Destination Guide: ScandinaviaTuesday 20 December 2016 by Sarah Knight Most of the time when people talk about “Scandinavia” they have Denmark, Norway and Sweden in mind. Three truly remarkable countries, each have their own highlights and quirks – despite sharing the notoriously chilly weather.
This winter at SACO we’re embracing the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced “Hu-Ga”) and what better way to get into the spirit than sharing our favourite things about these stunning Nordic regions.
Sweden is renowned for its stunning landscapes – and they certainly won’t disappoint. With vast expanses of forest and breath-taking glaciers nestled on top of mountains, the country is perfect for those who love an adventure.
Top five things to do in Sweden
- Visit Stockholm Old Town
- Stroll through Djurgarden park
- Experience the Skansen Open-Air Museum
- Spend an afternoon in the Botanical Garden
- Brush up on your disco moves at ABBA The Museum
Capital City: Stockholm
Stockholm is made up of 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges. Explore the network of quaint cobbled streets, experience the 13thcentury Storkyrkan Cathedral and be inspired by the beauty and cutting-edge fashion that surrounds you.
Where to stay in Stockholm
Beautiful Apartments Stockholm offers 275 spacious apartments across the city, all featuring stylish Nordic furnishings and a comfortable alternative to your standard hotel room. So after a busy day roaming the streets of Stockholm, head home to your very own Swedish apartment for a cosy evening indoors.
Well-known for ranking at the top of every global quality-of-life survey, Denmark is the southernmost and smallest of the Nordic countries, offering much more than just pastries (although they’re a good enough reason to visit as far as we’re concerned).
Top five things to do in Denmark
- Explore Tivoli Gardens
- Walk along the waterside at Nyhavn
- Discover Frederiksborg Castle
- Experience unique artefacts at Ny Carlsbery Glyptotek museum
- Dine at the Papiroeen food market
Capital City: Copenhagen
Happiest city in the world anyone? Home of hygge and radiating laidback contentment, the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere – with attractive cobbled streets and colourful houses. Copenhagen is a handsome city with a lot to offer, from expansive sandy beaches to simply magical woodland parks.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
Adina Apartment Hotel is located right by the city’s famous Little Mermaid status – a central, harbourside area that is minutes from the city centre. Make the most of your own living space and feel like a local – embracing all that is hygge about this wonderful city from the comfort of your own home away from home.
Long stretches of coastline and striking terrain interspersed with pretty wooden houses, Norway is known for fishing, hiking and skiing. Locals are lovers of the great outdoors and you’ll find them making the most of their environment no matter what the weather.
Top five things to do in Norway
- Clear your mind at Geiranger Fjord
- Experience jaw-dropping views from Pulpit Rock
- Enjoy a performance by the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
- Visit Vigeland Museum
- Take it all in from Mount Floyen and the Hunicular
Capital City: Oslo
Known for its green spaces and museums, the city is bustling and welcoming with plenty to see and do. The city is something of a hidden gem and boasts spectacular architecture, cultural delights and numerous museums – including the Viking Ship Museum, where you’ll find perfectly preserved wooden vessels.
Where to stay in Oslo
Frogner House offer stunning apartments in 13 different locations across Oslo. Beautifully finished and offering wonderful city views, these apartments are the perfect space from which to explore the city and make the most of your visit.