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Norway/Sweden/? Itinerary Assistance

Hello! My wife and I have 17 days to spend in Scandinavia and are looking to some advice. We will be traveling in mid-late September. We arrive in Oslo and depart from Stockholm and we will have a car when traveling outside the cities.

Tentatively, we are thinking of a few days in Oslo then up to Sognefjord (and all relevant stops in between) and eventually ending up in Bergen where we will hop a flight to Sweden. Alternatively, we are thinking of flying from Bergen to Copenhagen and then drive into Sweden eventually making our way to Stockholm and the surround area/sights.

We aren't sure how much time we should spend in Norway and Sweden respectively or if it is too much to tack on Denmark.

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated! Thanks!

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17 days is enough time to include Denmark and I'd spend 5-7 days there and then divide the remaining time between Norway and Sweden. There's a lot to see in Denmark and a better chance of nice weather that time of the year than in Sweden or Norway. But it's hard to say, the weather could still be nice in September but in general the further South you go the more likely it is that it is warmer and sunnier.

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Yes, in Norway the fjords and landscape are the greatest attraction. In Sweden the archipelago and some Stockholm museums and royal palaces. If you want to travel all the way to Lappland you could do it from northern Norway and cross the border to Finland or Sweden. You could then travel southwards through Sweden, maybe stop at Dalarna in Sweden and continue towards Stockholm, stay there for 2-3 days and travel onwards to Denmark. Maybe take a flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen. I think I'd start with Norway and finish in Denmark, flying home from Copenhagen. Kastrup is a nice and easy airport, and this way you'd get to see the large contrasts between Northern and Southern Scandinavia. Fjords and mountains and a very dramatic landscape in the North, also a very different culture and people, and the very flat landscape and continental European feel of Denmark.

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Sorry, saw just now that you arrive in Oslo and depart from Stockholm. You don't necessarily need to do these things in the order that I suggested, but if I got to decide that's how I'd do it.

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Thanks very much. That is very helpful. We have out flights locked in - arriving in Oslo and departing Stockholm. Perhaps we do Oslo for a couple of days then travel north to the fjords and then fly from Bergen to Copenhagen and drive from Copenhagen to Stockholm?

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I can't comment about Norway or Denmark, but I was in Sweden for 17 days in the spring of 2015 and can't wait to go back. I did not get up to the Arctic Circle or see enough of middle or any of southern Sweden. How can you see an entire country in 5 days? I'd pick Sweden and Norway at most. I'd leave Denmark for another trip as it is more easily accessed from lower Europe. Sweden is a beautiful country, inland and coastal. So much to see... I loved Umeå and didn't get to much more in the area and there is much. It is a city that is very much alive, outdoorsy and lovely...but so much of Sweden seemed like that to me, and I only had a taste of Stockholm, north and mid-Sweden (Eksjö...) I'd take trains, even planes rather than drive the entire time. Rent a car when you get to various locations instead. Otherwise, the driver won't see much, IMO.

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Could be that I'm blind to the wonders of my own country, I was on a flight from Venice, Italy, to Stockholm this morning and Sweden feels very bland after a week in Italy :-)

You could divide the time approximately equally between all three countries, or spend more time in Sweden and Norway and just 2-3 days in Denmark, but 17 days in Sweden and Norway in September feels excessive to me. If I'm not completely mistaken I think there is a ferry/cruise ship between Oslo and Copenhagen and also between Bergen and Copenhagen, but check this up.

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Just another quick comment: in mid to late September the weather could be very nice (sunny and still quite warm or sunny and crisp) or very bad (rainy and stormy) so I'd take that into account and be open to changing your plans at any time. You may not want to be on a ferry in a storm or drive long distances in the rain, but instead spend more time in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.