Helsinki, Stockholm, and oslo any maybe copenhagen with a 5 year old

Hi: We are traveling in late June and it's me with my five year old and my parents. My husband is only meeting us on the cruise. Here is our proposed itinerary and I am looking for suggestions of things to do in each city: Day 1 fly from Seattle to Amsterdam Day 2 Fly to Helsinki- activity in Helsinki Day 3 Helsinki -visit Artkum? -Visit Faulskull domestic animal farm? Day 4 Helsinki -Visit Suomelinna sea fortress Day 5 fly to Stockholm activity in Stockholm -Tom Tits expiermental museum? Day 6 Stockholm Boat tour to birka? Kalmer castle? Drottingholm? Day 7 Stockholm Island of Burgarden to see Vasa warship? Skansen open air museum? Day 8 Fly to Oslo -Karketvekken tobaggen run Mini cruise to oslo fjord? Day 9 Oslo Norse Folkemuseum? Ski lift? Day 10 Oslo ? Day 11 fly to Amsterdam Day 12 Amsterdam Day 13 Amsterdam Day 14 transfer to boat cruise to Norway) Day 15 at sea Day 16 Bergen Day 17 Alesund Norway Day 18 Skojlden Norway Day 19 Eideford Norway and fjord cruise Day 20 At sea Day 21 arrive Amsterdam- visit amsterdam or fly to Copenhagen? Day 22 Amsterdam or Copenhagen Day 23 Copenhagen or Amsterdam- fly back to Amsterdam
Day 24 fly back to US Any suggestions on must see do or adventures we can add to our trip that my son would love would be appreciated. Are there any must see/do given his age? Thanks for any suggestions and thanks for reading my long itinerary

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9108 posts

Suomelinna won't take an entire day. You may want to combine a trip to the zoo, as the boat dock for each are pretty close to each other. The ski jump in Oslo is no more impressive than any other in the world. The only reason to go here at all is if you're a huge fan of the sport... and maybe for the view if affords of Oslo. If you're at the Norse folk museum anyway (if the kid likes animals, this one will be a hit), you may want to combine it with one of the other nearby museums. A 5 year old will probably find the Viking ship museum boring, but might enjoy the Fram Museum, because you can walk through the ship.

Posted by Nicholas
Seattle, Washington, United States
282 posts

Looking at your itinerary, I think you've added unnecessary travel to the mix starting at day 11. Do you have to start the cruise at that point in AMS? If possible, I would cut out the back tracking to give you more time on the ground. Not knowing anything about the details of your cruise, this would be my dream rearrangement: Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam (I am assuming you have R/T tickets to AMS) Day 2 - Amsterdam Day 3 - Amsterdam Day 4 - Fly to Helsinki from AMS Day 5 - Helsinki Day 6 - Helsinki. (OPTIONAL: Depart at 17:30 by boat to Stockholm) Day 7 - Stockholm. (EITHER: Arrive by boat at 9:45, if departed by boat on Day 6 OR: Fly to Stockholm) Day 8 - Stockholm Day 9 - Stockholm Day 10 - Stockholm Day 11 - Oslo Day 12 - Oslo Day 13 - Norway in a Nutshell to Bergen Day 14 - Bergen Day 15 to 21: Hurtigurten to Kirkenes. Day 22 - Kirkenes. Fly to Amsterdam (THIS may be tricky and would be the wrench in the plan. No flights on Saturday, but Norwegian.no has OK prices. SAS is pricey! If need be, you can add a day in Kirkenes or Bergen at the begining to make it work) Day 23 - Amsterdam
Day 24 - Depart AMS to US The variables would be the price of the cruise, whether you've already booked it, and the price of getting back from Kirkenes. Another alternative, if it is cheaper is to fly to Kirkenes first and then take the Hurtigurten down from there to fly from Bergen to AMS. Just a thought, if that is at all possible.

Posted by Heather
Snoqualmie, Washington, USA
7 posts

The cruise leaves out of Rotterdam and is already booked so we can't changed that plus we fly in and out amsterdam so we're stuck with those as being unchangeable.

Posted by Heather
Snoqualmie, Washington, USA
7 posts

The cruise leaves out of Rotterdam and is already booked so we can't changed that plus we fly in and out amsterdam so we're stuck with those as being unchangeable.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9108 posts

Speaking of Rotterdam, here's something for the 5 year old- Trainz Miniworld. It isn't as large as the more well known Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, but it's still impressive. You will find it very close to Rotterdam Centraal. If the kid likes trains, also consider a day trip from Amsterdam to Utrecht for the Nederlands Spoorweg Museum (Dutch Rail Museum). Very, VERY kid friendly.

Posted by Stephanie
Seattle
27 posts

Helsinki has a great zoo on an island, you take a fun little boat ride to it. The overnight ferry goes between Helsinki and Stockhom and is a nice change of pace over flying. I took the Silja lines ferry and had a great time. I booked through a travel agent and the price was actually less than online from the cruise line (less than 170 euros for 2 adults in August). In Stockholm, the Skansen is awesome. Tons of great stuff, especially for kids. This could occupy quite a long part of your day. I am not a huge fan of Amsterdam, but if you take a train out of the city, you can go to zaanse schans which is a fun take on the traditional dutch life/crafts. Fun stuff for all to see and explore there, from wooden shoes to cheese to windmills.