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Sweden July 13-27 - Tips for travel - Copenhagen too?

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Hello,
My niece and I are traveling to Sweden to celebrate turning 30 and 50! We'll have two weeks to explore our ancestry and enjoy an amazing adventure together. We have never been to Sweden and have only done limited Europe travel in the past, so looking for tips from those of you who have been before. :-) We were thinking of adding a side trip to Copenhagen and wonder about timing and travel to include this adventure.

We are both active and open to all sorts of experiences: outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking, cultural sites offering local flavor and history, and a little bit of shopping. We are open to walk, drive, train, boat, or fly.

After traveling so far (from Phoenix and Chicago) we do want to maximize our travel experience; but we also want to be leisurely enough to drink in the moments along the journey and not feel frazzled or rushed by simply checking things off a "must see - must do" list. We fly in and out of Stockholm.

We are looking for suggestions on:
* How should we schedule the timing and travel for the Copenhagen side trip? Are there other side excursions you recommend?

* What should we make sure we see and do while in Sweden? What are those "don't miss" experiences and how long should we plan to be in certain areas or cities?

* We hear the weather will be much like Chicago spring. Do you have suggestions for packing and attire so we don't stick out as visiting Americans? Other packing tips?

* Should we make hotel reservations well in advance or can we travel a bit "on the wind" and find lodging when we're there?

* Do you recommend renting a car or traveling by train and plane?

Thank you so much for your suggestions!!! We will be too blondes on the loose, but we don't want to travel with the stereotype blonde confusion. Ha Ha!! :-)

DW

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    Hi!

    I live in Sweden (Gothenburg). Depending on what you like to do city or nature exploring I would suggest different things for your trip.
    If you only want to explore cities I would suggest 4 days in Stockholm, 4 days in Gothenburg and 4 days in Malmö/Copenhagen and then back to Stockholm. with travel days in between. Taking the train is almost always cheaper than flying. A train ticket from Stockholm to Gothenburg is around 195 SKR (approximately 28 USD) if you buy it in advance and the trip takes about 3 h.

    If your more into nature i would suggest that you rent a car and drive around Sweden. (driving from Stockholm to Gothenburg takes approximately 5-6 h) Then you could stop along the way to take in the natural beauty whenever you want.

    If you want to i could help you with a driving map with suggested stops along the way so you don't miss anything. For example I would make a stop in a smal village called Gränna famous for it's production of the most typical Swedish candy (polkagrisar) its like candy canes but in different flavors shapes and so on.

    all depending on what you would like to experience. :)

    Swedish summers have very shifting weather. With temperatures from 17-30 C (62-86 F). Most persons will be wearing light cloths during the hot and sunny days and just a little bit more during the rainy days but with an umbrella or rain poncho. in the evenings you can use a light jacket or a cardigan to keep you warm.

    depending on what standard you want and how close to the big cities you want to be you should book the hotels in advance.

    If you want to get more inside tips on Sweden you can contact me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/yvette.palm.9

    Hope you'll have a nice stay in Sweden!
    /Yvette

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