I'm traveling to Sweden and/or Denmark in June 2012 with my wife and 8 month old daughter for about 9-10 days. We are renting a car and hope to see a mix of countryside, small towns, coastline, historic sights, natural beauty, and "must-sees" in the area. We want to spend time outdoors, but with a small baby, we can't do intense hikes, canoe trips, etc. Also, we'd like to spend some time in a big city or two, but also want to drive out and get away from the crowds.
I have three possible itineraries that I'm having trouble deciding on. For those who have been to Scandinavia, which option would you choose and why? And do you have any particular recommendations along each path? Also, I know each option goes almost all the way up to Oslo, but I am not inclined to go that far; seems like just another big, expensive city.
OPTION 1: Copenhagen -> Gothenburg (through Sweden)
Couple days in Copenhagen, take the ferry from Helsingor into Sweden. Malmo, Foteviken Viking Reserve, Ystad in the south, then swing up north along the coast. Go up to Stromstad, ferry into the Koster Islands, Tanum, Smogen, and Gothenburg the last couple of days.
OPTION 2: Copenhagen -> Gothenburg (through Denmark)
Couple days in Copenhagen, head west through Roskilde to Odense / Egeskov castle. Up to Aarhus, north to Frederikshavn, ferry over to Sweden. The second half is the same as option 1 (Stromstad, Tanum, Smogen, Gothenburg).
OPTION 3: Stockholm -> Gothenburg
Couple days in Stockholm, up to Sigtuna or Uppsala, stay in Orebro or a small town nearby. West to Lake Varnem, Lacko Slott, Uddevalla, Stromstad, The rest is the same as the other two options.
Hi! All of your opportunities sounds great! The two first alternatives are a bit different from the third. Travelling i Denmark and the south parts of Sweden is probably more international. If you choose to go to the south-west coast in Sweden (Strömstad, Tanum, Smögen, Gothenburg you will definately NOT be alone. These parts of Sweden are so busy and alive in the summer. On the other hand, they are very popular for a reason (and therefore a bit expensive) Don't miss to try fresh seafood at charming small restaurants.
If you choose the third alternative, you will see a different landscape. Stockholm is in my opinion among the most fantastic cities in the world. Don't miss the old-town and Junibacken (http://www.junibacken.se/lang/english) The city is very family-friendly. You won't at least regret going there! Uppsala is a cosy, calm university-city with a lot to see and do. Unfortunately I can't decide which route you should choose, but I hope this was some kind of help!
Have a lovely trip! Scandinavia is worth visiting!
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For every one person that prefers Stockholm there will be one we prefers Copenhagen. I think you really have to decide which one inspires you the most!
1, There is no point in going up to Helsingor to cross into Sweden and then come back south you are wasting time. I would skip Malmo as well. You seems set on the Fotoviken viking but is it the reenactments you are interested in? There are other places that do this as well.
Copenhagen - excellent museum with the best Viking artefacts
Roskilde - viking ship museum, check out viking re-enactments her as well, also viking boat trips
Never been the Aarhus but looks really interesting
Frederikshavn ferry is good, nice trip into Gothenburg, avoids very boring E6 journey in Sweden form Malmo to Gothenburg
Tanum . UNESCO world heritage site rock carvings AND bronze age village with making bronze demonstrations etc check out website for latest events.
Stromstad - try the boat trip to Alaska takes about 20 mins so you get to see the islands a bit but don't go all the way to Koster.
Koster - not much to see really . have a cup of coffee and bun come back again. You need a bike to explore (no cars) but you have the young one.
At all the ports there will be many people and boats. Swedes eat lunch early so go early or you will just get leftovers. Customer service is not a strong point. Good bakery/coffee place in the main street in Grebbestad. Steps up to the top of the rock for great view
IF you are not rich don't pay the inflated food prices, try Tanum itself and pay about 79 SEk for dagens .
Fjallbacka - nice place, walk up steps by Ingrid Bergmans statue to see the view. Boat trip to Vaderoarna you can get food here and see the lighthouse - good experience of the real west coast.
Hamburgsund - food place to the left of the ferry is Ok.
More to come!
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