Please note: The following corrections were submitted by readers and have not yet been confirmed by Rick. Check updates from Rick for the latest.
Finland (and Estonia) are not a part of Scandinavia. Scandinavia is Iceland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Finns are very sensitive of this misconception, and readers of your book will perpetuate this misconception.
Anne in Mount Vernon, WA USA 10/14/2013
Stockholm Card is not sold at Pressbyran newsstands. I tried to buy it from 5(!) of them in the main tourist area and none of them had cards in stock.
In addition, the actual price of most sights is around 15% higher than in the book.
Paul D in Arlington Heights, IL USA 09/12/2013
TI at Oslo train station is closed -- need to go to town hall one instead. Thon Hotel Stefan in Oslo is temporarily closed for renovation. National Gallery and Munch Museum in Oslo are totally reorganized for a massive (and great) joint Munch 150th anniv exhibit, through October. In Copenhagen, due to Metro construction there is no regional train service (e.g., to Roskilde or Helsingor) at Norreport station, but it is still good for "S-tog" connections.
Philip in Arlington, VA USA 09/04/2013
We stayed six nights total at the Park Inn Radisson and found it to be a wonderful location, price and if booked through Booking.com you get breakfast included. Their breakfast was excellent, generous and early so you can get going in the mornings. I highly recommend accomodations with free breakfast for a savings and there were days we were so busy, lunch simply did not happen. Since we spent several nights there, they upgraded our room at no extra cost.
Robin WI USA 08/22/2013
I'm not sure for how long, but the Nobel Museum in Stockholm was open 10-8 daily when I was there.
Abby in Seattle, WA USA 08/14/2013
Only the Copenhagen Pass was a great buy if staying at the airport and it costs relatively less the longer you stay and 2 kids free w/ each pass.
Linda in San Diego, CA USA 07/04/2013
Copenhagen free city bike program no longer seems to exist. A google search says it ended in Oct 2012.
J. MacDonald in London, On Canada 06/17/2013
The Museum of Danish Resistance in Copenhagen was burned down about one month ago, apparently by a right-wing political group. Most of the collection was able to be saved, and they are planning to rebuild. Also, the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen has permanently closed because of loss of funding from the government. In its place is now a cafe and offices.
Anna in Charlotte, NC USA 06/04/2013
Page 241. Purposely planned to be in Oslo on Tues. (May 14) to visit Munch Mus. but it was closed on Tues. rather than Mon. (Maybe temp. chg.)
Paul H. Schwan in Munster, IN USA 05/29/2013
Ray in Portland, Or USA 03/16/2013
I was viewing the 2nd printing of the newest edition (Feb '13) last night at B&N and found a major printing error. In the Oslo section, about 20 pages were printed from the Eastern Europe book instead of Oslo, replacing what could be critical information about many places with excerpts from Czech Republic and Poland. We are planning to visit next year, and would like to purchase this guide soon, but the missing info will prevent me from doing so until a correct copy is available.
Brent Hall in Lincoln, NE USA 03/16/2013
Per the FAQs for the Stockholm Card, The Royal Canal Tour or (yes "or") the Historical Canal Tour are included as well as the twice an hour 40 minute SL commuter train to/from Arlanda Airport although there is a 75SEK per person charge to enter/depart the airport.
Bruce Aronson USA 03/10/2013
On Page 169 of your guidebook, in the "Central Denmark: Ærøskøbing" section, you make reference to Claus Clausen of Tranderup. The guidebook makes two errors, 1) he was not in the least obscure and 2) he was not from Washington.
Claus Lauritz Clausen, a Dane, was the founder of the Norwegian (Yes, Norwegian) Lutheran Church in America in 1843. He went to seminary in Norway and was recruited by expatriates in America. He started his work in Wisconsin and later moved on to Iowa and founded Saint Ansgar. He started dozens of congregations in Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. He retired to and is buried in Austin, Minnesota. He died while visiting his son in Poulsbo, Washington in 1892. He was also a Civil War chaplain and member of the Iowa State Legislature. In Scandinavian Lutheran History circles, he ranks among the greatest of those who founded the Church in America.
Gary Jacobson in Rochester, MN USA 02/13/2013
Hello, The Rick Steves Scandinavia book I bought from Amazon was defective. Random pages came from one of your travel books on Poland. Amazon allows for a refund only. I have applied for that refund and will return this book to them. Is there any way for me to get this book in a non-defective form? Thanks, Bill
Bill in Knoxville, TN USA 02/11/2013
I just received email confirmation from SJ that they will not run any night trains between Stockholm and Oslo summer of 2013.
I already posted this information on the Travelers Helpline under "Night train Oslo to Stockholm."
Lynne Johanson in Portland, OR USA 01/25/2013
Hello. I see that the info for Marken Gjestehus in Bergen, Norway is a bit old. The prices are different, and also it states in the guide book that breakfast is included. This is not the case. They don't serve any food there, but guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen. Also, they have just renovated and redecorated, so everything is new, bright and modern.
Guro in Bergen, norway 01/22/2013
Thon hotel Oslo Panorama is fantastic once inside. Neighborhood is a bit dicey on a Sat nite walk from train station though, several nude shows, lots of hookers on street corners. All other times wonderful though.
Greg Kiger in St Louis, Mo USA 10/08/2012
Scandinavia guide book - Oslo There are no longer English language walking tours given of the Akershus Fortress complex. There are no longer Viking tours given at the Oslo National Historical Museum.
Gary Matson in Delta, BC Canada 08/31/2012
12th edition, p. 432. Hotell Varend changed management two years ago. The rooms have been renovated. They also let us use the laundry in the second building. There seems to be some gap in communication among the staff members.
p. 434. Holding your guidebook in our hand, tired and hungry as we arrived with our suitcases, the person coming out to meet us from the Ali Baba restaurant was scowling and unfriendly. We moved on to more friendly turf.
Dave Fritzsche in Puyallup, WA USA 08/22/2012
Thon Hotel Stefan. Request room off street due to weekend disco noise.
Tad Santino in Olympia, WA USA 08/19/2012
Regarding Hotel Nebo,Copenhagen: The guide book says "comfy , spacious" rooms.
I had booked a delux room and I am quite familiar with small bathrooms in European hotels, but this place had showers that were less than two feet wide. This mean, you will be touching the shower curtains when your are taking a shower. There were no place to hang or keep the towels in the bathroom, so the room service kept the towels on the wash sink. The rooms are noisy.
Overall, this is NOT a good value for the price.
Note: The price advertised in the web are much higher, that the price that they display at the site.
abhijit neogy in boston, ma USA 07/30/2012
I would just mention all the construction around Oslo-especially around the train station. We had to take busses (very nice busses) for certain parts of the trip entering or leaving Olso. Another reason to pack light, which we were so very glad we did!
Nina Hakanson in St. Paul, MN USA 07/28/2012
The cafeteria at Stockholm's City Hall is closed "for renovations". Cafeteria at Oslo's City Hall appeared to be closed for the summer. The direct train to the airport is currently not running from the central station in Oslo, due to construction. The train from Bergan did not go through to downtown Oslo - you have to change to a bus. Information provided when we purchased the tickets stated that this is due to construction and will be through August 2012.
Rosalie in Albany, NY USA 07/19/2012
You start out your description of Scandinavia with the statement that it really only contains Norway and Sweden but 'historically and culturally' it also contains Denmark and Finland. Wrong on both counts. Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland--historically and culturally. Scandinavia does not refer to Finland. If you look at the languages from these 5 countries, you will see that Finnish bears no resemblance to any of the other languages and the other 4 are very similar. If you want a term to refer to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, it is Nordics (which you throw into the book). But there is no cultural legacy between Finland and Scandinavia.
Russ Owsen in Garner, NC USA 07/18/2012
Copenhagen: Both Hop-On,Hop-Off bus tours are now only 24 hour/ticket instead of 48 hours. The price on the City Sightseeing is now 155 DKK for the basic (Mermaid) tour, 185 DKK for the 3-line tour which includes Carlsberg, Zoo and Christiana.
The multi-ride ticket at Tivoli is now 199 DKK.
There is major construction at Norreport Station through 2014. Bike storage is at a premium!
Norman in Hamden, CT USA 07/17/2012
A clarification about taxis in Stockholm - the prices are not centrally regulated. Taxis must have their own price clearly marked on the side of their cars. You will additionally see a larger figure which is the set price for going to Arlanda airport. We found the prices varied widely. To be clear, the taxis operate with a meter but the starting point (and I guess the price increments) can vary widely from one taxi to another. A sign at the bus stop near the cruise port said that you don't have to take the first taxi in a taxi rank.
Frances West in Toronto, ON Canada 07/17/2012
Under "Scandi-hoovians You Might Know" (pages 38-39, 12th ed.) you really need to include classical composer Carl Nielsen among the famous Danes.
Rick Williams in San Francisco, CA USA 07/08/2012
I JUST RETURNED FROM COPENHAGEN AND STOCKHOLM AND HAD NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER WITH US BANK ISSUED CREDIT CARDS. I NEVER EVEN HAD TO TAKE CASH FROM AN ATM AS THEY ACCEPTED VISA & MASTERCARD AT EVEN THE SMALLEST CONVENIENCE STORES! WHENEVER I SWIPED MY CARD THE CLERK WOULD ASK "DO YOU HAVE A PIN?" AND WHEN I ANSWERED "NO" HE/SHE WOULD SIMPLY PRINT THE RECEIPT FOR MY SIGNATURE WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION.
AS FOR THE RECOMMENDED FOREX BOOTHS, THEY CHARGE ALMOST US$10 PER TRANSACTION SO NOT A VERY SMART MOVE IF ONE NEEDS TO EXCHANGE A SMALL AMOUNT OF CURRENCY.
PETER in LOS ANGELES, CA USA 07/05/2012
The Museum of Copenhagen no long shows a 25-minute video in English. Much of the museum now is dedicated to the cultural history as represented by various immigrant groups. It seems like a one-way treck up and down stairs with no clear exit without retracing steps.
Judy in Scottsdale, AZ USA 06/30/2012
While visiting Skansen open-air folk museum, we tried to get our lunch at the Ekorren cafeteria, which is adjacent to the main restaurant Solliden. We found that the name has been changed from Ekorren to another name which eludes me now. Perhaps the latest guidebook lists this name change. We found the food at the cafeteria to be good and the price right for our lunch. You can't go wrong with Swedish meatballs in Sweden, can you?
Randi Hoffman in Baldwin, WI USA 06/08/2012
There is now only one ATM in Aeroskobing (and it was broken when I was there). The one at the top of Vestergade is no longer there.
During the bike tour of Aero, it says "Before turning right to roll through Denmark's second-longest village, visit the church. Unless you are coming out of the church yard, the route itself actually takes a left turn. This was very unclear, and I went the wrong way for about a mile before I figured out I was off course.
Lane Galloway in Seattle, WA USA 06/08/2012
I have the new 13th edition. Re: Color Line - in the box on page 397 the phone # listed is the Natl Theater in Oslo! One digit is incorrect; the correct number is 81 00 08 11.
Also: the Color Line rail pass discount is not available for the boat from Kristiansand to Hirtshals; there are other discounts if you ask (and one applied to us.)
Hank Kastner in Houston, TX USA 05/10/2012
I have the 12th edition of Scandinavia. After landing at CPH, I asked information at the airport if it had a copy of Copenhagen This Week. The clerk there said that its publication had been discontinued, and he gave me a copy of what he thought might help -- "Copenhagen Tourist" (134 pages). I have looked through it, and I think that it is worthwhile.
Curtis K in Honolulu, HI USA 05/07/2012
Norman Lee in Afton, MH USA 04/18/2012
The Oslo National Gallery is no longer free, since May 2011. Admission for students was 50 kroner per person.
Kristen in Wenatchee, WA USA 12/19/2011
Shirley Fleig in San Diego, CA USA 10/31/2011
The TI in Borgholm, on the island of Oland, is no longer in the old train station, as stated on page 462. It has moved to a building near the harbor area (about six blocks south).
Bob in Chico, CA USA 10/02/2011
Have always been a big fan and proponent of Rick Steves' guidebooks...My wife and I have probably used at least one version of all of them. BUT...this September (2011), we found the Twelfth Edition Scandinavia book so outdated, we wished we'd had a different guidebook. It is still being sold at full price and with a 2009 print date, the research is at least three to four years old. Many things were wrong, useless, or priced higher. C'mon, Rick you can do better ! Anyway, if you find yourself in Greensboro NC, we can discuss it over a beer !
Sam Pelligra, MD in Greensboro, NC USA 09/19/2011
Keith Wood in Lawrence, KS USA 09/16/2011
Norway Snapshot Page 28, Oslo's City Hall was closed August 16 >September 21 for Elections!
Page 32, The National Gallery is no longer free. Adults - 50 NOK; Seniors- 30 NOK. As in most museums must leave day-packs, etc, in locker for 10 NOK, which is returned when you retrieve your items.. Locations of specific paintings have been changed.
Page 54, In Grønland, the Sudost restaurant was closed...seemingly indefinitely. We had difficulty finding Stenersgata for the return walk from Grønland to the train station. More street names on the map would have been helpful.
Page 60. The Oslo Budget Hotel no longer serves breakfast nor waffles in the afternoon. We were told that it would be closed and rebuilt beginning in September, 2011.
Roberta in McBride, WA USA 09/12/2011
Nelda Eitreim in Garretson, SD USA 08/22/2011
Stop saying Norway isn't that expensive. It is. Everything there costs three times as much as in the U.S. We got buy by packing a boxes of cereal and oatmeal and buying milk (at the low low price of $3 for half a liter) at the grocery.
In Oslo -- the national gallery is now free only on Sundays.
In Stavanger -- DO NOT budget only four hours for the Pulpit Rock hike, especially if you intend to spend any time at the top taking pictures. It's a heck of a view but it is a steep, rocky slog to the top.
On the Flam train -- need to tell people to line up about 25 minutes before the train departs so they can get a window seat. Both sides are good but the west-facing side is better.
JH in Alpharetta, GA USA 08/11/2011
Nothing to add to my post last month.
Steve Macfarlane in Carmichael, CA USA 08/07/2011
Stockholm: - To get to Djurgarden (Vasa and Nordic museums, Skansen, etc.), you should take Tram#7 from Sergels Torg. Bus 47 listed in the book no longer runs. - Public ferry from Djurgarden back to Gamla Stan dock near the Grone Lund amusement park (5-8 min walk from Vasa). Dock near Vasa museum serves only touristy Hop-On Hop-off boats. - Main TI office (Sverige Huset) moved to Vasagatan 14 across from the train station. There is still a small desk at the adress listed in Rick's book.
Irena in Cleveland, USA 07/29/2011
The Nobel Museum is open on Mondays (we went on a Monday). The lunch special at Grillska Huset is now 85 kr; still a great deal. The Stockholm Card is now 550 kr for 48 hours.
We're in Stockholm now (July 2011) and are finding prices a little higher overall than stated in the 2011 edition of the guidebook.
Steve Macfarlane in Carmichael, CA USA 07/11/2011
In the Survival Phrases section, (or somewhere), add the word(s) that are used in each language for senior citizen discounts. For instance, in Norwegian, the word is "honnør".
Note that Midsummers holiday may mean that many places are closed.
Greg Mansfield in Washington, NC USA 07/03/2011
page 527 of the 2010 scandinavian guidebook at the St. Nicholas church it should read... From the church, turn LEFT and climb the steep, cobbled, Lubike jalg. I can be reached at email@example.com to notify me of my free Rick Steves' vacation for identifying this egregious error. I actually followed the book and turned right and ran into a wall. It was painful and caused a minor scene in what would have been a perfect day in Tallin.
marlene lundbeck in hinckley, OH USA 06/18/2011
eliminate Meriton Old Town Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia; we are experienced travelers (our 16th trip to Europe, most of which included 99 out of 100 score hotel recommendations per Rick Steves) and would not recommend this hotel to anyone (except perhaps a tour group)! And be warned as we got the impression this happens alot, as the Meriton Old Town hotel is beautiful but small, reigning guests in to the meriton hotel franchise, and they must know they have loads of empty rooms in the other Meriton hotel to put guests in as it's so unappealing, especially if you've already paid!
richard kruse in la jolla, ca USA 06/16/2011
Under eating pg 94. Listed Lakka as a syrupy-sweet liquer. After 3 restaurants and no-one knowing what this was - - was told that this must me a northern region drink.
Lynn Porterfield in Ridgewood, NJ USA 04/11/2011
The book says train tickets are able to be conveniently purchased through www.sj.se. Unfortunately, I cannot get any of my US credit or debit cards to work on their site. I was advised through contacting them that there are "limitations" on foreign credit cards.
Beth in Los Angeles, CA USA 04/06/2011