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After over a year of planning and waiting, we finally took delivery of our MY20 XC90 T8 in Thunder Grey on 8/23. We are so grateful to everyone on this forum – everything from trip planning to financing and car options this has been such a great resource. Hoping this recap helps others as well especially families as we took our boys age 5 and 9.

We flew British Airways from Seattle to Stockholm. The layover in London to Stockholm was much shorter than to Gothenburg (GOT) and figured we might as well fit in another city. We stayed at the Nordic Light Hotel - highly recommend as it's next to the station where the Arlanda Express from the airport goes and they have a lovely breakfast included. They have suites with a sofa bed and separate bedroom which is nice with kids. Walked over to Gamla Stan for dinner – such a beautiful part of the city. We checked out the Vasa Museum in the morning as soon as it opened. Due to jet lag, waking up early was not a problem and worked in our favor as it was getting busy when we left around 10am. We walked around the city and then took the SJ train from Stockholm Central station, just a block from the hotel, to GOT in the afternoon. The train was very comfortable (we got 4 seats facing each other with a table) and we arrived in GOT in exactly 3 hours. You arrive at the GOT train station directly across the street from the Clarion Post Hotel. Could not be more convenient.

In GOT, we stayed in a room with a sofa bed in the newer tower of the Clarion Post. As others have mentioned, the hotel is nice and staff was great. Like everyone else we were welcomed with a letter from Volvo, gift and fruit basket. The kids jumped into the pool and then we had the dinner at Norda, which is a beautiful space. They kids were perfectly happy with the kids menu there and the service was great. The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast spread at the hotel and met a couple also from Seattle on their 3rd OSD!

Our driver came promptly at 9:30 and whisked us away in an XC90 with car seats, as requested. When we got to the Factory Delivery Center there were 12 deliveries all from the US. Busy day! The receptionists were wonderful. They were a little delayed but we didn’t mind as the waiting area was very comfortable and we browsed the store where the kids each got a small model XC90 toy. While waiting we chatted with other OSD-ers and swapped stories. After going over the forms, we finally met our car. It was so fun when they bring the car in. It was also the first time we saw Thunder Grey in person, a new color for MY20 that we ordered unseen. It’s a unique color that changes in different light – sometimes looks more grey and other times more blue. Very cool.

We ate lunch at 11:15am and then went on the factory tour at 12. WOW. This was a highlight of our trip and a must-do. We made sure we took delivery when the factory wasn’t closed so we wouldn’t miss the tour and it was amazing. The kids are still talking about the robots. Really makes you appreciate your car and Volvo’s commitment to safety and quality.

We went over our car details after the factory tour and ordered a few accessories. We wanted the plastic mats and bumper cover for our road trip to Copenhagen so we waited while they put those in. A note, if you get the load carrier it does not get installed but rather they just put into the car when you return it for shipping and you install yourself at home (apparently very easy). They provided car seats for our trip and we left a little later than planned around 3pm for Copenhagen. A warning – traffic through GOT from 3-6pm is very bad (their rush hours). Once we finally got out of the traffic, the drive was great. Stopped at Max Burger for a bathroom break and wanted to see what the Swedish version of McDonald’s was all about. Another highlight was driving across the Oresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark…an engineering marvel.

In Copenhagen we stayed at Charlottehaven, an apartment hotel in the Osterbro neighborhood that has free underground parking, a nice indoor swimming pool and clean, modern 2 bedroom units – great for families. It’s also just a block away from the train station that takes you into central Copenhagen in 2 stops.

We took a day trip to Billund, home of Lego. It’s 3 hours each way from Copenhagen and we could have easily spent a couple of days there but wanted more time in Copenhagen. It was a nice drive and great way to see another part of Denmark. We didn’t do Lego Land as we heard it’s similar to their theme parks in the US but went to Lego House for a different, interactive experience (just opened in 2017). You could easily spend all day there. Also check out their roof top play areas.

After a few days in Copenhagen, which we loved and found to be very family friendly, we drove back to GOT and made it just in time for the 2pm drop off time. The receiving agent was great and the receptionists were so helpful in arranging a car to take us to the museum and then picked us up to take us to the airport as we had several hours before our flight to London where we spent the last 4 days.

All in all we could not be happier with Volvo and our experience at the Delivery Center. Volvo really pulls out all the stops for their customers and were so accommodating to our boys. We originally put a deposit down in Aug 2018 for a MY19 XC90 T8 thinking we would take delivery in January only to find out that orders had stopped and we would need to wait until MY20. It seemed like forever at the time but now that we’re back from our trip, it was totally worth the wait – not only for a MY20 but also to go in the summer. Now the home stretch…Lord Volvomort (our Harry Potter obsessed son’s name for our XC90) is slated to leave on Sept 5 for estimated delivery on Nov 11. What a memorable trip...we’re already talking about when to do our next OSD!
 

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After over a year of planning and waiting, we finally took delivery of our MY20 XC90 T8 in Thunder Grey on 8/23. We are so grateful to everyone on this forum – everything from trip planning to financing and car options this has been such a great resource. Hoping this recap helps others as well especially families as we took our boys age 5 and 9.

We flew British Airways from Seattle to Stockholm. The layover in London to Stockholm was much shorter than to Gothenburg (GOT) and figured we might as well fit in another city. We stayed at the Nordic Light Hotel - highly recommend as it's next to the station where the Arlanda Express from the airport goes and they have a lovely breakfast included. They have suites with a sofa bed and separate bedroom which is nice with kids. Walked over to Gamla Stan for dinner – such a beautiful part of the city. We checked out the Vasa Museum in the morning as soon as it opened. Due to jet lag, waking up early was not a problem and worked in our favor as it was getting busy when we left around 10am. We walked around the city and then took the SJ train from Stockholm Central station, just a block from the hotel, to GOT in the afternoon. The train was very comfortable (we got 4 seats facing each other with a table) and we arrived in GOT in exactly 3 hours. You arrive at the GOT train station directly across the street from the Clarion Post Hotel. Could not be more convenient.

In GOT, we stayed in a room with a sofa bed in the newer tower of the Clarion Post. As others have mentioned, the hotel is nice and staff was great. Like everyone else we were welcomed with a letter from Volvo, gift and fruit basket. The kids jumped into the pool and then we had the dinner at Norda, which is a beautiful space. They kids were perfectly happy with the kids menu there and the service was great. The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast spread at the hotel and met a couple also from Seattle on their 3rd OSD!

Our driver came promptly at 9:30 and whisked us away in an XC90 with car seats, as requested. When we got to the Factory Delivery Center there were 12 deliveries all from the US. Busy day! The receptionists were wonderful. They were a little delayed but we didn’t mind as the waiting area was very comfortable and we browsed the store where the kids each got a small model XC90 toy. While waiting we chatted with other OSD-ers and swapped stories. After going over the forms, we finally met our car. It was so fun when they bring the car in. It was also the first time we saw Thunder Grey in person, a new color for MY20 that we ordered unseen. It’s a unique color that changes in different light – sometimes looks more grey and other times more blue. Very cool.

We ate lunch at 11:15am and then went on the factory tour at 12. WOW. This was a highlight of our trip and a must-do. We made sure we took delivery when the factory wasn’t closed so we wouldn’t miss the tour and it was amazing. The kids are still talking about the robots. Really makes you appreciate your car and Volvo’s commitment to safety and quality.

We went over our car details after the factory tour and ordered a few accessories. We wanted the plastic mats and bumper cover for our road trip to Copenhagen so we waited while they put those in. A note, if you get the load carrier it does not get installed but rather they just put into the car when you return it for shipping and you install yourself at home (apparently very easy). They provided car seats for our trip and we left a little later than planned around 3pm for Copenhagen. A warning – traffic through GOT from 3-6pm is very bad (their rush hours). Once we finally got out of the traffic, the drive was great. Stopped at Max Burger for a bathroom break and wanted to see what the Swedish version of McDonald’s was all about. Another highlight was driving across the Oresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark…an engineering marvel.

In Copenhagen we stayed at Charlottehaven, an apartment hotel in the Osterbro neighborhood that has free underground parking, a nice indoor swimming pool and clean, modern 2 bedroom units – great for families. It’s also just a block away from the train station that takes you into central Copenhagen in 2 stops.

We took a day trip to Billund, home of Lego. It’s 3 hours each way from Copenhagen and we could have easily spent a couple of days there but wanted more time in Copenhagen. It was a nice drive and great way to see another part of Denmark. We didn’t do Lego Land as we heard it’s similar to their theme parks in the US but went to Lego House for a different, interactive experience (just opened in 2017). You could easily spend all day there. Also check out their roof top play areas.

After a few days in Copenhagen, which we loved and found to be very family friendly, we drove back to GOT and made it just in time for the 2pm drop off time. The receiving agent was great and the receptionists were so helpful in arranging a car to take us to the museum and then picked us up to take us to the airport as we had several hours before our flight to London where we spent the last 4 days.

All in all we could not be happier with Volvo and our experience at the Delivery Center. Volvo really pulls out all the stops for their customers and were so accommodating to our boys. We originally put a deposit down in Aug 2018 for a MY19 XC90 T8 thinking we would take delivery in January only to find out that orders had stopped and we would need to wait until MY20. It seemed like forever at the time but now that we’re back from our trip, it was totally worth the wait – not only for a MY20 but also to go in the summer. Now the home stretch…Lord Volvomort (our Harry Potter obsessed son’s name for our XC90) is slated to leave on Sept 5 for estimated delivery on Nov 11. What a memorable trip...we’re already talking about when to do our next OSD!
It sounds like a fun trip! We also found Denmark to be very family friendly — we dragged our baby all over. Do you have a cool picture of your car from the trip?


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Thanks for the trip report. We waffled between going to Legoland or the Lego House but the kids really enjoy the rides, so Legoland won out in the end. But they wanted to try the Lego modular lunchbox at the Lego House, did you do that?
 
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