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Organizing a trip to Scandinavia (part 1)


If you start planning your spring, summer and even autumn holidays, read my blog rubric - "Recommendations for tourists." The first topic of it is “Organizing a trip to Scandinavia”.

What information should be found on the Internet before you go on your trip to Scandinavia:

  • Fragments of maps of different parts of your route on a larger scale + 2-3 detailed travel guides.


Photo: http://www.openstreetmap.org/OpenStreetMap contributors, Wikimedia Commons, Licence CC 2.0

  • Travellers’ reviews (many of them comprise a lot of useful practical tips).
  • Transport means by which you will be traveling - ticket prices, timetables. See this example of table I’ve made for myself:
Route
Departure time-Arrival time
Transport mean
Class
Cost for 1 person
Cost for 3 persons
Moscow-Helsinki
22:50-13:00 (Moscow time)
Train "Leo Tolstoy"
2

101,6 EUR
304,8 EUR


Another question is taking taxi. I recommend you to write/remember the names of several official taxi companies (if you don’t want to overpay for services of questionable private taxi drivers). For example, in Stockholm, you can use the services of Taxi Stockholm or Taxi Kurir.

  • Restaurants and cafes – accroding to the price range and your culinary preferences. Also it’s useful to search for some details about tipping rules in different countries of Scandinavia.
Name
Website or contacts
Location
Prices
Other information
Restaurant Solliden http://www.profilrestauranger.se/

Skansen
Menu A - Sek 541 incl VAT
Opens daily from 12.00 to 16.00


  • Accommodation.
Name
Website or contacts
Location
Hotel room types Price per 1 night Additional information

Fossili Hotel http://www.fossli-hotel.com/
Railway Station - Ustaoset: 55 km
Oslo: 280 km
Bergen: 170 km

Double Rooms:

Single Rooms:
Extra bed:

From NOK 1.050
From NOK 790
NOK 200
Fossli Hotel, established in 1891, is situated at the innermost end of the Hardanger Fiord in the beautiful Hardanger mountains. The hotel overlooks one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.





  • Tourist attractions which you want to visit /tours & excurcions/sport attractions/other kinds of your rest (see this example table with information):

Name
Brief information/travellers’ reviews Price/free Opens Website & contacts
Sinebrychoff Art Museum Collection of European paintings, portraits and household objects from 1600s-1700s 10/8 € or 7/6 €
Under-18 free of charge
Free admission on the first Wednesday of the month at 5-8 pm.
Tue-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, Wed-Thu 10: 00-20: 00, Sat-Sun 11: 00-17: 00

http://www.sinebrychoffintaidemuseo.fi/en/

Bulevardi 40
00120 Helsinki

Switchboard:
358 (0) 173 361 9
Tickets: 358 (0) 9 1733 6460
Office: 358 (0) 9 1733 6462

  • Shopping - addresses of shops, days and hours of their opening, information about Tax Free, discounts, sales.
  • Estimated weather forecast during your trip. It’s better to gather data from several meteorological sites for best accuracy.
  • Periods of "high season".
  • Phrasebooks in English and local languages. To know some words/phrases from them is always useful!
  • If you plan to visit the capitals/big cities, learn more about the cards, like Stockholm Card, Helsinki Card, Oslo Pass, etc. By purchasing them for a certain number of days, you can have free access to museums, some excursions, use public transport.
  • Vitally important information - phone numbers and addresses of emergencies (police, ambulance, fire), your country embassies in the Nordic countries, hospitals, lost and found. Also - tourist centers, transport information desks. Currency exchange, monetary units, the time difference compared with time in your country. Customs. Holidays and weekends. Telephone codes, mobile and local phones, Internet cafes.

Read here how to plan an economical vacation in Scandinavia

3 комментария:

  1. Good to know! I've been lucky enough to visit Norway and Finland... but still missing Sweden!

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  2. I think you should try to visit Sweden. It's a very interesting & beautiful country!

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