As I have seen beautiful photos and heard wonderful stories about Denmark, it was a long dream of mine to explore that country and to see for myself. This summer I fulfilled that dream in a wonderful sister road trip and it was even better than expected. Therefore, I want to share my experiences and my 8-day itinerary with you today. I will share also some tips with you which you should consider while you are traveling through Denmark and Sweden.
First thing, Denmark and Sweden are VERY expensive! At least for people earning in Euro and aren’t coming from the Northern countries like Norway, those countries are very expensive for us. It starts with the food, all kind of activities and ends with expensive accommodation. However, if you plan ahead and aren’t up for any 5-star hotels and are happy with outdoor activities, you will be able to afford it.
- Prices: As I already stated above, Denmark and Sweden are very expensive. However, if you are traveling as a student, bring your student card! Especially for activity entrance fees, you will get it often a lot cheaper. Also, if you are traveling with children up to 17 years old, often the entrance fees are for FREE or a lot reduced. So, definitely bring your IDs!
- Money: Denmark is part of the EU but didn’t decide to except the Euro. Therefore, they have their own currency, the Danish crowns. The exchange rates are more or less 1 DKK = 0,14 Euro and 1 Euro = 7,45 DKK; 1 SEK = 0,10 Euro and 1 Euro = 9,77 SEK (as of 11/2017). We didn’t have any crowns as cash in our hands once. We payed EVERYTHING already in advance online (for accommodation or the ferry) or payed with our credit card.
- Food: As we knew that food is super expensive in Denmark and Sweden and we drove by car from Germany up North, we decided to plan ahead for those 8 days and buy all the food and drinks already in Germany. We had a transportable fridge with us in the car and the trunk was full with food (at least in the beginning ^^). We saved so much money as we didn’t have to buy anything there anymore. To give you an idea of the food prices there: the cheapest street food which we could find was a kebab for 7,50 Euro each! Once we also treated ourselves very well and had one scoop of ice cream for 3,50 Euro each. As we brought all our food with us, we planned to have a kitchen in most of our accommodation.
- Transportation: We drove from Germany with in our own car. The fuel is just a little bit more expensive than in Germany. What makes driving more expensive are the toll roads. The most expensive maut which we had to pay was for the bridge between Denmark and Sweden which costs 56,00 Euro one-way! If you need to rent one, I believe it would be the cheapest to rent one at the German border and bring it back there afterwards. There are two ways of getting to Denmark from Germany: by land and by boat. As we wanted to do a roundtrip, we decided to get there by land and come back by ferry. We decided on Scandlines which you should book in advance here. It cost us 126,00 Euro from Gedser (Denmark) to Rostock (Germany) for a car < 6 m and 3 passengers for a 1hrs45min boat ride.
- Accommodation: As we knew that it would get expensive in Denmark and Sweden and we were traveling during high season, we decided to book everything in advance. That means, the planning before the trip took more time but in the end, it was nice to travel without worrying where you are going to sleep that night. As we were three people, we book accommodation through booking.com but also through Airbnb.com. As we brought all our food with us, we planned to have a kitchen in most of our accommodation. Where we stayed exactly each night you will find in the 8-day itinerary. Moreover, in Denmark and Sweden it is very uncommon to provide free bed linen. As we didn’t know in advance, we didn’t bring any and had to rent them every night for about 8-10 Euros each time. So, to save a lot of money, bring your own bed linen or a sleeping bag.