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august in copenhagen

is august a good time to visit Copenhagen? I have read some posts here that say September is the best time of the year to visit.

we are planning a trip to Europe july 31 - sept 4, 2016. we fly into hamburg (2 nights), then Copenhagen (about 8 nights which will include a side trip to either Norway or Malmo). perhaps some of those nights will be outside of Copenhagen. the rest of the time, we will be going to other countries in Europe, to warmer climes from mid-august to sept.

I also read some posts that say there is nothing much to see in oslo. is it better to visit malmo and/or Stockholm?

thanks for any advice.

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Yes august is a great time to visit Copenhagen, it's the heigth of summer here. I don't know who said september would be better, chances are the weather will be better in August.
8 days is propably a bit too much time in Copenhagen itself, but there are numerous day trips that can be made. Helsingør and Kronborg castle, Hillereød and Frederiksborg Palace, Roskilde and it's cathedral and the viking ship museeum. Malmø is also possible, but Oslo is not doable as a day trip. Oslo is nice, but does not have as much to see as Stockholm or Copenhagen in my opinion, however there is a lot more to do in Oslo than in Malmø.

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I haven't been to Malmö. But on the "Stockholm or Oslo" question, my firm vote is for Stockholm. It's not that there is "nothing much to see in Oslo" (that's my view of Helsinki, but not Oslo). I spent three nights in Oslo and filled them just fine. But after three days I felt I had seen just about everything of interest to me, and I didn't enjoy just hanging out there (not to mention the sky-high prices for everything). Stockholm not only had more to see, but was a more enjoyable place to spend time, and while it's certainly not "cheap," it was notably less expensive than Oslo. (Among other differences: Stockholm's restaurants have lunch specials on weekdays; Oslo's do not).

I loved Bergen as much as Stockholm and more than Oslo, if you're looking for more choices. I was there two days and saw almost all the "sights," but again, it's a lovely place to hang out (if the weather cooperates).

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August is the best time of the year to visit Copenhagen. In the region, they see maybe 20 rainy days in September, so there is a change of weather the end of August.
We went the end of August, 2015, and we only saw 2 rainy days in almost 3 weeks. That was unusual.
We stayed in Copenhagen 3 days and then caught a cruise around the Baltic. It was by far the easiest and least expensive to spend 9 days. We found all the cities we visited absolutely great--and St. Petersburg is really something special.
The food and drink is shockingly expensive in all the Scandinavian countries. In Copenhagen, we went to TGI Fridays for a burger and coke--$60 for 2. I can see why the citizens are so slim--they cannot afford to eat.
We really enjoyed the Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen--1 block from the train station. Their free breakfast was absolutely the finest we've ever experienced in any hotel. The hotel's got all new furniture and bathroom plumbing, too.
Oslo's a relatively small city, and it'd be good to visit a day or two. We really loved Bergen, but didn't find the fjords as beautiful as many people say.

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hi. thanks for your response. I took your word for it. I just booked our flight, ft. Lauderdale to hamburg (for 2 nights) july 31 and then Copenhagen by train arriving on aug 3.

now, from your responses, we might not go by ferry to oslo and instead just fly to Stockholm and perhaps stay 2 nights. from Scandinavia, we were going to fly to Portugal on ryan air. I checked the website and ryan flies from Stockholm skavsta airport to faro, Portugal. does anyone know if Stockholm skavsta is easily accessible?

the other alternative is to go back to Copenhagen and take ryan air that flies into porto, Portugal which is where we want to go, then Lisbon.

thanks a lot.

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Stockholm Skavska Airport is 100km from Stockholm and is 2 hours by public transport and 80 min by bus from Stockholm. this is almost always the case with Ryan Air, they offer cheap tickets but fly from small airports in the middle of nowhere, so you can end up paying more for the transport to and from the airport than for the actual plane tickets.
The main Airport in Stockholm, Arlanda, is also a bit far from the city and when you factor total travel time from city center to city center, then the train between Stockholm and Copenhagen is pretty competitive, both on price and travel time.
Also i don't know where you are finding Ryan air flights from Copenhagen to Faro, better check that it's not from another far away airport before you book. And since Ryan air are in conflict with the Danish trade unions, I would not plan my holiday around them, since the flights might get canceled if they loose in court or get blockadet. For cheap flights you are better of using sights like Skyscanner or Momondo, than relying on a single low cost airline.

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wow. thanks for that info. I googled it and ryanair and the Danish union are currently at odds.

I checked other airlines thru expedia. I found Norwegian air shuttle that flies from oslo to Lisbon for $80. is that airline reputable? do they have hidden fees?

we could take the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to oslo, stay 2 nights or so, then fly to Lisbon. does that sound ok?

thanks.

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Norwegian is a reputable airline, I fly with them often and have not had any problems. The ticket price they show is only the basic, you still have to pay extra if you want luggage other than carry on, choose your own seat, food, coffee etc. However i would not call them hidden fees, you get what you pay for and you can choose not to get the 'extras'.
Norwegian also fly from to Lisbon from Copenhagen or Stockholm and between the Scandinavian capitals.

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thanks, morten.

as always greed comes into the picture. now am thinking of this itin:

aug 3 - 6 Copenhagen

aug 6 overnight ferry to oslo

aug 7 - 9 oslo

aug 9 fly to Stockholm on Norwegian Air

aug 9 - 11 Stockholm.

aug 11 fly out from arlanda to southern Europe on either SAS or Norwegian air shuttle.

is this doable? I realize we will just skim the top of the cities.

perhaps you can suggest the best sights in oslo and Stockholm for those 2 days.

thanks.

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I disagree that Copenhagen is expensive. I found it this summer to be affordable, although both eating out and hotels run on the high end. Here are some real prices: family of 5 ate burgers with filtered water for about $90 at the trendy Cock's and Cows; take out pizza is $15 euros for a large, same as US. Some things in a supermarket like milk, cheese, and baguettes for example were all cheaper than US. Train and metro fares add up if you are staying out of the center but we got 3-day Copenhagen cards so all transit was included. I personally feel that staying out of center away from all the tourists is a good experience also and less money since accommodation is cheaper and better access to supermarkets and take out food.

I think 3 nights is too short for Copenhagen, drop Oslo and add to Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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ok. thanks.

yes, I do feel that it's stretching it too thin to go to the 3 countries in 8 or 9 days.

thanks.