Let Scandinavia's Capital Cities Enchant You
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
Begin the Scandinavian tour in Copenhagen, where you will tour the city by foot to experience each of its unique neighborhoods and the main attractions like the harbor, the palace, and Carlsberg Brewery. Then you will plunge yourself into Swedish culture, food, and history in the old town, the trendy Södermalm, and a several interesting sites that are unique to Stockholm. Finish the Scandinavian tour in Oslo, exploring Fjords and watching the sunset from the famous Opera House.
Explore the city of Copenhagen
Copenhagen city is incredibly unique! It’s a place you can see completely by foot over the course of a couple of days. Though it’s a large city, all the interesting neighborhoods back up to one another, rather than being spread out. It’s also flat, making it very easy to walk without needing underground transportation. Why don’t you first take a 2.5-hour tour to become oriented here.
Start your sightseeing at the Nyhavn harbor, a beautiful, colorful area with many restaurants, and bars. Did you know, it wasn’t always this way. The nautically decorated restaurants used to be brothels, but the area underwent a major beautification project in the late 1960s to look like the tourist spot it is today. Other stopping points along the tour will include the Town Hall, the Royal Palace, the longest pedestrian shopping street in the world, and you will also pass by the opera house. Not only will you be able see each of these places, but on a tour you will learn some of their history as well.
With this, you will have seen much of the old city; yet there are many other neighborhoods you should visit during your stay. The Christiana neighborhood is an eclectic self-governing community, independent of the city, but walking distance away. Here, you will find marijuana being sold and smoked on the streets, citizens lounging outside their wooden shack homes, and entertaining sculptures made of recycled materials and colorful glass. This abandoned military base has plenty of character and appeal. Make sure you see it!
Walk through quirky neighbourhoods
Today, you will do a walking tour of the other interesting neighborhoods that include Vesterbro, Nørrebro, and Slotsholmen, all sporting distinctive personalities.
Begin with the trendy Vesterbro neighborhood where the Carlsberg brewery and Tivoli Gardens are located.
There’s also the Kalvebod Bølge, a waterfront area with modern sculptures and plenty of space to enjoy the fresh air outdoors.
Nørrebro is a young and open-minded neighborhood with plenty of coffee shops and thrift stores. You will find the Assistens Cemetery doubling as a park, where many locals enjoy a nap in the grass.
Slotsholmen is technically a part of the old city, but it has its own identity because of all that can be found here; the beautiful Christianborg Palace, the Danish Library, the stock exchange as well as architectural masterpieces.
Take a day trip out
Having spent the first couple of days to do the tour and visit these neighborhoods, use your third day to catch the train to Fredriksborg Castle in Hillerød.
Only an hour away, this beautiful fortress doubling as a national museum is a perfect mix of design and culture.
Wander through romantic Stockholm
Once you have made it to Stockholm and checked into your accommodation, take a stroll through the island of Gamla stan. This picturesque town is filled with narrow cobblestone streets and cozy cafes with lanterns burning outside their doors. It’s a warm and welcoming little place, and home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Armory, and Stortorget, the oldest square in all of Stockholm. On this island, spend a few hours perusing the shops and trying the Swedish cuisine of meatballs and mashed potatoes. As you wander through, you will at some point come upon the harbor.
Head back to the mainland of Norrmalm to try out Stadshuskällaren or Wedholms fisk, two Scandinavian food restaurants with a beautiful view. Enjoy a nice sunset meal here while looking out at the port.
Spend time in Södermalm
Begin with Södermalm: this is the trendiest area of Stockholm with unique boutique shops, plenty of vintage, and authentic local restaurants. You will want to walk down Hornsgatan and Söderledstunneln. Each of these streets has very different attitudes, but both are buzzing with energy and individuality.
After all of the exploring, take time out to relax in Tantolunden Park, the largest park on the Södermalm Island. It offers beach views, coffee shops, and brightly colored houses with beautiful gardens.
In the evening, walk over to the Katarina-Sofia neighborhood. Here, you will easily find some of the most interesting restaurants, bars, and shops. For the most local experience, this is where you should be. The Swedish people are overwhelmingly kind and easy to talk with, and this area will allow you to meet some locals and experience a pleasant night.
Indulge yourself in Stockholm’s distinctive museums
The next day day, delve into Sweden’s history first at the Vasa Museum. This maritime museum showcases one prominent 16th century Viking ship, as well as a few others docked in the harbor outside of the museum. Some of the Vasa ship has been refurbished, but the major part is still original.
On the same island as Vasa, you will find the open-air museum and zoo, Skansen. The museum houses a model of a 19th century town with shops, homes, farming fields and more. The section dedicated to the zoo holds hundreds of animals, many species known only to the region of Scandinavia.
After seeing these two places, leave the island of Dajurgården for Södermalm’s coast. Located at the waterfront is the Fotografiska Museum where international professionals have showcased their work.
Start at Oslo’s City Centre
Begin your first day by exploring the center of the city. Here you will find the Royal Palace and gardens, open only to the public in summer. Walking from here through the center, you should pass the National Theatre, the lively Spikersuppa Square and ice skating rink, the Grand Hotel, and the Parliament. Make your way through the shopping streets and, eventually, to the 17th century Oslo Cathedral.
In the afternoon walk through Middeladerparken. This park is wrapped around a beautiful lake and the remains of two famous churches can be found here.
As the sun begins to set, walk along the water until you reach the Opera House. In all its grandeur, the design of this building is absolutely stunning, and the view of the water at sunset is something you cannot miss; so whether you choose to see a show or not, it is important that you visit the café for a drink. The glass ceilings are so high, that one has to crane one’s neck to see where they meet the ceiling.
A relaxing day at Oslo
Spend day 2 walking along the Akerselva River towards Grünerløkka, a trendy neighborhood northeast of the center. It’s a homey feeling area with plenty of cafés and eateries as well as small boutique clothing stores and fun street art on what seems like every corner. Along the river you can find plenty of places to sit outside and have a drink while listening to music and the flow of the water.
The other half of the day would be well spent with a picnic and a nice book in the university botanical garden. What is so lovely about Oslo is that you don’t feel like a tourist because it’s small enough that there aren’t too many tourist things to do. It’s a place to go and relax and enjoy your time away.
Sail down the famous Fjords
Spend the third day exploring the Fjords on one of Oslo’s many boat tours. Once you pick the one that is right for you, spend the afternoon sailing around the landscape.
Unfortunately, in winter the Fjord can be frozen and therefore unable to be toured. If this is the case, head to the enchanting city of Bergen for a day of exploration. Be sure to take the Floban Funicular to see a spectacular view of the city. Either way, you will find breathtaking views of Norway and beautiful blue, icy waters. This last day will leave you with the perfect memory of Oslo to take back home with you.
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
Contributed By : Kait WalkerTourHQ Experiences
This itinerary is contributed by Kait, an experienced traveler. If you request this tour, different guides will give you their versions of this itinerary. Be sure to confirm with them on what's included before booking.