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11 Days - (Sweden/Norway/Denmark)

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1. Posted by gdickson16 (Budding Member 14 posts) 26w

Hey fellow travelers,

Wondering if I can get some opinions on the travel plans I have:
June 22, I'll be booking a flight from Paris to one of Stockholm/Oslo/Copenhagen, as all can be had for cheap.

I will then have 11 days to travel, before booking a flight on July 2 from one of the above cities to London before heading home to Canada the following day.

Currently I have 4 cities of travel in mind:
-Stockholm
-Oslo
-Copenhagen
-Gothenburg

Wondering if that's enough time for each city...should we cut it to three cities? Are we missing something we should absolutely see?
We have never been to Scandinavia and are looking for a quick taste.

If it helps, we are not big museum people, but prefer strolling through the city, admiring the differences in architecture from Europe to Canada, going on free walking tours, enjoying a good pub and also nature is great if something really cool is near by (yes I know Norway has amazing nature, but we won't be able to make it out there on this trip).

Thanks so much for any info.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 26w

I'd spend at least 4-5 days in Stockholm, and 3 in Oslo (both wonderful cities with lots to see and do). I don't care much for Gothenburg myself, so would probably recommend skipping it. Copenhagen I hear good things about, but haven't seen myself since my teenage years, so can't give a useful estimate for.
How do you plan to travel between these cities? Take into account that the distances involved aren't trivial, and you probably won't get to see or do much other than travelling on the days that going from one city to the next, so it might even be worth sticking to just 2 cities, and seeing them more in depth.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 26w

I would allow 3 days for Stockholm and 2 for Copenhagen. I thought Stockholm was a lovely city but I wasn't that impressed with Copenhagen.

I agree with Sander that seeing fewer places might be a good idea considering the travel times involved. I would cut out Gothenburg and visit the other 3 places; I haven't been to Oslo or Gothenburg but have heard much more positive things about Oslo.

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 26w

I agree that Gothenburg is the weakest link and could be dropped.

Dfds run overnight ferries between Oslo and Copenhagen, which let you sleep the journey away.

Oslo is my favourite of the three, though I could happily spend up to a week in each. Having said that, Stockholm and Oslo are fairly similar, and Copenhagen is a bit like Amsterdam - doing all three capitals may not be as varied as trying to add hops to some smaller places. Norwegian now run some very cheap and short flights and although you say you haven't time to do the nature justice, going to somewhere smaller would give you a look at the real Norway rather than the big city. Any of Trondheim, Tromso, Alesund, Bergen or Stavanger would do this (probably in descending order of interest). Even the one day Oslo to Bergen train journey with the detour to Flam gives you a great look at the nature.

In Copenhagen, visit Tivoli gardens by night not daytime, it's the evening that's magic.

Like you, I'm not one for museums. If you're tempted into doing any, the ones which were worthwhile here (for me) were the Vasa ship museum in Stockholm, and in Oslo the five museums on Bygdoy peninsula if you have any interest in the subjects: the open air ethnographic museum to stroll round old huts, the Kon Tiki museum if migration interests you, the viking ship museum, and the Fram polar explorer ship. For an interesting excursion in Oslo take the metro beyond Holmenkollen skijump stadium (maybe worth a stop) to the end of the line then walk through the forest to tryvan tower, a tv tower with observation deck.