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How to Use Groupon to Plan a 10-Day, 4 City Trip to Scandinavia

My best friend, my soul mate, and my sister-from-another-mister and I took the trip of a lifetime in February to Scandinavia! And we planned it in less than 3 months. How?  Although neither of us had ever traveled in this way, we decided to throw caution to the wind and purchase a travel experience on Groupon with Fleetway Travel (and now we both highly recommend booking with them either through Groupon or on their own website.)  

Note: This post is not affiliated with or sponsored by Groupon or Fleetway Travel. The views expressed in this post are 100% my own based on the experiences had. 


Was this helpful? YES! I didn’t have to do a TON of research on logistics. Instead, I focused my time and energy on planning out our days and experiences.  This was extremely helpful, considering we didn’t book the trip until mid-November and we left in late February. Time was of the essence, so we recommend it. 

When I say I did nothing in regards to transportation and lodging logistics, I mean nothing.  Through Fleetway Travel, our airfare, ground transportation, and hotels were all arranged.  Here’s a brief outline of the logistics that were booked for us:

Literally all I planned in terms of transportation logistics were:

So easy! So helpful!

So what did I do with all of that free time? I spent it researching and learning more about the history, the culture, and sites to explore in each of our locations. You can read about our time in Helsinki and Stockholm on my other blog posts! 


I’d love to be able to say we chose to go in the winter because we are impervious to cold (my best friend will attest that she is absolutely not cold-blooded). However, that’s not the case. It honestly had to do with work schedules, life schedules, and pricing of Groupon- very unglamorous reasons. 

What I will say about traveling in winter is that it affords you to be in a location in the off-season (typically), to experience a place like a local might (bundled up, but still looking fashionable), and to observe idiosyncrasies about the culture you might not be able to experience while traveling in more temperate weather conditions. One example, I’ll share was in Stockholm. From our hotel’s breakfast lounge we had a view of a busy street in Kungsholmen. In the morning, even though it was quite blustery, with large snowflakes falling from the sky, there were parents pushing strollers/trams in the snow with multiple kids in tow.  The parents were still very fashionably dressed, despite the weather. 

Also, I think the snow and cold temperatures add a sparkling, magical touch on every outdoor surface.  Even the most ordinary buildings and trees have an aura of enchantment.  Just dress warm, lots of layers, keep moving and you will stay warm. And if all else fails, just push your best friend into another museum, coffee shop, or bar! (I absolutely did that when she was complaining feeling cold.)


Here is a look into what I packed to ensure that I could experience the cities but survive the cold temperatures (which were indeed cold- Helsinki was 4ºF and the day we were in Oslo, the locals said it was the coldest day that they had experienced yet in 2018).


Consider taking a look at Groupon next time you’re itching to get away! So many deals can be found on there and you might just end up with the trip of a lifetime with your best friend!

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