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Itinerary Help - Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark, Sweden)

Hi Everyone,

My parents (early 60s), brother (33), and I (31) are in the process of planning a trip to Scandinavia for July or August, 2022. We are looking to go to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. I am taking the lead on planning it. We currently have not booked any airfare and are trying to keep the trip to about 9-10 nights (not including travel to/from USA), so we can still shift things around.
I've been doing a fair amount of research in order to build the itinerary but need some help on a few pieces. Personally I just wanted to stick to Norway but my parents/brother want to see more countries so I am compromising. I am interested in seeing the fjords, architecture, and some museums about the history/culture of Scandinavia, however I don't think my dad/brother really want to see that many museums so Im trying to be mindful of that.

  • Day 0 - Fly from USA to Stockholm
  • Day 1 - Land in morning in Stockholm, see some sites
  • Day 2 - Sightsee Stockholm
  • Day 3 -Sightsee Stockholm, evening train to Copenhagen
  • Day 4 - Sightsee Copenhagen
  • Day 5- Sightsee Copenhagen, evening flight to Bergen
  • Day 6- Norway in Nutshell, Bergen roundtrip
  • Day 7- More time in Bergen, Overnight Hurtigruten ferry to Alesund
  • Day 8- See Geirangerfjord, Land in Alesund
  • Day 9- Sightsee/other fjord activities in Alesund
  • Day 10- Fly home to USA

Some questions I had while building the itinerary above...

  • Is that the best "route" to take or should I reorder the cities?
  • Am I missing a super scenic part by not doing the Olso to Mydral NiN part? Since my family isnt big on museums I read that Stockholm and Copenhagen are better cities to visit and therefore I cut out Olso....that also provided us an extra day or so since we dont have to take the overnight ferry from Copenhagen and stay in Olso so Im just having us fly directly to Bergen from Copenhagen.
  • Does the Hurtigruten cruise/ferry from Bergen to Alesund definitely stop/enter the Geirangerfjord in the summer? That was kinda unclear from my research. I've read both.

Thanks for you help. I appreciate it!

Posted by
763 posts

I'd say the Norway to Oslo part of NIN is not the MOST scenic. I still liked it, but definitely the fjords are the spectacular part.

Posted by
3023 posts

That is a very rushed itinerary in my opinion, but certainly doable. Is it possible to add a day or two to the trip?

Is that the best "route" to take or should I reorder the cities?

It is a good route. You could rearrange Stockholm and Copenhagen. I'm not that familiar with Pennsylvanian geography so where is your nearest major airport? Do you plan to fly from some local airport and connect at a hub or drive to some major airport? There are direct flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen from New York (Newark), but to Copenhagen you can also fly direct from Washington DC, so if you plan to drive to Washington DC and fly from there, you should start with Copenhagen in my opinion. Otherwise, it really doesn't matter. But since you don't have that much time you should in my opinion replace the evening train with the overnight train as it will save you a bit of time.

Am I missing a super scenic part by not doing the Olso to Mydral NiN
part?

To be honest, yes. But Norway is super scenic everywhere and you can't see it all.

Im just having us fly directly to Bergen from Copenhagen.

Just make sure you get a direct flight and not one with a connection in Oslo in order to not waste time.

Does the Hurtigruten cruise/ferry from Bergen to Alesund definitely
stop/enter the Geirangerfjord in the summer? That was kinda unclear
from my research. I've read both.

In the summer, northbound ships call at Geiranger.

Posted by
1117 posts

Maybe you can still convince your folks to stick to one country? Nine days really is not a lot for visiting three countries. Your ratio of travel time vs. enjoyment time is certainly not what I would want it to be.

You will arrive in Stockholm in the morning with a jetlag and a limited capacity for sightseeing. So, you will really only have one full day in Stockholm.

Then, you will have another travel day to Copenhagen. Taking the evening train may give you the feeling of gaining another day in Stockholm, but five hours are five hours, and you will have to sleep at some time or other. Then, you will have one full day in Copenhagen, followed by the next travel day.

So, basically, out of the first six days of your trip (counting your flight day from the US), you will have four travel days and two full days only of enjoyment. Is that worth it?

Not quite sure about your day 9 / 10: Are you going to fly out of Ålesund?

Posted by
7445 posts

You really do need to include Oslo. By visiting three countries in such a limited time frame you are shortchanging all of them. Share this thread with your family and focus on Norway.

Posted by
5324 posts

We have visited Norway, Sweden and Denmark and love Scandinavia. However, your itinerary is WAY TOO much.

1) You have one jet lagged day in Stockholm and then another full day. We did 2 1/2 days in Stockholm and wished we had planned four days there. We took the train to Copenhagen, which takes several hours. We did it in the daytime and enjoyed the scenery.

2) We have been to Denmark three times, spending a total of about two weeks in that country. Copenhagen itself will deserve 4-5 days and the surrounding places of interest deserve another 2-3 days.

3) Norway is awesome, one of the most scenic places in the World. The fjords are amazing. Your trip includes Bergen, Geiranger and Alesund, both very scenic places. Norway in a Nutshell is a great choice. Geirangerford is the best of the fjords we visited. We did a Norway North Cape cruise from Copenhagen that visited six ports. We used Royal Caribbean and highly recommend that cruise line. Nothing wrong with using Hurtigruten and perhaps for a short cruise it would be best. However, my research found Hurtigruten to be more expensive and without a balcony cabin. Our North Cape cruise was in mid June and was 11 days long, which is too much for you. Consider it on another trip.

My advice is to concentrate on one or two countries for your trip considering the number of days you have. For example, you could skip Denmark for this trip and spend more time in Norway and Stockholm. Don't forget Denmark, it is great.