Getting around in the Nordic countries is very easy and comfortable

Getting around in the Nordic countries is very easy and comfortable

Getting around in the Nordic Countries

The Nordic countries are less populated and covered by the most magnificent nature.

You will find a lot of options for many experiences; however, your travel will depend on what destination you choose, and what time of year you visit the countries. 

By rental car

Best time of the year to rent a car and driving around in the beautiful Nordic region is from May to September, because of the amazing famous light, longest day hours and the weather. It can be an excellent choice to discover the charms beyond the capital cities at your own pace. Experience all from scenic coastal highways, beautiful mountain roads with great viewpoints, dramatic waterfalls, beautiful lakes to mention some the unforgettable options.

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By cruises or ferries

What about taking one of the popular overnight cruises between major Nordic capitals. This is the perfect combination to save time on travelling. You sleep in comfortable cabins, explore the beautiful maritime scenery, but also spoil yourself onboard with nice restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and tax-free shopping.  

Overnight cruises connect the following cities:

Helsinki (Finland) - Stockholm (Sweden)

Copenhagen (Denmark) - Oslo (Norway) 

We also recommend the shorter ferry rides between the following destinations:

Flåm (Norway) - Bergen (Norway): 5 hours and 10 minutes

Nynäshamn (Sweden) - Gotland (Sweden): 3 hours and 15 minutes 

One of the absolute highlights in the Nordic countries - the Norway Fjords - can be discovered by the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage, which offers a comfortable way to enjoy Norway’s famous natural beauty and historic port cities. Hurtigruten sail all year between Kirkenes in the Arctic north and medieval Bergen in the fjord lands.
You will find a lot of options for shore excursions along the route. Related to season Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage is very recommended to explore whales, birds and the famous Northern Lights in the winter.

By Train

You will find an excellent, efficient rail network in most of the Nordic countries and comfortable, modern trains, which provides the perfect option to experience the scenic countrysides. 

Please note that the sparsely populated destinations of Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and Faroe Islands have no trains. If you go to the Lapland destinations train cannot be recommended.


The following cities are easily connected by train:

Stockholm (Sweden) - Gothenburg (Sweden): 3 hours and 15 minutes

Stockholm (Sweden) - Copenhagen (Denmark): 5 hours and 15 minutes

Stockholm (Sweden) - Oslo (Norway): 5 hours and 50 minutes

Gothenburg (Sweden) - Oslo (Norway): 3 hours and 55 minutes

Oslo (Norway) - Flåm (Norway): 5 hours and 45 minutes

Oslo (Norway) - Bergen (Norway): 6 hours and 50 minutes

 

By Plane

In the Nordic countries you find those major international airports:

In Norway: Oslo-Gardermoen Airport
In Denmark: Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport
In Sweden: Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
In Finland: Helsinki-Arlanda Airport
In Iceland: Keflavik Airport
In Greenland: Nuuk Airport

In every country, you also find several local airports, where it is possible to fly to other Nordic countries.

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Getting Around in the Nordic Countries

Getting around in Denmark

Getting around in Denmark

In Denmark, public transport is convenient, fast and easy to use.
There are many routes by train, bus and ferries and here we give you an overview and all you need to know if you travel around Denmark.

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Getting around in Sweden

Getting around in Sweden

It is very convenient to travel around in Sweden.

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Getting around in Norway

Getting around in Norway


Domestic Flights All the large cities and towns have airports catering for both international and domestic flights. In fact, there are more than 50 airports in Norway serviced through regular routes, making even remote places such as the Lofoten Islands, the North Cape and Spitsbergen (Svalbard) easily accessible by plane.

Airlines that operate domestic flights within Norway is SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe. The largest airport is Oslo Gardermoen Int. Airport .From here you can also reach many domestic regions and airports in the country.
Trains In Norway, the railwa...

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Getting around in Finland

Getting around in Finland

Getting around in Finland and buses and trains integrate well and it easy to travel around in Finland.

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Getting around in Iceland

Getting around in Iceland


Domestic Flights in Iceland Flying in Iceland is a safe and scenic way to travel, and cheaper than bus travel or car rental. The main domestic airline is Air Iceland (Flugfélag Íslands), which flies from Reykjavík to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Westman Islands and Höfn (Hornafjörður) almost daily.

Be prepared for short-notice cancellations in bad weather and to book ahead for peak season in the summer. More flight operators offer regularly scheduled flights from Reykjavik to domestic airports in the rest of the country. Another good thing about Iceland is the co-op...

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Getting around in Greenland

Getting around in Greenland

There are no trains and roads between the communities in Greenland. All transportation is organised by aeroplane, helicopter, dog sledding or ship.

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Nordic Self Drive Guide

Driving in Denmark

Driving in Denmark

Denmark is easy and safe to discover by car, and it is free to use all roads.

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Driving in Norway

Driving in Norway

Driving is one of the best ways to discover modern architecture, experience fantastic fjords, mountain and coastal scenery.

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Driving in Sweden

Driving in Sweden

Don`t hesitate to explore Sweden by car. Stop whenever you like and discover the nature beauty of the country.

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Public Transport in Nordic Capitals

Public Transport in Copenhagen

Public Transport in Copenhagen

When you go to Copenhagen, you will find a functioning and modern public transport system.

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Public Transportation in Stockholm

Public Transportation in Stockholm

The public transportation in Stockholm is very efficient, safe and comfortable. Stockholm Public Transport SL is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.

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Public Transport in Oslo

Public Transport in Oslo

It is quite convenient to move around in Oslo, the distances are short whenever you walk or biking. The public transportation system in Oslo and the surrounding county Akershus is part of the same ticket and price system. This applies to buses, trams, subways (t-bane), ferries and local trains.

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Public Transport in Helsinki

Public Transport in Helsinki

The capital of Finland is known about its effective and eco-friendly transportation system.

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Public Transportation in Reykjavik

Public Transportation in Reykjavik

The public transportation system in Reykjavík is called Strætó. You will find Reykjavik's central bus station Hlemmurs located on the main shopping street Laugarvegur.

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How to get to the Nordic Countries

Getting to Denmark

Getting to Denmark

It`s easy to get to Denmark because many international flights arriving in Kastrup or Billund Airport..

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Getting to Sweden

Getting to Sweden

Almost regardless where you come from in the world, Sweden today can be reached quite easily.

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Getting to Norway

Getting to Norway

Plan your trip to Norway

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Getting to Finland

Getting to Finland

Get tips how to go to Finland

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Getting to Iceland

Getting to Iceland

Find your easiest way to visit Iceland

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Getting to Greenland

Getting to Greenland

Travellers to Greenland primarily arrives with an aeroplane on specially arranged tours.

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