Hello Rick Steves disciples! My husband and I are starting the planning process for our annual Spring/Early summer International trip. Looking for any tips/what to think about as we plan.
We’ve decided on Scandinavia. I’ve been to Stockholm and Copenhagen but my husband has not. He grew up in Seattle so I think he’ll love Stockholm so that’s a must. Otherwise I want see a Norwegian fjord. We love to have a mix of larger city and small town local culture with a mix of light outdoorsy adventure like day hikes/boats/kayaks. Museums are fine but just being in lively town with good scenery is better for us. (For example on our last adventure to Ireland, Dingle/Kinsale were more enjoyable to us than Dublin). We have 15 days/13 days on the ground not including the big travel days at beginning/end. Very rough idea:
Fly into Amsterdam (Nice easy direct from Portland, Oregon). 3 nights.
Fly to Bergen, Norway. 2-3 nights to explore fjords. Open to staying outside of Bergen too.
Train to Oslo. 2-3 nights.
Train to Stockholm. 3 nights.
Either to Copenhagen, Helsinki, or Estonia. Fly out from wherever we end. Or add days elsewhere pre-Stockholm and fly out from there.
Any must sees in Norway or Sweden to add in there or is Estonia/Finland worth tacking on at end?