27 Most Colourful Towns & Cities in Scandinavia & the Nordics

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The…

27 Most Colourful Towns and Cities in Scandinavia

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The first time I really started to appreciate the use of colour so far north was in 2012 during a visit to the art nouveau town of Ålesund whilst working …

Steamed Swedish Mussels

Place of Origin: Lyckorna, Sweden By Julianne Keskey I arrived home from a fantastic trip to Sweden nearly a week ago and I’m still having night-sweats just thinking about the smell of fresh caught, delicious mussels steaming on an outdoor grill on the sea. If I didn’t have the pictures to prove my experience, I would just think it was a silly culinary dream. Plump mussels that resembled a juicy, grocery store rotisserie chicken, thick cut fries, fresh made aioli, …

Two Splendid Weeks in Scandinavia

When planning a big trip to Europe, particularly if it’s your first one, it’s tempting to leave some places out given the vastness of the continent. For many travelers, Scandinavia is first among these, not only due to its relative geographical isolation, but also the expense of traveling there. I won’t lie to you: Scandinavia is …

Stockholm Museums: 4 Must-See Museums in Sweden’s Capital

Navigating Stockholm There are many reasons why Stockholm is such a fantastic place to visit. The food, the people and the ease of using the city’s public transport, to name but a few. Likewise, there are countless ways in which visitors can choose to amuse themselves in the Swedish capital. Wandering the streets of the 13th-century old town, Gamla Stan. Taking a boat ride through the Stockholm Archipelago. Screaming at the top of your lungs while amusing yourself on any of the rides at Gröna Lund. Or spending a decent chunk…

The Swedish Birthday Party

As I sat in my tuxedo, taking another sip of Swedish schnapps, I turned to the girl next to me and whispered: “Why are there so many speeches?” “At birthday parties like this, it’s common in Swedish culture for people to get up and say nice things,” she …

How To Fika – A Swedish (Foodie) Cultural Tradition

By Adam Groffman Today marks the beginning of Stockholm Pride Week, so, to celebrate one of my favorite European pride festivals, I thought it’d be a good idea to revisit my favorite Swedish cultural tradition: the fika! There’s one food everyone thinks of first when trying to figure out what exactly is “Swedish food.” And that’s meatballs. (Thank you IKEA for introducing that to the world.) But …

Why You Should Visit Sweden

By Adam Groffman One of Europe’s best destinations for cool & hip holidays, Sweden has a lot to offer. From the country’s impressive countryside to a rich cultural heritage, the country has a bit of everything. Sweden makes it at the top of many “best of” lists thanks to its impressive socio-economic standing, its human rights records, LGBT rights and it’s home to one of Europe’s most picturesque landscapes. The…

Tracing Sweden’s Pop Music Heritage Through Travel

For a country of less than 10 million people, Sweden has a disproportionate influence on the world’s culture, one that largely results from the quantity of amazing pop singers the nation produces. Since the 1970s, when ABBA won the Eurovision competition and became one of the most popular musical acts of all times, it’s been tempting to think there must…

Winter Travel Packing List: What to Pack for Outdoor Activities

The thing about travel is it’s constantly taking you out of your comfort zone. Which is awesome. But it also means that sometimes you have no idea how to best prepare for a situation. For us, that moment came when we were preparing for our trip to Swedish Lapland. We live in San Diego, home of some of the most beautiful and temperate weather in the United States. What did we know about winter travel to the Arctic Circle? Not much. We were not only planning travel to freezing temperatures, but we were also planning …

Kiruna: The Sinking Mine Town of Sweden’s Lapland

Kiruna Church and bell tower.Kiruna is sinking, literally. Sweden’s northernmost town located in Swedish Lapland, a remote area with a harsh climate within the Arctic Circle, came to be because of the rich iron ore being mined nearby. The same mine that brought the people and the town and the money is what is now causing the town to sink. The situation isn’t a complete disaster, and it isn’t a surprise either. When LKAB, Kiruna’s mining company, was founded in 1890, the founder ran the calculations and knew that if the …

Crossing the Bridge from Copenhagen to Malmo – Just Do It!

I hear a lot about people going to Copenhagen, but why aren’t those people going to Malmo too? It’s a travesty that this city gets overlooked. I’m not saying choose Malmo over Copenhagen, what I’m saying is, choose both cities! Tell me more… Copenhagen is located in Denmark, whereas Malmo is located in Sweden. It’s not often you can visit two cities in two different countries that are so close to one another. They’re only 30 minutes apart by train. In London it takes me longer to get from one…

Exciting Outdoor Winter Activities in Sweden’s Lapland

We traveled to Swedish Lapland in hopes of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights. But, since there was no guarantee we would see the Northern Lights, we decided to also plan some exciting outdoor winter activities so if our search for the Northern Lights was unsuccessful, we’d still have a great adventure trying some other once-in-…

Fun Things To Do In The Swedish City of Gothenburg

Welcome to Gothenburg! Gothenburg, Sweden The city of Gothenburg (Göteborg) is my kind of place. Urban creativity and convenience with nature nearby. Here are some fun things to do in Sweden’s 2nd biggest city. Before I traveled to Sweden, I’d never even heard of Gothenburg. However after spending a few days exploring this important port city I can see why it’s growing in popularity. Neoclassical architecture makes it pretty. Efficient public transportation makes it easy to get around. Surrounded by islands…