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I’m planning to go to Scandinavia (Sweden-Norway-Denmark) this spring for a month or so and i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where i should go! I’m thinking of Copenhagen-Malmo(Lund)-Stockholm-Oslo-Bergen, but I would also like to get off the beaten track, to see what the country is really about!

I’m thinking of landing in Amsterdam before heading to Copenhagen. If so, should i make a stop in Hamburg? I’m not really into «twelve cities in twenty days» kind of trip, so would those two stops be too much?

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Scandinavia is amazing you will love it. Stockholm is my favourite city in the region, but during the summer Copenhagen is lively. If you possibly could I would miss out on Malmo, it’s a small industrial city with not a great deal going on. Alternatively, you could take the bus over the new bridge for a few hours and see everything. Lund is quite a nice university town though. If you go during semester, stay for a night or two and go out. If you want to get off the beaten track you should consider hiring a boat from somewhere like Nynashamn and taking it through the archipelago. You could also travel way north and stay in the artic circle in a town like Kiruna or Jokkmokk. The towns themselves aren’t big, but you they are a great base for you to go hiking in berry fields or seeing the midnight sun. Gothenburg is also pretty lively. I don’t particularly love the city itself, but I have friends who have lived the and can’t get enough. If you get a chance to go skiing or snowboarding in northern Norway in somewhere like Trysil, do it! Also, consider taking a day trip out to Uppsala. What months are you thinking of going in? I wasn’t sure whether you meant northern hemisphere summer or southern. Scandinavian winter can be really nice but only if there is snow. I prefer to visit there in the middle of winter or the middle of summer.

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Wow, I wasn’t expecting an answer so fast, and so complete! Thanks
I’m planning to leave at the end of may, until the end of June, to avoid the crowded and expensive «high season».
I was surely going to Lund, but I tough it would be less expensive to stay in Malmo! I’ll check the hostels..
What about Orebro? It’s on the way between Stockholm and Oslo, and it seems pretty nice!

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No problem, I’m at work and there was some spare time.
That’s a great time to go to Scandinavia. I’d make a point of going up to the artic circle and seeing the midnight sun (or very close to it). You can get trains & buses up there quite easily. Plus you can see bears and go hiking and that sort of thing too. If you’re there at that time, make sure you go to Nynashamn and try and do some camping or something on some of the tiny islands in the archipelago – it’s awesome. The city itself is relatively quiet, but if you can find the right islands you will enjoy it, because they are almost completely secluded from other tourists and people in general. Orebro is quaint, but I wouldn’t make it a definite. There is a cool castle and a lake. Just make it a transit if you’re super keen. If you want to hit the nightclubs and eat well, there is an island of the coast of Sweden called Gotland which is pretty much the mediterranian of the north. Otherwise, Stockholm can never fail!

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Good advice so far. I live in DK, used to live in NO, and visit SE frequently. With a month in May/June, I’d want to get a good cross-section (country/city, way north/not so north, beach/mountains, etc.). Consider the cheapest Scanrail pass, and check DSB.dk, NSB.no, and SJ.se for point-to-point ticket specials, such as DSB’s “orange” tickets, NSB’s “minipris” and SJ’s “just-nu” tickets. Depending on your itinerary, and how structured your itinerary becomes, might be cheaper to pre-purchase trains rather than use the Scanrail pass.

With a month… Copenhagen, Bergen, and Stockholm are musts — in my opinion. Get up above the Arctic Circle; do the fjord tour stuff nearby Bergen; spend less time in Oslo, but definitely take the train between Oslo and Bergen; consider adding Stavanger for a couple days so you can do the Prekestolen and/or Kjerag hikes; take the ferry to north Denmark to stay a few days in Skagen, Hirtshals, or Frederikshavn.

Costs can be high in Scandinavia, so plan your lodging, transports, and meals well — shop around, and don’t hesitate to ask us for more specifics once your itinerary starts to take shape.

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The thing is…I’ll be travelling on a small budget! (I know this question should be asked in the transport’s forum ) Would it be less expensive to travel by bus than by train (Rail system in Norway isn’t so great…)? Bergen seems great, but hardly reachable? Any advice on that? (I was thinking of skipping Oslo…and find a low cost flight…but looking at them, I couldn’t see what was so low about them!)
I really like the idea of spending a couple of days in a little town of northern Jutland!Also, the boat rent (if not too pricy) in Nynashamn is a great idea! Those are good suggestions
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Scandinavia will be quite difficult on a “small budget.”

NSB—Norwegian Rail—prices I mentioned: NSB’s minipris tickets are 199 NOK one-way with advance purchase—sooner you book, better your chances. These can cover long routes, such as Oslo-Bergen, or Oslo-Trondheim, or Stavanger-Oslo, for example. I just checked all 3 of these routes using April 2 (only allows 90 days advance purchase), and all 3 routes showing seats at 199 NOK. That’s only $28 USD (currently) for one of the most scenic train routes in the world (Oslo-Bergen), taking about 6.5 hours, and is superb value. They’ve also got Oslo-Goteborg at this price.

Overland (ie, bus or car) routes take much longer in Norway due to rugged terrain and coastlines. There is no train between Stavanger and Bergen, but there is a fast ferry that’s faster than any car or bus between these cities; see https://www.hsd.no/F… — advance purchase showing for 220 NOK currently for Bergen-Stavanger, for example.

Other resources:
fjordline.com Hirtshals-Bergen or Stavanger (Hirtshals is a much easier transfer point for ferries crossing between NO and DK, because you can take the train right to the ferry port breezeway; Hanstholm is the other NO-DK ferry port, but requires bus for the last bit (about 1 hr. on bus from the nearest major train line, if I recall). Fjordline shows Hirtshals-Stavanger as a foot passenger for only €13 on May 23, for example.

http://www.safflebus… Stockholm-Oslo 292 SEK for example * train specials sometimes nearly as cheap, shorter duration and more comfortable than busses for long trips (in my opinion)
http://www.swebusexp… Lund-Copenhagan 48 SEK for example * this bus is almost always much cheaper than train between Copenhagen area and southern Sweden
www.norwegian.no Scandinavia’s dominant low-cost airline
www.wideroe.no many flights within Norway, especially to smaller airports way up north

Bergen is quite reachable. Flights arrive from all over: http://avinor.no/luf… Ferries arrive from Stavanger and Denmark (as mentioned), from Iceland, and from the coastal voyage north of Bergen. Direct train service from Oslo arrives several times daily. You can’t go north or south with trains from Bergen—if that’s what you meant—only to/from Oslo, and from Oslo, can connect to the southern coast route to Stavanger (a long 8 hour journey, by the way, and not particularly scenic, except the bit between Kristiansand and Stavanger), or trains from Oslo to Trondheim in the north.

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Thanks for your advices guys, it’s really helpful!

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I lived in Stockholm for six months last year. As you saw in the other posts, Scandinavia is really not cheap. For example beers in Stockholm at a dive bar is about 35 kroner, at the minimum I’ve ever really seen it. 50 at a normal bar. Denmark is a little cheaper than Sweden, Norway is more expensive. But don’t let that discourage you from going to the country. It was amazing.

I took a trip to Copenhagen and loved it. Cheaper. The Danes are also a little more outgoing than the Swedes. Let me know if you need cheap eats there, etc.

Bergen is also beautiful. Fjord tours are not cheap though. I went to Bergen, hiked two of the their seven mountains (Floyen, Ullrik sp?) I believe. One day hikes no camping required. They have a cool aquarium there as well. But its pretty expensive.

Orebro is nice. Quaint if thats what you’re looking for. Wasn’t really my flavor as a place to visit/site see.

So yeah, my recommendation on what I’ve personally visited last year. Stockholm-Bergen-Copenhagen. Not Orebro. I also visited the Ice Hotel in Kiruna but of course that’d be melted.

I wrote about my whole trip on my blog. Bergen, Copenhagen, Stockholm is all in there. As well as bar recommendations, etc.
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Really? I remember Denmark being more expensive than Sweden… at least when I was there things cost “more crowns” in Sweden, but Denmark’s money was more valuable, so while things cost fewer crowns there, it was actually more dollars. Kind of like the difference between the Canadian and US Dollars. Well… there USED to be a difference anyway

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From what i saw on internet, Danemark looks way more expensive than Sweden, at least for the hostel…
I would definetly love to get some suggestions for cheap eats, and maybe cheap places to stay in Copenhagen and Stockholm!
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Denmark, generally, is a bit more expensive than Sweden overall, and Sweden is definitely not budget travellers paradise.

SD-O, are you looking for hostel or inexpensive hotel?
Some hostels that come to mind, starting with best location, then easiest transport options:
Danhostel City – walkable
Downtown Hostel – walkable
KFUM (YMCA) summer hostel Vesterbro – walkable, maybe the cheapest option. http://www.ymca-inte…
Danhostel Amager (metro stn. 500m, 12 minutes? to central Cph.)

The city? runs some “Sleep In” hostels, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a review that would compel me to choose any of them:
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Least expensive hotel/b&b options I’m aware of:
Cab Inn City – great location
Hotel Nebo – great location
Kastrup B&B – 14 minutes metro to central Cph.
9 Smaa Hjem Tagensvej Annex – 12 minutes bus to central Cph.

I like BookingBuddy’s hotel search, because some of it’s sources also show hostels, and sometimes you find a hotel that’s not much more than a hostel — if you are sharing a room.

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Yeah I guess you’re right, now that I think about the prices, Denmark was more expensive. But I do remember Copenhagen actually had bar specials for alcohol as compared to Stockholm, so in my mind, that ended up being cheaper. I remember the rock club called “The Rock” having 10 kr shots which was a welcome from strongly regulated alcohol in Sweden.

Riz Raz is an all you can eat, buffet style restaurant (you can look it up on the web) which I liked and used to eat my one giant meal of the day.

I stayed at Sleep in Heaven (one of the non-recommendations Wink ). Here was my review for Sleep in Heaven from another site:
“Fair (3 out of 5) hostel. Pretty close to the city center. 1,6,9,13 person rooms. I got the 9 person room, 3 bunks of 3. Only 4 showers and 3 toilets for the small hostel but I never had a problem with toilets or showers. Have been complaints about cold water during showers, but I showered at about 9am each morning or in the evening and never had a problem.

Wireless internet and a young atmosphere. Everyone congregated to the main area where you could easily meet the fellow traveler. Not very big at all compared to some of the other hostels in Europe.

In a shady back alley, expensive breakfast (40 kr) not worth it, in a kindof sketchy part of town.”

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You are getting great advice. I am a little grumpy so i will keep my thoughts to myself. The swdeish crown has recently taken a nose dive…and yes, things are cheaper in Sweden than Denmark, now, pretty much across the board.

Just one thing to add: the weather tends to be better in Sweden on the east coast than in DK as a whole.

Oh, the island of Børnholm is very lovely.

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Im form sweden.
Yeah start in copenhagen. Tke the bridge to Malmö. Lund is pretty small and mostly students. Its desserted in summer, wich is both good and bad. Id wouldt go.
INSTEAD- Go east to Ystad and Simrishamn. They are in the region of Österlen wich is amazing. Go to Kivik and buy some cider at the famous brewery and applefarm. rent a bike its flat. Go to Glimmingehus, and relly old estate with some nice stuff going on in the summer.
Go to gothenburg. A bit cheaper ( 29 sek for a beer in the cheap beer district wich is at Linnegatan). Less tourists than stockholm. Take a walk in Haga, its kinda like the old town, and Majorna, the other “old” town and some of the best cafes in gotheburg. Take tram 11 to Saltholmen and take a boat to a Island over the day. Keep out of Avenyn.
If you want to eat nice go to “Sjömagasinet”. Expensive but some of the best food Ive had ever.
Take the train north from stockholm along the coast. Try to go to the national park of sarek, trust me its a once in a lifetime experience.

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Malmö – Falafel No.1 Best falafel ive eaten. 25 sek. http://maps.google.s…

Gothenburg – go to the saluhall. Great soups and luches for about 15-30sek. Same goes for Stockholm.

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