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I'm thinking of using our two-week Christmas holiday for some light low-budget travelling. Was thinking of taking the ferry over to Tallinn from Stockholm (I'm assuming one exists, here), with our car, and then driving back the long way around.

I'm not a driver, only my partner is, and we'd be intending to visit Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas, Gdasnk, Rostock, and Copenhagen. (okay, not necessarily all of these). Since I'm not a driver, I'm wondering if folks think it's doable to do all the driving for this trip AND have enough time to relax. We'd also probably be planning to camp (not sure if there will be snow that far south though).

What do you guys think? We'd need at least a day of non-driving in between every day of driving.

  • It's hard to know which tags would be best for this question. Other good ones would be routes and itinerary. – hippietrail Nov 4 '11 at 8:57
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The trip is approximately 2900 km. So it is on average 207 km per day. That is not too much for a roadtrip with a lot of relaxing. And to do even more relaxing you can spend some days at the same location and then travel for half a day until you stay some days in the next city.

I did a lot of roadtrips in Europe and all of them were very relaxing even so we drove 10'000 km in 30 days. (three times).

The good thing is: If you notice that you can't relax you just travel slower and stay longer at the same place. Then at the end of the trip you have one very long trip, but that isn't really a problem immo.

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    If you still think it is a long trip there is an over night ferry from Gdansk to Nynäshamn a bit south of Stockholm. – froderik Nov 2 '11 at 22:02
  • Well, it is a problem to have a really long trip, we have limited vacation time (like I said in the post, two weeks). – victoriah Nov 2 '11 at 23:04
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    In the summer, fine. But in January, there's a significant chance that you'll encounter serious snow, meaning slow, stressful driving and uncomfortable camping. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 2 '11 at 23:22
  • Serious snow? ;) I live in the frosty wastes of northern Sweden. That doesn't bother us. – victoriah Nov 5 '11 at 19:35
  • @victoriah I know, I know! You just don't open the door, right? – VMAtm Nov 7 '11 at 6:16
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Your itinerary would look something like this:

Overnight ferry, Stockholm to Talinn. Day 1 Talinn Day 2 It's about one day's drive to Gdansk. You might instead, want to stop at Riga (half day's drive). Kaunas is a bit out of the way. Day 3 Riga. Day 4, Half day's drive to Gdansk. Day 5 Gdansk. Day 6 Drive to Rostock. Day 7, Rostock. Day 8, Drive to Copenhagen. Day 9, Copenhagen. Day 10 Cross to Sweden (stop in Gothenberg?) Day 11, Gotenberg. Day 12, Head north. Day 13, Stop. Day 14, Finish trip to Stockholm.

  • Actually, Kaunas is right on the way from Rīga to Gdańsk if you go through Suwałki. (Which is the shortest route within the Schengen area. Route planners might send you through Kaliningrad oblast, not considering that you need a visa for that and go through border formalities, which will eat up at least the time you thought you had saved.) – user149408 Aug 18 '17 at 21:44
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A bit late, but partly based on my own experience: I’ve done Gdańsk – Vilnius – Rīga – Tallinn – Rīga – Klaipėda, single driver, albeit I did the trip in summer. From Gdańsk onwards is an educated guess based on map data.

There’s an overnight ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn vie Mariehamn. An itinerary would look like this:

  1. Tallinn
  2. Tallinn – Rīga (about 4 hours)
  3. Rīga
  4. Rīga – Kaunas (about 4–5 hours)
  5. Kaunas
  6. Kaunas – Gdańsk (about 8 hours)
  7. Gdańsk
  8. Gdańsk – Rostock (about 7–8 hours)
  9. Rostock
  10. Rostock – København (via ferry Rostock – Gedser, about 3 hours driving, 1 hour on the ferry plus 1 hour for check-in)
  11. København
  12. København – Stockholm (via Øresund bridge, about 7–8 hours)

If you squeeze this into two weeks, including the two surrounding weekends, and depart from Stockholm Friday evening, you can add up to four extra days to your itinerary. You could, for instance, add a day in Helsinki or one in Vilnius (which is about an hour from Kaunas and, since there’s a motorway from Panevėžys to Vilnius, takes about the same time from Rīga). Or, once you are in Gdańsk, you could consider Gdynia and Sopot as well.

From my own experience, Gdańsk–Kaunas was the most stressful part of the trip. Most of it is along DK16, which goes through villages and is quite narrow, with a bunch of trucks, which cuts down on your average speed. (Do note that I did this leg in 2011 and, as far as I remember, there was no expressway from Elbląg to Ostróda then). Plan plenty of time for that. The same might be true for the Gdańsk–Rostock leg.

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