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Best way to get around Sweden this Winter

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Best way to get around Sweden this Winter

We can't decide how to travel around Sweden this Winter. We are staying for 3wks over Dec and early Jan.

Places on our visit list include: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Upsalla, Umea, Lulea and possibly north to Kiruna. We are 2 adults, 2 kids.

We're considering : Interrail pass or flying North and then using short train journeys to visit places or car hire. Car hire seems the most flexible but we've no idea what it's like to drive long distances in snow/ice, or fuel charge. Interrail pass seems good value but we're concerned that the trains will be fully booked considering the time of year.

It's a big cost for our trip so we want some advice please!

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1. Re: Best way to get around Sweden this Winter

The major roads are normally in good condition, well swept clean of snow. However, there is often a layer of packed snow left that cannot be removed, which is one reason why we use studded tires.

If you are not used to driving under those conditions, I would say that an interrail pass is the best. It is rather dark that time of the year, in Kiruna the sun will not get above the horizon at all and in Gothenburg, the city you mention that is the furthest south, it rises around 9 am and sets around 3.30 pm. It can be tiring to drive long distances in the dark, with snow on the road, specially if you are not used to it.

If you want to travel from the Stockholm area up north, use the train as a hotel for that night. It is far enough for you to get a full night's sleep Stockholm - Umeå.

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2. Re: Best way to get around Sweden this Winter

Trains are comfy and best booked ahead of time (90 days for cheapest tickets). Rail passes have limited to no value. Long distance trains in Sweden start at 195 SEK. For prices and schedule go to www.sj.se. Booking for discount tickets have been made available, so for many trains the cheapest tickets have been booked up already for the last few days before Christmas.

Also note that public transport during the Christmas holidays tend to be limited, and most places are very quiet during these days as Christmas in Scandinavia is mostly about staying with family. Shops and restaurants will have limited opening hours and/or close for some days during the hols.

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