Scandinavia in 4 weeks - mid-September-mid-October
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 26, 2012 3:37 AM Last Post By: iviehoff
Jul 24, 2012 9:55 AM
Scandinavia in 4 weeks - mid-September-mid-OctoberHi all,
My wife and I are planning a 4-week visit to the region starting mid-September.
We realize we can't see everything, so our initial plans include (not necessarily in this order):
- spend only a few days in the capitals (probably Copenhagen and Stockholm only).
- Iceland for a week (up to maybe 10 days, depends on the exact plan)
- Norway coastline, probably Bergen in the south and Lofoten Islands.
- Lapland in Finland.
- Is it doable?
- How's the weather around Norway and Iceland that time of year? September seems to be ok, but we couldn't find any reference to October...
- What are our chances of catching the northern lights this time of the year?
- Any suggestions on how is it best to combine Iceland? Board a flight from Copenhagen/Stockholm, or maybe it is possible to take a flight from/to Norway's coastline somewhere?
- Any suggestions for a 7-10 day itinerary for Iceland?
Jul 24, 2012 10:15 AM
1That's going to be tight! Expect to spend a full day travelling wherever you're going on that list, except maybe for CPH-Sthlm. I would primarily skip Lapland, although it's quite nice in autumn,
Bergen or Lofoten in October is a bit of a gamble, it could be gorgeous as well as pouring down in either place, as could Iceland.
Northern lights? Chances are quite small but you'll have the best chance in Lofoten (if it's clear) or in Lapland.
Flights to Iceland are leaving from CPH, Oslo, Sthlm and Trondheim from what I know. Check Icelandair, Air Iceland and SAS.
Rent a car but don't go for the whole ringroad, it'll just be driving driving driving. Stay on the south coast, say between Reykjavik and Jökulsarlon or Kirkjubaejarklaustur. There are enough things to see to keep you busy for at least a week.
Jul 24, 2012 3:04 PM
2Hi. My couple of lines....
You don't need 10 days for Iceland - unless you've specifically got 10 days of plans.
A week - absolute max, will do it.
Jul 25, 2012 2:32 AM
September is actually the wettest month of the year in Bergen and Trondheim. October isn't much different and in any given year any one could be the wettest. You will notice that Bergen is a lot wetter than Trondheim.
In general autumn comes in very fast in Scandinavia (and then doesn't linger long before a long winter returns) and it quickly becomes very unsummery as September proceeds into October.
Although flights are available to Iceland from a variety of regional locations, some of the flights are summer only, and you'll probably get the best deal by flying in and out of Copenhagen, as competition is strongest on this route.
People's tastes vary, and whilst BB will apparently have seen enough of Iceland in a week, others may take a different view. If you want to get to more remote locations in Iceland, go there at the start of your break, as things can start snowing up in the highlands towards the end of September.
Jul 25, 2012 2:41 AM
Jul 26, 2012 1:53 AM
5Thanks everyone for these great inputs!
We just booked flights into Stockholm mid-September and out of Copenhagen mid-October.
We'll probably spend a couple of days in Stockholm and then catch a flight to Iceland for a week.
from there we'll try to book a flight to Oslo or Trondheim, and start our Norway (and possibly Lapland) tour for about 2.5 - 3 weeks.
Then we'll head back to Copenhagen for a couple of days and catch the flight home.
We'll appreciate any additional insights about this plan, especially suggested itineraries for both parts (1-week Iceland / 2-3 weeks Norway-Finland).
Jul 26, 2012 3:37 AM
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