THE SCANDANAVIAN WAY OF LIVING

The three Scandinavian countries have remained some of the oldest kingdoms in Europa. They boast history and culture dating back to the times of the great Vikings and old Royal Houses that ruled the kingdoms for centuries, and have found their place in Scandinavia’s modern societies. The Scandinavian countries are today some of the most advanced in Europe with a very high standard of living and leading positions in design, art and gastronomy. In fact, the Scandinavians themselves talk about a Scandinavian way of living, a concept where social and ecological balance and quality of life is in focus of all endeavors.

Kingdoms of a Thousand Years

Kingdoms of a Thousand Years

The Scandinavian countries are dotted with the most charming and magnificent royal palaces and mansions. Take a tour of the Amalienborg or Rosenborg castles in Copenhagen and visit Kronborg Castle, Prince Hamlet’s castle in Helsingør. Visit the Royal Palace and the Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo. Or take a tour of the Royal Castle in Stockholm and visit Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of the Swedish Royal family, located on lovely Lovön Island outside Stockholm.

Delicious Scandinavian Cuisine

Delicious Scandinavian Cuisine

Try traditional Scandinavian cuisine, delicious seafood accompanied by a chilled glass of the famous herbed snaps. Dine at one of many Michelin-starred restaurants and sample ecologically balanced new Scandinavian cuisine in an environment of daring design. Visit one of the many food markets and enjoy the local delicacies and a gourmet café. Or take lunch at a cosy countryside inn featuring the traditional Smoerbroed, which is hugely popular throughout all of Scandinavia.

New Scandinavian Architecture

New Scandinavian Architecture

Scandinavian architecture is going through a new golden age. Visit the redeveloped former industrial harbour areas in Copenhagen with the Royal Opera and the Royal Music House or Ørestad, a completely new part of Copenhagen with bold architecture such as 8 Talllet, WM House and WM Mountain. Head over famous Øresund Bridge, an architectural landmark in itself, to Malmö to admire the Turning Torso, the Form Design Centre and the Emporia Shopping Mall, just to mention a few.

Meet the Great Vikings

Meet the Great Vikings

Get acquainted with the Vikings, those Scandinavian buccaneers who discovered America 500 years before Columbus and spread terror all over Europe. Discover their way of life and their longboats, superior to all other ships of their time. Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde just outside Copenhagen, the Viking Museums on Bygdöy in Oslo, or go to Birka just outside Stockholm to see the museum and a reconstructed Viking Age Village. Try the crafts of the Vikings or go on a tour on one of the longboats.

Majestic Norwegian Fjords

Majestic Norwegian Fjords

No visit to Scandinavia is complete without touring Norway’s astounding nature and fjords for a couple of days. Travel to Bergen, the stunning capital of the fjords, and explore the formidable Hardanger Fjord located in a water-covered glacial valley. Discover high, tumbling waterfalls, majestic gorges, picturesque villages and quaint towns with scenic backdrops of snow-clad mountains. Visit the village of Myrdal for an incredible railway journey courageously winding its way down to Flåm at the mouth of the spectacular Aurlandsfjord.

World-Class Art Museums

World-Class Art Museums

Scandinavia boats some of the finest museums of modern art in the world. Visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhagen, a breath-taking waterside art gallery and sculpture park with international works from 1945 to today. Or go to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, an airy waterfront museum designed by Renzo Piano, or Moderne Museet in Stockholm with its prominent 20th century and contemporary art collections. Enjoy a VIP reception with a glass of champagne and a guided tour by an art historian.

71‘ North

71‘ North

Visit the Arctic part of Scandinavia, one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world, and experience the fascinating culture and lives of the Sami people, truly amazing scenery and unique winter activities. Spend a night or two at the magical Snow Hotel, dine on traditional Sami cuisine, cruise through the majestic fjords and take part in an adventure at sea to spot the mighty whales. Try your hand at dogsledding or snow biking in the snowy wilderness and – if you are lucky – be dazzled by the Northern Lights!

Daring Scandinavian Design

Daring Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian design provides solid artisanship and high-quality design characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Visit the signature shops of brands like Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen in Copenhagen or Illum with its extensive collection of Scandinavian home design and contemporary furniture. Visit the upscale and Bohemian Södermalm district in Stockholm and its exclusive design shops. Top the tour with a visit to the gem of classic of Swedish interior design, Svenskt Tenn, with introduction and refreshments.

Danish Fairy Tales

Danish Fairy Tales

It’s not the famous Tivoli Park and Copenhagen but the rest of Denmark that earned this small kingdom the nickname Fairytale Country. Just a short ride from the capital lays a patchwork of fields dotted with farmhouses and mills, while old castles and churches stand watch over quaint and quiet towns. Embark on a journey to the fairy-tale island of Fyn, visit the H.C Andersen Museum and take a special guided tour of Odense to see places related to the famous author. Visit the lovely small towns of Fyn and enjoy lunch at one of Denmark’s many historic inns.