Oslo or the rest of Denmark?

Mar 22nd, 2011, 09:04 AM
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Oslo or the rest of Denmark?

We are flying into Copenhagen and have extra time after spending a few days seeing Copenhagen. With the remainder of our time, I am agonizing over whether (1) to go to Oslo for 3 days (this means that we WON'T have time to include 'Norway in a Nutshell') or (2) to drive around in Denmark, going to places like Odense, Aarhus, Ribe and Aeroskobing. Supposedly, Aeroskobing shouldn't be missed. On the other hand, Oslo also seems fascinating but would we feel bad for missing out on the fjords (the fjords, Bergen and Stavanger are in the plans for our next trip)? I know a lot will depend on us and what we like to do -- our favourite trip thus far has been to the Swiss Alps (Muerren). With that in mind, could you please share your thoughts? I would appreciate any advice from those in the know. Thank you in advance.

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Mar 22nd, 2011, 03:50 PM
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I can't speak for Norway as I haven't been - but scenery-wise the fjords of Norway are likely to be more "dramatic" than the pleasant, but largely flat Danish landscape.
Personally I like Denmark a lot - but I appreciate softly undulating scenery with the largely calm coasts of the Baltic Sea. If you liked the Swiss Alps, the Danish landscape will be quite a contrast.
Aeroeskoebing is a very small town on the island of Aeroe. You can get there by ferry from Svendborg on Fyn (Svendborg is a nice little port) - http://www.aeroe-ferry.com/.
The transfer takes a bit more than 1 hour. Aeroeskoebing features a couple of old houses and is probably what people call cute - but I would not go so far as to say it should under no circumstances be missed. In fact I think it's only worthwhile in summer - and even then I would not base a trip around it.
If I were you, I'd be tempted to take a look at Norway after you saw Copenhagen and its surroundings (both of which I think are fantastic).
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 03:55 PM
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Three days in Stockholm; you can see Oslo when you plan your Norway trip.

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Mar 22nd, 2011, 04:46 PM
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Would have to agree with Michael, if I had to go somewhere for three days it would definitely be Stockholm instead of Oslo.

With that said, I did take a 7 day driving tour around Denmark and had a blast. Great Castles, great little towns, and great people. If you make it to Jutland, it's incredibly flat with a lot of cows, but I really enjoyed Ribe.

If money is a consideration, enjoy Denmark. If you can afford to pack everyone up and fly to Stockholm, it's an incredible city.
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 05:11 PM
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I have traveled a couple of times around Scandinavia and I am sorry to say Oslo is my least favorite Scandinavian city. Stockholm is a great idea as well as seeing the rest of Denmark. I did enjoy the Norweigan countryside as well as the city of Bergen. But I would definitely give Oslo a miss.
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Mar 26th, 2011, 04:52 AM
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You can take the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo, entering through the Oslo fjord. Not as spectacular as the fjords in the west, but a very pleasent entry into a vibrant city with lots of beautiful scenery on the doorstep.

Go to Bygdøy for woods and beaches, Holmenkollen for the ski jump, forest and magnificent views or the popular and large Vigeland park for sculptures and outdoor cafés in the middle of everything.

Gentrified Grünerløkka has got coffee bars on every corner, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in town. Also nice city parks in this area.

Lots of life, upscale shopping, cafés and restaurants in Hegedehaugsveien/Bogstadveien just north of the Royal castle towards the Majorstuen area.

Take a look at Frognerseteret café and restaurant, with tram from the city center in 20 mins:

Herbern Café at Bygdøy, close to the most popular city beaches. http://www.sult.no/englishinformation.cfm

Go native at traditional and recently renovated Theatercafeen. As Oslo as it gets: http://www.hotelcontinental.no/Theat...en.aspx?ID=236
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Mar 26th, 2011, 04:56 AM
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... and as Mozart-fan you might want to take a look at our new Opera house? People tend to gather on the roof on sunny days. Won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 and the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fu...a_by_night.jpg
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