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Trip Report Sweden, Denmark, Norway Trip Report

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I'm going to start this report with a high-level overview of the trip, then add details as I have time. (If I go into too much detail early on, I may never finish it!)

Trip: Sweden, Denmark, Norway - a whirlwind
Leave Minneapolis - Friday, May 17th
Arrive Stockholm - Saturday, May 18th
Return to Minneapolis from Bergen, via CPH: Sunday, May 26th

Stayed in Stockholm: Mornington Hotel Stockholm City - one night
Took a cab from the airport in a jetlagged fog.
Clean, bright lobby, nice clean rooms, free wifi, good location, helpful desk staff, tasty and ample breakfast buffet. Great bar across the street with very tasty craft cocktails!

Fly to Copenhagen: Sunday late; took the train into Copenhagen (easy to use)
Stayed in Copenhagen: Clarion Hotel Mayfair - one night
Clean, nice room, several comfortable rooms off the lobby; located near the central train station. Light dinner buffet more than sufficient (helpful to save $$); tasty breakfast as well. Wifi.

Fly to Goteborg (Gothenberg): Monday late, greeted at the airport by driver from Volvo (here to pick up a new car!)
Stayed in Goteberg: Radisson Blu Scandinavia - two nights (one included as part of Volvo European Delivery)
Large hotel, large rooms, some have been renovated, some have not (we had an older room - it was fine and had a nice view); ample breakfast buffet included - very tasty. Wifi.

Volvo pick up - Wednesday, May 22nd - amazing factory tour, cool visit to the Volvo museum, picture with my new car, lunch at the factory. Finally on the road north. Love my new car - rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane drift sensers, Bluetooth, USB for my iphone... The scenery on the west coast of Sweden could be Minnesota - which explains plenty about the early MN settlers. Roads are very easy to maneuver, well marked, and google maps is very accurate.

Drive to Stromstad for a night - lovely spot on the west coast of Sweden almost to Norway. Stayed at Emma's Bed & Breakfast. Lovely room, very kind and friendly hosts; tasty breakfast. Walked into Stromstad for dinner Wednesday night (used the self-service ferry!) - had dinner at a Thai restaurant called Heat. Very tasty meal, large portion so we were able to share.

Thursday morning - drove to Oslo, dropping off car in Drammen. (For its long ride to Minneapolis.) One night in Oslo, at the Comfort Hotel Grand Central. Right next to (i.e. connected to) the central train station. Clean, comfortable. Breakfast included. Wifi. Convenient location to wander around for an afternoon & evening.

Friday morning flight to Bergen Norway. Stayed 2 nights at the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. Lovely hotel, right near the water & Bryggen. Breakfast buffet & light dinner buffet included. Bergen highlights: Floien funicular & the Ulriken gondola.

Other notes: yes, food & hotels are expensive in Scandinavia, but having breakfast & dinner sometimes included helps significantly. We found that for a dinner where we might expect to spend $120 (including wine) in Minneapolis might be $200 there. (Wine or alcohol is very expensive in restaurants.) Wine in the state controlled liquor stores in Norway was much more reasonably priced than the restaurants, and on par with what you might pay in the states. Alcohol (vodka/gin, etc.) was still very expensive, even in the store. Travelling in any of the airports (and we hit Stockholm, Copenhagen (twice), Goteborg, Oslo & Bergen) is easy, clean and well organized - seriously almost serene. The duty free shopping in CPH is quite good.

More later - I'll add more details about what we saw & restaurants we visited. Enjoy!

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