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Need Help Planning Scandinavia Trip - How to Prioritize?!

Hello! We are flying into and out of Copenhagen in October - from there we want to hit Oslo, Stockholm, Bergen and other points in between. How to decide which way to go? Do we drive? Take the train? Fly for one leg to cut down on time? We only have 11 days on the ground. 

We want to see a lot, but know how easy it is to get fatigued from constant bouncing around, checkins, train deadlines, etc.

Things to consider:

*We love to hike (last year was Nepal, before that was Peru)

*We love to eat and drink

*We love museums and architecture and shopping

In short, what CAN'T we miss?

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  • Thomas Haverkamp

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    11 days is not a lot if you want to visit several big Scandinavian cities. In October it is proper autumn, and in the mountains of Norway you can already expect snow. The days will be getting short as well. So if you want to do some hiking than consider a few day trips in the area around Bergen, or in the Nordmarka the forrest north of Oslo.

    If I were you, I would first check out Copenhagen for a few days. It's a wonderful city with lots of options. Get a bike, and join the Danish on the streets. After that fly to Bergen, and rent a car, which you can use to drive in the direction of Oslo. On that route I would go and eat fish in Bergen and then set of to explore the Sognefjord and some other places. If you take it slowly that can take you a week before arriving in Oslo.

    In Oslo, you can decide to take a night train to Stockholm. What you should see in Oslo, is the The Vigeland Park with its statues, and Grünnerløkka a nice neighbourhood with lots of little shops.

    And you finish your trip in Stockholm, another big city with lots of options.

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    Hey Zac! I handle all communication in The Nordica for Hurtigruten (check Hurtigruten.us). We travel between Bergen and Kirkenes with 11 ships on a daily basis. Top tip: Fly to Tromso in the morning. See the grate Arctic city, jump on one of our ships southbound around midnight. Wake up to see magical Vesterålen and Lofoten. In Lofoten Islands you can join us on a hike, go on a sea eagle safari, see several charming fishing villages. The food on board - Norway´s Coastal Kitchen - is all local. Next day you will wake up in mythical Helgeland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u_DpFMcdok Just stunning! On the third day you disembark in Trondheim (see Nidaros Cathedralthe from 1200). In Oslo Do not miss The Vigeland Park and in the evening spend some money to eat Ekeberg Restaurant. The best evening view of Oslo.

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      This sounds like it would be a wonderful trip! · (2 likelikes)

    • Zac S.

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      Anders, can you point me in the right direction for figuring out my exact schedule for the 7 day cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes? We are interested, but are worried that there isn't enough time in any given port to get out for a quick hike...and we want to hike! Maybe this is a new thread....Hiking in Norway! · (0 likelikes)

    • Anders K.

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      Hi Zac S. What kind of a hike are you looking for? How long? If you travel from Bergen to Kirkenes you can hike during the three hour stop in @Ålesund and in @Tromsø. If you choose to turn your trip "up side down", travel from Kirkenes to Bergen, our excursions are even more nature based with hikes in Hammerfest and The Lofoten Islands. There you can aslo join a seaeagle safari or go horseriding or go fishing for the Lofot-Cod. Check out this site on Hurtigrutens US page : http://www.hurtigruten.us/Experiences/Excursions/ · (1 likelikes)

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      Anders, we are giving serious thought to heading Southbound (from Kirkens to Bergen) for more natural excursions - The other routes we are contemplating are no cruise and doing day trips from Stavanger so we can see Pulpit Rock or other more extreme hikes. What kinds of good hikes are there in 3 hours from Hammerfest and The Lofoten Islands? · (0 likelikes)

    • Anders K.

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      Hey Zac S. This is the Lofoten Hike http://www.hurtigruten.us/Experiences/Excursions/southbound/hiking-in-lofoten/ and this is the Vimeo video: http://vimeo.com/102326324 The Hammerfest Hike is a bit easier (1h30m), but it is very, very Arctic views :-) · (0 likelikes)

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    The only ferry from Denmark to Bergen is from the north danish town Hirtshals which is quite far from Copenhagen as you can see on the map.


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    Train makes a lot of sense especially in Sweden where it's quite cheap if you book it online and in advance.

    In Stockholm for instance the airport is quite far out of town while the train station is smack in the city center and with highspeed trains and no security check in they make sense to use.


    If you need to Connect between Copenhagen and Oslo then you might also wanna look in to the overnight ferry between the two cities which is a a cruise ship like ferry that makes an overnight crossing where you can get cabins onboard and spend the night being transported between the two cities while getting a good nights sleep.

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      Thanks Claus! Is there an overnight ferry from copenhagen to bergen? · (0 likelikes)

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    I would probably take the train from Copenhagen up to Oslo. It will take about 7-8 hours but you get to see the lovely Swedish countryside. Then hang out in Oslo for a couple of days before taking the train on to Bergen, also 7 hours by train. Then I would fly to Stockholm. You can buy a Europass for the trains in advance to cover all of your train needs. I would avoid renting a car as parking can be quite difficult in Scandinavia.

    Spend a few days in Copenhagen to rest and get over the jetlag, then take the train up to Helsingborg for the day and see Hamlet's castle Kronborg Slot and enjoy the small town life before taking the ferry over to Sweden and continuing up to Oslo.

    The problem is you're trying to cover a lot of territory and unless you fly (which is expensive, but Norwegian Air is pretty cheap), you'll spend almost a day traveling inbetween areas. It doesn't give you more than a couple of days in each place.

    To get the most out of the trip, Either go up to Norway or go up to Stockholm and take the ferry over to Finland instead of crisscrossing the countries. Either way you'll see some amazing things.


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      Absolutely amazing answer, Stefan. I can't wait to trek through Scandinavia! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :) · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks. I'm an American expat that has been living in Malmö, Sweden for the past seven years. · (1 likelikes)

    • Debbie L.

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      That's really cool. A good friend of mine just moved to Stockholm, so I've been dying to visit. Plus, I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights :) · (0 likelikes)

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