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Jun 9th, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Driving from northern Germany, to Denmark, Sweden , Norway

Has anyone made this trip: Flying to Frankfurt from U.S, (or Berlin, Hamburg) , then renting a car and driving through/to Denmark (countryside & Copenhagen), on to Sweden (countryside & Stockholm), and perhaps on over to Norway (Bergen & Oslo).
I know the new super bridges have helped this situation,and I know it is hard driving in Stockholm due to city restrictions. We could take the train some, ! Perhaps visiting smaller towns with the car and then staying outside of the big cities and taking public transportation into the 3 or 4 large cities.
Would there be ANY car ferries involved ..............or is it all land NOW> I guess we could take a 1 or 2 day boat trip along the fjords in Norway.
Main question: Ideas about traveling Scandanavia by car ???
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Jun 18th, 2010, 06:10 AM
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There doesn't need to be any car ferry involved, but you can choose car ferries to cut down on kilometres driven. From Hamburg to Copenhagen you can choose either the route over Jutland and Funen using the Great Belt Bridge or the route using the ferry between Puttgarden and Rødby which allows for a nice break in the journey. Time-wise and price-wise, it's about the same. You save on gas with the ferry as the route is around 150 km shorter, but the ferry toll is more than the bridge toll. From Copenhagen to Stockholm, you can choose the Øresund Bridge or the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry. Here, the ferry is also the shortest route in length, and time-wise it's around the same. But the ferry route is more scenic than the bridge (maybe unless you are a bridge fan), since you can drive up the old coastal road from Copenhagen to Helsingør with all it's big houses and visit Helsingør and Kronborg on the way. here, I recommend taking the ferry.
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Jun 18th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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I second the previous poster on most points.

If you want to focus on major cities like Hamburg and Copenhagen, the ferry between Puttgarden and Roedby is great. It makes for a nice break with fabulously fresh air and operates 24/7 with departures every 30 min. The crossing takes 45 min., but you have to be there at least 15 min. in advance for boarding.
http://www.scandlines.de/en/main.htm

If you opt for the longer "land-route" via the island of Fyn, you could stop off in Svendborg or Faaborg (scenic, slightly sleepy little towns on the South Coast) or in Odense and pay tribute to HC Andersen, Denmark's famous story teller. The route completely without ferries let's you pass by Odense, but it's a pretty long and slightly boring drive up the Jutland peninsula to Middelfart, that doesn't get you anywhere closer to your likely destination. I'd probably prefer to go via Sonderburg on Als and take the ferry from Fynshav to Bojden on Fyn.
http://www.alstrafikken.dk/1we.aspx

The bridge between Copenhagen and Skaane (Southern Sweden) is quite convenient if you want to focus on the West Coast (and probably explore sleepy Ystad, home to Kurt Wallander, Henning Mankell's famous detective). Otherwise, I again support the view of the previous poster that the ferry could be the more scenic option - and it brings you closer to Kronborg castle - so it's a battle between Shakepeare and Mankell...

Overall, I prefer driving over the train as it gives you more flexibility and let's you explore sights along the way at a leisurely pace. For example, whether you opt from whatever direction you'd approach Copenhagnen (wether from Roedby after the ferry crossing or from Korsoer/Ringsted after the bridge) you pass by Roskilde, which has a fantastic cathedral and a reasonably interesting Viking ship museum (apart from the festival).
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Jun 18th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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Was distracted, therefore the last para again:

Overall, I prefer driving over the train as it gives you more flexibility and lets you explore sights along the way at a leisurely pace. For example, from whatever direction you'd approach Copenhagen (whether from Roedby after the ferry crossing or from Korsoer/Ringsted after the bridge) you'd pass by Roskilde, which has a fantastic cathedral and a reasonably interesting Viking ship museum (apart from the festival).

And obviously that English poet's name was Shakespeare.
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Jul 9th, 2010, 04:28 AM
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Regarding seeing the fjords by boat or car, you definitely should go by car. You can drive along most of the fjords. You'll be able to visit more local attractions that way and also go into some of the side-valleys of the fjords, and drive up into the mountains surrounding the fjords.
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