Scandinavia offers a unique variety of trendy and traditional on every level – from local attractions to food to scenery. Scandinavia is also among the world’s most environment friendly places, with Oslo being the European Green Capital of 2019. You can expect high quality facilities and a good range of public transport options all across Scandinavia.
Because of the short distances, you can visit the highlights of Scandinavia in one week. Here are a few treats you don’t want to miss during your trip.
The Danish capital is Copenhagen, a trendy and welcoming waterside city with a lively and hip café, bar and music scene. Copenhagen is a bike city, and you’ll notice the Danish biking everywhere regardless of the weather. It is a great way to explore the city, so you should rent a bike while you are there. Visit The Circle Bridge and make sure to check out the colourful houses.
For a truly unique food experience, try a traditional Danish lunch. The smørrebrød is an open faced sandwich served with literally any topping you like. Also the Danish are known for having a beer for lunch. The Danish restaurant scene is among the world’s most distinct and innovative, and it caters to all budgets.
Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day, especially during summer. At night this area is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and it’s every photographer’s dream. This vibrant city is a series of 14 islands, with grand waterfront buildings, a beautifully preserved old town and impressive contemporary architecture. Stockholm also has some top class museums, from the Academy of Fine Arts to the Abba Museum.
A great way to experience Stockholm is from the water. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle your way from island to island. You can see the Town Hall, Gamla Stan (Old Town) and many other attractions from the water. Head over to Old Town for a traditional Swedish lunch in one of the atmospheric bistros. If you are a smoker you might want to try the local Swedish tobacco, snus.
Oslo is the capital of Norway. It is an easy-going city surrounded by water, mountains and forests, with historical sites, international museums, parks and galleries. If you like contemporary architecture you’ll want to check out the striking Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Holmenkollen ski jump. Oslo offers a wide range of museums, devoted to subjects as diverse as Polar exploration, wartime resistance and Viking ships.
While you are in Oslo, don’t miss out on the lively neighborhood Grunerløkka. Here you’ll discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grunerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores.
Check out some of the local treats, like the Norwegian tobacco snus, one of the countless microbreweries or try the local dishes. Norway has a long tradition for “Fattigmannskost” (Poor man’s diet), which in modern times are considered delicacies. Some of these are potato balls, sheep in cabbage, stick meat or sausage stew.
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