Scandinavia

 

dsc_4811-edit-2The lure of a midnight sun, fresh seafood and beautiful people makes the countries of Scandinavia a unique, rewarding visit to any traveler. In our time, we’ve visited Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland to certain degrees. Experience reindeer, ice bars, grass-thatched farm houses and the natural beauty of these places in this series of posts.

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Old Market Hall, Helsinki, Finland

The Old Market Hall is top of most foodies’ list when exploring gourmet options around the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Built in 1888 Vanhakauppahalli (the Old Market Hall) has been the destination for fine foods for over 140 years. Very much like a delicatessen, smoked cheeses and dried meats, hang from hooks. Fishmongers display their wares, fresh from the waters of...

Kodbyens Fiskebar, Copenhagen

If you’re looking for excellent seafood in a relaxed space, Michelin-recommended Kodbyens Fiskebar should be at the top of your list. Good fish n chips can be hard to find anywhere outside of Australia or the UK. The classic budget staple and stomach liner for nights out is usually only on menus in Irish bars. Luckily we were spending the evening with subscribers to...

Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederiksberg is a leafy suburb with wide open green space and its own palace.   Frederiksberg is one of Copenhagen’s more opulent suburban enclaves. Stylish boutiques and hip cafes populate the main street, whilst modern street art adorns the walls of narrow lanes and back alleys. For the foraging music fanatic, Sound Station offers three rooms crammed from...

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

Dubbed the Versailles of the north, Drottningholm Palace is a stately royal residence about an hour from Stockholm.    Stockholm is the home of countless cultural treasures, but there’s a lot more to discover when you step away from the city center. Drottningholm Palace is the stunningly ornate baroque home of the Swedish royal family, situated on Lake Mälaren, an...

Cafe Regatta, Helsinki, Finland

The Cafe Regatta provides a welcome place to chill when walking the Helsinki’s shores en route to the Sibelius monument. It’s ten at night and in photography terms, it’s golden or magic hour. The sun has stubbornly positioned itself to emit the perfect light for photos and it’s not planning on going anywhere. Half of Helsinki is lazing in the park lands and most have...

Icebar by ICEHOTEL, Stockholm

Ten years ago, the Icebar was a phenomenon across the blogosphere. Every art, design, creative or coolhunting blog featured it and it’s something we’ve always wanted to experience. So when we found ourselves in Stockholm, home to the original ice bar (well, at least the first commercial ice bar) we knew we had to give it a go. The aptly named Icebar is located at the...

Tallink Silja: Tallinn to Stockholm

The Tallink Silja line isn’t your average cruise ship. There are no pool decks, dive in movies, climbing walls or wave making machines, yet we still had a great time, albeit for only 15 hours. As budget travelers, the opportunity to see more for less or to experience something completely new is a key consideration between taking a plane and paying for a night of...

Review: HTL Kungsgatan, Stockholm

Stockholm’s boutique hotel, HTL in Kungsgatan (King’s Garden) offers style, design smarts and super-comfy heated bathroom tiles. Located on King Street, just a couple of blocks from the central retail heart of Stockholm, is the newly re-vamped 4 star boutique hotel, HTL Stockholm. When we arrive, we enter through the hotel’s very own tuck shop, with vintage candies...

Review: Greta’s at the Haymarket, Stockholm

The bustling Haymarket Square, in central Stockholm is home to a hidden gem, Greta’s. Greta’s, named after Sweden’s greatest Hollywood actress, offered hands down, the most memorable meal on our Scandinavian journey, not for the food but for the atmosphere – to the point we backed it up and had breakfast (my most favorite meal of the day) each day. Located at the...

Hakaniemi Market

The Hakaniemi Market Square is one of several traditional open air markets in Helsinki, Finland. After reading about them on blogs and seeing them on travel shows, we stopped by to see just how good the strawberries really are. We’re in Helsinki and it’s 8 a.m. after a 2 a.m. bedtime. The sun is up. Actually, it never really set, rather settling low on the horizon...