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Venice of Scandinavia
by Efva Attling
Stockholm
is a Swedish avant-garde jewelry designer, with Madonna and Jennifer Aniston among her clients
One of my absolute favorite places in Stockholm is a path called Monteliusvägen in the southern part of central Stockholm.  A wonderful walk overlooking our beautiful city with a fantastic view.  Here you can see why Stockholm is called Venice of Scandinavia with all the water from Mälaren surrounding Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen.  You can see the beautiful old buildings in Gamla Stan (the old city from the 18th century). Take a pause to admire the view on one of the many benches placed along the walk. Or why not keep on walking along the quay of Söder Mälarstrand over to Långholmen, a little island where you can take a swim in the clean water surrounding Stockholm. Please enjoy my lovely ”Söder”. Website: efvaattling.com More information about Sweden Click here ...
Modern architecture, art and nature in this perfect symbiosis
by Bjarke Ingels
Copenhagen
is a Danish architect and founder of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Copenhagen is a city rich on traditional culture and history and also a great inspiration to the modern world because the traces of kings and queens are still prominent in the contemporary architecture of Copenhagen. Be inspired by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ four favorite places in his hometown of Copenhagen. I enjoy the long Danish summer evenings and one of my favorite places in Copenhagen during the summer is Islands Brygge Harbor Bath. It is a world sensation that a capital city has made its industrial harbor so clean you can swim in it – you can actually jump in the water in the middle of the city. Also, it is inspiring that it was initiated and realized by local citizens. One of my favorite buildings is the Round Tower (Rundetårn). In the 17th century, King Christian IV ...
One of the Most Unique Archipelagos in the World
by Apocalyptica
Helsinki
is a cello rock band composed of classically trained cellists, graduates of Sibelius Academy.
Helsinki, the capital of Finland is a really beautiful city, especially in the summertime. Surrounded by the sea it has lots of great spots by the seaside. Everything is within walking distance or a short ride by metro or tram. The city has tons of great restaurants and bars, also lots of festivals in the summer time like Tuska, Sonisphere, Helsinki Festival etc. Even though the city is quite small it offers a living cultural life in all terms. And we must admit that we LOVE the nightlife in there. Savonlinna is a little town in the Eastern Finland’s Lake District. The best time to go is during the Savonlinna Opera Festival, which takes place in a medieval castle every July. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Paavo and Perttu spent their childhood summers there.
 Finnish Lapland is ...
My Favorite Walk Through Stockholm
by Anders Holst
Stockholm
is Swedish singer and songwriter based in New York City
I would like to share with you one of my favorite walks in Stockholm. We start with breakfast at Tössebageriet, located on Karlavägen 77, this beautiful Paris boulevard-inspired street that runs east/west through the up-scale neighborhood of Östermalm. After breakfast we stroll down to Karlaplan and here the French influence on the urban design becomes even more apparent. If you stand at the entrance of Fältöversten looking across Karlaplan in the intersection between Karlavagen and Narvavagen, you see an ICA store and in that building, Ingmar Bergman lived, the famous Swedish film and theater director. We continue our walk along Narvavägen heading south towards Djurgarden, passing the French Embassy on our left and why not a quick visit to the Historiska Museet at Narvavagen 13–17 ...
Living Culture and Infinite Light
by Ulla Suokko
Helsinki
is a NY-based concert artist and entertainer, and a virtuoso flutist and an expressive pop/folk vocalist
For me Finland is at its very best and most sensual in the summer! A fascinating combination of ancient wisdom and modern technology, a summer trip to Finland offers living culture, connection with nature, fresh food and infinite light. My most profound and beautiful memories of Finland in recent years definitely have to do with the midnight sun in June, sauna, fresh fish and the joy of making music with some of the best musicians in the world! There is nothing that quite compares to a swim in a quiet summer lake after relaxing in a good wood-burning sauna. One can truly be present with oneself and the universe in the deep silence and transparent light of the golden midnight sun and the stillness of the night! All of the festivals that I have had the honor of participating are held ...
Ocean Meets Mountains
by Børge Ousland
Lofoten, Norway
is a polar explorer, who always longs for Norway
After crossing the North Pole, the South Pole and Patagonia, and seeing some of the most spectacular nature around the world; still, I always long for Norway. We have everything! High mountains, mountain plateaus, and pure, clean water. Deep forrests with wild animals, and a magnificent and long coastline. In other words; everything an adventurer and nature-lover loves. Best of all is the accessibility. By air, train, car or ferry – your Norway adventure awaits right outside your very own front door. I especially recommend the area around Lofoten in Northern Norway. Ocean meets mountains, the scenery is dramatic, almost overwhelming. The possibilities are endless. Kayaking, Sea Eagle safari, fishing or simply sit on a rock and admire the view. Our winters are, if possible, even more ...
Rabbits and Ice Cream in the Park
by Sandra Beijer
Stockholm
is one of Sweden's most popular bloggers that just moved to New York City
My favorite place in Stockholm is beautiful Haga Park. If I could have my dream day, I would spend it right there on the large, bumpy lawn below the copper tents. There, my friends and I would lie on a blanket, eat cheese sandwiches, drink sodas, and pretend to be characters from a British young adult book. Some of us would take a swim in Brunnsviken and feed the ducks; others would buy ice cream in the copper tents. And in the evening, more friends would arrive with music and rose wine. And as the sun would go down, senior citizens would walk home, and we would be left all alone. Except for the rabbits jumping around, almost so close you could touch them. And although the park is so big and open, it would feel as if we are the only ones who know about it. Blog link: rodeo.net/niotillfem More ...
A New Musical Journey
by Mika Pohjola
Helsinki
is a Finnish-born jazz pianist and composer - one of the most prolific Scandinavian jazz musicians in his generation
I travel to Helsinki several times a year and it is my favorite Finnish City. Being a musician, I really look forward to the opening of the new grandiose Music Building later this year. When open, Helsinki will embark on a new musical journey which will present great concerts of all kinds. As I sang in the Helsinki Cathedral Boy Choir as a child, visiting the Cathedral (at the Senate Square)  is a pilgrimage each trip back to Finland. And being a privileged composer of the Moomin Voices fairy-tale CD by Tove Jansson, I love to go to Moomin Shop at Forum or at the Airport (when leaving) getting last-minute gifts for friends. On every trip back to Helsinki, I always enjoy the fresh delicacies of the nearby Kauppatori Market Square. Helsinki has the most delicious Finnish cuisine! Salmon ...
Endless Summer Nights
by Riku Campo
Helsinki
is a professional make-up artist and the author of the book “Best in Beauty”
I moved from Finland many years ago. I certainly miss the endless summer nights, early evening saunas, swimming in the lake and many summer night barbeques. I remember all the special summer days spent with my entire family: those days I always felt time had stopped: no cell phones, no computers and no stress: just pure happiness. It doesn’t get better than that!! On the other hand, I do love Helsinki in the fall: September-October when the leaves are in all autumn colors, where you can capture the color and seasonal offerings at Esplanadi Park or Kaivopuisto-Park. I enjoy sitting at a cafe and watching the amazingly beautiful views especially the view of the white-church. I do love and miss Helsinki! More information about Finland Click here to read beauty expert Ole Henriksen's ...
Copenhagen Rocks My World
by Ole Henriksen
Copenhagen
is a Danish Skin Specialist and Spa Owner in Hollywood
Photo credit: Ole Henriksen The mere mention of this " intimate" big city puts a big smile on my face. My favorite destination is Kongens Nytorv. Dinner at Cafe Fiat is the ultimate treat followed by a performance by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Theatre. I literally dance through the streets of Copenhagen, back to Skt. Petri Hotel, after such a magical night. Shopping in Copenhagen is another treat I can't live without. Shamballa for stunning and truly unique jewelry, Georg Jensen for home decor and Bindesboel for Jacob Jeans. And how can I forget a visit to Tivoli, where I treat myself to a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Website: www.olehenriksen.com More information about Denmark Click here to read Rene Redzepi's travel story about Denmark that also might interest you! Join ...
The Edgy, Creative and Raw Side of a Big City
by Giana Factory
Copenhagen
is a new successful Danish band consisting of Louise Foo, Sofie Johanne and Lisbet Fritze
Copenhagen will always be the city closest to our hearts. We are all born and raised here and even though we love to travel to foreign places and explore the unknown, it always brings us joy and happiness when our flight once again lands on Danish ground. Everything the biggest and most exciting cities in the world have to offer, you get in small "hyggelige" (Danish for “cozy”) Copenhagen - great art, design, architecture, gastronomy and music. There are so many cool things happening on the music scene with new and old bands helping each other out to create some of the most interesting and talented music of our time - bands like Choir of Young Believers, The Raveonettes, Trentemøller, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and many many more... Some of our favorite places in Copenhagen are ...
Norway – Seen Through an Artist’s Eyes,
by Vebjørn Sand
Norway
is a Norwegian painter and installation artist
Photo credit: Enga Purevjav In the same way as the ocean has carved itself into the Norwegian mountains and formed the spectacular fjords, a long mountain range stretch itself out in the ocean in the arctic part of Norway - the fascinating Lofoten Islands. Lofoten may somehow be regarded as an 'opposite' fjord - beautiful and mesmerizing to me as a painter. Norwegians often say; "we are a small people, up there on our hill". However, this consistently changing and dramatic landscape has given birth to many acknowledged and world-class painters, poets, composers, mathematicians, explorers and scientists. An example is the rich and varied art that was created pre-, during, and post - "Golden Age" - or, rather the entire period in the last half of the 19th century through until the end ...
Saga Kings and Gods from Nordic Mythology
by Unni Askeland
Kløfta
is a Norwegian contemporary artist
Sometimes you wonder why you end up where you end up, and still find yourself at that same place! I have always had a passion for pancakes and small communities, and I guess that’s how I ended up in Kløfta, approx. 24 U.S miles outside Oslo and only a few minutes drive from Gardermoen, Norways international airport. I love this place, and have raised my four children there. Kløfta is flat, and therefore ideal for farming and golf. Hell was raised when some farmers sold land to golf enthusiasts, and opened an 18-hole championship course, back in 2002. The exclusive Miklagard Golfcourse was designed by acknowledged architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., and offers one of Norways very best training courses and a golf academy. All holes are named after Saga kings and Gods from Nordic Mythology. ...
Käringön
by Henrik Lundqvist
Käringön
is a Swedish professional ice hockey goalkeeper for the NHL hockey team New York Rangers
Photo credit: Henrik Lundqvist Most of my time that I spend in Sweden during the summer, I spend on the west coast with it's small beautiful fish harbors. My favorite spot is an island outside Gothenburg called Käringön, it’s a beautiful little island that you can only reach by boat. You can go there by your own boat or the public ferry, it takes 15 minutes. There are only about 100 people living on the island all year around. One of the best things with the island is that there are no cars, and it has a very relaxed and calm atmosphere. When you arrive to the island you just want to run into the ocean and take a quick dip before dinner at Petterson’s restaurant; the perfect Swedish summer day. I brought my friends from New York to Käringön last summer, a bigger contrast from ...
Four Seasons
by Mika Piirainen
Finland
is a Finnish designer who has designed for the Finnish fashion brand Marimekko since 1994
Finland is a very diverse country with its four seasons and landscapes all the way from South coast with its beautiful, rocky archipelagos to the northern most corner of Lapland known for its bare fjelds. The multi-faceted Finland and its nature offers a large variety of travel experiences. One of my favorite times in a year in Finland is early fall with its evenings that are warm but yet a bit darker. The enchanting time of harvesting, picking berries and mushrooms in the forest, crayfish feasts with big bunches of friends – overall the bold fall colors and tastes! The richness of the fall helps to prepare for the long, cold, dark winter. What I find infatuating in the Finnish winter is the complete stillness – nature sleeps – hibernates. This feeling is further intensified by ...
Multi-cultural Oslo
by Madcon
Oslo
is a Norwegian hip hop duo
Photo credit: Madcon Our favorite destination in Scandinavia would naturally have to be Oslo where we were born and raised. Where the multi-cultural society is established on the one hand, but on the other, is still in its infancy. This means that it has become a melting pot of cultures. There is so much variety in culture and Oslo is the host to some of the best music festivals in Northern Europe. Oslo offers the best of both worlds because it has the vibe of a big city, with a buzzing cultural scene and nightlife, while still maintaining the charm of a small town. The closeness to nature - to forests, mountains, ski resorts and beaches - makes it an even more attractive destination to visit. Visitors should check out some of our personal favorites; the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the ...
Adventures in the fortress
by Simo Kuusisto
Suomenlinna
is the founder of the Nordic Breads, and he is the executive chef for the Ambassador of Canada, to the United Nations
On my last trip in Helsinki I took my two daughters to the Sea Fortress Island of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I used to go there as a little boy. I walked through the Market Hall “Kauppahalli” and Market Square “Kauppatori” to catch the ferry to the island smelling all the great food from the vendor stands: fresh strawberries, peas as sweet as candy, cured salmon on rye bread with dill, freshly brewed coffee, and cinnamon buns. Sounds of the seagulls and the harbor, sun rays sparkling from the water - just like when I was a little boy. On the ferry ride to Suomenlinna you can feel the sea breeze and enjoy the Harbor view. In Suomenlinna My daughters would go through the same tunnels as I did and I would lead them to same adventures in the fortress as I used to when ...
The Beautiful Town of Copenhagen
by Sune Rose Wagner
Copenhagen
is one half of the Danish pop duo The Raveonettes
Photo credit: The Raveonettes Whenever I return to the beautiful town of Copenhagen, I set out for my compulsory walk through the crooked side-streets in and around Kongens Nytorv. My favorite watering hole is Palæ Bar on Ny Adelgade 5. It's a fabulous gathering of genteel people, inebriated, slovenly dressed authors and artists, joyful bartenders and a feeling of pure bliss when you totter out of this beloved joint in the am. I'll always make my way to Le Sommelier on Bredgade 63-65 for a succulent bite and a taste of the best wine list in all of Denmark. It will leave a lasting impression on you for sure. I have many poignant memories from years gone by in this old town Website: www.theraveonettes.com More information about Denmark Click here to read Sharin Foo's ...
Openhearted and Unpretentious
by René Redzepi
Copenhagen
is the head chef and co-owner of noma, voted world's best restaurant
A while ago I was asked what the perfect restaurant is for me. Back then I answered that the place had to be generous, warm, openhearted and unpretentious. It had to be a place that is forward looking and constantly adapting to change although keeping its distinct uniqueness and fingerprint. Then I realized that I was not talking about a restaurant only, this is how I feel about my city, the city where I was born and bred. The city where I spent the summers playing in the beautiful parks, bathing in the canals and the city that my bike knows every street and corner of. The city where I have walked the pavement so many times imagining that perhaps Kierkegaard, HC Andersen or Niels Bohr had walked the exact same steps before me. The city that has given life to my restaurant, noma, and ...
Summer Skiing and Glacier Hiking
by Moods of Norway
Stryn
is a designer team, based in Norway and Los Angeles
Our favorite Norwegian travel destination is the beautiful small Fjord town of Stryn, located 6 hours by car north west of Oslo. In Stryn and the surrounding areas you can find it all, from summer skiing, mountain climbing, rafting, fishing, surfing, glacier hiking to shopping and café life. Moods of Norway has its International headquarters in this friendly and unique Fjord town and if you come in to one of our retail stores, our helpful staff will gladly come up with options to make your trip to Stryn a fantastic experience. If you come on the right day, chances are that you will be offered a Norwegian waffle with strawberry jam and sour cream and don’t be surprised if Simen’s (on the right in the picture) grandma swings by to check out the latest fashion. Website: moodsofnorway.com More ...
Gotland, Sweden’s Largest Island
by Ulf Ekberg
Gotland
is a founding member of the Swedish pop group Ace of Base
Photo credit: Christian Voigt When you feel that you want to leave the city life, but don’t have too much time, Gotland is the perfect get away. It’s a beautiful island outside of Nynäshamn in Stockholm. Gotland’s main city is the ancient city of Visby, which is well known for being one of the oldest cities in Sweden with a beautiful history and architecture. Visby is perfect to walk around to explore its beautiful nature, small harbors and try one of the great restaurants and, finally, pay one of the popular nightclubs a visit. Gotland is perfect for a family trip, especially Fårö, located at Gotland’s most northern tip. There you can find fantastic beaches and don’t miss the famous Rauks, which are old rocks that been shaped by the water for thousands of years. My absolute ...
Polar Nights
by Angelika Kallio
Lapland, Finland
modeled for twenty years as one of the top 6 models in the world, and is now involved in real estate business in New York
I love Finland because it is a very kind and friendly country for children. My two most wonderful places that I experienced many happy memories in Finland were in the country side lake region and in Lapland. The Finnish country side reminds me of Aspen (without the hills) with many lakes connecting for miles and miles. I took a “cigarette” boat from Helsinki pier with friends during the “Juhannus” Midsummer; for the official beginning of summer celebrations. The boat took us to an island where we water skied and fished with fishnets. The fish we caught were prepared and served to us for a very tasty dinner. I also enjoyed our coed sauna with cool beer and Finnish guitar music. This island is near Savonlinna were The Opera Festival, began in 1912, and continues now with many famous ...
A City of Beautiful Towers and Spires…
by Sharin Foo
Copenhagen
is one half of the Danish popduo The Raveonettes
Photo credit: The Raveonettes Long bright summer nights with BBQ’s and good conversation. Biking through the empty streets at crisp dawn. A city of beautiful towers and spires, cobble stoned streets, parks and canals. It’s the capital of our little fairytale Kingdom that has all the tradition, history and cozy feel of a small town, but at the same time is a very metropolitan big city that’s cutting edge and innovative. Take a stroll through the autonomous Freetown of Christiania, with its very alternative and imaginative architecture. Have lunch at the organic vegetarian restaurant: morgen stedet (the morning place), stop by the women’s blacksmith, the public bathhouse, the fabulous Christiania Pedersen bike store. Or go for a concert at Loppen or The Grey Hall. You’re ...
The Nature Around Oslo
by Grete Waitz
Oslo
was a Norwegian nine-time New York Marathon winner, who lost her fight with cancer April 19th, 2011.
I have traveled a lot around the world and seen many big cities. But I have to say I don't know any other city that has so much to offer as Oslo. The truly unique thing about Oslo is that you have such easy access to nature. Only 10 minutes from the city, you can go hiking or skiing. There are great paths and trails in and around the city, so it's a great place to stay active and explore the outdoors. Not to mention culture. We have fantastic museums and attractions; the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo Opera House, the Resistance Museum and Akershus Fortress, to name but a few. In the summer, one of my favorite things to do is to take a boat ride on the Oslo Fjord. There are nice beaches in Oslo too. Eating fresh shrimp straight from the fishing boat at the pier is a great summer activity. We ...
Gothenburg
by Marcus Samuelsson
Gothenburg
is a Swedish world-class chef based in New York, and the winner of Top Chef Masters on Bravo TV
Photo credit: Marcus Samuelsson Group When travelling to Scandinavia, Gothenburg is a must to visit! Gothenburg has changed a lot from being the industrial city that I grew up in. Today, Gothenburg has a lot to offer, as it has become one of Sweden’s biggest culture cities with a growing fashion, film and food scene. I buy all my vintage clothes in Gothenburg, which is a little surprising due to that I live in New York City, but they have fantastic vintage and fashion stores. Gothenburg is an exciting city to explore by foot; everything is within an enjoyable walking distance. A nice path to walk on is from Avenyn to Drottingstorg. Gothenburg has many interesting museums, great underground music scene and popular clubs. They arrange one big public festival in the late summer, a very ...
North Cape
by Shabana Rehman
Nordkapp, Norway
is a Norwegian-Pakistani comedienne
My most memorable nature experience: standing there, at the northernmost place in Europe, where the steep mountainside meets the ocean; knowing that the next stop is the North Pole, while the wind gently sweeps my face, and, I had just held a monster-sized King Crab – the size of a dog – in my hands. Northern Norway is a place where people are hospitable. The food tastes like the ocean and the mountains and the skies are ablaze with nature’s own laser show. It is where the Midnight Sun can be experienced, and where you can meet the indigenous population of Norway, the Samis, and their wilderness with reindeer and lavvo tents. The ‘Paris of the North’, Tromsø, with it’s hip and trendy night-life. Northern Norway must be experienced. Once – and you will never forget it. Beautiful ...
Copenhagen to me is freedom
by Thure Lindhardt
Copenhagen
is a Danish actor, most known for his role in "Angels & Demons"
I have a job where I travel a lot, and I get the opportunity to experience new and exciting places and cultures all over the world. However, nothing beats Copenhagen; the fresh air and the clean streets. It's unlike any other big cosmopolitan city. Living in Copenhagen and working at the Playhouse is amazing. The building is the most extraordinary architectural design; innovative and modern, yet with a touch of classic Danish style. Located right beside the harbor, with a spectacular view overlooking the water – this is Copenhagen at its best. I also enjoy taking a stroll alongside the canals on a Sunday afternoon, watching the exceptional amount of cyclists flying through the streets, and experiencing the warm atmosphere at Christiania, while enjoying a piece of banana cake from the ...
Beautiful Islands and Picturesque Lighthouses
by Sean Bergenheim
Jurmo
is a Finnish professional ice hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lighting of the NHL
Due to my work, I only get back home to Finland during the summer months. I love Christmas time in Finland but nothing beats the summer. Every time I step outside of the Helsinki-Vantaa airport after arriving to Finland in June I take a deep breath and experience the best fresh air in the world. When home for the summer-time my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends. The best place to spend the time is at our or a friends summer place by the sea! I especially enjoy eating freshly made salmon, a late night sauna and swimming in the Gulf of Finland. I love being out on my boat, exploring different islands and just enjoying the nature. There are beautiful Islands like Suomenlinna, Utö, Jurmo, Helsingholmen, Bengtskär and some with picturesque lighthouses. So while ...
Bergen
by Sondre Lerche
Bergen
is a musician and composer from Norway
My hometown of Bergen is the perfect place to start your visit to Norway. Bergen is a scenic harbor city, surrounded by seven mountains. You can access two of those mountains by way of a downtown funicular (Fløien) or go for the big one (Ulriken) by the cable car (if you feel like it you can also hike). Once up there it would be a shame if you didn't visit Bergen's highest-altitude restaurant, Ulriken643 for a bowl of delicious traditional Bergen fish soup (say hi to my sister - she works there). When you've experienced Bergen and all its glories - composer Edvard Grieg's home at Troldhaugen, the fish market, the many art museums at Lille Lungaardvann, a stroll along Bryggen, a drink by the seaside at USF, to name but a few suggestions - you are ready to explore the unique and world-famous ...
Beautiful Denmark
by Morten Andersen
Denmark
is Danish and the all time leading scorer in the National Football League
Photo credit: Morten Andersen This is my favorite destination and I’m proud to share it with you. Denmark is a place surrounded by water and I have always been drawn to it. When visiting Denmark it is important to see the country from the water. Travel to Skagen, the northernmost point in Denmark, and take a walk out to Grenen (The Branch) where the waters of the North Sea and the Kattegat Sea meet. It is an amazing sight and the light in the summer time is beautiful in Skagen. Take a walk by the quaint harbor and enjoy the many fish restaurants and if you are there for the Skagen Festival you will hear and experience great music as well. One of the most romantic places to go for a weekend is the Island of Fanø. Make sure that you get a room at Sønderho Kro and book a table ...
The Elvis-Rock
by Jesper Anderberg
Dalby, Skåne, Sweden
is a member of the Swedish indie band The Sounds
Malmö is the third biggest city in Sweden and outside of Lund is a small village called Dalby. I have been going there since I was a child with my siblings to visit the water-filled quarry. The quarry is surrounded by a beautiful grove of trees and bordered by several cow pastures, which you must pass through to get there. 
It is a very unique environment with interesting cliff formations and crystal clear water. The highest cliff, also known as the Elvis-rock, is 13 meters high and is popular to jump from even though I never dared to try it. Photo credit: Jesper Anderberg Website: www.the-sounds.com More information about Sweden Click here to read Apocalyptica's travel story who also are musicians that might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to ...
Old Town
by Liza Marklund
Stockholm
is one of Sweden's best selling authors
Walking through the ancient street of medieval Stockholm is like travelling in time. The narrow cobble alleys take me through gateways of eternity. Buildings from a thousand years are closing in upon me, their saturated colours of earth and dust keeping the people inside safe and warm, tiny window glazing glistening in yellow street lights. It’s very silent. A square, a bench, a chestnut tree. Weightless snowflakes in the air. A cannon ball from an age long war still stuck in the façade. This is the beating heart of Sweden, the Old Town, the bedrock of this frost-bitten capital at the end of the world. The sky is very close, air is high, dawn and dusk succeeding each other, the scent of the market stall’s mulled wine drifting by. Surrounded by water and ice, built on numerous islands, ...
Fredrikstad
by Harald Zwart
Fredrikstad
is a Norwegian film director, best known for "Agent Cody Banks" and "The Karate Kid"
Harald Zwart, Film director & Veslemoey Ruud Zwart, wife and Producer Photo credit: AFP/Scanpix One of my favorite places in Norway is called Vikane, outside Fredrikstad. There is a small kiosk on the water, run by Terje Andersen. The best thing is to sit on the bench with my wife Veslemoey outside the small kiosk (that carries almost everything you need) and have an ice cream while looking out over the water and talking to Terje. Serenity. Fredrikstad is the best preserved fortress town in Scandinavia, founded in 1567 by King Fredrik II, and located about an hour and a half south of Oslo, not far from the Swedish border. Fredrikstad is one of three Norwegian towns that have had defensive walls, and the only one where the defences are still intact, with its wide water-filled ...
Easy living in Copenhagen
by Bjørn Bruun
Copenhagen
is a Danish designer and the founder of Bruuns Bazaar
Photo credit: Christian Friis Life is easy in Copenhagen, not too much to worry about - that’s what I love the most about Denmark. I would spend the perfect day in Copenhagen, at my office in the heart of city! I love my office; the space is in a historical building, an old bank, and it’s beautiful. During the weekends, I enjoy to take the kids around with our bikes, my wife and I bike around and enjoy the calm and still nature of Copenhagen. The summers in Denmark are amazing, taking walks through the park to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet atmosphere. Denmark is very clean and the closeness to the coastline and water is the best part. One of my favorite places in Denmark is the area from Amager Square to King’s Square for shopping; this is also where you can find my wife’s ...
Sandhamn
by Erik Wachtmeister
Sandhamn, Värmdö
is a Swedish entrepreneur and the founder of aSmallWorld
Being a Swede and having spent half my life in the U.S, I always love coming back to Sweden to show my American friends Stockholm with its surrounding archipelago. Having lived all over the world, I must say that Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its combination of city life, interesting design and old history. The best time to visit is during the three summer months and, in particular, June. It never gets dark and sunsets at 11pm are very special with the reflection of the surrounding waters around Stockholm, the “Venice of the North”. It is unbeatable to go sailing between the islands in Stockholm’s archipelago, or to take one of the public ferries out to the many different islands, a truly unique experience. My favorite island is Sandhamn, less than ...
Smögen
by Mathias Bergh
Smögen, Sweden
is a Swedish model who did campaigns for Gucci, Prada and DKNY among others
I definitely recommend to visit Smögen when travelling to Sweden. Here you can take advantage of nice beaches, cliffs, amazing seafood and great nightlife. Smögen is a tiny island that suits people in all ages. I made my first visit to the island a month ago, and despite the 6 hours long car trip from my hometown Stockholm, the long drive was definitely worth it. I would recommend all tourists that visit Sweden to go here, to experience the “authentic Sweden”. The highlight of the visit is Smögen’s one kilometer long boat dock that runs south of Smögen’s old fish harbor. There are cafes, restaurants, shops, bars, and a bathing area at the end of the bridge. The restaurants are really good, especially the seafood such as crab, shrimp and crayfish. A personal favorite is to buy ...
Kragerø
by Martin Gran
Kragerø
is CEO of Snøhetta Design, a brand and design consultancy, one of Scandinavia's premier architecture firms.
I grew up in Bergen, sometimes referred to as the Atlantic coast capital of Norway, a city surrounded by seven mountains in Norway. I have also been influenced by living with my parents both in Mzumbe in Tanzania and in New York. Three distinct differently places, and wonderful cultural experiences in themselves. Tanzania and New York are obviously worth visiting, although my continuous returning place is Kragerø. Not so diverse, but by all means very attractive. Kragerø is a very scenic town, as a friend called it in Monocle this summer, and by no comparison of the authors, Edward Munch called this small village for “the pearl of coastal towns”. Kragerø is perhaps, by that reason, the most visited summer getaways in Norway. The town is surrounded by hundreds of islands, islets and ...
My beautiful hometown
by Freja Kjellberg
Vaxholm, Sweden
is a Swedish model
My beautiful hometown, Vaxholm, is something special. It is the Swedish Archipelago at its best. The island is such an easy and beautiful daytrip to undertake by boat, car or bus – just an hour away from Stockholm. The beach is nearly always packed but if you are able to go with a private boat you're very luck – it is the best. Going to any of the many of islands that surround Vaxholm is something you never will forget. Purchase shellfish that are sold fresh from the local fisherman's boat in the harbor every morning, or why not barbecue while the evening draws in – remember it will stay light until very late. You won't hear anything else other than the waves and seagulls, almost total stillness. This is how most of my memories are from summer. Without realizing what a luxury it was, ...
Mountains and wildlife
by Sophia Lie
Oslo, Norway
is a Norwegian model living in New York City
I have travelled around the world working as a model and experienced different cultures and places as a result, but my favorite destination remains my hometown Oslo. It’s the best feeling to travel back home; it’s so calm and relaxing compared to my stressful life living in New York. I love walking down the streets, grabbing a coffee and walking through the city in the early morning. I love passing the castle in the center of Oslo and to walk to one of the surrounding parks to sit down and watch people pass by. One of my favorite spots in Oslo is Aker Brygge. Nothing beats sitting on the dock and watching the boats pass by in the small boat harbor. The area also has good restaurants and cozy coffee shops. Here you can also check out the shops in the shopping arcade. The nature ...
Destination Bear Country
by Robert Woodworth
Norway
is an architect that loves to travel and design environmentally friendly spaces
I think one of the best trips one can take would be to Svalbard in Norway. It is the most remote island of Norway and it is so north that it is only 1000 km to the north pole. The name itself means "cold edge" and one can understand the name once the geographical location becomes apparent: on the edge of the North Pole's summer ice. There is a vast amount of wildlife in Svalbard but the most notorious and famous would be the Polar bears, the amount of Polar Bears in the Svalbard area is around 3000, mostly in the northeastern areas. To see these guys roaming in the wild would certainly be a treat for anyone. Also, The Svalbard reindeer, which has existed on the islands for thousands of years, is the smallest species of reindeer in the world. The legs are shorter and the fur thicker than ...
January Trip – Bergen by Bus
by Nathan Parent
Bergen, Norway
is a young musician looking for his place in the world
When I first arrived, landing at the cold, dark flyplassen (airport), I exited the plane and made my way through one of the most beautiful and quaint looking airport terminals I have ever seen: wooden floors, various foods, candy and other lovely goods for purchase. My first experience with the Norwegian language was when I read or rather gazed at the bathroom signs.  Where was I, a cabin?  It didn't really matter where I was at that particular moment, because I was finally in Norway and ready to start an adventure.  I walked swiftly down to the baggage claim and then headed straight for the flybussen (airport bus) and realized that I had to exchange my U.S. currency for Norwegian.  Luckily, there was a convenient machine for such tasks and I soon acquired the correct coinage and entered ...
Sharing Our Scandinavia with Our Daughter
by Jon Hysell
Denmark
is an executive fund raiser at a college in New York
After finishing secondary school our daughter Nora spent a year in Fredrikshaven with the Rotary International Youth Exchange staying with two wonderful Danish familes. She left in August and my wife Britt and I joined her for 14 days in March. We are Americans. Americans can be treated with suspicion when traveling abroad, but we found only courtesy and warmth. We had ambitious plans to see many things and found the days of early spring flew by. We arrived in Copenhagen and stayed for two days in this beautiful city with a side trip to Malmo, then on to Jutland to meet Nora's "parents." Our trip north touched  Skagen and Fredrikshaven, an overnight ship to Oslo, where we styed for two days (do hire a walking guide as we did!) and then on to Bergen via one of the most beautiful train rides ...
Flying High!
by Blake Dimeff
Norway
is a BASE jumper favoring Norway for jumping off cliffs
To give you an idea of what you are about to read, I would like to tell you why I came to Europe in the first place.  The purpose of this trip was for one reason and one reason only; to fly.  My name is Blake Dimeff and my trip started on a whim.  It was the night before my flight for a two month trip to Switzerland when I decided I wanted to go to Norway instead. 10 hours before my flight I called up the airline and said: “switch my destination to Oslo please”. 20 hours later I found myself in Oslo airport amazed by how comfortable it felt.  I had no reason for this comfortable feeling, I had never been to this country before but undeniably I was more comfortable than I had felt in years.  My observations of the traditional clean and beautiful Scandinavian architecture was evident ...
Return to Norway
by Frank Mortensen
Norway
speaks "old Norwegian" with an American accent
In 1977, my wife Vanessa and I visited my mother and step-father in Fjellhamar, a town just outside of Oslo. We saw the King's palace and Vigeland Sculpture Park which is a part of Frogner Park located in Oslo. The park is huge and features 212 statues created by Gustav Vigeland, my favorite sculpture was "The Angry Boy". We also traveled north to Tynset, a mountainside cabin that our family owned is located there.  Fresh water came out of a tube that went up the mountain, an ice cold shower! We breathed pure air like never before on that mountain top! Some day, I'd like to go back and visit Kristiansand, where my Dad was born. I'd love to see the Fjords. I speak "old Norwegian" with an American accent, but they understood me. More information about Norway Click here to ...
Boppin’ around Stockholm
by June Brasgalla
Stockholm, Sweden
has a son living in Stockholm, both are smitten by Sweden!
I started visiting Scandinavia ten years ago when my son moved to Stockholm. I live in the U.S. (Florida), a nice warm climate so I naturally prefer to visit Sweden in the summer. I have been there eight times and love it, Stockholm is gorgeous during the summer! I have also visited Norway and seen the fabulous Frogner Park, which is famous for housing the Vigeland Sculpture Park. I have been to the Fjords and stood in awe at their great beauty. I have walked around the amazing fish market in Bergen. I love to visit the island of Gotland, Sweden. And, most of all, I love boppin' around Stockholm, Sweden. It has become like a second home to me. I have made many friends there and it is such a lovely country. If I could adopt it, I would. In fact, my son now is getting his citizenship. ...
Waltzing in Malmo
by Brian Andersson
Lund, Sweden
is a NY Executive specializing in the city's history and genealogy, with his roots both in Denmark and Sweden
I moved to Sweden to study at the University of Lund, in southern Sweden. I met many students from different countries and nationalities at the university, and made new friends quickly. Malmo is easily accessed by rail from Lund, where the University students are housed. It was a lively city with a fabulous center near its medieval town hall. There were numerous arts-related museums and cultural institutions such as the Malmö Municipal Theatre, which had it all - stage theatre, opera,  ballet, musical recitals and theatrical experiments. We even found a theatre playing "2001: A Space Odyssey" one late evening and waltzed out onto the street to the Strauss score! St Peter's Church was the highlight for the historical tour of this medieval city with an interesting developmental history. Malmo ...
A Return to My Roots
by Brian Bumby
Mandal, Norway
is an amateur photographer who lives in New York and work in classical music
As a boy growing up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, I was fortunate enough to know and admire my great-grandmother, who had emigrated to the United States in 1909 from Mandal, Norway. She was a kind, loving woman, and though she died when I was young, I vividly remember her wonderful sense of humor and enjoying my visits with her.  We had many Norwegian traditions growing up  - making fattigman and krumkake cookies at Christmas, fiskeboller for New Year's Eve dinner, and always enjoying delicious Norwegian cheeses as well as other foods at parties and family gatherings. I had always wanted to visit her home town, Mandal, in the south of Norway, and finally, 101 years after she left it, I traveled there in July 2010.  My Sunday afternoon in the quiet little town was magical.  The winding streets ...
A Home for the Heart
by Astrid Tollefsen
Skudeneshavn, Norway
is an author and daughter of a Norwegian fishing boat Captain who emigrated to America.
I have a true Norwegian name but am only half-Norwegian and was raised as an American Yankee in Massachusetts by my mother who traced her ancestry to the original colonists. .My Norwegian father, a fishing captain, drowned at sea when I was a toddler and at some point in my senior years, I decided to learn more about my Norwegian heritage…a part of me I knew little about. Not only did I wish to do that, but I also planned to write a book using this research along with the stories of other courageous Norwegians who emigrated to the states in the 20th century. I found, thru the internet, a place to rent in my fathers hometown of Skudeneshavn, and also a few contacts there who might help me. Then I was on my way to discover Papa’s Norway and my roots. I flew to Oslo, Norway ...
Warm People, Beautiful Country
by JoAnn Eaton
Lunner, Norway
is a mother of three from Minnesota who enjoys hiking in Norway
Our family of nine traveled to Norway this summer and met with residents of the Lunner Commune. They brought us into their homes and were gracious hosts. Highlight of our trip was a hike up to the "highest point in Hadeland". We all trekked up the mountain through the woods where sheep were grazing. The woods opened up at the peak to a gorgeous view to the Jutenheim Mts.  Then our hosts pulled sandwiches and treats...including coffee pots and burners from their packs and we had a glorious picnic lunch on the hilltop. We later traveled through those mountains we saw in the distance and appreciated the beauty. But nothing says Norway to me more than its warm-hearted people and that special "backpack" lunch. More information about Norway Click here to read Nina Wolff’s travel ...
Fosen Region
by Michael Holtermann
Brekstad, Norway
is a Norwegian graphic designer living in New York
Western Norway’s Fosen region northwest of the Trondheimsfjord is the area where I was born and raised. Undiscovered by U.S. travelers, Fosen offers a wealth of unique experiences. Trondheim, or Nidaros as it was called by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, is our starting point. Leaving Trondheim, follow the south side of Trondheimsfjord, along Route 710, winding through quaint villages and mountain plateaus, until you get to Valset. From Valset, board a ferry for Brekstad. Ashore, stay at one of the many guesthouses, fishing cabins, or hotels in Ørland. Places not to be missed include Austråttborgen, a manor house finished in 1656; the Austrått Fort, a stone’s-throw away; and Uthaugsgården, a farm boasting an impressive 40-room “homestead” built around 1740. Ørland ...
Scandinavium Delight
by Jack Wilkins
Sweden
is a retired Marketing Executive, married to a Norwegian woman
We had such a wonderful trip to Sweden!  Our reason for going was to attend the Davis Cup Tennis match between the U.S. and Sweden.  It all began with my phone call to the ticket office of the Scandinavium venue for the tennis match!  I spoke with a wonderful lady who put tickets aside for us and recommended a small local Swedish hotel within walking distance of the venue. My most important advice when going to Sweden, would be to put yourself in the hands of a local Swedish contact and trust them to give you good advice on what to do and see when you arrive. We did exactly that and enjoyed every minute of our December visit to this very warm and hospitable city. We ate our meals in a couple of small great restaurants that provided delicious food at very reasonable prices.  We wandered ...
Biking the Homeland
by Richard Churchill
Helsingborg, Sweden
is a biker with a need to feel the road under his tires and camp in the open
My grandparents were born in Sweden and besides my passion for bicycle touring I had always wanted to visit their homeland. I spent the month of June on a bicycle in Sweden where I was able to meet relatives and enjoy the most friendly biking country I have ever had the pleasure of biking in. It's easy to box your bike and bring it on the plane when you go there, and it’s equally as easy for the return journey. Use the bike paths and bike lanes which are well marked with signage. Purchase the "Green Map" for the areas you wish to bike. It's easy to take your bike on ferries to visit the big islands and Copenhagen. Prior to my grandmother's death she said if I ever got to Sweden I should go to her birthplace O. Amtervik. She stated to me: "Just look for a red farmhouse ...
Bergen - Mountains and Ocean
by Nina Wolff
Bergen, Norway
is a Norwegian who lives with her family in NY, and just started an interior company
We always return to my hometown Bergen when we are in Norway. It’s a special city surrounded by 7 mountains and situated by the ocean on Norway’s west coast. While in Bergen we always hike up Stoltzekleiven. As long as your health is good you should do this too. It’s a steep but short hike, takes 20 min up 800 steps and offers amazing views when you are up to the top. Ulriken restaurant 643 is another spot located on top of one of the mountains surrounding the city with amazing views and very good food, you get there by taking a gondola. Cornelius is a top seafood restaurant situated on a tiny island with spectacular views of the ocean and fjords. Last summer we did a wonderful trip that I can really recommend. We drove to Kristiansand located all the way in the south of Norway ...
The Viking Monks of Gotland
by William Smith
Gothenburg, Sverige
is an American Engineer of Irish descent
My trip to Goteborg was a long time ago in December of 1975. I had a girlfriend who lived there with her family in a small town named Hovas, I still remember her family's address as I wrote many letters to her. She was an exchange student at my high school in 1973-74 school year. I went to visit her and her family for a week's vacation. A really good trip for me. I did some Christmas shopping and I bought my mother a set of Kosta Boda crystal; a wine carafe & 4 glasses and I still have them now after 35 years. I recall also a crystal schnapps glass that one can wear around the neck when you go to a party. It was tied with a long leather strip of cord. I thought this was quite comical but also practical in some ways. So I bought a few of those for my friends. At the time it was ...
Reimersholme – In The Heart of Stockholm
by Anders Roslund
Mälaren, Sweden
is one of two in Roslund & Hellström, the authors of the praised crime fiction novel Three Seconds
I’m a part of Stockholm and a small island in lake Mälaren called Reimersholme – just in the heart of the capital where the noise from aeroplanes landing at Bromma is mixed with the noise from ducks and (during the summer) small kids jumping off the trees into the water. In the morning, this is where I have my first walk, first cup of coffee. This is where half of every book is written. Half? Yes. The other half we are going to. It’s called Arnö and is another island in the same water, Lake Mälaren, but about an hour’s drive away. Meadows, fields, forests, farmers and a church from the 13th century. This is where the other half is written since books are life. To write as well as survive you need ups and downs, black and white, yin and yang. And I need Reimersholme ...
The Best Hidden Gem is My Boat
by Börge Hellström
Värmdö, Sweden
is one of two in Roslund & Hellström, the authors of the praised crime fiction novel Three Seconds
I am fortunate enough to live on Värmdö in the Stockholm archipelago. Being able to get around these islets with my own boat is one of my favorite things about living here. Cruising through the islands—there are about 22,000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago— it is quite meditative. When I [first] sit down in my boat, I often haven’t yet made up my mind about where I'm going. I rev the engine, refer to the nautical chart, and start up the navigator and sonar. I make sure the anchor winch works, and that I haven’t forgotten the fishing gear. Then, I drive my boat from the pier on Värmdö-Evlinge, which is where it is stationed. It’s about now that I decide where I'm going. Sometimes I just go straight across the narrow coastal inlet that lies outside the berth. There ...
Iceland and Denmark Were Most Memorable for Me
by Josh Kreydatus
Copenhagen
is a lover of music, dark and gothic European history and culture, and Norse history and mythology.
In 2000 words or less, I volunteered in Iceland to work on a farm for 2 weeks, trading my labor for an Icelandic experience complete with new friends and great organic produce that my team and I harvested together.  My team and I traveled around the entire perimeter of Iceland by minibus.  I also made a very special friend through Facebook while staying in Reykjavik.  He introduced me to Skyr (Icelandic yogurt), whale meat, and Eurovision, and heated swimming pools.  He graciously hosted me for a few days.  Many thanks to you Haffie.   I was in Iceland for 22 days with nothing but a backpack and $5000 saved up from my former bartending job. After Iceland I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark where I stayed for about 4 days.  I saw most of Copenhagen's attractions:  Copenhagen Zoo, Christiania, ...
When I Think of Sweden it Warms My Heart
by Fräulein Plastique
Arvika
is a 24 years old - Alternative Model & Musician/Singer (The Girl & The Robot, Welle: Erdball)
After traveling back and forth from Berlin to Sweden almost every weekend for 2 years I decided to move to Malmö a year ago. Malmö is probably the most alternative and unswedish city in Sweden - in a good way of course...! A lot of different nationalities and the huge influence of their neighbours from Kopenhagen make that city a place of constant change and inspiration. On warm summer evenings you will find lots of people sitting at västra hamnen/the sea side having bbq whatching the sun going down over denmark. On cold sunday afternoons you can have a "fika" in one of Malmö´s cozy coffee houses and afterwards take a stroll to "Malmö Konsthall" and whatch some art exibition (for free). On weekdays you can get all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the market. On saturday evenings ...
Representing Sweden in the Midwest, U.S.
by Linnea Bengtsson
Lidköping
has been working in Rockford City Hall since January of 2011, representing the City of Lidköping, Sweden
One of my favorite places in Sweden is Lidköping. A small city located south of the lake Vänern. Many cafés, lake view and a great summer city to visit! Click here to read Mathias Bergh’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
History, Love & Metal
by Brittany Johnson
Bergen
is a cultural anthropology/archeology student & devoted metal-head who is dating a lovely Norwegian
In Bergen I spent most of my days wandering about the city and hiking up Mount Floyen, finding new locations, and getting acclimated to the culture. What a shock - I finally had a purpose for my camera! I first arrived New Years Eve 2008. A great way to first experience the city with everyone out in the streets, fireworks blazing, party goers at the pubs, and everyone having a fantastic time. I initially came to visit my boyfriend, a local living in Bergen, decided to extend my stay in Norway for a few months, I would say that I could stay forever. With the origin of Black Metal coming from Norway itself, and Bergen being an accredited center for metal, as it carved a pathway into a new realm of music. There are incredible opportunities for metal-heads to partake in whether a massive concert ...
Beauty and Comfort in Inari
by Taylor Lescallette
Inari
is a 20 year old student at Georgetown University. She loves Scandinavia, its people, and its cultures.
While my classmates were visiting Spain or Morocco during our fall travel break, I chose to head north to Finland. I began my Finnish adventure in Helsinki, then boarded an overnight train for a thirteen hour journey to Rovaniemi: the gateway to Lapland, situated on the Arctic Circle, home to the real Santa Claus. From Rovaniemi I took a bus for five hours even further towards the ends of the earth to the village of Inari. The trip to northern Lapland seemed to take minutes instead of hours as I stared out the window at the breathtaking scenery; every picture I could snap looked like a postcard or a painting. Snow had already fallen and covered the trees, the lakes were frozen, and everything looked crisp, white, and untouched. It was early November, but in Inari it was already -15 degrees ...
Broken Dreams
by Paulina Dyrka
Helsinki
is a 21 years old girl from Poland. In love with finnish music and whole Scandinavia
I never had opportunity to visit Scandinavia. My holidays always finished at sunny beach by Mediterraneam Sea. Since I was little girl I always wanted to see Santa Claus and his reindeers, later in time I became huge fan of finnish metal and rock music and I am to this day. I wanna see Nothern light which inspire me, and make me believe that in this world are many magnificent places and people. I want to start in Helsinki where I want to see monument of Sibelius & Havis Amandas Kauppatori, Senaatintori, cathedra Tuomiokirkko, Suomenlinna fortress, after that it will be time to try some  finnish kitchen for sure it'll be perunasoselaatikko, viipaleleivat, ahvenanmaan pannukakku. Next stop is Lahti. Well I guess there is not much to see there, but , first thing will be Lahden Historiallinen ...
My Saab Story
by Richard Walter
Trollhättan
I received my Medicare card in the mail yesterday so that tells you how old I am
I bought a Saab Convertible and took delivery in Sweden.  We drove through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.  Then the car was shipped from Amsterdam to Long Beach.  It was transported by truck to SLC where I picked it up and drove it home. That was in 2006.  I still love the car and would do the same thing again. Click here to read Jesper Anderberg’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Return to Land of Fairytales
by Marilee Reinertson Torres
Hordaland
was raised in an american home that celebrated Norwegian roots.
I dream of seeing the dancing northern lights, i dream of a life on lush hills under the shadow of staven roof tops, i dream of a land spoken of in tales of my ancestors. I wonder why anyone, how anyone could have left the beauty that is western Norway. I ache with all my being to see fjords and rugged mountains and the waterfalls of the beautiful land. I have met so many special people from Scandinavia in my life, at my college through extensive nordic connections, through extended family and lately through social networks of the world wide web and i find the people all to be kind and wonderful kin with whom I am at ease. I do not feel I would be a tourist in Norway, I feel I would be coming home, where I belong. Click here to read Sondre Lerche’s travel story about Norway that ...
A Son's Wish to His Father
by Alex Olsen
Oslo
is a 35 year old son whom left Denmark to pursue the job market in the USA
After having my father go though having a bleeding in the brain not only once but now twice, I have become more alert that my time with him may be limited. Sure his capabilities are very limited, but progressing slowly every day. It would be a great father/son event to go up into Norway and go fishing for salmon, which is my dad's favorite event and eat. Click here to read Shabana Rehman’s travel story about Norway that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Lofoten Norway, Climb Skrova Mountain
by Edward Wick
Finnmark
have 60+ travel videos about Nordland Norway, Lofoten, Iceland and USA
When I traveled to Northern Norway and Lofoten in 2009 I had seen a photograph of a person on the top of the highest mountain in Skrova Island overlooking the Lofoten Islands in a Norwegian Travel booklet. It was one of the most beautiful scenic pictures I have ever seen. After reading about the island of Skrova and what a great tourist visit it was - I was going to climb that steep mountain and get a photo with me on it. On the way up, a family probably  living on the island, with couple kids on their backs, passed me up while I sat halfway up on a rock sweating. Even their dog was jumping from one rock to the next, heading up. Yes a tough climb, but it was all worth it and I got my photos. At the peak you can mail a letter and write your name in a  visitors book. From the top you can ...
In My Heart
by Michele Arnold
Gothenburg
is a 41 year old female from Putnam County, N.Y. I enjoy all aspects of outdoor life, love animals, and different cultures
Sometime in the future I would like to move from N.Y. to Sweden. I've always had an interests and it is in my background (ancestry). Click here to read Anders Roslund’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Norwegian Observations
by Davis Siksnans
Oslo
is a student from Wisconsin who likes to connect his college papers with Scandinavia whenever he can
I was lucky enough to spend part of summer-break in Norway. This country has nature so amazing that my week-long journey was filled with moments when I just was speechless in admiration. Most of my time in Norway I spent in idealistic hilly neighborhood of Oslo in picturesque area by the sea called Bærum. It was nice change to wake up in the morning and look out of the window and not see boring cars rolled up in the parking lot, but a nice set of sailing boats waiting for their owners in pier in a rocky seaside. Norway proved its ‘mountainess’ already in Oslo – hilly streets made you feel like a kid again when you just enjoyed cycling just for a sake of it. Don’t use high Radisson SAS hotel building for an overview of city, choose Holmenkollen ski jump – it feels like whole Oslo ...
"The Vikings of Course!"
by Mike Baughan
Oslo
is a optometrist in North Carolina, USA,a jazz fan - married to a lovely woman who looks Scandanavian
After a spectacular week in Norway in the summer of 2005, spent hiking in Fjordland, and tying it in with excellent jazz venues @ The Oslo & Molde Jazz Festivals, I had to head back to the States. As a recently divorced male, I was sitting at an outdoor cafe’ in Oslo gazing/ogling impressively at the lovely Norwegian women strolling by. Sitting there deep in thought, the waiter confidently commented in excellent English: ‘You know why don’t you?’ ’Pardon me?!’ I asked, not fooling him as to what I was watching. ’You know why these Norwegian women are so gorgeous, don’t you’? OK I’ll go for it, ‘No, why?’ “The Vikings of Course! When they plundered & pillaged, they only brought back the best, including women, thus the excellent Norwegian gene ...
Gotland, Sweden
by Steve Capell
gotland
was born and raised in USA.
My favorite destination would be Gotland, Sweden. While I have only visited this location through the photos of friends I have somehow connected with the culture of the people. The seafood restaurants surely would be a place to encounter this culture along with the beauty of this special land. The  botanical gardens would be a place not to miss. Gotland would be the ultimate visit of a lifetime. Click here to read Anders Holst’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
A Warm Welcome from Long Lost Family in Denmark
by Richard Bolland
Copenhagen, Denmark
is a Lutheran pastor in Kansas City, Missouri who wishes to return to Denmark soon
In 1964, my best friend and I planned a trip to Europe. We were able to travel extensively throughout Europe on a shoe-string budget and the good graces of kind strangers who picked up a couple of American teenagers as the hitch-hiked from country to country. A very pleasant surprise came to us in my homeland of Denmark. Although I had never had the opportunity to visit the land of my family heritage, we were welcomed into the homes of long lost relatives armed only with their address in Copenhagen. They treated us like absolute royalty and did we eat! We were amazed as meal after meal (six per day) were prepared and presented to us. Fortunately, I was then only 17 years old and had the metabolism to consume every last morsel given to me without adding an inch to my waistline. (Yes, ...
Finding My Roots
by Melissa Coyle- Hammitt
Helsingborg
is a volunteer at the foodbank in her community, a Girl Scout Leader and active in her local church.
I came so close years ago, I traveled to Norway and was lucky enough to travel all over the country it was the trip of a life time one I shall never forget!  Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim.  We drove all over Norway stayed with families, drank homemade plum wine while looking at a Norwegian Flag with a glacier in the background! I also made it to Sweden but only to Stockholm which was amazing and while there the taste of Stockholm was going on, we also caught a classic car parade, went to Skansen, went to the Bull and the Bear and just walked everywhere. I never thought I would ever get to set foot in the country that my Grandmother was born in!  The thought of this trip I took 16 years ago still makes me smile the pictures are like looking at postcards.  The trip was like a dream for me ...
Springtime in Reykjavik
by Chip Cosby
Helsinki
is a guitarist for Loquat and a PhD student in Philosophy and Religion at California Institute of Integral Studies
My good friend and I decided to go to Iceland on our Spring break in 2007. We went to go see waterfalls, geysers, and took a bus trip to the northern tip of the country. In Reykjavik, we tasted local beers and cuisine, including the famous lobster soup and Icelandic hotdogs. We partied it up for almost two weeks with friendly Icelandic locals, it was super memorable trip. Click here to read Mika Pohjola’s travel story about Finland that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Helsinki At Night
by Tori Bergersen
Helsinki
is the District Executive Chef for ARAMARK Higher Education
When traveling in Europe I always try to make time for a side trip to Helsinki. I find the Fins to be the nicest, most welcoming people of all the lands I've visited thus far. And the "night life" is on par with more well known European cities like Paris, Cologne, Madrid, etc. From the Salsa Clubs to the Tenth Floor to the food venders on the streets, the whole city has a wonderful vibe and open/welcoming feeling unattained in other European cities. Can't wait to visit again! Click here to read Mika Pohjola’s travel story about Finland that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Six Months in Bergen
by Jenny B. Trucano
Bergen
lives in Washington D.C. where she works at National Geographic Magazine.
As a grad student, I got to spend six months at Norges Handelshøyskole in lovely Bergen, Norway. One of my favorite things to do there was to hike-- Bergen is tucked into the mouth of a fjord and mountain trails are never more than a few minutes away.  And it only takes half an hour of hiking to get to some of the most spectacular views of the sea, islands, and mountains around Bergen. Click here to read Moods’s travel story about Norway that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Stockholm Marathon
by Michael Mills
Stockholm
is a board member of the LA Running Club. His last marathon was in Stockholm.
This was my second visit to Stockholm.  I went to do the Stockholm Marathon and to explore the city more than I had the first time I went.  This time I stayed on Glam Stan and went to Stampen Jazz bar. I had a great time and would like to come back again and again. Click here to read Henrik Lundqvist’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Clean Peaceful Nature
by Anna Easteden
Tohmajarvi
is an award nominated actress, an international model and a humanitarian
I love going back to Finland. I love the clean nature and the vast beautiful empty spaces in the countryside. Those bring a peaceful feeling and make my mind feel at ease. I love rowing a boat on a small lake while listening to the rustling of the birch trees in the wind. I love going in the sauna and drinking pure clean tap water that tastes great. I love eating traditional Finnish foods, like Karjalan Piirakka, and hearing the birds sing. In the winter I love looking at the stars that seem so bright. And the Aurora Borealis is something that many people travel to see from far away. I would recommend Finland as a travel destination to everyone. I love going back to Finland. I love the clean nature and the vast beautiful empty spaces in the countryside. Those bring a peaceful feeling ...
Nordish By Nature!
by Tobias Brüggemann
Värmland
is a guy from the continent. Nordish by nature
Guy from the continent. nordish by nature. denmark to go. sweden to love. norway to stay. finland to dream. tobi to be! Click here to read Sandra Beijer’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Living My Dream
by Gerda Szász
Helsinki
is a 22 year old University graduate originally from Transylvania, now residing in Finland
I have wanted to visit Finland for years. As in the case of many other people the thing which started and fed my passion for this far away country was the great musicians it gives home to. There is something very special about the people and the culture of this country, which distinguishes them from any other nation. Now, here i am, and i still can't believe that i can walk down the streets of Helsinki whenever i want to. It's a magical place. So spacious and colourful. I love walking around on a sunny day when the whole city is full of life. I love visiting it's cultural objectives. I love sitting in the harbour sipping coffee while enjoying the sun and the light breeze blowing from the sea. I also love the fact that i came across a ship in the harbour which bares my name. It's wonderful ...
Family Found!
by Lori Wegener
Norway
believes "Wherever you go, there you are"
In 1987 I traveled to Norway and found the family that my Great Grandfater left to come to America. They thought he had not made the journey, and were surprised and thrilled that he had. The faces I looked into were the duplicates of my family, the warmth they gave us and hospitality of their homes was an experience I would love to repeat.
Meeting my 'pen-pal'
by Robert Estep
Copenhagen
is 51 and lives in East Haddam. Interested in vegetarian cooking, fine wine, travel, and enjoying time with friends.
When I was in my early 20's I joined a 'pen-pal' club and got the name and address of a girl in Denmark named Suzanne. When I got her first letter in return to my introductory letter, she told me she had no idea how on earth I got her name. But, she was happy to write to me anyway. Over a couple of years we got to know each other (she has beautiful handwriting!) and in 1984 I finally got the chance to visit her. It was my first flight ever and I was so excited to visit her and her country. We were a bit nervous upon meeting, but that wore off quickly. She showed me the sights of Copenhagen, met her family, and enjoyed her little apartment in Ballerup with her dog and Danish furniture..just as I had pictured! It was a wonderful week which I will never forget. I've been back to Denmark twice ...
The Norwegian Country has many Pearls to offer
by Hilde Addison
Stavanger
is an adventurous viking woman; a lady whom loves to travel, ski and hike along fjords and mountaintops, lakes and rivers.
I traveled from Tennessee to Oslo and Stavanger in 2010 to see family and friends for a 2 weeks vacation. I had a blast! I saw both my parents and aunts, uncles; I saw my little brother play the guitar and sing at a night club in Oslo~ along with many great friends. I attended my grandma's 92 birthday in Oslo and my youngest nephew's birthday in Forus, Stavanger. While on the west coast we played soccer, fished for blue crabs using mussels and hiked to a gorgeous mountain top, alongside lakes, in enchanted forests, over green pastures with sheep and goats. The whole trip consisted of great weather, a genuine heartwarming experience with wonderful views and scenic trails. I just love Europe and my homeland of Norway and hope to win a trip to see it and my only living grandmother once more. ...
The Troll's Highway
by Bob Riggs
Norway
is half Swedish. Has visited Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Scandinavia tops the list of favorite destinations!
My wife and I had a great trip to Norway and plan to go back! After flying in to Oslo and touring the city, we took the train to Bergen and stayed to visit Grieg's home and the fish market. The, we took an overnight ship to Alesund - a beautiful coastal fishing town. The next day, we took a bus to a town where we rented a car. We drove on the "Troll's Highway" where we encountered cattle crossing the highway ( actually just more than a one lane road). The scenery was incredible!!! After this scenic drive, we took the ferry on the Geiranger Fjord - which was just fabulous - offering spectacular view of the cliffs and waterfalls along the way. We stayed 2 nights on the Sognefjord - and then drove to Trondheim. The highway to Tronheim passed through mountains still with snow (this was ...
A Lifetime Ago - Exchange Student
by Elizabeth Butts
Esbjerg
is an Accounting and Human Resources Manager at the Kent County SPCA in Camden, Delaware.
I was involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and lived in Esbjerg, DK when I was sixteen years old (I turned 16 my second week in the country). I loved the culture and the people of DK; and even grew to love the language! The exposure I had to modern art, European customs, Medieval structures, the latest advancements in engineering and architecture, walking streets, bakeries, etc., have stayed with me my entire life. I am 33 years old now, and laugh when I think that these experiences were a lifetime ago - yet remain vividly in my memory. Esbjerg is a beautiful city (fifth largest in DK, at least in 1993-94!). It is on a fishing port and you can take a ferry to Fano; a small island with thatch roofed cottages, beautiful gardens and gorgeous beaches. You can search for amber ...
A Step Back in Time Experience.
by Diane Knutson
Fimreite
is a school psychologist for a small school district, and lives in Yakima, Washington.
In the summer of 1979, I traveled to Norway for the 2nd time. I was hired to take care of a 10 month old baby--Asbjorn. The job was only for several weeks & originally I was in Laerdal, near Sogndal. However, one weekend we went over to Asbjorn's farfar & farmor's farm at Fimreite. At that time, Fimreite was only accessible by boat--which certainly added to the romance of being on the fjord and on such an historical place! While there that weekend, it was decided by the family that it would be better if I stayed there rather than go back to Laerdal since I did not speak any Norwegian other than some greetings. Plus Asbjorn's mother did not speak any English. Toward the end of my stay on Fimreite, I was recommended to another Fimreite family to take care of their 2 children while ...
Wandering Around in Biri
by Mary Lokken
Biri
is a 50 year-old Norwegian-American, lives in Florence, Italy.
I just got back from a 3-day trip to Norway to visit the area where our father's father’s family came from. They were from a small town called Biri, which is now incorporated into a larger town called Gjøvik, which is on the shores of Lake Mjøsa in Oppland. This area is famous for the 1994 winter olympics which took place in Lillehammer, at the northern end of the lake. I went to Biri on Sunday, hoping to visit the church, as my brother had told me that our greatx4 grandfather, Amund Nilsen Gloppe, had built it in 1777. It was a nice half hour ride along the west side of the lake. I hiked up the hill to the church, which was closed, then continued up the hill to the Båberg farm where our great grandparents worked before emigrating in 1878. It was a pleasant surprise to find a marker ...
Magical Scandinavia
by Kathleen Armstrong
Sweden
is an Energy Efficiency manager who lives near Yosemite National Park.
The most memorable trip of my life was visiting Sweden when I was a teenager. I was inspired by my girlfriend's Swedish mother who talked about gnomes, fairies, lingonberries and fjords. I went with a special group and each of us lived with a family in Sweden for a few months. I was especially lucky and lived with 2 families during my stay. One in Frederika in northern Sweden and one who had a sheep farm near Sodertalje (Stockholm). From the minute we took the ferry from Copenhagen to Malmo, I knew I was in love with the country. The people were friendly and warm. The scenery was gorgeous. But most of all it was as if I had found my spiritual home. Years later, I found out that my paternal great-grandmother was Swedish! Click here to read Marcus Samuelsson’s travel story about ...
Norway is for Adventurers
by Jennifer Apell
Jotunheimen
is an environmental engineer who finds the natural beauty of Scandinavia to be surreal.
Norway is an amazing place, especially if you like having adventures and being surrounded by beautiful people. Of all the countries on continental Europe, Norway has the smallest population density, meaning there are lots of natural areas waiting to be explored. One of those places is Jotunheimen National Park. Jotunheimen is surreal. One you first arrive, you almost think you’ve found your way into an idealistic painting or an episode of Planet Earth. In every direction you look there are mountains begging to be climbed. So all you have to do is pick one and start climbing. On my way up one of these mountains, I would frequently stop to take pictures of my amazing surroundings, fill up my bottle with freshly-melted stream water, and occasionally would wander off the path and scramble ...
An Amazing Meeting that Almost Happened
by Beverly Krainin
Småland
is a Swedish-American living in northeastern United States.
In 1996, my husband, I and our two young boys took the trip of my dreams to Sweden. My grandparents had all come from Sweden in the early 1900's. My father's parents came from Småland and had been members of the church in Göteryd. As part of our trip we made a pilgrimage to the church, really just to see it. No one was there at the time we arrived. We looked around inside and out and were about to leave, when my husband said, "You should leave a note." So I left a note in the vestibule with my name and address and my grandparents' names, and I asked that if anyone knew anything about them would they please write to me. I didn't expect anything to come of it. We continued with our trip around Sweden, Norway and Denmark. About two weeks after we arrived home again I got a letter. ...
Planes Trains and Automobiles
by Lisa Bandt
Bergen, Norway
lives in Denver Colorado and will always come back to Norway!
One of my many trips to Bergen, Norway, I got to experience the ultimate scenic tour from Oslo to Bergen via train when I couldnt fly back to America due to the shut down of Europe's airports due to a liquid bomb scare. The scenery from Oslo thru the mountains, peaks and small farm areas was breathtaking and about an 8 hour train ride. I met some very nice folks too; all different nationalities but no language barriar. The one memory of those vast mountain views up so high was the spacing of the tunnels throughout the climb - once u got a glimpse of the clouds, rain and snow it disappeared in a dark tunnel that just swallowed you up in complete darkness. I liked the fact that since I couldn't get back home a few days earlier like I had tried, I could take a train from the airport to ...
Norway Reflections
by Peter Eglinton
Balestrand
is an environmental consultant working from Maine, dreaming of Norway.
It’s hard to believe a year has passed. A year since one of the best, if not the best, vacations I have taken. Sure, I had been to Norway twice before: once as a college student studying in England and visiting relatives in Oslo during Christmas; and another wonderful trip cruising in a mail boat down most of Norway’s coastline, and seeing sites between Bergen and Oslo. Last year was different. A chance to show my wife and daughters (ages 8 and 12) a bit of my heritage – their heritage. My mother was born in Norway and came to the United States at 12 years of age. She and her mother passed on their Norwegian Christmas traditions and some of their stories. But there’s nothing like going to the country, seeing first hand the beauty of its people and scenery. On our recent trip, we lived ...
The Pirate Village of Copenhagen
by Kris Kardash
Copenhagen
is a filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area.
I had never been to Europe and Denmark was my first European nation to travel to. I had dreamed of the day when I would finally see the beautiful lands of northern Europe and experience the beauty of the Scandanavian people. I was a young man looking to meet new friends. We had one day in Denmark before our cruise-ship departed, and I was determined to make the most of it.  While my family members stayed in the hotel I went out looking for fun. I didn’t know anything about Denmark but it was a beautiful day. I wandered the beautiful city until I stumbled upon some type of college having a fundraising sale. The Danish were so friendly and beautiful, they instantly accepted me. They invited me to go out with them to a local restaurant and treated me like an old friend. As we socialized at ...
Soccer-an international language
by Lisa Dion
Göteborg
is 28 years old. She has worked as a healthcare provider for Beautiful Gate, an Orphanage for HIV/AIDS children.
I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Gothenburg Sweden at the age of 17. I traveled there as part of a girls soccer team to compete in the Gothia Cup. It's one of the worlds largest soccer tournaments. It was amazing being housed with teams from all over the world. We had lunch with a team from Congo and dinner with a team from Norway. It was so interesting being able to connect with players from all over the worId-while experiencing Sweden and its culture. It was my first time out of the country and I will forever value the opportunity I was given. I hope to be able to go back some day!! Click here to read Henrik Lundqvist’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
18 years, and the memory is still strong
by Amy Atwell
Ulvik
is a native of Denver, Colorado. She works with corporate communications as an editor and content developer.
Eighteen years ago, when I was 18 years old, I was lucky enough to travel to Scandinavia with my high-school choir. I can't say enough good things about the friendly people, the beautiful countryside and the interesting history we encountered in Denmark, Sweden and Norway (being of Swedish descent, Sweden holds a special place in my heart). One of the highlights of that trip was our stop in Ulvik, Norway, which is still one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Our hotel looked out onto the stunning Hardangerfjord, where many of us enjoyed icy dives followed by sauna sessions. I would love to go back to Scandinavia and see how it has changed in the past two decades and I would love to share some of my favorite places with my husband, who has never been there. li.li1 {margin: 0.0px ...
My trip to Norway
by D. Aurora Green
Norway
is 58 years old and is from USA.
In 2002 I was lucky enough to visit my friends in Norway. I love that country! I got to see a beautiful park in Oslo. It had many sculptures and I enjoyed seeing them. It was a very warm day with a lot of sun and I got some beautiful pictures of the park. It had a nick name, Frogner Parken. My friends took me to the National Gallery, The Viking Museum and the House Museum. We camped at Moss and we traveled to the longest fjord to visit Flam. I had a very good vacation. I would love to go see my friends again. Click here to read Unni Askeland’s travel story about Norway that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
On Top of the World
by James Brown
Svalbard
is a student, who spent last year studying abroad in Munich, Germany.
When in Norway, do as the Norwegians do: cross-country skiing. Having rented skis from the local sports store, I went on my way, up one of the two main roads and back down the other. In the course of this hour and a half work-out I had worked up a good sweat and I was ready to get back to my hotel, shower up, and join my new-found local friends for dinner. The town was having a party that night with delicious local specialties, and I was invited by a shopkeeper to join her friends. Click here to read Sondre Lerche’s travel story about Norway that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
My Maritime Heaven on Earth
by Kevin Hannah
Bergen
is a Swedish-speaking American 'Scanthusiast' into travel, the arts, indie music and writing.
I had the pleasure of living and travelling throughout Scandinavia on and off for about 15 years. I grew to love Stockholm, Göteborg and Copenhagen and they have been my favourite Nordic cities for a long time. It wasn't until 2006 that I travelled to Norway for the first time. I think the capital, Oslo, is a lovely city but it didn't have the same effect on me as my before mentioned favourites. Then, on a long, beautiful scenic train ride from Oslo, I found a city that I absolutely fell in love with. Bergen: City of Rain, City of Culture, Gateway to the Fjords! I absolutely felt it was ‘home’. I love maritime places as well as mountainous places and Bergen fulfilled both of those loves. Yes, it rained two out of the four days I was there, but that didn't stop me from feeling blissful ...
Helsinki: Summer in the CIty
by Michael Nassar
Helsinki
first discovered Helsinki on a layover to St. Petersburg, Russia. He's been in love with Scandinavia ever since.
My previous visits to Helsinki went by in an alcohol-induced blur.  Arriving in the coldest dregs on winter, this writer may be forgiven as the temperature rarely cracked freezing and the sun shrank beyond the horizon by noon.  Swaddled in fur, with an underlay of wool, my time was spent rushing from one overheated indoor space to another avoiding hypothermia.  I enjoyed the shopping, the museums, the justly famous architecture and most of all the core-warming sauna, but my view of the city was garnered largely through a taxi's window.  Outdoor activities were rightly left to the foolhardy and the drunk. Helsinki in summer is another story altogether. For three short months a year this cozy seaside city gets a little crazy.  With  average summer temperatures hovering comfortably in ...
Sticky Situation in Stockholm
by Phil Biedron
Stockholm
is a comedian/actor who loves to travel and luckily he's required to do so because of work
I did the whole European backpacking thing a year ago, I saw it all, but nothing is as vivid in my memory as Stockholm.  I just so happened to visit when the princess was getting married, and Love Stockholm (a festival) was in full swing.  Perfect timing, eh?  Well, the host I stayed with (I am a couchsurfer) left a bit to be desired.  He was an older gentleman, around 60, and directed theatre.  Perfect! I am an actor myself so I was pleased to stay with him.  I arrived at his place and he informed me he was more of a puppeteer than director, "oh by the way, let me show you where you are going to stay. It doubles as my workshop."  Yes it did.  I slept on a cot surround by puppets hanging from every direction; I'm 23 years old, but even a full grown man gets scared of puppets. Ok, ...
Bergen and Basketball
by Jim Revells
Bergen
is a father of two girls and a grandfather of two more. His interests are in metal smithing and Viking History.
My first trip to Scandinavia was a little different than most, I arrived on board a submarine back in 1979.  The USS Finback SSN670 to be exact, we were there to do a port visit at Bergen, Norway.  We had a great time the people were all so friendly.  I visited Evard Grieg's home, a Stave Church and the old water front. Bergen is the cleanest city I have ever been too.  One of the best meals I ever had was at a little place on the second floor near the water front-Veal Oscar and fresh asparagus.  The evenings we spent at the junior officer club drinking beer with the local sailors. One of our guys had a guitar and some of us knew most of the words to a bunch of Roger Miller songs, we sang and they bought us beers. We received a challenge to a basket ball game from the local naval ...
Only Pizza!
by Laura Donegan
Svenborg
is a Mother of three, and part Swedish and Norwegian
In late July 2009 our family of 5 pulled into Svenborg Denmark for the night at about 9:30 pm.  We checked into our B&B and went out in search of food.  All the restaurants were winding down but were happy to send us to a stand-up pizza joint in town.  The employee was from India and didn't speak much English, which was all we spoke. The pizza man's only words were "Only pizza".  When we pointed to a picture of french fries, or salad etc, he always answered "Only Pizza!"  We didn't recognize many Danish words and had to order our toppings by pointing to what we wanted on top.  The whole experience was so funny to us; it was much more memorable than the other vacation dinners that went smoothly.  Now when we are at a pizza joint with our kids, we all joke "Only Pizza!" Click ...
The Many Colors of Helsinki
by Megan Tulikangas
Helsinki
is a policy analyst and amateur photographer living in New Orleans.
The Finland of my imagination was a combination of my grandparents' tales of long, cold winter nights, kept warm by steamy saunas and good humor, and the sleek shapes of modern design, all light wood and seamless technology.  I left for Helsinki envisioning crisp lines in a pale palette. I did not expect the color. Our hotel was blocks from the Lutheran Cathedral on Senate Square, and from the window I could see the brisk white building topped with gleaming jade domes under a clear blue sky, flanked by ranks of stately yellow and periwinkle buildings.  Peeking over the rooftops, the ornate Uspenski Cathedral beckoned, its reddish-brown stone spires tipped with gleaming gold. The next day, we wandered the few blocks to the harbor, where we were greeted by the vibrant daily market.  Dozens ...
My heart belongs to Copenhagen!
by Julie Gagen
Copenhagen
is an avid traveler that typically spends her time abroad working on community water supply projects in developing countries.
When I was traveling in Europe, I knew that I had to make my way to Copenhagen at some point. I’m not sure why, but it always allured me to it. Well, that time had come, so I started the 7 hour journey from Oslo. It was July, so you could still see out of the bus window during the night and enjoy the scenery along the Swedish coast. As the estimated arrival time approached, I knew we were getting closer (because almost everything runs on time in Scandinavia). Then I saw that ridiculously long bridge that would take me into Denmark. Upon arrival, my friend and I decided to make our way to the hotel by foot so we could get our first look at Copenhagen. There was a festival that weekend, so people were still in the streets at five in the morning. When we got to our hotel, the owner upgraded ...
Because We All Have a Longing for Nature and Community
by Maja Svensson
Hällevik
is a New York based business owner of ELSA AND ME which is an eco-friendly business wear for women.
Hällevik: Welcome to one of Sweden’s hidden gems, located in the heart of the archipelago of Blekinge, on the south east coast of Sweden. Living in New York City and having grown up on the country side in Sweden I believe that it is important to at least once a year travel to a quiet place that can bring me back down to earth. During other times of the year, when in NYC, I believe it is my mom that does that job for me. Picture having just left New York City’s steaming hot and sticky summer season with skin, hair and organs smeared and digested in pollution and noise. Upon Swedish arrival, you get into a car, travel down the country-side road that offers a mix of wind-mills and blooming fields covering 100% of your horizon. You breathe in. You breathe out. And the polluted self ...
Swimming in Sweden
by Steven Lilly
Gothenburg
is an educator who lives in Arkansas.
In the summer of 1994 my wife, two sons, and I traveled to Sweden to pick up a new Volvo.  We had hosted a Swedish exchange student a couple of years earlier and were staying overnight with her parents.  On the day of the pick-up the mother and brother of the exchange student offered to take our 9 year-old son to a local swimming spot while her husband accompanied my wife, infant son, and me to the Volvo factory.  All went well and we went to meet the rest of the group at the swimming spot.  When we arrived our 9 year-old had a funny look on his face. About half of the swimmers were nude.  Being from a small southern town in America, this wasn’t the norm for him.  Nothing was said until we got in the car and I asked him “What is going on here?”  Thinking that he was going to be ...
Celebrating Scandinavia
by Carol King
Bergen
is married to a Norwegian and has been involved with SON in NC, USA for several years.
Last year our Sons of Norway Lodge "Norsk Carolina" visited Norway during the summer!  We had great weather and a great time!  Spent several days in Oslo then ventured south to Sandefjord and the Kragero Islands for a week.  Great food, great people and even a dinner theater comedy show with lots of beer and dancing on the tables!  We also did a side trip to the Telemark Canal that was breathtaking!    The seafood is incredible. We're already planning another trip to Bergen and another to the high north country for future trips as we just have more to see and enjoy! Click here to read Jennifer Apell’s travel story about Norway that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
Scandinavian Heritage
by Sandy Highdale Lindquist
Stockholm
is 100% scandinavian.
In April of 2010 I traveled for the first time to Stockholm.  Stayed with a cousin and his family in Gamla Stan.  I could have not asked for a better accomodation.  Gamla Stan was so historically beautiful.  Went to dinner one night at another cousins home in Stockholm.  Also, took a train to Eskilstuna and had dinner and spent the night at another cousin's home.  I found the scandinavian people to be very gracious hosts.  I ran out of vacation time and never made it across the Baltic to visit relatives in Finland and also more relatives in the southern region of Sweden.  I need to go back!!! Click here to read Michael Mills’s travel story about Sweden that also might interest you! Join our sweepstakes to win a trip to Scandinavia and an iPad 2!
The village by the sea...
by Victoria Cecilia
Skagen
is the singer of the Los Angeles based band Gliss.
Skagen is an extremely picturesque village distinguished by its pretty yellow houses with red tile roofs. Go for an evening stroll through Osterby, and you will see locals entertaining guests by the bbq, usually in the front yard, which will be equipped with wooden furniture and a flagpole. Often homeowners will decorate their houses with finds from the beach. It is very common to see stones with holes through them, hanging on old fishing robe. Skagen is where the two northern seas meet, and tourists travel there from all over the world, to place a foot in each sea. Skagen is known for being the place where bohemian artists, known as the Skagen Painters, would spend their summers in the 1880's.  The painters were attracted to the area because of the special summer light that would rest above ...
Sitting on the Edge - The View from Preikestolen
by Alex Berger
Stavanger
is a long time traveler but still in his mid-20s Alex has visited over 30 countries and is the author of the travel blog VirtualWayfarer
I had seen photos of it for years. A strange piece of rock somewhere in Scandinavia. It looked rectangular in shape and protruded out over the fjords like a large stage or balcony. Eventually I learned its name - Preikestolen also known as the Preacher's Pulpit and its location. To my surprise it was somewhat challenging to get to or to find information about. Especially given how popular a photo destination it is. First, it required a trip by ferry, plane or train from Oslo out to port city of Stavanger. A city which is located a few hours to the south of Bergen, a popular cruise and tourist destination. Once there I caught a special car ferry across to the tiny port town of Tau where I connected with a bus which shuttled me the 15 minutes or so to the visitors center and basecamp at ...
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