Need your help for a Scandinavian honeymoon!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy bee

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to any of those cities so I don’t remember much. But I remember loving the Hermitage museum at St. Petersburg. Have fun!

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How much money are you budgeting for this trip? The cities you’ve picked are ridiculously expensive. Hotels in CPH are going to run you about $150 per night for the absolute cheapest options – nice hotels will be $200+. I’ve lived in CPH for 6 years and I think it’s really a boring city for tourists. If you’ve seen one scandinavian capital city, you’ve seen them all. What do you like to do? If you’re into outdoorsy stuff, I would skip Copenhagen/Malmo and just spend a bit more time in Norway outside of the cities. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Getting between the cities is easy and quick, but like a PP said, once you’ve seen one, you’ve kinda seen them all. Malmö and Copenhagen are RIGHT next to each other, so if anything, you could do an afternoon there over the bridge (there isn’t a ton to see). I would suggest maybe stopping in one of the smaller towns between Copenhagen and Stockholm (Jönköping? Göteborg? Lund?). You’ll get a lot more for your money, you’ll get to see a different kind of life, and there are tons of easy hiking and outdoorsy things to do! Plus they’re on the train routes between cities so it’s not going too far out of the way.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s doable. My mom and I just went to Copenhagen and then to Norway for ~11 days in July and it was lovely. Of those on your list we went to Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen. Honestly I think you could see most of the main attractions in those cities within 2 days. We were not big fans of Oslo, although the museum was nice.

If you’re going to go to Norway though, I’d suggest getting out of the cities and staying somewhere a little more secluded on the fjords. We stayed at the Kviknes hotel in Balestrand it was so nice to recharge and relax for two days. We swam in the fjord, took out a canoe and saw dolphins (cousin of the dolphin I believe, but I can’t recall the name), my mom rented a bike, there’s also hiking etc. The scenery is GORGEOUS and it’s so quiet and peaceful. I’d also recommend taking a ferry boat ride through the fjords.

As the previous poster said, keep in mind that Norway is extremely expensive. It was like $15 for a glass of house wine at a restaurant, and easily $50 for two people for dinner, not including drinks.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you fly into Copenhagen, you can spend one or two nights here – take the canal tour (boat trip around the city which shows all the interesting places inc. the little mermaid), eat dinner somewhere like Oliver and the Black Circus or Kokkeriet, both fantastic restaurants in the New Nordic style without blowing your budget eating somewhere like Noma. 

Malmö is kinda like a smaller Copenhagen – wouldn’t say it’s worth visiting on it’s own but if you want to drive over the Øresund Bridge then it would be silly to pay the toll just to drive there and come straight back. If you just want to see the bridge, then you can see it from a lot of points in Copenhagen. As far as bridges go, it’s not all that impressive – although it is quite long. If you just take the train over the bridge, you can’t see all that much. 

From Copenhagen, you can usually get cheap plane tickets to Bergen if you’re flexible (under $80 return). Norwegian airlines has a ton of flights that go there per day. From Bergen, there’s a lot of fjord tours and the train from Bergen to Oslo is supposed to be one of the most scenic in the world. I wouldn’t spend more than an afternoon in Oslo – you can check out the sculpture garden with lots of crazy statues and the waterfront and then hop on a plane to Stockholm. 

I would give Stockholm a few days. It’s a nice city to walk around or take one of the boat trips around and definitely check out the Vasa Museum which has a restored 17th century ship in the middle of it. I’m not a huge fan of maritime history museums but I thought it was really interesting. 

I’ve not been to Russia yet so I won’t comment on that. 🙂 

If you have any other questions, feel free to send me a pm. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Either that or you can also go from Copenhagen and up the coast to Helsingør where you can see Kronborg castle (Hamlet’s castle). Then you could take the ferry over to Helsingborg and drive up to Stockholm, stopping in either Göteborg or one of the other cities on the way. Plenty of beautiful scenery that way.  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

We just went to Denmark this past spring! I can’t speak to the hotels as we have a really good friend that lives there about 20 mins outside of Copenhagen so we didn’t stay in any hotels. But I’m thinking if you stayed somewhere not directly in Copenhagen and took the train in, it might be cheaper! We were in a town called Roskilde (check out the cathedral and the Viking ship museum there if you have a chance, we got to row a replica Viking ship!) and it was only a short train ride in to Copenhagen! The transit system is super easy to figure out.

We LOVED Copenhagen. Almost every place we went, we really enjoyed. I’ve been other places in Europe with not so nice people and honestly, the people in Denmark are amazing. So lovely and friendly once you get them talking, and pretty much everyone speak in Copenhagen speaks English.

It sounds like you have a lot of the same interests as my hubby and I, so some things I would recommend are: the Round Tower, the National Museum, Amalienborg & Rosenborg Palaces, the Marble Church. You definitely have to check out Nyhavn, which is the area you always see in postcards with the colored houses. Our absolute favourite thing though, was Tivoli Gardens. What time of year are you going? It’s an outdoor amuseument park (second oldest in the world!) and it’s plopped right down in the middle of the city. It has this cool old vibe and it’s something you’ll probably never experience elsewhere.

 

We went to Malmo for the day because we wanted to say we went to Sweden lol. Honestly, it’s skippable. There wasn’t much to see and from what I’ve heard, it’s not the greatest city to judge Sweden on. The Oresund Bridge is cool though. If you don’t have a lot of time in Denmark, you can definitely skip going accross to Malmo. There are so many other places you could get to in a day!

Our friend wanted us to see more than just the Copenhagen area so we got the opportunity to go to some other places in Denmark, mostly in Jutland which is a different part of the country. It took about 4-5 hours to get up there and it was so worth it. We stayed in Skive and from there went to Billund (my hubby was obsessed with going to Legoland and it did not disappoint!!) and we also went to Hanstholm, which has a WWII German bunker museum that was really cool if you’re history nerds like us.

 

I could write all day about Denmark. I loved it so much. If you want any advice or to see any pics, recommendations for shops or restaurants, etc. let me know! I am happy to share!!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Oh, and if you’re looking for cheaper airline tickets, try Icelandair. My Danish friend recommended it to me and it did indeed turn out to be the cheapest. You don’t get meals but if you don’t care about that it’s great. The planes were the roomiest I’ve been on and the people that work for the airline are great. Plus we got to have a layover in Iceland (only for a few hours) but it was cool and it was nice to break up the flights. We did Ottawa to Halifax, Halifax to Iceland, Iceland to Denmark.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Scandinavia is all about the nature and it seems like you’re skipping all of it.  The cities are nice, but quite underwhelming and really don’t hold up against the nature there.  Troll rd is proably the most unique rd I’ve been on.  Preikestolen is probably the best hike I’ve ever done.  Your trip sounds like a whirlwind of cities.  If you aren’t nature people and don’t care for it, I would not go to scandinavia for city life.  There are amazing cities in Europe, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Prague that are far better to visit if you’re into cities.  If you want to visit St Petersburg, I’d def say go to Moscow too.  No point in getting your visa sorted just to briefly visit one city.  

There is nothing in Malmö, and Oresund bridge is underwhelming casue you don’t really get to see it when you are on it and there are no lookout of the bridge.  At least we didn’t find one.  Looks great from aerial pics but, you can’t see the bridge like that.

Is your proposed trip doable?  Sure. Would I recommened it? never.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Back when I was an exchange student my host family took me to Stockholm for a week – we stayed at this beautiful camping ground about 1/2 hour outside of the city. We didn’t “camp” really – instead we had a small cabin which was a very modern hut (so much in it, more like a very small house). We got to see the beautiful countryside everyday that we travelled into town (by train – the next stop), but still got to do all the fun tourist things. My host parents got 7 day passes for all public transport (boats, trains, trams, buses) and that included the major tourist attractions in town too – so a really good deal all up!

If you hadn’t said you were seasick, I would have suggested the Viking Cruises between Stockholm and Helsinki – I would love to do that one day!

Have an amazing trip!

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