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    Scandinavia August 2016

    We've just booked a southbound coastal cruise with Hurtigruten for mid-August 2016 and are after suggestions for Oslo, Denmark & Sweden as well. I found several useful threads but they're all fairly old - wondering if anyone had any recent experiences, suggestions to share? We like food, history, some museums and generally explore cities on foot.

    Thanks!
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    heard good things about Copenhagen

    hi Chris,

    Your thread caught my eye as we are considering visiting some part of Scandanavia (but which??) during our travel time this summer. I've never been so I'm sad that no one has responded to your inquiry.

    But I did talk to a couple at a party a few months ago, and they raved about their week in Copenhagen. Said the food was excellent, museums terrific, and also very manageable with their young children.

    If you have found out any more since November, please do share.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris B View Post
    We've just booked a southbound coastal cruise with Hurtigruten for mid-August 2016 and are after suggestions for Oslo, Denmark & Sweden as well. I found several useful threads but they're all fairly old - wondering if anyone had any recent experiences, suggestions to share? We like food, history, some museums and generally explore cities on foot.

    Thanks!

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    Hi, at this stage we're planning a few days each in Oslo, Stockholm & Copenhagen before heading to Berlin. We haven't made any bookings yet. I've done some preliminary searches for apartments but there don't seem to many near the city centres & with limited time don't want to spend too much time commuting. I'll post updates as our plans firm up.

    Enjoy!

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    Five years ago we did the Hurtigruten round trip on the Lofoten and loved it! The sea eagle excursion was fascinating. Our US flight was based in Oslo so we spent a night there at both ends of our trip. It is a very walkable city with convenient public transportation. Our Thon Hotel Panaroma was close to the harbor with awesome views from our upper floor room. We made full use of the breakfast buffet to help offset the high cost of dining out. Below are links to two of my favorite sights in Oslo.

    The National Gallery has a good collection of Norwegian art, including of course some of Edvard Munch's work. The full tea for two in the French Salon was a satisfying mix of tasty sandwiches and sweets at a reasonable (by Norwegian standards) price served in a gorgeous room. It served us well for an early dinner.

    http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/visi...n.9UFRHG2l.ips

    The Vigeland sculpture park is a great place to get some exercise and view an amazing array of sculptures.

    http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en/vigeland-park

    Have a wonderful trip! I am envious and hope to do it again soon. On my next visit to Oslo I want to see the Munch Museum and Edvard Grieg's home.

    Jeanne
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    lima kilo, I'm also hearing good things about Copenhagen - not sure that we'll be able to do it justice in a few days.

    Jeanne, thanks for the tip re tea @ the National Gallery. Both Vigeland & Grieg are on my list and my husband has researched a Viking Ship museum - not sure of the details but sounds good.

    I'll be celebrating a 'significant birthday' while in Oslo - did you (or anyone you travelled with) find anywhere special for dinner?

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    Congratulations on your special birthday, Chris. Sorry I don't have any suggestions on where to celebrate it in Oslo. Our dining was pretty casual there. Have a wonderful trip.
    Jeanne

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    We booked a last minute Baltic cruise for the end of June. We'll arrive 2 days early in Copenhagen, then cruise to: Berlin, Tallin Estonia, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm then back to Copenhagen. We'll have a full day in Copenhagen at the end, but it's a Monday when many museums will be closed. I'm hoping to do some research to determine what will be open on Monday, but if anyone has any previous experience, please share!

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    Hey,

    I'm also planning a trip to Sweden, and if you still are on the lookout for accommodation, you should maybe check out The Swedish Tourist Association (https://www.swedishtouristassociation.com/), they have hostels all over Sweden with a focus on nature tourism. You can also find hostels on HostelWorld (http://www.hostelworld.com/) and rooms on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/).

    And if you still looking for things to do, it may be worth to try to find some towns or regions where you can meet the "traditional" (I prefer the word "real") Sweden. For me this will be the focus of the trip (this is the article that got me started to think about this possibility: https://story.visitsweden.com/meet-t...inal-hipsters/, and - at least for me - this idea of meeting something real seems quite appealing)

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by companyofhouseelves View Post
    Hey,

    I'm also planning a trip to Sweden, and if you still are on the lookout for accommodation, you should maybe check out The Swedish Tourist Association (https://www.swedishtouristassociation.com/), they have hostels all over Sweden with a focus on nature tourism. You can also find hostels on HostelWorld (http://www.hostelworld.com/) and rooms on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/).

    And if you still looking for things to do, it may be worth to try to find some towns or regions where you can meet the "traditional" (I prefer the word "real") Sweden. For me this will be the focus of the trip (this is the article that got me started to think about this possibility: https://story.visitsweden.com/meet-t...inal-hipsters/, and - at least for me - this idea of meeting something real seems quite appealing)

    Have fun!
    I did a similar trip about 5 years ago. A lot of fun, but just FYI, it seems that mostly older folk do these kinds of cruises. We're not that young, but I think we were the youngest ones on the boat. It always worth extending your trip a bit as companyofhouseelves mentioned and explore on your own. I'd recommend Airbnb (or Hostelz.com if you're interested in hostels). I like combining a cruise trip with some exploring away from the big group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara (and Art) View Post
    We booked a last minute Baltic cruise for the end of June. We'll arrive 2 days early in Copenhagen, then cruise to: Berlin, Tallin Estonia, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm then back to Copenhagen. We'll have a full day in Copenhagen at the end, but it's a Monday when many museums will be closed. I'm hoping to do some research to determine what will be open on Monday, but if anyone has any previous experience, please share!
    I did the Baltic cruise in August of 2013. It was an amazing cruise, so much to see and do! You will love it. I can't really comment on Copenhagen as my flight was cancelled so instead of 2 nights I only had one, chose to spend it at Tivoli Gardens. Enjoy!!

    Denise

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