and managed to explore the entire castle, rent a tandem bike, eat some ice cream, and enjoy the sun by the gardens.

I think this is a nice place to visit because you can get away from the touristy Copenhagen. It’s also a nice city to end your trip since it’s not too far from Copenhagen.

From Copenhagen to Odense, the drive is 2 hours and the train takes 1 hr and 30 minutes. There’s also a bus, which is more affordable than the train.

Itinerary #4: Sweden and Norway

If you’re thinking of visiting these two places, I really want you to go during the summer. Unless you’re planning to do winter activity, coming here during the freezing season will really freeze you.

Both Sweden and Norway are great destinations if you want to go hiking and be around nature. Don’t get me wrong, Denmark is pretty green, but it’s a flat country with few hiking possibilities.

In this itinerary, you can see Norway’s Pulpit Rock, the Fjords, Mount Floyen, and maybe even Trolltunga. Sweden has a wonderful archipelago and planning a boat trip or kayaking is a must.

2 images - on the left is the building of Norway Parliament. On the right is the Akershus fotress in Oslo

Stockholm for 4 days (Sweden)

Don’t miss the Drottningholm Palace, Fotografiska for those who love art, and Vasa Museum to learn more about the Viking culture. The Nobel Prize Museum is also an incredible and unique place to visit while in Stockholm.

This is an awesome place to start your 2 weeks in Scandinavia since Stockholm has a major international airport. Plus, there are lots of day trips you can take from Stockholm such as to Uppsala and Anundshög.

Oslo for 4 days (Norway)

Oslo, the capital city of Norway is next on your list and it offers awesome attractions to see. First off, the Oslo Opera House is like walking on a giant iceberg – a great spot for cool photos. Then there’s the Viking Ship Museum, where you can see real Viking ships that are about a thousand years old.

The Vigeland Park is filled with these unique statues that you won’t see anywhere else. And if you’re into the medieval age, the Akershus Fortress is an old castle that has tons of history. Plus, the Munch Museum has the original “The Scream” painting.

From Stockholm to Oslo, you will have to book a flight. There’s a direct flight, which is only about an hour or even less. It’s between $60 to $100 and its frequency depends on the season.

Bergen and Stavanager for 6 days (Norway)

The drive from Oslo to either Bergen or Stavanger is more than 7 hours, so it’s best to plan your transportation by air. There are airports in both cities, so you can decide freely which one you want to start from.

The drive between these two cities is about 5 hours (208 km/129 mi)and the reason I must include them in this itinerary is that each city offers must-see spots in Norway.

In Bergen, you have the best chance of exploring the Fjords in terms of flexibility, options, and convenience. It’s also a bigger city, meaning you can do a lot of activities.

After Bergen, you can head down to Stavanger where you can do a handful of hiking including the popular Pulpit Rock and Frafjordheiane. It’s a smaller city, which means you can end your 2 weeks on a Scandinavian trip in a more relaxed atmosphere.

WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN SCANDINAVIA (per city)

2 images - on the left is the statue of the little mermaid in Denmark. on the right is the Oscar Fredrik Church

Oslo

Stavanger

  • Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Old Stavanger (Gamle Stavanger)
  • Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock monument)
  • Flor & Fjære botanical garden
  • Discover the Stavanger Cathedral
  • Lysefjord
  • RIB tour to Lysefjord – from Stavanger
  • Go Kayaking in the Fjord – from Stavanger or from Lysejord
  • Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Take a Fjord Cruise
  • Visit Stavanger Cathedral
  • Get a hop-on, hop-off bus for Stavanger – see the price

Copenhagen

  • Little Mermaid Statue
  • Tivoli Gardens
  • Nyhavn Harbour
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Round Tower
  • Christiania neighborhood

Odense

  • Hans Christian Andersen Museum
  • Funen Village open-air museum
  • Discover the Egeskov Castle
  • Saint Canute’s Cathedral
  • Brandts – Museum for art & visual culture
  • Odense Botanical Gardens

Stockholm

  • Vasa Museum
  • Gamla Stan (Old Town)
  • Royal Palace
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum
  • Djurgården Island
  • Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art)
  • ABBA Museum

Gothenburg

  • Liseberg Amusement Park
  • Universeum Science Center
  • Gothenburg Botanical Garden
  • Gothenburg Museum of Art
  • Haga District
  • Tour the Maritiman – a floating maritime museum
  • Slottsskogen Park

Malmo

  • Turning Torso Skyscraper
  • Malmö Castle (Malmöhus)
  • Kungsparken
  • Moderna Museet Malmö
  • Old Town (Gamla Staden)
  • Öresund Bridge viewpoint
  • Ribersborg Beach

LOCAL SCANDINAVIAN DISHES AND DRINKS TO TRY

3 images of Scandinavian food - left is swedish meatballs. middle is smorrebrod with fish and lemon on top, irght is a plate of kanelsnegle - Scandinavia 2-week Itinerary

I love Scandinavian food, and that’s something you probably don’t hear often. It’s quite close to German food, but I feel like it’s on a healthier side. Many probably don’t like herrings and rye bread, but they’re honestly my two favourites.

Make sure to try 3-4 dishes during your Scandinavia 2-week itinerary and see if it’s something you enjoy as well. I remember having a connection in Copenhagen, I made a beeline to the bakery within the airport to buy kanelsnegle (cinnamon rolls) – it was worth it!

Norway

  • Rakfisk: Fermented fish, a traditional Norwegian dish.
  • Kjøttkaker: Norwegian meatballs, often served with potatoes and peas.
  • Fårikål: Lamb and cabbage stew, considered Norway’s national dish.
  • Lutefisk: Dried white fish reconstituted in lye, then cooked.

Sweden

  • Meatballs with Lingonberries: Iconic Swedish dish is usually served with potatoes and cream sauce.
  • Surströmming: Fermented herring, known for its strong smell.
  • Jansson’s Temptation: Creamy potato casserole with anchovies.

Denmark

  • Smørrebrød: Open-faced sandwiches, typically on rye bread with various toppings.
  • Frikadeller: Danish meatballs, often served with potatoes and gravy.
  • Stegt Flæsk: Crispy pork with parsley sauce, Denmark’s national dish.

Desserts

  • Kanelbullar/kanelsnegle: Sweet cinnamon rolls.
  • Risalamande (Denmark): Creamy rice pudding with almonds, often served at Christmas.
  • Kladdkaka (Sweden): Gooey chocolate cake.
  • Brunost (Norway): Brown cheese, often used in desserts.

Drinks

  • Aquavit: A Scandinavian spirit, especially popular in Norway.
  • Glögg (Sweden): Warm, spiced mulled wine, typically enjoyed during winter.
  • Coffee: Scandinavia has a strong coffee culture; it’s a must-try, especially in Sweden.

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SUMMARY OF 2 WEEKS IN SCANDINAVIA

The three countries of Scandinavia have so much to offer. From beautiful scenery to unique dishes and historical capital cities, you can surely find something to enjoy.

2 weeks in Scandinavia might not be enough, but it’s a good start if you’re just getting to know the region. I know it’s not the most affordable destination, but it offers something that you can see and experience only in this part of the world.

I hope that you found my compilation of travel itineraries for 14 days in Scandinavia. There are more than 4 ways to explore this area, the ones I offered might be a great place to start when creating your own itinerary.

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