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Travel to Scandinavia in October 6-20

I am trying to follow the same 14 day Scandinavia trip that Rick offers as a tour. But Aero seems not a good idea during October. We fly into Stockholm and out of Bergen. Is Helsinki a better sidetrip than Aero in October? Or should I spend those 2 extra days somewhere else?
Also is there anything else on that 2 week trip that I should skip in October and instead go somewhere else? Thank you!

Posted by
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I'm confused because the 14-day itinerary Rick suggests (at https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/scandinavia-itinerary) includes Helsinki already. And Helsinki is not a sidetrip in any case.

I also think Rick's itineraries are kind of rushed. I think Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, NiN, and Bergen is plenty for 14 days. In fact, it's still kind of rushed.

I'd suggest 4 nights in Stockholm, 3 nights in Copenhagen, overnight ferry to Oslo, 2 nights in Oslo, NiN with a 2-night stay somewhere along the way, and 2 nights in Bergen. (That assumes you have 14 nights. If you only have 13, cut back to a 1-night stay during NiN.

Some of the places Rick suggests adding in the 14-day itinerary (e.g. Roskilde) are easily accessible as day trips from Copenhagen.

Posted by
308 posts

You could fly into Helsinki, spend two nights there, then take the overnight ferry to Stockholm. Last year I took the RS Best of Scandinavia tour but arrived a week early to visit Helsinki and Tallinn on my own. It worked out really nicely.

I have also used the RS tour itineraries as a guide to plan my own trips. It works out if you have a lot of energy but if you are able to, you might want to add in a little extra time.

Posted by
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Thank you for your input!
I think I will fly to Helsinki and from Helsinki to Copenhagen. I am not sure the ferry is a good idea in October. If I had an extra week, I would spend more time in each city.
Unfortunately i don't.

Posted by
4739 posts

The ferry is fine in October (I've taken it in winter). it is just you don't see much as it will be dark for the duration of your travel.