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.

See more about Nordic nature routes


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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