My husband and I will be travelling to Scandinavia for 8 days the first week of May. We will be travelling from London. I was wondering if anybody has suggestions for an itinerary?
We thought limiting our trip to Denmark (Copenhagen), Sweden (Stockholm) and Norway (Oslo) would be manageable. Perhaps flying to Denmark first from London? Neither one of us have ever been to Scandinavia, so any suggestions are welcome, including whether it is easier/cheaper to fly or take a train between the cities. Many thanks in advance.
Ive flown to Haugesund on the West of Norway (below Bergen) with Ryanair from Stansted (£20), got a Scanrail pass for 5 days and used the trains to get my way across Norway via Bergen, Flam, Voss, Geilo and Oslo, then to Fredrikstad to stay with some friends before flying back outta an airport south of Oslo, for £20. Really scenic country!
Id loved to have spent more time around scandinavia but i spent 9 days doing this bit. No point in rushing it on trains all day. Take your time and explore the countries.
As for scanrail pass im not sure if it covers denmark but check it out on google.
Try SAS; I managed to fly on the cheap from London to Copenhagen and then from Sweden to London. I caught the train from Copenhagen to Sweden, though that was more expensive than either leg in the air (about €80 I think).
I actually found Copenhagen a bit dull. The little mermaid was just a bronze mermaid on a rock in the harbour. The cathedral near the palace was interesting. The shopping there is alright. They have the longest pedestrian mall in the world.
But by far the best thing to look at in Copenhagen was Christiania. This is an area that has sort of set itself up as an autonomous country, complete with its own flag. They have a really good vegan restaurant there. On your way to Christiania, you will see a church spire that you can walk up - that is worth the climb if you are fit enough.
Sweden was a lot more interesting than Copenhagen. I would definitely recommend you take a ferry over to the Vasa. That is a naval boat that sunk in the 16th century; they brought it up recently and it is 90% preserved! The old city and the palace are well worth a look also.
The Swedish crown was really weak against the pound when I was there (about 15:1), so you may find Sweden a bit easier on the pocket than the rest of Scandanavia (which was about 10:1). Scandanavia is pretty expensive.
Hope this helps.
scandinavia, you visit that for the nature right?
why do you want to go to the cities? the cities are nice, but the most fascinating things for me where the fjords of norway..
We absolutely wanted to visit the fjords, but we didn't think we had enough time. Do you know what would be a good way to go about doing it?
if you really wanna see norway and the fjords id recommend the norway in a nutshell tour - usually bout 3 days.
check out http://www.norwaynutshell.com
if you pick one country, 8 days should be long enough to visit the most important nature things.
I flew into Copenhagen for the Roskilda festival last summer - we flew Easy Jet who were quite cheap as booked early - i then travelled up from Copenhagen to Gottenburg - definately worth a visit and then up to Karlstad (where my freinds live) hired a car and went to stay by one of the lakes; a must! We then took a two hour bus ride to Oslo for a night (v exp) then from Oslo went to Stockholm - amazing amazing place!!!! then flew Ryan Air back home... whole trip excluding festival took 7 days. Sweden is a truly beautiful place!
Good luck with your trip x