Scandinavia Culture Holidays

Scandinavia has fascinating culture.
Along the historical process, Sweden, Norway and Denmark have been and still very closely related with each other. They were adventurous Vikings (800-1100 AD), they were under one Union (the Kalmar Union, 1397 - 1523), and they speak the same language and practice the same religion.
Come to explore the fascinating Scandinavia culture!
Welcome to the fantastic Scandinavia Culture Holiday!
Day 01: Arrive in Stockholm.
Day 02: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 03: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 04: Stockholm City (1252).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 05: Stockholm - Oslo (525 km, 5 h 17 min by train).
Day 06: Oslo City (1040).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 07: Oslo - Copenhagen (603 km, 7 h 47 min by train).
Day 08: Copenhagen City (1167).
Visit the Historical Landmarks and Cultural Masterpieces.
Day 09: Copenhagen - North Zealand (39 km, 35 min).
Day 10: Departure Copenhagen.
Stockholm is the largest and most exciting city in Scandinavian countries!
Stockholm is situated between Lake Malaren (the third largest lake in Sweden) and the Baltic Sea. The central Stockholm is located mainly on 14 islands which are connected by 48 bridges and embraced by the calm and enchanting Lake Malaren and Baltic Sea.
At the heart of Stockholm, it is the world largest and excellently protected medieval old town - Gamla Stan (literally means “the Old Town”). Gamla Stan is still Stockholm’s popular living and working dwelling.
Millions of tourists visit Gamla Stan every year. It is a “Must” for visitors to take a stroll in the medieval alleys, have a cup of coffee or why not try a traditional Swedish ice cream with fresh egg roll.
There are lot of excellent places in Stockholm that you shall never miss. For example, the Vasa Museum (the world largest and only original war ship from the 17th century), the Stockholm City Hall (where the annual Nobel Banquet is held) and many other more.

Stockholm Royal Palace (1697)

Stockholm Royal Palace is one of the largest and most beautiful royal palaces in the world.
Stockholm Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions. The palace is a daily place of work for The King and Queen as well as for the various departments of the Swedish Royal Court.
Part of the Stockholm Royal Palace opens to the public, including Royal Apartments, Treasury and Tre Kronor Museum.
In the summer time, you can also see the grand traditional ceremony of the change of the Royal Guards. Every year, more than 1 million visitors watched the change of the Royal Guards in Stockholm Royal Palace.
Stockholm Royal Palace is located in Gamla Stan - the Stockholm old town.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities (1794)

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794.
King Gustav III is a Swedish King who has great interests in art and antiques. He has also great talent on performing, visual arts, playwright and designing of the opera stage machinery. King Gustav III contributed greatly to the performing arts in Sweden. He commissioned constructions of several important opera houses including Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater. Royal Swedish Opera and Drottningholms Slottsteater are still the imposing landmarks of Stockholm.
In the late 1700s, King Gustav III travelled to Europe. During his journey in Italy, he purchased a large number of arts and sculptures.
To honor King Gustav III and his contributions to arts, a museum exhibiting the valuable collections of the King was set up and opened since 1794 in Stockholm Royal Palace.

Royal Chapel (1697)

It was a traditional that the Swedish Royal Family had a Royal Court Parish since the time of King Magnus Ladulas in the late 1200s. Royal Chapel was used for the Swedish Royal Families. Now the Royal Chapel also opens for public service.
Royal Chapel is located in the Stockholm Royal Palace.

Gamla Stan (1252)

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. It is located in the Stadsholmen Island in the heart of Stockholm.
Birger Jarl, a member of the House of Bjelbo, and a great Swedish statesman, founded Stockholm in Gamla Stan in 1252. Birger Jarl played a key role in the consolidation of Sweden as one kingdom.
Gamla Stan stretches out from north to the south for about 820 meters and from west to the east for about 850 meters. It covers an area of about 650 000 square meters.
Gamla Stan has the largest and best preserved medieval buildings in the world. Many of Sweden’s most and iconic buildings are located in Gamla Stan, such as Stockholm Royal Place (det Kungliga Slottet), Parliament (Riksdagen), Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan), Nobel Museum, and Big Square (Stortorget) etc.

The Stockholm Cathedral (1306)

The Stockholm Cathedral is where the royal wedding takes place.

Stortorget

Stortorget (Big Square) is at the heart of the Stockholm Gamla Stan (Old Town). Stortorget witnessed many important historic events in Sweden.

Nobel Museum (2001)

Nobel Museum is the Museum for Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Laureates.

Vasterlanggatan

Vasterlanggatan is Stockholm Old Town’s busiest and most popular pedestrian.

Marten Trotzigs Grand

Marten Trotzigs Grand is Stockholm Old Town’s narrowest alley - only 90 cm (35 inch) wide.

Stockholm City Hall (1923)

Stockholm City Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Stockholm skyline. It is one of Sweden’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture.
Stockholm City Hall is designed by the great Swedish architect Ragnar Ostberg. The City Hall is 106 meters high and built with 8 million bricks.
The most significant event taking place in Stockholm City Hall is the famous Nobel Prize Banquet which is held on December 10 every year. The Nobel Prize Banquet is the biggest and most traditional royal banquet in the world. Swedish King, the royal family, Swedish Prime Minister and famous scientists are among the 1300 guests. It is the only live television broadcasted banquet in the world. Nobel Prize Banquet is held in the magnificent Blue Hall (Bla Hallen). After the Banquet, the dance is held in the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen).
Stockholm City Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can see the beautiful Blue Hall (Bla Hallen), the amazing Golden Hall (Gyllene Salen), and the stunning Radssalen.
Stockholm City Hall is located at the southeast end of Kungsholmen - one of the biggest islands in central Stockholm.

Fjallgatan

Fjallgatan is a high ground of Stockholm where from here you can have a fantastic bird's-eye view of Stockholm city.

Royal Swedish Opera (1782)

Royal Swedish Opera is the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773.

National Museum (1792)

National Museum is the home for half a million valuable collections from middle ages to 1900.

Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (1963)

Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities has a large amount of valuable antique collections from East Asia.

Vasa Museum (1628)

Vasa is a powerful 17th century warship. She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. Vasa Museum opened to the public in 1991. Every year, over 1 million tourists visited Vasa Museum.
Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus the Great), the Greatest King of Sweden, commissioned the construction of the most powerful warship in 1625. It is a 69 meters long giant equipped with 64 powerful cannons. The cannons could fire 250 kilograms of ammunition in a single broadside. Vasa was designed and constructed to be the most powerful fortress and war machine in the Baltic Sea in the early 17th century.
Vasa Museum is located in Djurgarden (the Royal Hunting Ground) – a beautiful island in central Stockholm.

Junibacken (1996)

Junibacken is an Astrid Lindgren children theme playground.

Skansen Open-Air Museum (1891)

Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world and also the Stockholm zoo, with animals native to Scandinavia. It was opened on October 11, 1891 by Artur Hazelius.
The name "Skansen" has also been used as a common name to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in the United States, for example, the Old World in Wisconsin and the Fairplay in Colorado.
Skansen is also a Sweden in miniature. More than 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. In Skansen, the Swedish traditional holidays are celebrated, such as Christmas, Midsummer, Walpurgis Night and Lucia etc.
In Skansen, a full replica of an average 19th-century Swedish town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrating their skills, is exhibited. There is even a small field growing tobacco used for the making cigarettes. There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine etc.
Skansen is located in the Djurgarden Island and it has spectacular views over Stockholm city. Every year, more than 1.3 million tourists visited Skansen.

Nordic Museum (1873)

Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet) was opened in 1873. It is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history. It has totally more than 1.5 million exhibits. The collections reflect life in Sweden from the 16th century to the present day. The magnificent museum building is one of Stockholm’s landmark buildings featured with Renaissance architecture. Nordic Museum is a great place to understand the Nordic people, its history and culture.

Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, 1904)

Prince Eugen Napoleon Nicolaus of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Narke, is the fourth and youngest son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia. Prince Eugen was the fourth in line to the throne.
Apart being a prince, Prince Eugen is more famous for being a painter, art collector and patron of artists. He has made more than 3200 works. Among them, one of his most famous works - City by the Water - is located in the Stockholm City Hall.
Prince Eugen was a great admirer of Norwegian nature and frequently visited Christiania (now Oslo). On 21 January 1904, Prince Eugen was appointed a Knight of the Norwegian Lion by his father.
In 1905, the union between Norway and Sweden was broken by the Parliament of Norway. Prince Eugen was suggested by the famous Norwegians for being the King of Norway. However, his father, King Oscar II of Sweden, refused to allow any of his sons to ascend the Norwegian throne.
Prince Eugen’s residence in Stockholm - Cape of Prince Eugen - is now a popular museum housing more than 3,500 works.
Cape of Prince Eugen (Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde) is located in Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.

Grona Lund (1883)

Grona Lund is the oldest amusement park in Sweden. It ideally located on the seaside of Djurgarden Island in central Stockholm.
Grona Lund is an exciting playground for all ages. It has more than 30 attractions such as the tunnel of love, the funhouse and seven roller coasters. Grona Lund is a famous venue for rock and pop music concerts in the summer. The capacity record is held by Bob Marley, who attracted 32,000 people in 1980.

Drottningholm

Drottningholm is the island where the Swedish King and the royal family live.

Drottningholm Palace (1699)

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century. The Palace is the permanent residence of the royal family.
Drottningholm Palace is designed by the famous Swedish royal architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. It consists of a group of palaces including the main Palace, the Palace Theater, the Chinese Pavilion and the Baroque garden behind the main palace.
The Palace Theater is the only one in the world that still uses the original stage machinery on a regular basis. The Chinese Pavilion is the oldest and biggest Chinese style royal palace in the European royal ground. And it contains one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie.
Drottningholm Palace was listed as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.
Drottningholm Palace is located in Lovon, about 10 kilometers to the west of Stockholm City.

Royal Opera House of Sweden (1782)

Royal Opera House of Sweden (Kungliga Operan) has been the fascinating Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. Royal Opera House of Sweden was founded by King Gustav III.

Stockholm Concert Hall (1926)

Stockholm Concert Hall is one of Sweden's architectonic masterpieces in the neoclassical style. Stockholm Concert Hall was built especially to house the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from being a venue for world-class concerts, it hosts the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Polar Music Prizes.

Royal Dramatic Theatre (1788)

Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern) is Sweden's national stage for "spoken drama". Royal Dramatic Theatre was founded in 1788.

Riddarholm

Riddarholm is the best place for a panoramic picture of the Stockholm City Hall.

Helgeandsholmen

Helgeandsholmen is where Swedish parliament (Riksdag) building and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm locate.

Drottninggatan

Drottninggatan means “Queen Street”. It is Stockholm’s famous pedestrian with many shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

Biblioteksgatan

Biblioteksgatan is Stockholm shopping street famous for luxury brands.

Tunnelbanan

Tunnelbanan is Stockholm’s underground railway system. It is famous for its paintings and it is regarded as the underground art gallery of Stockholm - especially the blue lines (line 10 and 11).

Frogner Park (1940) (The Vigeland Park)

Frogner Park is fantastic park installed with more than 200 amazing sculpture masterpieces by Gustav Vigeland - the greatest Norwegian sculptor. It is the world largest sculpture park from one single artist. That is the reason that Frogner Park is also called Vigeland Park.

Oslo City Hall (1950)

The Oslo City Hall the one of the Oslo’s symbolic buildings, and it is the venue of the famous annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Royal Palace (1849) (Det kongelige slott)

Oslo Royal Place is the residence of the King Harald V and the royal family. It is one of the most significant buildings of Norway.

Viking Ship Museum (Original Viking Ships from 800 AD)

This museum displays three Viking ships dated from the 9th century. They are the only Viking ships people can see nowadays. Valuable Viking age relics such as sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other goods are displayed in this museum.

Oslo Opera House (2008)

Oslo Opera House has won many international architecture awards. The fantastic 38,500 m2 opera house sits at the Oslo fjord water front and it is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the National Opera Theatre.

Nobel Peace Centre (2005)

Nobel Peace Centre was opened by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway in 2005. Here you can find the stories about the great donator Alfred Bernhard Nobel and the famous Nobel Prize Laureates.

Copenhagen, a City of Fairytales

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. More than 30% of the Danes live in the Copenhagen capital area. Copenhagen is regarded as one of the most livable city in the world. It is green, small, convenient, and blended between the old charm and the modern and progressive beat of a new century cosmopolitan.

Little Mermaid Statue (1913)

Little Mermaid Statue is Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attraction. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite. It is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about a mermaid who sacrifices her life to love a young and handsome prince on land.

Amalienborg Palace (1760)

Amalienborg Palace is the residence of the Danish Royal Family.
Danish monarchs are relatives to many current European monarchs. That is because one Danish King - Christian IX (1818-1906). King Christian IX and his queen had six children. And they married into other royal families in Europe. The descendents of King Christian IX include many of the current European monarchs including: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, King Philippe of Belgium, King Harald V of Norway, King Felipe VI of Spain, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, British consort Prince Philip, Michael I of Romania, Constantine II of Greece, Queens Consort Anne of Romania, Anne-Marie of Greece and Queen Sofia of Spain etc.
This earns King Christian IX "the father-in-law of Europe".

Nyhavn (17th Century)

Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish fairytale writer, used to live in no. 18, 20 and no. 67 of Nyhavn.

Stroget (1728)

Stroget is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with a many choices of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world's most expensive brands (like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Hermes and Boss). The Stroget stretches 1.1 kilometers long and runs from City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv.

Gefion Fountain (1908)

Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen.
The fountain depicts the mythical story from the 13 century Ynglinga saga. In the saga, it tells how Zealand (the island where Copenhagen is located) was created.
According to Ynglinga saga, Goddess Gefjun asked for a piece of land from the Swedish King Gulfi. The Swedish King promised Gefjun the territory she could plow in a night. Gefjun turned her four sons into oxen and plowed a whole night in the Swedish land, and then throw the land into the sea between Scania and Fyn Island. That was how Zealand came from. The huge hole Goddess Gefjun plowed became a lake called Logrinn and Leginum (Lake Malaren in Stockholm). There is also information saying that the hole Goddess Gefjun plowed became Lake Vanern - the largest lake in Sweden - due to its size and shape is similar with Zealand.

Carlsberg Brewery (1847)

Visit Carlsberg is among the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen. In the legendary brewery, you can get closer to the root of Carlsberg, smell the ingredients, discover authentic architecture, taste world-famous Danish beer in many styles and get a feeling of, what Carlsberg is all about.

North Zealand

Just a short drive of 40 minutes from Copenhagen, you will be in the peaceful, picturesque North Zealand. North Zealand is the ancient playground of the royals. There are a lot of famous castles, retreats and palaces in North Zealand, including the famous Frederiksborg Palace, Fredensborg Palace and Kronborg Castle (regarded as the castle of Prince Hamlet from the famous and longest play of Shakespeare).

Frederiksborg Palace (1620)

Frederiksborg Palace is situated on three islets in the castle lake in Hillerod, 40 minutes north of Copenhagen. The palace, which is surrounded by the beautiful baroque garden, was built in the Dutch Renaissance style at the beginning of the 1600s by King Christian IV. You can walk through the rich Danish history through the large amount of collections of historical portraits, paintings and arts in the palace.

Fredensborg Palace (1753)

Fredensborg Palace literally means “Palace of Peace”. It was commissioned to be built by King Fredrik IV, to commemorate the peace treaty between Denmark and Sweden in 1722.
The elegant Baroque style castle is called Denmark´s Versailles. It is the summer residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II. Fredensborg Palace is frequently used as the setting for important events of the Danish Royal Family - wedding receptions, anniversaries and birthday parties, as well as the official state visits.

Kronborg Castle (1420) (Elsinore) – The Hamlet Castle

The Kronborg was built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania. It is a castle as well as a military stronghold. The castle was built at the narrowest point of the Oresund Sound (the strait between Denmark and Sweden). The King used this stronghold to collect fees from all the ships entering and leaving the Baltic Sea.
Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list in 2000.
Kronborg is known to many as "Elsinore," the setting of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
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