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Oslo or Stockholm??! which one to choose?

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1. Posted by diassfd (Budding Member, 30 posts) 20 Jan '13 07:18

Good day travelers,

I'm planning a 3 days trip to either Oslo or Stockholm in June.
I'm 25 years old and will be leaving from Paris.

I need your advice on choosing between the 2 cities? which one is cheaper? which one has the beautiful nature scenes?
Interesting activities to do?...

Thank you!!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 20 Jan '13 08:15

Definately Stockholm.
It's the most beautiful city in Scandinavia in my opinion. Regarding its natural setting, Oslo can compete, but even then Stockholm will win.
And Sweden in general is cheaper than Norway. On top of that, quite a few budget airlines serve Stockholm and in the city itself there are some real gems, like Gamla Stan and the Vasa Museum.
Just on the outskirts, there some UNESCO sites, like Drottningholm and Skogskyrkogården, a beautiful cemetery. I believe there are boats toward an ancient Viking settlement as well, but haven't been there, as I was there in winter.
Fantastic walking and beautiful views and good transport, hotels, pubs and restaurants in several islands just north and south of Gamla Stan.

That's not to say I did not like Oslo, which really was a nice city to visit as well.

3. Posted by billyboyo3 (Budding Member, 11 posts) 21 Jan '13 01:37

I've never been to Oslo so can't compare and I am sure that is also a great city but I would just like to say that I absolutely loved Stockholm when I went there! I went on a canoeing holiday around the uninhabited islands near Stockholm which was amazing - from the beautiful nature scenes point of view you are definitely on to a winner! Hire a canoe and get out to see these islands! I think this is one of the best holidays I have had! And the Vasa Museum was also great too! And I'd recommend a visit to Skansen too - a museum and zoo.

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5. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 261 posts) 21 Jan '13 12:39

I'll shout up for Oslo. :-)

To be fair there is not much to choose between them - both are great cities and quite similar in character. For me, Oslo edges it.

Some highlights. Akershus fortress and the waterfront with city hall and the Nobel centre. Royal Palace tours (tickets from the post office!), Bygdoy peninsula with its five museums - see Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki ship, clamber through the Fram arctic explorer ship, see the viking ships. The national gallery to see Munch's The Scream. Take the metro up to Holmenkollen olympic ski jump stadium. In winter go horse-drawn sleigh riding at Maridalen.

Also I find Oslo easier on foot than Stockholm - but then Stockholm's more impressive from the water.

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 22 Jan '13 12:56

I think Norway is awesome, but Oslo is not the best of Norge, in my opinion. Stockholm was very nice, indeed, but the city that impressed me more was Copenhagen. I also thought that Helsinki was a most beautiful and interesting city - the ferry from Stockholm is the way to get there!