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Scandinavia for 10 days in mid-May, travel tips needed

Scandinavia for 10 days in mid-May, travel tips needed

Nov 10th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Scandinavia for 10 days in mid-May, travel tips needed

I am planning to take a family group to Scandinavia for 12 days in mid to late May 2011. This is our first trip to Scandinavia so all advice is welcome. Our one "must see" is Narpes, Finland - the village that the family immigrated from in 1895. We also want to see historic sites and scenic beauty. Where to begin? We are starting in Atlanta, GA. Should we fly into Helsinki and on to Vasaa before renting a car? Will we have time to take a ferry over to Sweden?
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Nov 10th, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Guidebooks might be in order to know what to see in Finland. Then, depending on the remaining time and your interests, you a trip to Sweden, or Norway, or Denmark (all part of Scandinavia). I suspect that Stockholm or Copenhagen would be the enough for you remaining time.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 05:56 PM
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My typing is horrible.

Corrections: ... your interests, a trip to Sweden etc.

... enough for your remaining time.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the starting points. On the map Narpes look extremely remote so perhaps the car rental sites can help me figure out travel times.
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Nov 12th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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For routes and travel times, try viamichelin.com
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Nov 29th, 2010, 12:51 AM
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Närpes is a small city, you can see it in a day. You have several options to get there: there are few daily bus connections from Helsinki to Närpes taking about 6-7 hours. The nearest Railway Station is in Vaasa and the direct train takes 4h 30minutes. Maybe it would be most convenient to go from Helsinki to Vaasa and rent a car or take local bus to Närpes. There is one hotel in Närpes and several in Vaasa (including Tropiclandia spa hotel). You need to count at least two days for Närpes with the travelling time since it's a bit out of the way.

Helsinki is compact city and you could see the most important sights in two days. I would recommend visiting Suomenlinna (the ferry ride is very nice), Kauppatori and Vanha Kauppahalli. I would advise to get hotel in the very centre of Helsinki so you can walk to almost all the main sights. I can personally recommend Sokos Hotel Helsinki, in Kluuvikatu. Or if you want to watch your budget Omenahotelli (www.omenahotels.com) has two hotels that are in pretty central locations.

There are two company's that operate ferrys from both Turku and Helsinki to Stockholm - Viking Line and Tallink Silja. Both have websites with timetables and online booking. There are sometimes excellent offers, like 10 euros for whole cabin! You can do a 24h cruise where you don't get to go to Stockholm, but will see it from the deck or day-trip where you will about 12 hours in Stockholm. Both also sell packages that include ferry + hotel night(s) in Stockholm if you want a longer visit.

There is also the possibility to take a quick day-trip to Tallinn - there are several different companies that have quick ferries so no pre-booking required.

And if you want to ambitious you could also try to fit in a trip to Oslo as there are now budget airlines offering cheap flights to Oslo - Ryanair flies from Tampere-Pirkkala and Norwegian Air from Helsinki-Vantaa. I have seen both selling round-trip tickets around 20 USD.

There are no budget airlines flying from Finland to Copenhagen, but Blue1 is usually the cheapest - roundtrip would be about 150 eur if you book early enough.
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Nov 29th, 2010, 01:29 AM
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Here are some links that may interest you

Day Cruise from Helsinki to Porvoo

Turku Tourism info:

Helsinki info:
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