Everyone loves a European break, and weekend getaways to the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway have become increasingly popular in recent years. Offering a change from the more common city-break destinations, Scandinavia has something for all kinds of traveller.
If you’ve never visited Denmark before, its capital city is the perfect place to start. Flights to Copenhagen from London take less than two hours, making the city the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. Famous as the home of the great storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen retains a fairytale-like charm to this day. You will be enchanted by the narrow cobbled streets, timbered houses, historical buildings and, of course, the world-famous Little Mermaid statue based on Andersen’s story of the same name.
You will find no shortage of things to do in Copenhagen. One of the city’s most popular attractions is The Church of our Saviour. Climbing to the top of the tower, famous for its external golden staircase, affords spectacular views across the city and is a must-do for many visitors. Copenhagen is also home to many museums and art galleries, including The National Museum, which is housed in a former royal palace, and the renowned Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
After all the sight-seeing, be sure take a break in one of Copenhagen’s many beer cafes for a glass or two of the world-famous local beer, Carlsberg. You can even visit the brewery to see it being made!
Flights to Stockholm take a little over two hours. The capital of Sweden is famed for its beauty and often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’. The city has an abundance of parks and picturesque waterways, making it perfect for a leisurely weekend break.
If you’re looking for things to do in Stockholm, you will be spoilt for choice. The city has over 100 museums, attracting millions of visitors each year and is an arts hub with a vibrant gallery scene. Stockholm also plays host to an exciting variety of award-winning restaurants with cultural influences from all over the world so foodies will find themselves in gourmet paradise.
One of Stockholm’s premier attractions is the ‘living museum’ of Gamla Stan, a well-preserved medieval town centre full of places to eat, drink and shop. The Gamla Stan district is home to the Royal Palace, one of the world’s largest palaces and the setting for several fascinating museums.
If sports are more your thing, you’ll find both football and ice hockey are hugely popular in Sweden so why not book tickets ahead of your trip and take in a game?
If you fancy venturing slightly further north, why not choose the Norwegian capital of Oslo for your getaway? Flights to Oslo from London take around two hours and the city is compact enough that much of it can be explored on foot.
Culture buffs will be in their element in Oslo, home to a huge variety of galleries and museums. You can even see one of the most famous paintings in the world, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, at the Munch Museum. The city also hosts an eclectic range of music festivals, such as Oslo Live and the Oslo Jazz Festival, so why not time your visit to coincide with the event of your choice?
No visit to Norway would be complete without a visit to the spectacular fjords and day trips are readily available all year round from Oslo, although you’ll need to wrap up in the winter months!
Whatever you look for in a holiday, you are sure to find your perfect weekend getaway in the Nordic countries.