Planning A Scandinavian Road Trip

A road trip through the far north of Europe is the perfect way to explore one of the most beautiful regions on the planet. This is especially true during the short but intense summer period, when the locals tend to make the most out of the long hours of sunshine.

Outside cafés and restaurants are generally filled until late and the large cities feel particularly lively during this time of the year.

A road trip between the Scandinavian capitals provides a great opportunity to get to know unique cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, while giving you the chance to pass some truly majestic scenery along the way…

Experiencing Stockholm

A perfect place to start your roadtrip through the Nordic capitals is in Stockholm. Built on 14 islands, the Swedish capital offers a unique beauty, combining nature with stunning architecture, great shopping opportunities and a vibrant night life.

You should definitely give yourself at least a couple of days to experience Stockholm and visit some of the city’s best sights, such as the Gamla Stan medieval city centre, the Royal Palace and the Vasa Ship Museum.

Once you’ve spent enough time Stockholm, you can then take a car rental from Sixt to start on your Scandinavian adventure.

The Stockholm to Copenhagen drive

From Stockholm you can venture south driving along the beautiful Southern Swedish coast line. Some of the highlights along the way include a visit to the medieval castle of Kalmar and the glassworks produced in the region of Småland.

From there you can continue to the charming town of Ystad before reaching Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, and finally crossing the famous Øresund Bridge to reach the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

As with the Swedish capital, you should allow yourself a couple of days in the city, enjoying its lively summer atmosphere and visiting the main attractions such as the Little Mermaid Statue, Tivoli Gardens and Chistiansborg Palace.

Also make sure to stroll along the beautiful harbor Nyhavn, it’s one of the most picturesque areas in the city!

Getting from Copenhagen to Oslo

If you’re ready to take a break from driving, you can always drop off your car rental in Copenhagen and take the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. If you would prefer to drive, you can head across the Øresund Bridge once again, heading north from there to visit Sweden’s second largest city, Göteborg and heading further north to Oslo from there.

On your way up you should definitely stop over in Göteborg for a day, exploring the old Haga, Slottsskogen and the many cafés lined along Linnégatan. It’s a great city full of life and atmosphere!

When arriving in Oslo, attractions such as the Viking ship museum, the National Opera and the Holmenkollen Ski Museum are waiting. It is definitely worth noting however, that if you are on a tight budget, you may want to keep your visit to Oslo rather short as Oslo is infamous for not exactly being cheap.

One of the best free things to do in Oslo is checking out Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park and one of the most popular attractions in the city.

From Oslo, you can either drive back to Stockholm to complete your Scandinavian roundtrip, getting to explore inland Sweden along the way, or you can finish your trip there.

The great thing about hiring a car is that you don’t not necessarily need to return the vehicle in the same city which allows for numerous options. For those on a tight schedule, just driving from Stockholm to either Copenhagen or Oslo may already be a great opportunity to explore Europe’s majestic North.

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2 Responses to Planning A Scandinavian Road Trip

  1. Travel Tips & Hacks July 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    If you have the chance, try and visit the nearest local beach in Oslo called “Huk”, it’s a short bus-ride and it’s the go-to place for anyone living in Oslo (me included).

  2. Linda July 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    I’m just curious if you have ever visited the Sognefjord in Norway. I’m looking to do a trip up there this summer and need some advice on the best places to hit along the way. Your post has actually convinced me to re-route my trip just to explore Stockholm as well. – thank you!

    I can’t wait for a new adventure!