For the final stretch of our RTW backing packing trip I am planning my travel budget for getting through Finland Sweden and Norway, we plan to go overland and either bus, train or hike our way through these countries before arriving back home in the UK. We will be landing in Finland from Beijing around April/May time (this will be 2015 as our RTW trip begins in March 2014 in Canada so I realize accurate prices will be impossible right now, but Im just looking for a rough idea of what I need to save to do this properly)
Has anybody backpacked through these places before? we are 2x female travellers who have not planned something of this magnitude before so looking for as much help and advice as we can get!
If so I'd like to hear how much your costs we're approx and how you got on around the country.
Travelling by train/bus in Sweden is not too expensive, especially when you book in advance (for example train/bus trips over a stretch of 600 km for app. 300 SEK, ~33 EUR). In this case I'd recommend checking several websites for public transportation and book as soon as you know when you could travel, this is mainly for the longer distances.
Here are some websites for public transportation in Sweden;
Some of the popular hiking regions, such as Abisko National Park, start of the Kungsleden, can be reached by train.
Which regions in Finland/Sweden/Norway do you plan to cover? And also, do you have any ideas on whether you plan to go camping or stay in hostels/cabins? Costs are significantly lower for camping.
Prepare for some snow along the way
Page for Finnish railways is vr.fi trains and buses are not overly cheap, 600km is maybe 80€, but student gets 50% discount. Hitchiking is also relatively cheap and safe option in Finland, although in April it can still be pretty cold
I didn't find Finland to be overly expensive, especially compared to Western Europe. Prices were about the same as in Canada.
There is a high speed ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. It's just 1-2 hours, and makes a nice daytrip. I highly recommend it, as Tallinn's Old City is like something out of a fairy tale.
There are also ferries from Helsinki to Stockholm, Sweden. They might be a bit pricey, but maybe you can get an economy ticket. Ferries are a nice change from trains and buses, and Helsinki harbour is gorgeous, with many small, wooded islands.
Thankyou everyone for the very useful replies!
I will defo plan in a trip to Tallinn! Looks magical!
We are still planning our route now, will check back with more information later this eve.
We spent 4 months traveling round Europe but had our own car and camped so not sure about the cost of trains/coaches.
Scandanavia food wise is very expensive and as you get closer to the Arctic Circle buying vegetables are very hard to find and when you can it's unbelievably expensive. Eating out is the same so if you can I would use hostels so you can at least do your own cooking.
Norway is an amazing country you will have a wonderful time.
OH, you're coming to Tallinn! It is a wonderful town! Yeah, it's my country.