Astounding nature, northern lights, Vikings and Nordic culture intertwine with modern design, green cities and world-renowned gastronomy in Scandinavia.
Inviting cities, good design, happiness, sustainable living, good food, biking, nature—these are all words binding Denmark, Finland and Sweden together. The cultural experiences in Scandinavia are two-fold; the feeling of being in the culture of the happiest region in the world and the exploration of some of the best cultural institutions in the world; from the Abba Museum and Royal Danish Castles to the Santa Claus’ Office in Finnish Lapland.
For the past decade, Scandinavia has blazed its own trail as one of the world’s great gastronomic hotspots. The focus of the New Nordic cuisine is fresh, seasonal local produce served with a focus on Scandinavian aesthetics and happiness. Scandinavia now has more than 60 Michelin starred restaurants.
Scandinavians have a strong bond to nature and an active lifestyle. With so little space inhabited, the Nordic countries are filled with epic expanses of wilderness just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re seeking mindfulness in the serenity or your next great outdoor adventure, nature is always close by.
Get active and kayak in West Sweden’s stunning archipelago, do it like the Danes and explore Denmark and its vast countryside by bike or enjoy the northern lights on a dog sled in Finland. Wind down in a classic Finnish sauna or spend 72 hours in glass cabin on a remote island in Sweden. The options are endless.
From Danish mid-century designers Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner to contemporary Swedish design brands such as H&M & Ikea (and even Volvo), along with Finnish Design such as Marimekko and Alvar Aalto – Scandinavian Design is minimalist, sleek and functional. Visitors to Scandinavia will see Scandinavian Design wherever they go. To get an in-depth experience, travelers should go to the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen and The Design Museum in Helsinki.
Begin your trip in Copenhagen, Denmark, and you will venture into a wonderland of cultural gems and Danish hygge. What is hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah)? It is a Danish word used to describe a feeling of something cozy, charming or special.
In Denmark, start at one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens, celebrating its 175-year anniversary in 2018, and see where Walt Disney got his inspiration for Disneyland. Continue to must-see Nyhavn for a canal boat tour. Once ashore, walk to Amalienborg Palace to get up close with the Danish Royal Family. For the culture-savvy travelers, the Copenhagen Card will provide you with free admission to 86 attractions and free public transportation, so why not visit Hamlet’s Castle Kronborg Castle or the beautiful Louisiana Museum of Modern Art?
Travelers can continue across the Öresund Bridge or the Elisnore-Helsinborg Ferry to explore Malmö or West Sweden, where cultural exploration awaits. Start with a Swedish Fika, these cinnamon buns are a must, and explore Läckö Barouque Castle, Gunnebo 18th Century Castle or even the outdoor sculpture park, Skulptur i Pilane. City-dwellers can continue their cultural exploration in Gothenburg at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. In Stockholm visitors can feel like a Dancing Queen at the Abba Museum or sail back in time at the Vasa Museum.
From Stockholm visitors are only one hour from Helsinki, Finland, with flight. Explore Finland with a Helsinki City Center Walking Tour and a visit to Finlandia Hall or The Chapel of Silence. To get under the skin of Helsinki, visitors should go visit some of the islands in the Archipelago of Helsinki—more than 300 islands to explore! Islands include Suomenlinna, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site- The Fortress of Suomenlinna. After a full day of cultural explorations, visitors should unwind with some Finnish Figge at a well-designed hotel.
Feeling inspired? Fox’s Vacation Travel Consultants welcome the opportunity to help you explore guided tours in Scandinavia, discover a Baltic cruise or plan a completely customized package. The possibilities to visit Scandinavia are abundant.