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Scandinavia Extravaganza - Help Planning

Hey guys!

So I'm fulfilling a lifelong dream and I'm heading North to Scandinavia for around 10-11 days in mid-March. Being in an internship in France, I can't really take a longer break, but I also want to use the fact that flights to go up there are hyper cheap from here compared to Canada.

So, I just bought my plane tickets . Leaving on the morning of the 9th to Copenhagen, then flying out of Stockholm on the 20th. Question is: how are those days going to be planned.

I for sure want to see Copenhagen, Oslo (hint at Tijn, you better come with me!) and Stockholm. I'm guessing 2-3 days in each city.

The biggest question mark is if there are any other spots worth to stop at. For example, should I stop for 1 night in Goteburg? Should I visit some of the North from Olso, then head back South to Stockholm? Is it better for me to simply stick to Cop-Olso-Stockholm with direct train routes and just get to know these cities better?

Anyways, I'm open to all suggestions of places to visit, places to stay, cities I maybe don't know about, etc!

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It might be a bit late, but here's my suggestion.

In Denmark stick to Copenhagen and the sorrounding areas (like Elsinore if you wan't to see the location of Hamlet. Personally I like the castle of Frederiksborg in Hillerød more). Not sure how you will get to Norway, but you can opt for the ferry which will depart late in the afternoon and then the following morning you will arrive at Oslo. Check out the Heyerdal museum, Holtekolmen and stuff like that. Not sure how much time you actually have for this, but maybe you want to skip Oslo altogether, and head for Stavanger and Preikestolen - and then continue to Lofoten in Northern Norway. Basically, I think that you should go to Norway mainly for its nature and those two aforementioned places are simply stunning! Now once you are done there, head off to Stockholm and see what you like. Given the time of year, spending 2-3 days in each city is sufficient
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Re: Scandinavia Extravaganza - Help Planning

Hey, thanks for that!

Actually, everything is planned now. I'm doing 3 days based in Copenhagen, taking two days to go up to Oslo via Goteborg (some work stuff to do there), then spendnig 3 days in Olso with Tijn (CooCooCachoo here), then 3 days in Stockholm.

I definitely plan on coming back and visit the northern part of norway and sweden, but on such a restricted time limit, it was barely impossible And its probably do it a bit later in the year

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3 days in Oslo is more than enough. I spent 5 days past summer, arriving on Monday afternoon, leaving on Friday morning, so basically 3 full days and got to see more or less everything there is to see in Oslo.

Where will you be staying in Oslo? Any plans on what you'll see? Getting a 72 hour Oslo pass was very useful with free public transport and most entry fees into museums and such. If you have any questions just ask, I can give you a touristy point of view.

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Oh, thanks! 72 pass makes a lot of sense in our case.

Well, We are probably gonna take one of those days to go on a one-day trip somewhere out of Oslo.

We are sleeping in a hostel over there, booked a room with two single beds, so at least we won't be in the middle of 12 drunk americans or sthing.

So what did you like-dislike about the touristy stuff? Anything we definitely should or shouldn't do?

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CD, you are so lucky. Oslo is amazing. You must go the the big park(Vigelund I think), with all the sculptures! It is so spetacular. There is also a tennis club right beside it with like 20 red clay courts!

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CD, you are so lucky. Oslo is amazing. You must go the the big park(Vigelund I think), with all the sculptures! It is so spetacular. There is also a tennis club right beside it with like 20 red clay courts!
Clay tennis in Norway in March? Not gonna happen.

You should visit Århus too It doesn't seem possible according to your plan, though. I'm afraid this is not the best time of the year to visit us in Copenhagen, but I hope you will have a great time


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Clay tennis in Norway in March? Not gonna happen.

You should visit Århus too It doesn't seem possible according to your plan, though. I'm afraid this is not the best time of the year to visit us in Copenhagen, but I hope you will have a great time
I just meant it's cool to see. For Canadians seeing red clay courts is a treat. I remember walking to the park and coming across the courts and just being so amazed that I just like stared at them for 20 minutes.

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Todd, you seem to forget I played a pro event on red clay before

Andreas: I come from Canada. Winter in Copenhagen is nothing!

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I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!

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If you have a car, you can drive from Copenhagen to Malmo for a bit, nice little city and the bridge across is pretty cool, though not cheap.
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Oh, thanks! 72 pass makes a lot of sense in our case.

Well, We are probably gonna take one of those days to go on a one-day trip somewhere out of Oslo.

We are sleeping in a hostel over there, booked a room with two single beds, so at least we won't be in the middle of 12 drunk americans or sthing.

So what did you like-dislike about the touristy stuff? Anything we definitely should or shouldn't do?
I stayed in Anker hostel in Oslo, two single beds as well, was great cause it was close to the city centre. In Oslo you can see a lot of stuff on foot. First day we saw the Nobel peace center, royal palace, Akershus fortress, Munch museum. Second day we went to Bygdoy peninsula, which is where stuff like the viking museum and the outdoor museum of cultural history are. You can get there by boat or by bus. And on third day we went to the Vigeland's park and Holmenkollen and also the opera house in the evening.

72 hour pass offers you some discounts for food as well, which comes handy since it's quite expensive. Holmenkollen is quite famous as the winter sport centre, but it's a bit outside town and if the weather's not the best, then there might not be much to see, as it otherwise has a pretty nice view of Oslo.

I think the Munch museum and Vigeland's park are very nice. Nobel's peace center is okay for a quick tour, but it depends what the exhibition is on (in the summer it was about apartheid and Obama as he was the award winner at the time). Museums on Bygdoy are pretty cool, but even if it's basically a part of Oslo, it still takes you a larger part of the day to go through it all, well depending on what there you feel like seeing.

Public transport is quite useful I felt as well, so it comes really handy to take you between things you want to see, so you can see as much as possible in the time you have. You get a booklet with the Oslo pass that's really helpful with all the bus/tram/metro-lines. You'll quite quickly realise, that Oslo is quite small and easy to get around.

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I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!
Istedgade was never my cup of tea - maybe because I haven't needed a prostitute
Frederiksberg is a great city. The atmosphere is nice and it has some of the best parks and restaurants/cafés in Denmark.

Regarding Lagkagehuset, I'll recommend La Glace instead/as well. Best conditori in Denmark You can go there while walking down Strøget (which I assume you will do).

It's a shame you can't go to Tivoli, though. It's a beautiful place but it doesn't open again until April.


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I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!
The old reading hall at the Royal Library? Where is that? I study there twice every week but I always use the new reading halls. You sure you are not talking about the Library at Fiolstæde?


Anyway, as Andreas I would recommend La Glace over Lagkagehuset even if I live right next to the latter. Also I like the new Illum baker (Holm), that opened right next to Lagkagehuset last year, better - but that is heresy to say around here.

Also, rent a bike to get around in Copenhagen. It is the cheapest and fastest way! And you don't have to have a car to get to Malmö - you can go by train which will take you downtown.
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I studied in Copenhagen for 6 months and have been back a few times since, and Kongens Have (The Kings Garden) in Copenhagen is one of my favorite spots in the city. It's not the best in March, but still fun to walk through.

Also check out the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, I would also walk through Nørrebro.

If you want great, cheap baked goods head to Sankt Peders Bageri (bakery):

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&bi...-8&sa=N&tab=wl

You'll thank me later after eating there.
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