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Scandinavia - By land or by sea?

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My wife and I (in our 60's) plan to visit Scandinavia this summer. We're fairly experienced independent travelers but want some advice on how to see the Baltic region. This is our first trip to that part of Europe. Any opinions on whether a Baltic cruise or doing cities by car would be better?

Itinerary #1, Baltic Cruise -

The typical 7-day cruise itinerary includes Stockholm - Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Tallinn - Copenhagen. Has anybody ever heard of a cruise like that that starts at Stockholm and ends at Copenhagen (or vice versa)? We would spend 2 or 3 days in Stockholm and Copenhagen at the start and end of such a cruise so I'd like to fly into one and out of the other.

Itinerary #2, Pure Scandinavia -

Fly into Stockholm. Spend a few days, pick up a car. Drive to Bergen. (Is there a good route for this across the countryside?) Two days in Bergen and surroundings. Oslo for a day. Then Copenhagen for three days. Fly out of Copenhagen.

Itinerary #3, Budget Buster -

Take the cruise as in #1, probably out of Stockholm. Then fly to Bergen for two days and on to Copenhagen for three more. I figure 18 days and $10k for the two of us from the USA.


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