Norway, Sweden and Denmark for 32 days!
UPDATE! We’re home after an exhilarating time! Lots of stories, reviews and photos to share soon. We highly recommend adding these places to your travel plans!
Scandinavia, land of the midnight sun.
As you might expect, we’re flying into Bergen, Norway and out of Copenhagen, Denmark (with a brief side trip to Finland!)
…even though the purpose of our trip is a conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Doesn’t everyone do that?
We’re SO excited! Here’s how it came about. As soon as we decided to attend the TBEX Europe conference for travel bloggers in Stockholm, Sweden in July, we received a home exchange invitation from a family near Stockholm! Amazing timing – they wanted to visit Colorado for the same dates. After a Skype call and some emails it was all arranged. Their home is on an island in the inner Stockholm archipelago, so for the days of the conference we’ll stay at the host hotel (Radisson Blu Waterfront, but before and after we’ll enjoy exploring their island and the Stockholm area.
UPDATE! The Stockholm family had a minor house fire (no injuries) and they’ve canceled our exchange, SO we’ll explore more of Norway after the conference. Beautiful road trip planned, then we still fly out of Copenhagen. Ideas, please!
So, our 32 day itinerary looks something like this:
Norway: Bergen and Haugesund
Finland: Cruise to Turku, Finland from Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden: Stockholm, including Värmdö
Norway: Oslo, Tonsberg, Gloppen, Molde, and Kristiansund
Your Scandinavia advice, please!
We have a tendency to try to see too much at the expense of slowly enjoying a destination. We could easily make that mistake in Scandinavia. You’ll see how many areas caught our eye just by looking at our Pinterest board. It’s SO beautiful. We would love your advice to be at peace with choosing just a few highlights and savoring the experience in each location.
Norway: What would you do with a week in the Bergen / Haugesund area?
Choosing to fly into Bergen, Norway first was a no-brainer. Neither of us have been there, the photos are stunning and a sweet friend from Colorado now lives south of there (with her Viking husband!) and loves it. She shares stories and photos on her blog: Takkfortipset.com. We have 6 days to explore! Looking for a one-day fjord cruise.
Lodging? 2 nights in Bergen, 3 with friends and 1 more in Bergen-maybe near the airport. Suggestions?
We fly from Bergen to Stockholm.
Stockholm, Sweden: Where to begin? In Finland, of course!
We now have extra days before the conference that would have been at the home exchange, so we found a perfect 35 hour cruise from Stockholm to Turku, Findand! Any advice for our short visit in Turku?
Thanks to the TBEX sponsors and organizers, we’ll then spend a day of relaxing at Djurönäset on the island of Värmdö! Looks lovely. Then back to Stockholm to explore the city, meet interesting travel bloggers and learn more tips to grow on our travel blogging journey. After the conference we enjoy another few days of conference related touring in Skåne (details coming), then back to Norway!
This clever video is deserving of 3 1/2 minutes of your time, I promise.
Yep, back to Norway!
When our home exchange cancelled we considered our options and realized we were sure we’d regret such a short stay in Norway, so we sent a few notes to home exchangers in Norway (and Stockholm, too) and the responses were incredible. Soon, the cancellation was a distant memory and we happily rearranged our trip.
Now, we’ll visit Oslo, Tonsberg, Gloppen, Molde, and Kristiansund (by way of the Atlantic Road!) as a 12 day road trip with Tonsberg as our lovely home exchange base. We’re wide open to your suggestions!
Copenhagen, Denmark: Your advice, please!
From Tonsberg, we’ll take a ferry to Copenhagen, Denmark. We only have about 3 days to explore. Your suggestions?
Lodging: 3-4 nights at a home exchange in Copenhagen.