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A woman enjoying the beauty of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Most travelers head to the Mediterranean countries during a European summer trip but don’t realize how incredible Scandinavia is in the warmer months. The countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark captivate visitors with their natural beauty, long summer days, friendly locals and mindful way of life. During a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary, you can experience all that this part of Northern Europe offers.

Scandinavia is a region in Europe comprised of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Although Finland is in the same geographical area, it is not part of the Scandinavian Peninsula.

However, Finnish culture is similar to Norway and Sweden. Other destinations that people associate Scandinavia with are Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. One thing these places have in common is that they’re considered Nordic countries.

The Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.

The Scandinavian countries feature beautiful coastal cities, scenic archipelagos, jaw-dropping glacial fjords and idyllic small towns. The Nordic people take pride in their Viking and seafaring history, as well as its current sustainability efforts.

I did a two-week Scandinavia trip to Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2023. I fell in love with this area’s natural beauty, way of life and coastal charm. In this article, discover where to go in Scandinavia during summertime.

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Summer 14-Day Scandinavia Itinerary - Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen

Travel to Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen

A woman experiencing the the Midnight Sun in Norway.

When following a 2-week Scandinavia itinerary, it’s best to fly into Oslo Gardermoen Airport and depart from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup. Since Oslo and Copenhagen are major international hubs, you can find direct flights from many worldwide destinations. There are plenty of affordable flight options through Skyscanner.

Traveling around to the larger cities is easy by train or bus. You can book all public transportation through Omio. However, if you plan to venture out to the rural areas, like the fjords, you will need a rental car.

What’s convenient about renting a car in Norway, Sweden and Denmark is that you don’t need an international driver’s permit. Your regular U.S. license allows you to rent a car anywhere within Scandinavia.

14-Day Scandinavia Itinerary: The Best Summer Nordic Trip

A woman enjoying a summer trip in Sweden.

One of the main reasons why summer is the best time to visit Scandinavia is because the days are longer. In cities like Oslo, Stockholm and Bergen, you can experience around 17-19 hours of daylight during the summer months. This is perfect if you have a lot of fun activities on your bucket list!

For those traveling to the northern part of Scandinavia, like the Lofoten Islands and the Swedish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle, you can experience up to 24 hours of daylight at the beginning of summer! This is because these destinations are closer to the North Pole, which leans towards the sun in the summer months. The opposite effect occurs during the winter months, when it’s dark for most of the day, making it easy to see the Northern Lights.

There are many great things to do in Scandinavia in the summer. Below is the best travel guide for Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen:

Day 1: Arrive and Explore Oslo, Norway

A woman enjoying a drink in Oslo's Aker Brygge.

Oslo is the capital of Norway and one of Scandinavia’s oldest cities. It’s located in Eastern Norway along the Oslofjord and is filled with innovative museums, incredible restaurants, stunning parks and fun adventures for all.

The airport you would fly into for Oslo, Norway is Oslo Gardermoen Airport and you can take public transit into Oslo Central Station.

Below are the best hotels in Oslo based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Continental Oslo

Boutique Accommodation: Saga Hotel Oslo

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson RED Oslo Økern

Budget Accommodation: Anker Hostel

Oslo also has many rental properties to choose from.

A woman staying at Saga Hotel in Oslo during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Oslo during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around nine days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 10 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s° and around 10 days of precipitation.

A woman enjoying KOK, a floating sauna in Oslo Norway on a summer day.

When you first arrive in Oslo, relax at KOK Sauna in the Langkaia or Aker Brygge areas. This private floating sauna provides a relaxing experience! Jump into the water, enjoy a refreshing swim and warm up in the sauna afterward. Plus, there is a rooftop where you can sunbathe and sip your BYOB!

If you want to save money, you can book a shared sauna. For an even more exciting adventure, the KOKCRUISE will take you and your friends and family out onto the fjord. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

After your well-needed experience at KOK Sauna, head to SALT, a fun cultural arena with excellent outdoor food and drink vendors, live entertainment and a sauna. This venue is also on the water, overlooking the Oslo Opera House.

The Royal Palace of Oslo, Norway.

From SALT, explore the Oslo Opera House, walk through the Viking Ship Museum, check out the Akershus Fortress or tour The Royal Palace. If you’re not the museum type and want to get a pleasant stroll in during a beautiful summer day in Oslo, admire the talented sculptures at Frogner Park’s Vigeland Sculpture Park or treat yourself to retail therapy on Karl Johan Shopping Street.

For dinner, head to Aker Brygge for a delicious meal along the water. One of the best restaurants is Hanami, a Japanese eatery specializing in sushi and izakaya. Later in the evening, enjoy craft cocktails at HIMKOK, a speakeasy in Oslo City Centre.

Day 2: Venture to Western Norway and Stay in a Cabin

A woman enjoying a cabin experience on Stord, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

As cool as Oslo is, Norway’s true gems are located on the country’s west coast. This is where the astonishing fjords and quintessential small islands are situated.

Overall, Stord Island is one of the country’s largest islands and a vital transport link between Bergen and Stavanger. It’s a quiet island with hiking trails, charming cafés and restaurants, beaches and more. The best way to truly get a Norwegian island experience is to stay at the cabin Ørnablikk on Stord.

Like Americans, Norwegians have vacation homes at the beach, lake or mountains. A hytte is a cozy wooden cabin or cottage where locals go to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with nature.

Overall, Ørnablikk is run by Himmelhyttene and can be booked through The Cabin Land.

A woman staying at Ørnablikk, run by Himmelhyttene.

Here is the weather on Stord Island during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 13 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

The beauty of Stord Island in Western Norway.

To get to Stord Island, you can take a short, 50-minute flight from Oslo to Bergen and rent a car from the airport. You can also rent a car from Oslo and drive across the country.

If we had more time, we would’ve driven or taken the scenic Bergensbanen. The Bergensbanen train journey takes a little over seven hours to get from Oslo to Bergen and there are 22 breathtaking stops along the way.

Bergen Flesland Airport is the airport to fly into for Bergen. The central train station is Bergen stasjon and the bus terminal is Bergen busstasjon.

When staying at Ørnablikk, you will need to hike an hour through the woods. It’s that remote!

If you’re like me and are traveling from Oslo to Stord and staying at the cabin on the same day, it’s essential to allow yourself some time to figure out the hiking trail and get settled. That’s why the flight option is best! Otherwise, I suggest taking your time and riding the train across Norway.

Before arriving at the cabin, I recommend visiting the grocery store to pick up food, beverages and anything else you think you’ll need when you’re at Ørnablikk since it’s remote. If you’re looking for a great meal before your hike, I suggest stopping at Bakeriet Frugård.

A woman enjoying a hytte experience in Norway during summertime.

Once you get to Ørnablikk, take some time to relax, enjoy the breathtaking views, play cards or board games, cook a delicious meal and make some comforting tea or hot cocoa.

When you visit Stord in late June, like I did, you will see the Midnight Sun from the cabin. It’s a great place to catch the Aurora Borealis in the winter months. (Please note, though, that even though the sun eventually sets in Stord, unlike in Northern Norway, it doesn’t get fully dark during nighttime.)

Even though staying in a cabin on Stord Island is a unique experience, I can proudly say it’s one of the best things to add to your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary during summer.

Day 3: Adventure around Stord Island

A woman hiking on Stord Island in Norway.

During your next morning in Stord, hike down from the cabin into the town of Leirvik. You’ll need to take your rental car into town. Leirvik offers excellent restaurants, cafés and bakeries, shops and more.

For breakfast, visit Baker Brun for warm coffee, a pastry, toast, salad, etc. I suggest getting the cinnamon roll!

After breakfast, stroll around town, admire the beautiful views from the harbors, see Stord Church and visit the Sunnhordland Museum. This awesome, open-air museum traces the history and culture of Stord Island.

Visitors looking for an active adventure on Stord must hike to Stovegolvet, the island’s highest point. It’s a 3.7-mile challenging loop trail starting on a steep incline and flattening out. To get to the peak, you’ll need to hold onto a chain attached to a rock to get to the top.

Visiting En Liten Øl, one of the most beautiful breweries to include in a summer 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Enjoy the afternoon at the beautiful En Liten Øl as a treat after your hike. It’s one of the most beautiful breweries I’ve visited that offers a sustainable solution using aluminum cans versus glass bottles. En Liten Øl also includes natural ingredients within their IPAs to their fruity sours.

In addition to craft beer tasting, you can savor delicious meals and appreciate the views of the colorful boathouses surrounding the area. I suggest ordering the fresh salmon!

For those looking to relax on Stord Island, appreciate a warm sunny day at Sponavikjo Beach or enjoy another floating sauna experience at Sauna Stord.

The best way to end the day is by relishing a meal and drinks at The Strand before having another quiet evening at Ørnablikk.

Day 4: Enjoy the Fjords of Norway

Waterfalls near Hardanger, Norway.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary must include seeing the breathtaking Norwegian fjords. Before taking your rental car and heading out to Hardangerfjord, enjoy an excellent breakfast in Leirvik at Urt & Ugras.

Norway has around 1,200 fjords and one of the best is Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. It’s the first-longest fjord on the planet and the second-longest in Scandinavia. Hardangerfjord is also famous for its renowned cider region.

Below are the best hotels in Hardangerfjord based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Ullensvang

Boutique Accommodation: Brakanes Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Tyssedal Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Hardanger Hostel B&B

You can also find a variety of rental properties in this region.

The Norwegian fjords near Lofthus.

Here is the weather in the Hardangerfjord region during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 11 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 13 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

It takes around three hours to road trip to Hardangerfjord from Stord. It’s a scenic drive! When you first enter the region, visit some beautiful waterfalls such as Vøringsfossen, Låtefossen and Steinsdalfossen.

A great afternoon activity is either booking a fjord cruise to admire Norway’s unparalleled landscapes or signing up for a fun cider safari!

A cider tasting at Hardangerfjord during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

You can visit several orchards and taste different regional ciders when booking a cider safari, like the Aurora of The Fjords. If you prefer just to experience one cidery and take it slow, the best place to visit is Alde Sider in Nå.

After cider tasting and working up an appetite, an incredible fine-dining restaurant to visit afterward is Siderhuset Ola K. Overlooking Hardangerfjord, this lovely restaurant is based in a charming wooden house from 1912.

Spend the rest of your day resting and preparing for your big hike the next day!

Day 5: Hike the Famous Trolltunga

Trolltunga in Norway

A trip to Scandinavia is incomplete without doing one of the best hikes! Trolltunga is a leading hike near the Hardangerfjord region. Meaning troll’s tongue, it is one of the most captivating cliffs in Norway.

Since I stayed at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus, they provided me with a bagged breakfast because I chose to conquer Trolltunga earlier in the morning. If you prefer to hike later in the morning, you can stop at Fløy Bakeri in downtown Lofthus.

Trolltunga is 3,610 feet above sea level and requires a 14.3-mile out-and-back hike to see the iconic cliff. It’s located near the village of Tyssedal and takes around seven and a half hours to complete round-trip, so be prepared for a full-day adventure.

This famous hike is open for visitors from June 1 through September 30. If you choose to go during the off-season, you must do a guided tour. Overall, the start of Trolltunga can be strenuous and monotonous, but it gets more thrilling as you gain elevation.

When you eventually get to the tongue, there will be a queue of people taking photos. This line can be as long as two hours! It’s worth it because the views are some of the best you’ll see during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Pizza and beer from Lofthus Ekspedisjon.

The perfect place to celebrate after completing the Trolltunga hike is Lofthus Ekspedisjon. It’s located along the beautiful fjord and is a great spot to have a beer or cider flight with delicious pizza.

Day 6: Spend a Day in Bergen, Norway

A woman exploring Bergen, Norway during a Nordic trip.

Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city and must be included in your two-week Nordic trip. This charming Norwegian city is one of the most desirable places to visit in Scandinavia because it boasts one of the most picturesque Old Towns, the Bryggen.

Below are the best hotels in Bergen based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Opus XVI

Boutique Accommodation: The Hanseatic Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Moxy Bergen

Budget Accommodation: Marken Gjestehus Hostel

Bergen also has many rental properties to choose from.

Here is the weather in Bergen during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 16 days of precipitation.

The Fantoft Stave Church

It takes around two hours to drive from the Hardangerfjord region to the city of Bergen. On your way, you must stop at the Fantoft Stave Church. It’s in the Fana borough of Bergen and is a reconstructed stave church destroyed during a fire in the early 1990s. The old stave church was first established in the 12th Century.

After arriving in the city and settling into your accommodation, grab a late breakfast or lunch at one of the Godt Brød Marken locations for a baked treat, warm coffee, salad, sandwich or soup.

From lunch, explore the lovely Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most picturesque places on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary! While strolling around this area, you must stop in one of the shops or visit the Bryggens Museum.

Another cool spot in Bergen, Norway, is the Fisketorget i Bergen, the city’s fish market. It’s been around since the 13th Century and is one of the best places to purchase local fish and seafood. The Bergen fish market is predominantly inside but also has an outdoor market during the summer.

Mount Fløyen in Bergen, Norway.

In the afternoon, ride the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen, which overlooks Bergen and the nearby mountains and fjord.

Later in the evening, head back to the Bryggen and savor an incredible seafood dinner at Enhjørningen Fiskerestaurant (The Unicorn Fish Restaurant) for fresh local catches and a cozy atmosphere. Later in the evening, have fun at Sjøboden, next door.

Day 7: Wander through the Charming City of Stavanger

A woman exploring Stavanger, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Spending a couple of days in the Stavanger area of Norway is a must while following a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary! This beautiful city has a Viking heritage, is the oil capital of Norway and is home to the most extensive collection of wooden houses.

Below are the best hotels in Stavanger based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger

Boutique Accommodation: Victoria Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Ydalir Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Skansen Hostel

Stavanger also has many rental properties from which to choose.

A woman enjoying a Scandinavian sauna at Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel. One of the best hotels to stay at during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Stavanger during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 10 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

The best way to get from Bergen busstasjon to Stavanger bussterminal is to take the bus, a four-hour and 20-minute ride. Stavanger’s central train station is Stavanger stasjon and the airport is called Stavanger Sola Airport.

The white wooden houses of Gamla Stavanger. One of the most beautiful cities to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia trip.

When you first arrive in Stavanger, one of the top things to do is to wander through Gamla Stavanger. It’s the most beautiful section of the city, filled with white wooden houses that you’d find in a storybook. These wooden houses make Stavanger one of Europe’s largest wooden cities.

While exploring Gamla Stavanger, you can book an informative walking tour with a local guide, visit the Canning Museum and see the Viking House!

If you plan to do your summer Stavanger trip from late June through early July, you can experience Gladmat. It’s a food and culture festival held at the cruise ship port. Numerous food stands offer Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and traditional Norwegian cuisine. Gladmat also has live music, talented performances and endless options to make memories.

The Stavanger Maritime Museum in Norway.

For museum lovers wondering what to do in Stavanger, especially on a rainy summer day, visiting a museum is a must! In addition to the Canning Museum and Viking House, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the Stavanger Maritime Museum are top attractions.

In the evening, savor a delicious omakase experience at Sabi Omakase or Sabi Enso. These Japanese restaurants are Michelin-rated and offer the best sushi in Stavanger, Norway.

To conclude the evening, head to Pjolter & Punsj for incredible cocktails!

Day 8: Hike The Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen in Western Norway.

Another hike to do during your Scandinavia trip is Preikestolen, otherwise recognized as Pulpit Rock. Before starting your adventure, you must fuel up at Steam Café.

If you’re wondering if you need to rent another car to hike Preikestolen since it’s a 45-minute drive, remember that you don’t! Pulpit Rock Tours offers bus tours to and from Stavanger to this famous hike. You can pick up the bus in front of Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel Stavanger.

Overall, Preikestolen is Norway’s most famous hike! It’s a moderate, 5-mile, out-and-back trail that is highly trafficked. Hiking Pulpit Rock will provide you with breathtaking views of the fjords.

The best time of the year to hike Preikestolen is from April through October. Pulpit Rock is an epic natural formation on a flat, rectangular plateau. Locals have mentioned that the rock resembles a preacher’s pulpit, hence the name.

Please remember that you summit Pulpit Rock at your own risk and you can book a tour guide if you feel more comfortable! It’ll be one of the most fun activities during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary. If you’re not a hiker and prefer to see Preikestolen another way, you can enjoy a Lysefjord cruise.

Enjoying craft beer from Lervig Brewery in Stavanger, Norway.

When you return to the city, treat yourself to lunch and great beer at Lervig Local. It’s an independently owned Stavanger brewery that constantly creates new beers.

Afterward, go shopping in the charming Øvre Holmegate, which is a colorful street in the city. It has colorful wooden houses, high-end stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, great restaurants, cocktail bars and bakeries.

For dinner, savor the best seafood at Fisketorget along the cruise port!

Day 9: Fly to Gothenburg, Sweden

A woman walking through The Palm House in Gothenburg, Sweden during a two-week Scandinavia trip.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary must include visits to Sweden’s two largest cities, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Gothenburg is the first Swedish city you must explore from Stavanger, Norway!

Depending on timing, you can either road trip to Gothenburg or take a short flight to Oslo and then catch the bus from Oslo bussterminal to Göteborg Nils Ericson Terminal. It takes less than an hour to fly from Stavanger to Oslo and then a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the Norwegian capital to Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in Scandinavia. It’s the most sustainable city in the world and is famous for its commercial fishing hubs and culinary scene.

Below are the best hotels in Gothenburg based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Eggers

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Pigalle

Budget Accommodation: Backpackers Göteborg

Gothenburg also has many rental properties to choose from.

Here is the weather in Stavanger during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around nine days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s° and around 10 days of precipitation.

When you first arrive in Gothenburg, visit the Haga District. It’s the city’s most idyllic and charming neighborhood, surrounded by lovely coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, flower stands and more.

Enjoying a Hagabullen at Café Husaren in Gothenburg, Sweden.

One of the most iconic places to visit in Haga is Café Husaren, home to the Hagabullen, a giant cinnamon bun. It’s a charming café perfect for breakfast or afternoon fika, which means a coffee break in Swedish.

If you arrive in Gothenburg in the afternoon, head to Kafé Magasinet in the Långgatorna neighborhood. It’s a trendy, industrial-chic hub where you can enjoy coffee, alcoholic beverages, pizza, salads, baked goods and more.

Also located in this area is the Skansen Kronan, one of the best places to admire incredible views of Gothenburg, Sweden. This historical landmark was once used for military purposes and later as a prison. In the 1900s, it became a military museum.

Trädgårdsföreningen in Gothenburg.

Later in the afternoon, head over to The Garden Society of Gothenburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved parks founded in the mid-19th Century. It’s also known as Trädgårdsföreningen. There is free admission to visit this beautiful horticultural society, and while you’re there, you must walk through the Rosarium and explore The Palm House.

Sjömagasinet is one of the best local restaurants for dinner on your first evening. It’s a marvelous seafood restaurant in the 1775 East India Company warehouse.

Day 10: Explore the Beautiful Gothenburg Archipelago

A woman exploring the island of Styrsö in the Gothenburg archipelago during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

On your second day in Gothenburg, Sweden, first, savor the perfect brunch at Norda in the city center. This lovely restaurant serves fresh Atlantic fish, renowned wines and more.

After brunch, visit a Gothenburg museum, such as the World of Volvo, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History or the Maritime Museum. Visiting these museums will be one of the most educational experiences during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

It’s no secret that one of the best things to do in Gothenburg on a Scandinavia tour is to explore the Swedish archipelagos. Gothenburg has one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. You can easily get there by taking the ferry service 281 from Saltholmen.

A waterfront area of Vrångo, an island in the Swedish archipelago.

The three islands to explore in the Gothenburg archipelago are Styrsö, Donsö and Vrångo. On these islands, you can rent a bike to explore the idyllic fishing villages, go hiking and relax on the sandy beaches. While on Styrsö, you must enjoy fika at Café Öbergska and have dinner along the water in Vrångo at Fiskeboa, one of the best seafood restaurants.

Day 11: Arrive and Explore Stockholm, Sweden

A woman enjoying the beauty of Stockholm's Old Town.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most charming cities you’ll experience during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary. It’s the perfect summer destination with attractions for everyone!

The train ride from Gothenburg Central Station to Stockholm Central Station is around three hours. You can also take a bus to Stockholm Central Bus Station. Both the train and bus stations are in the Stockholm City Centre.

Below are the best hotels in Stockholm based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Stockholm

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Reisen by Hyatt

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Freys Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Castanea Old Town Hostel

Stockholm also has many rental properties to choose from.

A woman staying at Hotel Reisen in Old Town Stockholm during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Stockholm during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around seven days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

One of Stockholm’s main gems is its charming Gamla Stan. The city’s Old Town features colorful buildings, quintessential cafés, shops, art galleries and more. When you first arrive in Stockholm, Sweden, a great place to visit is Kaffekoppen for coffee, tea and cake in a poetic cave-like basement!

A woman enjoying a lovely afternoon at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the top places to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

In the afternoon, head over to the stunning Rosendals Trädgård. This foundation boasts a picturesque garden, greenhouse, farm, café, gift shops, and bar—the perfect place to spend a summer day in Stockholm. It was one of my favorite places during my own 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

At Rosendals Trädgård, you can savor a delicious lunch at Garden Café, in one of the charming greenhouses. Additionally, you must shop at The Farm Store, which boasts recipe books, fresh herbs and fruit, biodynamic vegetables, spices, home décor, seasonal jams and crafts. The Plant Shed offers a selection of different plants and garden accessories.

From Rosendals Trädgård, head over to the ABBA Museum! It was created to preserve and publicly display everything related to the famous Swedish pop group. At this interactive museum in Stockholm, you can admire original costumes, check out gold records and imagine what it would be like to be on stage with ABBA.

The Stockholm subways.

As you travel around Stockholm, check out the talented subway art! The most popular metro stations where you can see fantastic artwork are T-Centralen, Morby Centrum and Stadion.

In the evening, watch the majestic sunset set at Monteliusvägen. To get to this location, you must walk a quarter mile to capture the best views of Lake Mälaren and the Stockholm City Hall.

The best place to enjoy dinner on your first night in Stockholm is Woodstockholm. It’s located across from Mosebacke Torg park and is a Michelin-starred wine bar and sustainable restaurant with a theme to its menu, which changes each season!

Day 12: Sail the Stockholm Archipelago

The island of Vaxholm on the Stockholm archipelago. One of the most underrated places to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

The next day of your Stockholm trip will first start with you enjoying breakfast or brunch at Fern & Fika. It’s the perfect vegetarian and vegan restaurant that offers plant-based meals. You can savor sandwiches, smoothies, coffees and standard breakfast items.

Another great thing to do in Stockholm, Sweden is to tour The Royal Palace. It’s the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden—the Swedish Royal Family. You can take a self-guided or guided tour of The Royal Palace.

The Royal Palace of Sweden.

I suggest walking through the famous Stockholm food hall Östermalms Saluhall for lunch. It’s a grocery store that offers an extraordinary culinary experience and great ways to try freshly baked treats, seafood, smoothies and more.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary is incomplete without doing a boat trip around the Stockholm archipelago! This beautiful archipelago in the Baltic Sea features 30,000 small islands, making it the largest in Sweden.

If you’re wondering which Swedish island to visit in the Stockholm archipelago, I suggest taking the ferry to Vaxholm. When you first arrive, explore the Vaxholm Castle.

The fortress was commissioned by King Gustav Vasa and the original castle was built in the 16th Century. It’s been through two wars and the current location was rebuilt in the 19th Century.

Other fun things to do on the island of Vaxholm during your Scandinavia trip are to go shopping at one of the local boutiques, relax at the beach at Norrhamnsbadget, go kayaking or canoeing in the Baltic Sea and take a cinnamon bun workshop at Vaxholms Bed and Breakfast.

The charming Magasinet Waxholm.

An incredible spot to enjoy dinner on the island is Magasinet Waxholm. It’s a lifestyle hub with a store, yoga studio and bistro on a rooftop overlooking Vaxholm Castle. I recommend ordering the pickled herring, a traditional Swedish delicacy that is also delicious.

Day 13: Travel to Copenhagen, Denmark

A woman exploring Copenhagen, Denmark during a summer 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

The final destination on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary is Copenhagen. It’s the capital of Denmark, with a rich history and one of the best restaurant scenes in Europe.

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen requires a five-hour train ride from Stockholm Central Station to Copenhagen Central Station. Another way to get from the Swedish capital to the Danish capital is via Flixbus.

Below are the best hotels in Copenhagen based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel D’Angleterre

Boutique Accommodation: Absalon Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Andersen Boutique Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Steel House

Copenhagen also has many rental properties to choose from.

Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here is the weather in Copenhagen during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

Tivoli Gardens is one of the top places to visit when you first arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a magical amusement park founded in 1843. The park’s architecture, gardens and fountains inspired fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney World.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

At Tivoli Gardens, you can enjoy all the thrilling rides, live performances, and fireworks shows on Saturday summer nights. This fantastic amusement park also has a food hall with 15 stands featuring the iconic Danish smørrebrød, which is an open-faced sandwich, pizza, sushi, tacos and more.

Afterward, stroll along the Strøget for well-needed retail therapy before enjoying a sunset canal cruise around Copenhagen. One of the best things to do in Copenhagen is to rent a GoBoat, where you can take a boat around the canals for free while cleaning up the city.

A delicious Italian dinner at Barabba in Copenhagen.

Since Copenhagen has some of the best restaurants in the world, it’s a must to visit a Michelin-rated eatery. During your first evening in this lovely city, I recommend making a dinner reservation at Barabba, a rugged-chic Italian restaurant.

Day 14: Experience the Top Things to do in Copenhagen

The charming Nyhavn in Denmark.

Begin the last day of your trip by savoring the best cinnamon buns and coffee at Sankt Peder’s Bageri. Then, head over to the photo-worth Nyhavn – a 17th-century waterfront canal that is also one of the most scenic places in the city.

Afterward, walk over to admire the Little Mermaid Statue! Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen gifted a bronze and granite statue to Copenhagen in 1913. Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous fairytale inspired the Little Mermaid Statue, which is fascinating to see during your trip.

Seeing the Little Mermaid Statue during a Scandinavia trip.

Later, explore Christiansborg Palace. It was once home to the Danish Royal Family, but now it is where the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and Ministry of State are located in the capital city.

For lunch, visit Vaekst, a Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter. This dreamy restaurant is decorated with plants, stringed lights and a beautiful greenhouse, making it one of the most unique restaurants on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Eating at Vaekst, one of the best restaurants to enjoy during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Walk off your lunch at the King’s Garden and Rosenborg Castle. The garden is where you can find the Hans Christian Andersen statue and where the Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place in July. During a tour of Rosenborg Castle, you can walk through all the rooms and admire the artwork and architecture.

Another great thing to do in Copenhagen during a Nordic trip is to explore the lovely Christianshavn neighborhood, where you can see the beautiful canals and climb the Church of Our Savior for incredible city views.

The Copenhagen canals during a summer day.

At night, eat at one of the best seafood restaurants in the city, Oysters & Grill. (I recommend the mussels, you won’t be disappointed!)

The next morning will have you departing from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup and concluding your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.


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A woman enjoying a summer day in Stavanger, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best 14-day Scandinavia itinerary for your European summer trip. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Don’t forget to also book a cooking class during your trip!

Basic Facts of Norway, Sweden and Denmark:

Norway – Currency: Norwegian Krone, Capital: Oslo, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Sweden – Currency: Swedish Krona, Capital: Stockholm, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Denmark – Currency: Danish Kroner, Capital: Copenhagen, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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In addition, a great and secure luggage storage option for your summer Europe trip is Nannybag! It is easy to use; all you do is download the Nannybag app, type in the city you will be visiting, and when you plan to arrive and depart. At a small cost per bag, Nannybag will list the stores, restaurants, or hotels where you could drop your bag off in the city you are visiting.

Nannybag is also insured against theft, loss and breakage. It’s a convenient way to store your bags when you are traveling from one city to the next in Europe.

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  1. Kim Deer on May 21, 2024 at 11:51 pm

    This is a great 14 day guide of beautiful Scandinavia ~ loved seeing all the photos of their beautiful architecture and wooden homes. Seems like there are a lot of fun activities, from hiking, museums, the saunas and the midnight sun! Looks like such a clean place to visit. I would love to visit this area some day ~ absolutely beautiful 💖💖💖 love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on May 22, 2024 at 10:12 am

      Thank you mom! It really was such a beautiful trip. I loved seeing that part of that world! <3 Love you too!

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A woman enjoying the beauty of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Most travelers head to the Mediterranean countries during a European summer trip but don’t realize how incredible Scandinavia is in the warmer months. The countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark captivate visitors with their natural beauty, long summer days, friendly locals and mindful way of life. During a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary, you can experience all that this part of Northern Europe offers.

Scandinavia is a region in Europe comprised of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Although Finland is in the same geographical area, it is not part of the Scandinavian Peninsula.

However, Finnish culture is similar to Norway and Sweden. Other destinations that people associate Scandinavia with are Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. One thing these places have in common is that they’re considered Nordic countries.

The Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.

The Scandinavian countries feature beautiful coastal cities, scenic archipelagos, jaw-dropping glacial fjords and idyllic small towns. The Nordic people take pride in their Viking and seafaring history, as well as its current sustainability efforts.

I did a two-week Scandinavia trip to Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2023. I fell in love with this area’s natural beauty, way of life and coastal charm. In this article, discover where to go in Scandinavia during summertime.

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Summer 14-Day Scandinavia Itinerary - Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen

Travel to Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen

A woman experiencing the the Midnight Sun in Norway.

When following a 2-week Scandinavia itinerary, it’s best to fly into Oslo Gardermoen Airport and depart from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup. Since Oslo and Copenhagen are major international hubs, you can find direct flights from many worldwide destinations. There are plenty of affordable flight options through Skyscanner.

Traveling around to the larger cities is easy by train or bus. You can book all public transportation through Omio. However, if you plan to venture out to the rural areas, like the fjords, you will need a rental car.

What’s convenient about renting a car in Norway, Sweden and Denmark is that you don’t need an international driver’s permit. Your regular U.S. license allows you to rent a car anywhere within Scandinavia.

14-Day Scandinavia Itinerary: The Best Summer Nordic Trip

A woman enjoying a summer trip in Sweden.

One of the main reasons why summer is the best time to visit Scandinavia is because the days are longer. In cities like Oslo, Stockholm and Bergen, you can experience around 17-19 hours of daylight during the summer months. This is perfect if you have a lot of fun activities on your bucket list!

For those traveling to the northern part of Scandinavia, like the Lofoten Islands and the Swedish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle, you can experience up to 24 hours of daylight at the beginning of summer! This is because these destinations are closer to the North Pole, which leans towards the sun in the summer months. The opposite effect occurs during the winter months, when it’s dark for most of the day, making it easy to see the Northern Lights.

There are many great things to do in Scandinavia in the summer. Below is the best travel guide for Norway, Sweden and Copenhagen:

Day 1: Arrive and Explore Oslo, Norway

A woman enjoying a drink in Oslo's Aker Brygge.

Oslo is the capital of Norway and one of Scandinavia’s oldest cities. It’s located in Eastern Norway along the Oslofjord and is filled with innovative museums, incredible restaurants, stunning parks and fun adventures for all.

The airport you would fly into for Oslo, Norway is Oslo Gardermoen Airport and you can take public transit into Oslo Central Station.

Below are the best hotels in Oslo based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Continental Oslo

Boutique Accommodation: Saga Hotel Oslo

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson RED Oslo Økern

Budget Accommodation: Anker Hostel

Oslo also has many rental properties to choose from.

A woman staying at Saga Hotel in Oslo during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Oslo during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around nine days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 10 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s° and around 10 days of precipitation.

A woman enjoying KOK, a floating sauna in Oslo Norway on a summer day.

When you first arrive in Oslo, relax at KOK Sauna in the Langkaia or Aker Brygge areas. This private floating sauna provides a relaxing experience! Jump into the water, enjoy a refreshing swim and warm up in the sauna afterward. Plus, there is a rooftop where you can sunbathe and sip your BYOB!

If you want to save money, you can book a shared sauna. For an even more exciting adventure, the KOKCRUISE will take you and your friends and family out onto the fjord. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

After your well-needed experience at KOK Sauna, head to SALT, a fun cultural arena with excellent outdoor food and drink vendors, live entertainment and a sauna. This venue is also on the water, overlooking the Oslo Opera House.

The Royal Palace of Oslo, Norway.

From SALT, explore the Oslo Opera House, walk through the Viking Ship Museum, check out the Akershus Fortress or tour The Royal Palace. If you’re not the museum type and want to get a pleasant stroll in during a beautiful summer day in Oslo, admire the talented sculptures at Frogner Park’s Vigeland Sculpture Park or treat yourself to retail therapy on Karl Johan Shopping Street.

For dinner, head to Aker Brygge for a delicious meal along the water. One of the best restaurants is Hanami, a Japanese eatery specializing in sushi and izakaya. Later in the evening, enjoy craft cocktails at HIMKOK, a speakeasy in Oslo City Centre.

Day 2: Venture to Western Norway and Stay in a Cabin

A woman enjoying a cabin experience on Stord, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

As cool as Oslo is, Norway’s true gems are located on the country’s west coast. This is where the astonishing fjords and quintessential small islands are situated.

Overall, Stord Island is one of the country’s largest islands and a vital transport link between Bergen and Stavanger. It’s a quiet island with hiking trails, charming cafés and restaurants, beaches and more. The best way to truly get a Norwegian island experience is to stay at the cabin Ørnablikk on Stord.

Like Americans, Norwegians have vacation homes at the beach, lake or mountains. A hytte is a cozy wooden cabin or cottage where locals go to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with nature.

Overall, Ørnablikk is run by Himmelhyttene and can be booked through The Cabin Land.

A woman staying at Ørnablikk, run by Himmelhyttene.

Here is the weather on Stord Island during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 13 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

The beauty of Stord Island in Western Norway.

To get to Stord Island, you can take a short, 50-minute flight from Oslo to Bergen and rent a car from the airport. You can also rent a car from Oslo and drive across the country.

If we had more time, we would’ve driven or taken the scenic Bergensbanen. The Bergensbanen train journey takes a little over seven hours to get from Oslo to Bergen and there are 22 breathtaking stops along the way.

Bergen Flesland Airport is the airport to fly into for Bergen. The central train station is Bergen stasjon and the bus terminal is Bergen busstasjon.

When staying at Ørnablikk, you will need to hike an hour through the woods. It’s that remote!

If you’re like me and are traveling from Oslo to Stord and staying at the cabin on the same day, it’s essential to allow yourself some time to figure out the hiking trail and get settled. That’s why the flight option is best! Otherwise, I suggest taking your time and riding the train across Norway.

Before arriving at the cabin, I recommend visiting the grocery store to pick up food, beverages and anything else you think you’ll need when you’re at Ørnablikk since it’s remote. If you’re looking for a great meal before your hike, I suggest stopping at Bakeriet Frugård.

A woman enjoying a hytte experience in Norway during summertime.

Once you get to Ørnablikk, take some time to relax, enjoy the breathtaking views, play cards or board games, cook a delicious meal and make some comforting tea or hot cocoa.

When you visit Stord in late June, like I did, you will see the Midnight Sun from the cabin. It’s a great place to catch the Aurora Borealis in the winter months. (Please note, though, that even though the sun eventually sets in Stord, unlike in Northern Norway, it doesn’t get fully dark during nighttime.)

Even though staying in a cabin on Stord Island is a unique experience, I can proudly say it’s one of the best things to add to your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary during summer.

Day 3: Adventure around Stord Island

A woman hiking on Stord Island in Norway.

During your next morning in Stord, hike down from the cabin into the town of Leirvik. You’ll need to take your rental car into town. Leirvik offers excellent restaurants, cafés and bakeries, shops and more.

For breakfast, visit Baker Brun for warm coffee, a pastry, toast, salad, etc. I suggest getting the cinnamon roll!

After breakfast, stroll around town, admire the beautiful views from the harbors, see Stord Church and visit the Sunnhordland Museum. This awesome, open-air museum traces the history and culture of Stord Island.

Visitors looking for an active adventure on Stord must hike to Stovegolvet, the island’s highest point. It’s a 3.7-mile challenging loop trail starting on a steep incline and flattening out. To get to the peak, you’ll need to hold onto a chain attached to a rock to get to the top.

Visiting En Liten Øl, one of the most beautiful breweries to include in a summer 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Enjoy the afternoon at the beautiful En Liten Øl as a treat after your hike. It’s one of the most beautiful breweries I’ve visited that offers a sustainable solution using aluminum cans versus glass bottles. En Liten Øl also includes natural ingredients within their IPAs to their fruity sours.

In addition to craft beer tasting, you can savor delicious meals and appreciate the views of the colorful boathouses surrounding the area. I suggest ordering the fresh salmon!

For those looking to relax on Stord Island, appreciate a warm sunny day at Sponavikjo Beach or enjoy another floating sauna experience at Sauna Stord.

The best way to end the day is by relishing a meal and drinks at The Strand before having another quiet evening at Ørnablikk.

Day 4: Enjoy the Fjords of Norway

Waterfalls near Hardanger, Norway.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary must include seeing the breathtaking Norwegian fjords. Before taking your rental car and heading out to Hardangerfjord, enjoy an excellent breakfast in Leirvik at Urt & Ugras.

Norway has around 1,200 fjords and one of the best is Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. It’s the first-longest fjord on the planet and the second-longest in Scandinavia. Hardangerfjord is also famous for its renowned cider region.

Below are the best hotels in Hardangerfjord based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Ullensvang

Boutique Accommodation: Brakanes Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Tyssedal Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Hardanger Hostel B&B

You can also find a variety of rental properties in this region.

The Norwegian fjords near Lofthus.

Here is the weather in the Hardangerfjord region during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 11 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 13 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

It takes around three hours to road trip to Hardangerfjord from Stord. It’s a scenic drive! When you first enter the region, visit some beautiful waterfalls such as Vøringsfossen, Låtefossen and Steinsdalfossen.

A great afternoon activity is either booking a fjord cruise to admire Norway’s unparalleled landscapes or signing up for a fun cider safari!

A cider tasting at Hardangerfjord during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

You can visit several orchards and taste different regional ciders when booking a cider safari, like the Aurora of The Fjords. If you prefer just to experience one cidery and take it slow, the best place to visit is Alde Sider in Nå.

After cider tasting and working up an appetite, an incredible fine-dining restaurant to visit afterward is Siderhuset Ola K. Overlooking Hardangerfjord, this lovely restaurant is based in a charming wooden house from 1912.

Spend the rest of your day resting and preparing for your big hike the next day!

Day 5: Hike the Famous Trolltunga

Trolltunga in Norway

A trip to Scandinavia is incomplete without doing one of the best hikes! Trolltunga is a leading hike near the Hardangerfjord region. Meaning troll’s tongue, it is one of the most captivating cliffs in Norway.

Since I stayed at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus, they provided me with a bagged breakfast because I chose to conquer Trolltunga earlier in the morning. If you prefer to hike later in the morning, you can stop at Fløy Bakeri in downtown Lofthus.

Trolltunga is 3,610 feet above sea level and requires a 14.3-mile out-and-back hike to see the iconic cliff. It’s located near the village of Tyssedal and takes around seven and a half hours to complete round-trip, so be prepared for a full-day adventure.

This famous hike is open for visitors from June 1 through September 30. If you choose to go during the off-season, you must do a guided tour. Overall, the start of Trolltunga can be strenuous and monotonous, but it gets more thrilling as you gain elevation.

When you eventually get to the tongue, there will be a queue of people taking photos. This line can be as long as two hours! It’s worth it because the views are some of the best you’ll see during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Pizza and beer from Lofthus Ekspedisjon.

The perfect place to celebrate after completing the Trolltunga hike is Lofthus Ekspedisjon. It’s located along the beautiful fjord and is a great spot to have a beer or cider flight with delicious pizza.

Day 6: Spend a Day in Bergen, Norway

A woman exploring Bergen, Norway during a Nordic trip.

Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city and must be included in your two-week Nordic trip. This charming Norwegian city is one of the most desirable places to visit in Scandinavia because it boasts one of the most picturesque Old Towns, the Bryggen.

Below are the best hotels in Bergen based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Opus XVI

Boutique Accommodation: The Hanseatic Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Moxy Bergen

Budget Accommodation: Marken Gjestehus Hostel

Bergen also has many rental properties to choose from.

Here is the weather in Bergen during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 16 days of precipitation.

The Fantoft Stave Church

It takes around two hours to drive from the Hardangerfjord region to the city of Bergen. On your way, you must stop at the Fantoft Stave Church. It’s in the Fana borough of Bergen and is a reconstructed stave church destroyed during a fire in the early 1990s. The old stave church was first established in the 12th Century.

After arriving in the city and settling into your accommodation, grab a late breakfast or lunch at one of the Godt Brød Marken locations for a baked treat, warm coffee, salad, sandwich or soup.

From lunch, explore the lovely Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most picturesque places on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary! While strolling around this area, you must stop in one of the shops or visit the Bryggens Museum.

Another cool spot in Bergen, Norway, is the Fisketorget i Bergen, the city’s fish market. It’s been around since the 13th Century and is one of the best places to purchase local fish and seafood. The Bergen fish market is predominantly inside but also has an outdoor market during the summer.

Mount Fløyen in Bergen, Norway.

In the afternoon, ride the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen, which overlooks Bergen and the nearby mountains and fjord.

Later in the evening, head back to the Bryggen and savor an incredible seafood dinner at Enhjørningen Fiskerestaurant (The Unicorn Fish Restaurant) for fresh local catches and a cozy atmosphere. Later in the evening, have fun at Sjøboden, next door.

Day 7: Wander through the Charming City of Stavanger

A woman exploring Stavanger, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Spending a couple of days in the Stavanger area of Norway is a must while following a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary! This beautiful city has a Viking heritage, is the oil capital of Norway and is home to the most extensive collection of wooden houses.

Below are the best hotels in Stavanger based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger

Boutique Accommodation: Victoria Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Ydalir Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Skansen Hostel

Stavanger also has many rental properties from which to choose.

A woman enjoying a Scandinavian sauna at Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel. One of the best hotels to stay at during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Stavanger during summer:

June – Average highs in the lower 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around 10 days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 12 days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the mid 60s°F with average lows in the mid 50s°F and around 14 days of precipitation.

The best way to get from Bergen busstasjon to Stavanger bussterminal is to take the bus, a four-hour and 20-minute ride. Stavanger’s central train station is Stavanger stasjon and the airport is called Stavanger Sola Airport.

The white wooden houses of Gamla Stavanger. One of the most beautiful cities to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia trip.

When you first arrive in Stavanger, one of the top things to do is to wander through Gamla Stavanger. It’s the most beautiful section of the city, filled with white wooden houses that you’d find in a storybook. These wooden houses make Stavanger one of Europe’s largest wooden cities.

While exploring Gamla Stavanger, you can book an informative walking tour with a local guide, visit the Canning Museum and see the Viking House!

If you plan to do your summer Stavanger trip from late June through early July, you can experience Gladmat. It’s a food and culture festival held at the cruise ship port. Numerous food stands offer Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and traditional Norwegian cuisine. Gladmat also has live music, talented performances and endless options to make memories.

The Stavanger Maritime Museum in Norway.

For museum lovers wondering what to do in Stavanger, especially on a rainy summer day, visiting a museum is a must! In addition to the Canning Museum and Viking House, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the Stavanger Maritime Museum are top attractions.

In the evening, savor a delicious omakase experience at Sabi Omakase or Sabi Enso. These Japanese restaurants are Michelin-rated and offer the best sushi in Stavanger, Norway.

To conclude the evening, head to Pjolter & Punsj for incredible cocktails!

Day 8: Hike The Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen in Western Norway.

Another hike to do during your Scandinavia trip is Preikestolen, otherwise recognized as Pulpit Rock. Before starting your adventure, you must fuel up at Steam Café.

If you’re wondering if you need to rent another car to hike Preikestolen since it’s a 45-minute drive, remember that you don’t! Pulpit Rock Tours offers bus tours to and from Stavanger to this famous hike. You can pick up the bus in front of Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel Stavanger.

Overall, Preikestolen is Norway’s most famous hike! It’s a moderate, 5-mile, out-and-back trail that is highly trafficked. Hiking Pulpit Rock will provide you with breathtaking views of the fjords.

The best time of the year to hike Preikestolen is from April through October. Pulpit Rock is an epic natural formation on a flat, rectangular plateau. Locals have mentioned that the rock resembles a preacher’s pulpit, hence the name.

Please remember that you summit Pulpit Rock at your own risk and you can book a tour guide if you feel more comfortable! It’ll be one of the most fun activities during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary. If you’re not a hiker and prefer to see Preikestolen another way, you can enjoy a Lysefjord cruise.

Enjoying craft beer from Lervig Brewery in Stavanger, Norway.

When you return to the city, treat yourself to lunch and great beer at Lervig Local. It’s an independently owned Stavanger brewery that constantly creates new beers.

Afterward, go shopping in the charming Øvre Holmegate, which is a colorful street in the city. It has colorful wooden houses, high-end stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, great restaurants, cocktail bars and bakeries.

For dinner, savor the best seafood at Fisketorget along the cruise port!

Day 9: Fly to Gothenburg, Sweden

A woman walking through The Palm House in Gothenburg, Sweden during a two-week Scandinavia trip.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary must include visits to Sweden’s two largest cities, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Gothenburg is the first Swedish city you must explore from Stavanger, Norway!

Depending on timing, you can either road trip to Gothenburg or take a short flight to Oslo and then catch the bus from Oslo bussterminal to Göteborg Nils Ericson Terminal. It takes less than an hour to fly from Stavanger to Oslo and then a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the Norwegian capital to Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in Scandinavia. It’s the most sustainable city in the world and is famous for its commercial fishing hubs and culinary scene.

Below are the best hotels in Gothenburg based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Boutique Accommodation: Hôtel Eggers

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Pigalle

Budget Accommodation: Backpackers Göteborg

Gothenburg also has many rental properties to choose from.

Here is the weather in Stavanger during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around nine days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s° and around 10 days of precipitation.

When you first arrive in Gothenburg, visit the Haga District. It’s the city’s most idyllic and charming neighborhood, surrounded by lovely coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, flower stands and more.

Enjoying a Hagabullen at Café Husaren in Gothenburg, Sweden.

One of the most iconic places to visit in Haga is Café Husaren, home to the Hagabullen, a giant cinnamon bun. It’s a charming café perfect for breakfast or afternoon fika, which means a coffee break in Swedish.

If you arrive in Gothenburg in the afternoon, head to Kafé Magasinet in the Långgatorna neighborhood. It’s a trendy, industrial-chic hub where you can enjoy coffee, alcoholic beverages, pizza, salads, baked goods and more.

Also located in this area is the Skansen Kronan, one of the best places to admire incredible views of Gothenburg, Sweden. This historical landmark was once used for military purposes and later as a prison. In the 1900s, it became a military museum.

Trädgårdsföreningen in Gothenburg.

Later in the afternoon, head over to The Garden Society of Gothenburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved parks founded in the mid-19th Century. It’s also known as Trädgårdsföreningen. There is free admission to visit this beautiful horticultural society, and while you’re there, you must walk through the Rosarium and explore The Palm House.

Sjömagasinet is one of the best local restaurants for dinner on your first evening. It’s a marvelous seafood restaurant in the 1775 East India Company warehouse.

Day 10: Explore the Beautiful Gothenburg Archipelago

A woman exploring the island of Styrsö in the Gothenburg archipelago during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

On your second day in Gothenburg, Sweden, first, savor the perfect brunch at Norda in the city center. This lovely restaurant serves fresh Atlantic fish, renowned wines and more.

After brunch, visit a Gothenburg museum, such as the World of Volvo, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Gothenburg Museum of Natural History or the Maritime Museum. Visiting these museums will be one of the most educational experiences during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

It’s no secret that one of the best things to do in Gothenburg on a Scandinavia tour is to explore the Swedish archipelagos. Gothenburg has one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. You can easily get there by taking the ferry service 281 from Saltholmen.

A waterfront area of Vrångo, an island in the Swedish archipelago.

The three islands to explore in the Gothenburg archipelago are Styrsö, Donsö and Vrångo. On these islands, you can rent a bike to explore the idyllic fishing villages, go hiking and relax on the sandy beaches. While on Styrsö, you must enjoy fika at Café Öbergska and have dinner along the water in Vrångo at Fiskeboa, one of the best seafood restaurants.

Day 11: Arrive and Explore Stockholm, Sweden

A woman enjoying the beauty of Stockholm's Old Town.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most charming cities you’ll experience during your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary. It’s the perfect summer destination with attractions for everyone!

The train ride from Gothenburg Central Station to Stockholm Central Station is around three hours. You can also take a bus to Stockholm Central Bus Station. Both the train and bus stations are in the Stockholm City Centre.

Below are the best hotels in Stockholm based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Stockholm

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Reisen by Hyatt

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Freys Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Castanea Old Town Hostel

Stockholm also has many rental properties to choose from.

A woman staying at Hotel Reisen in Old Town Stockholm during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Here is the weather in Stockholm during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around seven days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the mid 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

One of Stockholm’s main gems is its charming Gamla Stan. The city’s Old Town features colorful buildings, quintessential cafés, shops, art galleries and more. When you first arrive in Stockholm, Sweden, a great place to visit is Kaffekoppen for coffee, tea and cake in a poetic cave-like basement!

A woman enjoying a lovely afternoon at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the top places to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

In the afternoon, head over to the stunning Rosendals Trädgård. This foundation boasts a picturesque garden, greenhouse, farm, café, gift shops, and bar—the perfect place to spend a summer day in Stockholm. It was one of my favorite places during my own 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

At Rosendals Trädgård, you can savor a delicious lunch at Garden Café, in one of the charming greenhouses. Additionally, you must shop at The Farm Store, which boasts recipe books, fresh herbs and fruit, biodynamic vegetables, spices, home décor, seasonal jams and crafts. The Plant Shed offers a selection of different plants and garden accessories.

From Rosendals Trädgård, head over to the ABBA Museum! It was created to preserve and publicly display everything related to the famous Swedish pop group. At this interactive museum in Stockholm, you can admire original costumes, check out gold records and imagine what it would be like to be on stage with ABBA.

The Stockholm subways.

As you travel around Stockholm, check out the talented subway art! The most popular metro stations where you can see fantastic artwork are T-Centralen, Morby Centrum and Stadion.

In the evening, watch the majestic sunset set at Monteliusvägen. To get to this location, you must walk a quarter mile to capture the best views of Lake Mälaren and the Stockholm City Hall.

The best place to enjoy dinner on your first night in Stockholm is Woodstockholm. It’s located across from Mosebacke Torg park and is a Michelin-starred wine bar and sustainable restaurant with a theme to its menu, which changes each season!

Day 12: Sail the Stockholm Archipelago

The island of Vaxholm on the Stockholm archipelago. One of the most underrated places to visit during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

The next day of your Stockholm trip will first start with you enjoying breakfast or brunch at Fern & Fika. It’s the perfect vegetarian and vegan restaurant that offers plant-based meals. You can savor sandwiches, smoothies, coffees and standard breakfast items.

Another great thing to do in Stockholm, Sweden is to tour The Royal Palace. It’s the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden—the Swedish Royal Family. You can take a self-guided or guided tour of The Royal Palace.

The Royal Palace of Sweden.

I suggest walking through the famous Stockholm food hall Östermalms Saluhall for lunch. It’s a grocery store that offers an extraordinary culinary experience and great ways to try freshly baked treats, seafood, smoothies and more.

A 14-day Scandinavia itinerary is incomplete without doing a boat trip around the Stockholm archipelago! This beautiful archipelago in the Baltic Sea features 30,000 small islands, making it the largest in Sweden.

If you’re wondering which Swedish island to visit in the Stockholm archipelago, I suggest taking the ferry to Vaxholm. When you first arrive, explore the Vaxholm Castle.

The fortress was commissioned by King Gustav Vasa and the original castle was built in the 16th Century. It’s been through two wars and the current location was rebuilt in the 19th Century.

Other fun things to do on the island of Vaxholm during your Scandinavia trip are to go shopping at one of the local boutiques, relax at the beach at Norrhamnsbadget, go kayaking or canoeing in the Baltic Sea and take a cinnamon bun workshop at Vaxholms Bed and Breakfast.

The charming Magasinet Waxholm.

An incredible spot to enjoy dinner on the island is Magasinet Waxholm. It’s a lifestyle hub with a store, yoga studio and bistro on a rooftop overlooking Vaxholm Castle. I recommend ordering the pickled herring, a traditional Swedish delicacy that is also delicious.

Day 13: Travel to Copenhagen, Denmark

A woman exploring Copenhagen, Denmark during a summer 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

The final destination on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary is Copenhagen. It’s the capital of Denmark, with a rich history and one of the best restaurant scenes in Europe.

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen requires a five-hour train ride from Stockholm Central Station to Copenhagen Central Station. Another way to get from the Swedish capital to the Danish capital is via Flixbus.

Below are the best hotels in Copenhagen based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel D’Angleterre

Boutique Accommodation: Absalon Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Andersen Boutique Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Steel House

Copenhagen also has many rental properties to choose from.

Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here is the weather in Copenhagen during summer:

June – Average highs in the upper 60s°F with average lows in the lower 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

July – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

August – Average highs in the lower 70s°F with average lows in the upper 50s°F and around eight days of precipitation.

Tivoli Gardens is one of the top places to visit when you first arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a magical amusement park founded in 1843. The park’s architecture, gardens and fountains inspired fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney World.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

At Tivoli Gardens, you can enjoy all the thrilling rides, live performances, and fireworks shows on Saturday summer nights. This fantastic amusement park also has a food hall with 15 stands featuring the iconic Danish smørrebrød, which is an open-faced sandwich, pizza, sushi, tacos and more.

Afterward, stroll along the Strøget for well-needed retail therapy before enjoying a sunset canal cruise around Copenhagen. One of the best things to do in Copenhagen is to rent a GoBoat, where you can take a boat around the canals for free while cleaning up the city.

A delicious Italian dinner at Barabba in Copenhagen.

Since Copenhagen has some of the best restaurants in the world, it’s a must to visit a Michelin-rated eatery. During your first evening in this lovely city, I recommend making a dinner reservation at Barabba, a rugged-chic Italian restaurant.

Day 14: Experience the Top Things to do in Copenhagen

The charming Nyhavn in Denmark.

Begin the last day of your trip by savoring the best cinnamon buns and coffee at Sankt Peder’s Bageri. Then, head over to the photo-worth Nyhavn – a 17th-century waterfront canal that is also one of the most scenic places in the city.

Afterward, walk over to admire the Little Mermaid Statue! Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen gifted a bronze and granite statue to Copenhagen in 1913. Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous fairytale inspired the Little Mermaid Statue, which is fascinating to see during your trip.

Seeing the Little Mermaid Statue during a Scandinavia trip.

Later, explore Christiansborg Palace. It was once home to the Danish Royal Family, but now it is where the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and Ministry of State are located in the capital city.

For lunch, visit Vaekst, a Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter. This dreamy restaurant is decorated with plants, stringed lights and a beautiful greenhouse, making it one of the most unique restaurants on your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Eating at Vaekst, one of the best restaurants to enjoy during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

Walk off your lunch at the King’s Garden and Rosenborg Castle. The garden is where you can find the Hans Christian Andersen statue and where the Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place in July. During a tour of Rosenborg Castle, you can walk through all the rooms and admire the artwork and architecture.

Another great thing to do in Copenhagen during a Nordic trip is to explore the lovely Christianshavn neighborhood, where you can see the beautiful canals and climb the Church of Our Savior for incredible city views.

The Copenhagen canals during a summer day.

At night, eat at one of the best seafood restaurants in the city, Oysters & Grill. (I recommend the mussels, you won’t be disappointed!)

The next morning will have you departing from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup and concluding your 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.


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A woman enjoying a summer day in Stavanger, Norway during a 14-day Scandinavia itinerary.

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best 14-day Scandinavia itinerary for your European summer trip. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Don’t forget to also book a cooking class during your trip!

Basic Facts of Norway, Sweden and Denmark:

Norway – Currency: Norwegian Krone, Capital: Oslo, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Sweden – Currency: Swedish Krona, Capital: Stockholm, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Denmark – Currency: Danish Kroner, Capital: Copenhagen, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

In addition, a great and secure luggage storage option for your summer Europe trip is Nannybag! It is easy to use; all you do is download the Nannybag app, type in the city you will be visiting, and when you plan to arrive and depart. At a small cost per bag, Nannybag will list the stores, restaurants, or hotels where you could drop your bag off in the city you are visiting.

Nannybag is also insured against theft, loss and breakage. It’s a convenient way to store your bags when you are traveling from one city to the next in Europe.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on May 21, 2024 at 11:51 pm

    This is a great 14 day guide of beautiful Scandinavia ~ loved seeing all the photos of their beautiful architecture and wooden homes. Seems like there are a lot of fun activities, from hiking, museums, the saunas and the midnight sun! Looks like such a clean place to visit. I would love to visit this area some day ~ absolutely beautiful 💖💖💖 love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on May 22, 2024 at 10:12 am

      Thank you mom! It really was such a beautiful trip. I loved seeing that part of that world! <3 Love you too!

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