There are few places in the world like Stockholm, combining the best of both worlds – literally. The city is a vibrant cosmopolitan place with great shopping, fashionable people, lots of bars and clubs and great little boutiques. At the same time you’re always surrounded by water, as it’s situated on 14 islands, and the nature is just around the corner. The water is perhaps the best example of combining the best of both; it’s salty AND sweet at the same time! To read more about our time in Stockholm, make sure you check out: Stockholm, Sweden – The Best Of Both Worlds
Stockholm Sweden Video – Europe Trip
Blue and yellow are the colors of Sweden. Here is a golden crown as a decoration on a bridge overlooking the blue waters of Stockholm, the capital city where the Royal family lives.
The three-edged Swedish flag has been raised here since the 1660’s and perhaps even longer..! This is where passing boats were greeted with the flag and a cannon salute.
Blue is the color of the royalty and gold a symbol of wealth, and Sweden’s colors are blue and yellow – so what better colors to use for the Royal Park Gate than these?
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…
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.
Stockholm – London – Hong Kong – Kerikeri, and the best 360SEK I’ve ever spent!
This entry is (probably) going to be brief (and undoubtedly littered with typos!) as I’m at the mid-way point in my journey from Stockholm, Sweden to Kerikeri, New Zealand. Sitting in Hong Kong airport at the travellers lounge, I’m enjoying possibly the best 360SEK (400HK$) I’ve ever spent. A 20 minute hot shower after having been awake for about 28 hours so far, with 2 flights, a lot of airport securty, a talkative travel buddy (now boarded his next flight – more about him later), air-sick kid in the row in front (poor guy!), and feeling a bit worse for wear – yes, the 20 minute hot shower was definitely needed! Coming up is a 15 minute neck/shoulder massage – which is also seriously needed (although I’d trade it in a flash for the opportunity to sleep for half a day before boarding the next flight…which ironically enough, has a flight time of about half a day!)
Of course, the full experience of long-haul travel is hard to put to paper or screen, as the millions of new impressions, new information etc etc that is being processed in the brain is sometimes more than enough just to cope with, let alone distribute (am I rambling now? hmm….) My Chinese is pretty much what it used to be (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, as it used to be more or less non-existant)…which is why it’s great that the level of English in this ex-British colony is superb. Probably better than mine actually, given that my mind has been focussed on Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and German for the last 6 ½ year! Right, time to relax again, then that massage…then it’s another couple of hours wait, before a 2nd ½ day flight, 3 more hours waiting, 40 minutes in a mosquito, and then a short ride from the airport. (I purchased my ticket from Auckland to Kerikeri about an hour ago, so I hope my Dad checks his email when he wakes up! – he had planned on driving to Auckland Airport to pick me up!! )