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Scandinavia offers of wealth of travel opportunites, from stylish Stockholm, Oslo, or cultural Copenhagen - the choice is yours.
While its quaint canals, cobbled streets and weaving cyclists make Copenhagen a relaxing place to spend a few days, it’s also one of the most fashionable places in Europe. Trendy bars, world-class restaurants and cutting-edge design jostles for space with more traditional tourist sites like Hans Christian Andersen’s ever-popular Little Mermaid statue and the nostalgic Tivoli Gardens theme park. Best of all, this charming capital is relatively compact, making it a doddle to get around.
One of the most relaxing capital cities in Europe, small but cosmopolitan Oslo is packed with beautiful parks and quays where you can relax and enjoy the incredible views of the fjords. It’s a compact city, with a stunning medieval centre and a lively arts and culture scene, as well as a wealth of wholesome outdoors activities on its doorstep. There’s some superb skiing and walking to be experienced just a short trip outside the city centre, and even a couple of white, sandy beaches nearby.
Without doubt one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, cosmopolitan Stockholm is a haven of delightful architecture, vast green spaces and cool, crisp Scandinavian fresh air. Built across 14 islands interconnected by 57 bridges across Lake Mälaren, it’s a wonderful place to spend balmy summer evenings or a romantic winter break. Stockholm’s also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, some excellent museums, and some of the best eating and drinking in the whole of Europe.
The sea is central to life in the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’ – Helsinki is perched at the end of a peninsula surrounded by a stunning archipelago of some 300 islands. Head there in the summer and you’ll be rewarded with 20 hours of sunshine a day – perfect weather for exploring the neoclassical splendours of one of Europe’s youngest cities. An intriguing mix of Nordic and Russian heritage, Helsinki’s also one of the world’s most creative places, with fascinating museums and shops that make it a design lover’s dream.
With wooden, pastel-hued houses set against the dramatic background of the Seven Mountains, Norway’s second city is a glorious place to visit. What’s more, rail is the perfect way to travel to Bergen, since the train ride from Oslo is undisputedly one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. It’s just as stunning once you arrive too, with a charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed old harbour, a delightful funicular railway, and one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes in Europe.
Odense takes its name from the Nordic god of war, poetry and wisdom, and Denmark’s third largest city boasts a rich 1000-year history and Viking heritage that more than matches up to its grandiose name. It’s also the birthplace of author Hans Christian Anderson, and fairytale fans will find plenty of monuments and attractions celebrating his life dotted around the town. Odense is also home to a magnificent gothic cathedral, intriguing museums and galleries and a picturesque archipelago that’s just perfect for a boat trip in the summer.
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