Getting around in the Nordic Countries

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

You will find many options for many experiences; however, your travel will depend on your destination and the time you visit the countries. 

Getting around by car

The best time of the year to rent a car and drive around in the beautiful Nordic region is from April to October because of the weather conditions and the most extended day hours. It can be an excellent choice to discover the charms of the Nordics at your own pace.

Experience all from scenic coastal highways, beautiful mountain roads and fjords with incredible viewpoints and beautiful lakes, to mention some unique options.

See more Nordic natural wonders here

See the reasons why you should visit the Nordic countries 

By cruises or ferries

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

See more: Top attractions in the Nordic capitals

Overnight cruises connect the following cities:

Helsinki (Finland) - Stockholm (Sweden)

Copenhagen (Denmark) - Oslo (Norway) 

Bergen (Norway) - Hanstholm (Denmark)


See more: Ferries from Sweden to Denmark


We also recommend shorter ferry rides between:

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 sailed 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 recommended to explore whales, birds and the famous Northern Lights in the winter.


Getting around by train

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

Please note that the sparsely populated destinations of Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and the 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



Getting around 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 flying to other Nordic countries is possible.