Denmark, Norway & Sweden Self Drive
Copenhagen, Denmark – Pick up your rental car
Copenhagen’s thousand-year history awaits you on its ancient medieval streets, full of historical buildings, outstanding museums and galleries, the enchanting Tivoli Gardens and a resident monarch. As one of the world’s great design capitals Copenhagen is also a vibrant, modern city whose status is reflected in its style.
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One of the city’s best-loved sights is the statue of the Little Mermaid at Langelinie, and one of the biggest tourist attractions is a boat tour on the old canals. We have arranged your overnight accommodation.
Copenhagen – Odense – Aalborg 424.87 km*
Leave Copenhagen, cross the bridge to the island of Funen in the very heart of Denmark, and arrive at the friendly city of Odense, birthplace of world-famous writer of fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen. This beautiful 1,000-year old city is full of open areas and has a very leisurely and relaxed atmosphere with its pedestrian-only streets, squares and alleys. The Funen Village is an open-air museum representing the city’s island as it was in the time of Christian Andersen.
Continue to the ancient city of Aalborg, which was a well-established Viking port, where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. The city’s most famous street, JomfruAneGade, is empty during the day but in the afternoon comes to life when its many cafes and restaurants open, and at 11 pm the mood changes to a party street when the younger people arrive. The Danish national drink, Akvavit spirit, comes from this city.
Tourist & First Class First Hotel Aalborg or similar
Aalborg – Hirsthals (ferry) – Norway – Kristiansand – Stavanger 299.34 km*
Leave Aalborg for the town of Hirtshals, located on the North coast. Here you will take the ferry crossing from Denmark to Norway and to the town of Kristiansand, then across a landscape of lush green woods and majestic mountains to the Stavanger region with its range of scenic attractions, beautiful fjords and open sea. At Stavanger we have arranged your overnight stay. The city’s center is small and intimate with narrow streets and open spaces protected from traffic. Within Stavanger are several very beautiful lakes, and it is the foremost region in Norway for its wonderful food from both the land and sea.
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Stavanger – Bergen 209.21 km*
Leave Stavanger for Bergen, situated on Norway’s west coast, where we have arranged your overnight stay. An important Viking stronghold, it is truly unique in a wonderful location of mountains and fjords. Other highlights include the museum dedicated to its former resident composer Grieg and the Bryggen Museum where you can experience daily life in the Middle Ages. Within a short walk is the Funicular that takes you to the top of Mount Floyen with magnificent views over the surrounding islands.
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Bergen – Geiranger 371.76 km*
Your drive today takes you to Norway’s crowning glory among its fjords, and one of nature’s masterpieces, Geiranger. An amazing fairy tale area of natural beauty with lush green vegetation, majestic snow-covered mountain peaks, beautiful wild waterfalls and the deep blue waters of the fjords. You can take a fjord sightseeing trip or follow the roads that twist and turn and experience the most fantastic views of some of the most beautiful scenic panoramas anywhere in the world. Your stay here will bring you in touch with helpful, friendly, multi-lingual people who will make sure your visit is a memorable one.
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Geiranger – Lom –Lillehammer 271.98 km*
As you leave Geiranger for Lillehammer your journey will take you to the village of Lom, set in a valley in the midst of some of Norway’s highest mountains. Famous for its extensive history there is a Medieval wooden church built in 1158.
Continue to the picturesque city of Lillehammer, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking the northern part of Lake Jjosa and the River Lagen, it is an area which has been settled since the Iron Age. In addition to the Olympic site, Lillehammer offers a number of other tourist attractions. Mailhaugen is Norway’s largest open-air museum. Set in beautiful countryside, it tells the story of its people during the last 300 years and presents its traditional farming methods and handicrafts.
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Lillehammer – Hamar – Oslo 183.46 km*
From Lillehammer drive to the medieval town of Hamar, located on the shores of Lake Mjosa, Norway’s largest lake. Then continue your drive between the Oslo Fjord and the green hills of Oslomarka to the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. Oslo is the perfect combination of city life surrounded by green hills and mountains with 40 islands within the city limits and over 300 lakes. Located only a few minutes walk from the city center the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park is the life’s work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. Enjoy your evening out in one of Europe’s most pleasant capital cities. Restaurants here offer an abundance of fresh seafood – salmon, shrimp and cod. Try the Baltic herring and the Gravlax, a salmon cured in salt-sugar-dill sliced finely and served with a mustard-dill sauce.
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Oslo’s Town Center is small enough to be visited on foot, with Karl Johans Gate as the center of activity with its numerous pedestrian shopping centers leading to the Cathedral and the imposing Parliament Building (Stortinget). Its tall red brick town hall with its massive twin towers proudly overlooks the harbor and the fjord. Its interior decoration is a homage to Norwegian modern art, and it is here every year that the Nobel Peace Prize takes place. Visit the National Gallery, with two of its rooms devoted to Edvard Munch, and the Norwegian Folk Museum, located in unspoilt parkland and exhibits dating back to medieval times. The Viking Ship Museum displays three Viking ships and offers a wealth of information on Viking traditions and daily life.
10 | Oslo – Sweden – Karlstad 234.96 km*
Your drive today takes you from Norway to Sweden, through great forests, rushing torrents, placid lakes and small farms to Karlstad. Here the long River Klaralven winds to Lake Vanern, Sweden’s largest lake with an archipelago of thousands of islets and rocks. Watersports and hunting are all popular here. The culinary specialties include elk, venison, salmon and cloudberries. A statue of the city’s founder, Karlstad Sunbeam, stands in the main square. On the bank of VastraAlvgrenen lies KvarteretAlmen, a district of wooden homes that survived the fires that swept through Karlstad in 1616, 1719 and 1865. Visit the elegant Varmlands Museum with its fine collection of local art and artefacts.
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Karlstad – Stockholm 313.82 km*
Leave Karlstad for your drive to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Known as the Venice of the North, Queen of Lake Malaren, the City that Floats on the Water, Stockholm is the site of Sweden’s parliament and the official residence of the Swedish king. One of the best ways to discover the city is to take one of the sightseeing boats from beside Nybroplan or Stadshuskajen. Stockholm is known for its great food, with restaurants of all types offering worldwide cuisine, and boasts a total of 9 Michelin star restaurants, as well as many casual cafes and bars. The typical Swedish coffee shops serve strong coffee with a large variety of patisserie including Biskvi, small pastries with almonds, filled with butter cream and covered with chocolate.
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Today you will discover the city’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) located on the original small island of the city’s earliest settlements and still features the Medieval street layout. The Old Town comprises Stadsholmen (the original site of Stockholm), Riddarholmen with its law courts and tiny Stromsborg which was still an unpopulated islet in the 18th century. KungligaSlottet was the original Royal Palace of Stockholm, much of it destroyed by fire in the 15th century. Renovated during the 18th century the present 608-room palace is a hive of activity and used regularly by the King and Queen for State occasions. Here you can visit the sumptuous state apartments with its brilliant ballroom and French Rococo styled State Bedchamber. Stockholm’s interesting museums include the National Museum, the ModernaMuseet with its modern art and architecture, and the Vasamuseet (the ship Vasa).
Stockholm – Malmo-Oresund Bridge – Copenhagen 661.44 km*
From Stockholm your drive takes you through the rolling hills of Sweden to Malmo, from which you will have a unique experience when you cross the famous Malmo-Oresund Bridge across the Oresund straits. It is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and the longest border crossing bridge in the world, linking Sweden and Denmark for the first time since the Ice Age over 7,000 years ago. Completed in 2000 it consists of an 8km bridge, 4km tunnel and a 4km man-made island (Pepparholmen), resulting in a beautiful and incomparable scenic journey. Arrive in Copenhagen for an evening out and your overnight stay. Try the famous Koldtbord, which is the Danish equivalent of smorgasbord with a vast choice of seafoods and salads followed by various meat choices and vegetables, breads, and a desert buffet to round off the meal.
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Return your rental car to the airport for your return flight home
- Bryggen Museum
- Mailhaugen Museum
- Vigeland Sculpture Park
- The Viking Ship Museum
- Varmlands Museum