I have returned from my Scandinavian tour with tired feet, a happy heart and thousands of photos. It was one hell of a trip and whirlwind adventure!
We started our adventure by flying through Germany (those German customs are no joke) and on to Gothenburg, Sweden where we stayed in the funkiest boutique hotel and spent our days wandering the streets and drinking cappuccinos. Sitting in a cafe and people-watching while enjoying a coffee is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. Plus, the jet-lag was insane so the constant caffeine was acutally a necessity.
GOTHENBURG // SWEDEN
THE ARCHIPELAGOS // SWEDEN
Wanting to see the islands, we headed out the coast with a map (in Swedish) and a vague sense of direction. We found the ferry that appeared to make a large, scenic, loop and hopped right on. It was a bright and chilly day and we had the whole outer deck to ourselves.
MALMO // SWEDEN
There is a large plaza is Malmo called Lilla Torg and it was everything I find enchanting about old European cities. Cafes spilling into the street, bikes, music, cobblestones --it was picture perfect. It only got prettier as the sun went down.
COPENHAGEN // DENMARK
Holy Construction, they are rebuilding Copenhagen! While it is not reflected in the photos I took, this entire city is a tangle of scaffolding and excavation. I will have to come back once the subway system is complete, but in the meantime, I got the grand tour by foot. And a seriously grand tour it was --we logged 30K steps on Fitbit that day and my feet still haven't recovered!
HELSINKI // FINLAND
Next stop... Finland! This was one of the most interesting places I've ever been. While both Sweden and Denmark are very good about using English and having translated signs, Finland is not so simple. Suddenly everything was in Finnish --and often Russian! Fortunately it's not a very large city so we were able to get lost (many times) and still find our way home.
OSLO // NORWAY
Apparently we saved the best for last because I adored Oslo. I really liked all the countries we visited, but I am already making plans to return to Norway ASAP. The fact that we started our Norwegian adventure with a sailboat tour of the fjords miiiiiight have something to do with it, seeing as anytime spent out on the water is time well spent.
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