We are planning about a 3 week long trip through Scandinavia for either late August or mid-December 2021 (depending on Covid travel restrictions). The focus will be Sweden (12ish days) and Norway, with perhaps a couple days in Copenhagen. In my preliminary research, it seems like getting the Scandinavian Eurail Pass seems like the easiest and most affordable way to travel between major cities. In Sweden we want to see Malmö, Göteborg, and Stockholm as well as smaller towns throughout central/southern Sweden (my great-grandparents came from Småland, Kalmar and Värmland, and I want to explore the rural areas/small towns). We are also thinking about taking the night train from Stockholm to Kiruna/Narvik, as we want to spend some time in Abisko and the Sami areas (especially if we go in December - we will spend several days there for hopes of northern lights viewing). In Norway, the focus will be Oslo and Bergen (and nearby fjords).
- If we go in December, is the train reliable all over the country, or can there be weather delays/closures? Especially thinking for up north near Kiruna, etc.
- Should we rent a car for the few days seeing the small towns in the central/south (say pick up from Göteborg and drop off in Stockholm), or is train/bus travel sufficient in the rural areas?
- Is there anything else to consider if we have to go in December? Is it common for long holiday closures at major museums, sites, etc? Is it possible to see/do much in the fjords in Norway in the winter?
- Is there anything off the beaten path (not in guidebooks) that we should not miss in any of the areas I mentioned? Especially in Norway - we love hiking and the outdoors, and would love to explore more if we can make it in August.
Tack så mycket!