Was interested in tying in a pick-up and a tour as part of our 25 year wedding anniversary celebration. Date is in mid January, but I am thinking that this might be a really bad time of year to be in Northern Europe. Anybody have any thoughts/advice??
dwalkup.....<p><br>I did my last OSD in feb/05. It was cold...but not any worse than being in the upper midwest or northeast US. Actually, Gothenburg is on the western coast of Sweden and does not get as much snow as you would expect. Plus, they are very quick to remove what does accumulate.<br>One of the things that OSD does each year is offer a "winter side trip". for 2 for @ $595. Last year, it was to either Stckholm or Barcelona. The trip includes airfare and hotel for 3 nights, plus an extra night in Gothenburg. So, it works out to 5 nights hotel and all the airfare from the US to Stockholm or Bracelona and the air travel to Gothenburg and then back home.<br>I have had a # of OSD'ers do the side trip over the years. Everyone of them was very pleased. It is a nice way to visit 2 places and still get your new Volvo too! OSD will usually announce the "winter travel specials" sometime in the fall. In the past, the destinations have been Nice, London, Barcelona, & Stockholm. Adding a little side trip makes a nice little silver anniversry present!!!<br>I did a january anniversery trip for another SS'der last year...with a side trip to Stockholm..........think about it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
I would say if you want a january delivery......get your order done by late oct for a special order vehicle or by mid november for an "in stock" unit.<br>That gives you plenty of time to schedule your travel and still enjoy the Thanksgiving and X-mas holidays without having to scramble around at the last minute to make the OSD arrangements.
We picked up our '02 v70 t5 over New Years '02. Was just great. Cold? Sure, but we're from a bit north of Boston, MA, so we're used to the cold. Days are short that far north - a bit strange having breakfast at 8:00AM in darkness!<p>Just go when your calendar permits.<p>Best,<p>Harry J
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dwalkup</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Was interested in tying in a pick-up and a tour as part of our 25 year wedding anniversary celebration. Date is in mid January, but I am thinking that this might be a really bad time of year to be in Northern Europe. Anybody have any thoughts/advice?? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you're interested in an R.....I would pass. Tire chains won't help those PZeros. Otherwise.....go for it.
Just to calm you all down abit: Snowchains is something used in the Alps or other mountaineous regions, not in the southern part of sweden. As for studded tires, yes, some use that. Most people living on the west-coast of Sweden and south of Gothenburg, use M+S tires. That is sufficient. The major roads and highways are cleared within the hour of snowfall. This may however not be the case for minor roads. Although I think not that you will be crossning these anyway. <p>//J
We picked up our XC90 end of Nov / beginning of December. It was very cold, but we had a great time. Hung out in Copenhagen, No. Germany, and Amsterdam. Great time of year to be in those cities because there were hardly any Americans about!