Of all the routes between the Nordic capitals, this is definitely the most boring one. Most people fly.
Endless forests, basically, either by road or train. Relatively slow/bad road: long stretches that isn't grade separated/motorway. The train is slow as well, as you have noticed.
One way to make it more interesting could be to drive south on the E6 to Bohuslän. See the archipelago (perhaps not the best time in October, though...), then across the plains in Västergötland south of Vänern and on to Stockholm on the E20. That will add about 150 km.
Light is starting to get scarce in October, but early in the month you will still have about 11 hours of daylight.
Last edited by Will Fly Småland; Jul 31, 12 at 7:05 am..
I've done both multiple times and the train is the better option, cheaper and less tiring. If money is an issue, you may consider taking the bus which is usually cheaper than the train, though not as nice as you can't get up and stroll around nor hang out in the restaurant car.
i ordered my train tickets last night, so its been decided.
now, ive been hearing that scandinavia in october is not the greatest time to go. i dont mind the weather, but one of the guys in my group is now on the fence after hearing this.
rain, cold, foggy, dark?
how is it really?
OK, maybe I am not an impartial observer, but... it varies! October can be very pleasant, moderate temperatures, clear skies, leaves turning gorgeous shades of red and yellow. Or it can be rainy and damp. But it is not yet very dark anyway. Nor foggy.
Last October at my house 50km NE of Oslo:
Max temp 16,5C
Min temp -5,4C
14 sunny days
11 days with rain
3 days with fog
Mid October, sunrise around 06:00, sunset around 18:00
So, as already mentioned it can be pleasant but also can be cold.
I live by Haga station about 50mins out from Oslo S, give me a wave as you go past