I’m in Sweden, where can I travel during my work placement abroad? If you’re in Sweden for an internship abroad, you’ve already taken an important step towards a rewarding experience. But what would such an adventure be without exploring the wonders that surround you? Whether you’re passionate about nature, history, culture or simply hungry for new experiences, you’re in a country with many facets, ready to be explored from top to bottom.

In this blog, I’m going to guide you through Sweden’s hidden treasures, with a selection of beautiful places you can visit during your stay. Whether you like to lose yourself in Sweden’s majestic natural landscapes, discover captivating historical sites or immerse yourself in the country’s vibrant cultural scene, you’ll find ideas for your future escapades here.

In Denmark

If you’re on a work placement in Sweden and would like to visit Denmark for two or three days without spending a fortune, here are a few tips for economical travel! Head to Copenhagen to enjoy this sublime European capital.

  1. Transport by train or bus: Overland transport options such as trains and buses are generally cheaper than flights. Check the timetables and fares of the bus and train companies serving the route between Sweden and Denmark. Companies such as FlixBus and SJ often offer affordable journeys.
  2. Search for cheap tickets: To get the best fares, it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Use price comparison sites such as Omio, GoEuro or Rome2rio to find the cheapest options available.
  3. Choosing your route: Consider different arrival cities in Denmark and compare ticket prices for each of them. Sometimes flights, trains or buses to less touristy destinations can be cheaper.
  4. Budget accommodation: To save money on accommodation, look for youth hostels, bed and breakfasts or affordable accommodation. Websites such as Hostelworld, Booking.com or Airbnb can help you find budget options.
  5. Explore local transport options: Once you’re in Denmark, use local public transport, such as buses and regional trains, to get between the various towns and tourist sites. This can be cheaper than hiring a car or using taxis.

  6. Effective planning: Make a list of the attractions you want to visit in Denmark and organise your itinerary to optimise your time and spending. This will maximise your experience and reduce unnecessary costs.
In Finland

To get from Stockholm to Turku and Helsinki in Finland, you have several transport options: train, bus and ferry. Here’s an overview of the different possibilities:

  1. Train: The train is a practical option for travelling from Stockholm to Turku and Helsinki. However, it should be noted that the train does not serve Turku directly, but you can take a train to Turku via the Finnish city of Tampere. You can check timetables and fares on the SJ (Swedish Railways) and VR (Finnish Railways) websites.
  2. Bus: Long-distance buses are also a popular option for getting to Finland from Stockholm. Companies such as FlixBus and Nettbuss offer regular routes between the two countries. Buses can be a cheaper option than trains or planes, but they can take longer depending on stops and traffic conditions.
  3. Ferry: Another interesting option is to take a ferry from Stockholm to Turku or Helsinki. The best-known ferry companies for this crossing are Viking Line and Tallink Silja Line. Ferries offer a pleasant experience, with on-board facilities such as restaurants, shops and cabins. The crossing time varies according to the company and the destination chosen.

The choice between train, bus and ferry depends on your personal preferences, your budget and the time you have available. The train is generally considered to be comfortable and convenient, while the bus can be more economical. The ferry offers a unique experience, with the chance to enjoy the Baltic Sea during the crossing.

In Estonia

To get from Stockholm to Tallinn in Estonia, a ferry is a very popular and convenient option. Here’s some useful information:

  1. Cost: Ferry prices can vary depending on the company, the time of year, the cabin class and the services included. In general, prices can be quite affordable, especially if you book in advance or choose special offers. The best-known ferry companies for this crossing are Viking Line, Tallink Silja Line and Eckerö Line.
  2. Duration: The ferry crossing between Stockholm and Tallinn generally takes between 5 and 8 hours, depending on the company and type of ferry chosen. Some ferries offer overnight crossings with cabins for spending the night on board, while others offer shorter crossings during the day.
  3. Activities in Tallinn: Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is full of history, medieval charm and interesting sites to discover. Here are some suggested activities for a 3-day stay:
    • Old Town Tour: Explore Tallinn’s magnificent Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings, historic churches and superb views from the city walls.
    • Discover Toompea: Climb Toompea Hill to visit Toompea Castle, the Estonian Parliament, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.
    • Stroll around Town Hall Square: Discover Tallinn’s main square with its Gothic town hall, restaurants, cafés and shops.
    • Museums: Visit the Occupation Museum, the Estonian History Museum or other interesting museums in the city to learn more about Estonian history and culture.
    • Stroll along the seafront: Take advantage of the proximity of the sea by strolling along Tallinn’s seafront, where you’ll find parks, restaurants and panoramic views.
    • Nightlife: Tallinn has a lively nightlife scene, particularly in the Old Town district. Take advantage of the bars, pubs and clubs to discover Estonian nightlife.
In Norway

If you want to explore Norway’s magnificent fjords from Stockholm, here’s some information to help you plan your trip:

  1. Transport: The most convenient way to get to Norway from Stockholm is to fly to a Norwegian city near the fjords. Bergen and Stavanger are two popular options, as they offer easy access to the most famous fjords, such as Sognefjord and Lysefjord.
    • Flights: Several airlines offer direct flights between Stockholm and Bergen or Stavanger. You can use flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner or Kayak to find the best deals.
  2. The fjords: The Norwegian fjords are among the most spectacular landscapes in the world. They offer breathtaking views of majestic mountains, waterfalls, picturesque villages and crystal-clear waters. The most popular fjords to visit include Sognefjord, Geirangerfjord, Hardangerfjord and Lysefjord.
  3. Things to do: When exploring the Norwegian fjords, you’ll have plenty to do:
    • Fjord cruise: Enjoy a panoramic cruise to admire the breathtaking scenery of the fjords, passing by steep cliffs and impressive waterfalls.
    • Hiking: The fjords offer superb hiking trails that allow you to explore the surrounding wilderness. Popular hikes include Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit) near Lysefjord and the Via Ferrata hike at Geirangerfjord.
    • Kayaking: Another way to discover the fjords is by kayak, paddling through the calm waters and discovering secluded and peaceful spots.
    • Visits to picturesque villages: Take advantage of your trip to visit some of the charming villages along the fjords, such as Flam, Geiranger and Balestrand. Here you can discover traditional architecture, local culture and culinary specialities.
  4. Cost: Flight prices vary depending on the booking period, the season and the airline chosen. Cruises and tourist activities may also vary depending on the options selected. We recommend consulting the websites of Norwegian airlines, tour operators and tourist offices for up-to-date information on fares.

The Norwegian fjords offer an exceptional natural experience and are considered one of the most picturesque destinations in the world. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of these unique landscapes.

Don’t forget to check travel conditions, health requirements and restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, as these may have an impact on international travel and tourist activities.

Enjoy your trip to the Norwegian fjords and the breathtaking nature that awaits you!

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