Scandinavian City Ice Break
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki!
Our favorite Scandinavian product: Enjoy all four capitals of the Northern countries! Have you ever been on an Icebreaker before? This tour is your chance. You will cross the North and Baltic Sea, navigating on the ice! Enjoy all that the beautiful North has to offer combined with style and comfort. Welcome to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki! The Capital cities of the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, and Copenhagen the world’s most liveable city. Why? Because every bit of Copenhagen is designed for life. From the buildings and architecture, the food and the water, the many bikes and the intelligent infrastructure. They have free education, free health care, and a society firmly focused on the life balance between work and play.
Copenhagen is a pocket-sized fairy tale and at the same time, a buzzing and innovative hub of ideas. Copenhagen is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy. Yet it is small enough to bicycle from one end to the other in twenty minutes.
The Copenhageners excel in combining simple and sustainable solutions with a casually sophisticated lifestyle. A lifestyle based on tradition, history and culture, yet constantly moving forward. This gives Copenhagen a unique blend between the harmonies of old world charm and the beat of a truly cosmopolitan city.
This is Copenhagen – a city for life.
Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. With a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture popping up all the time.
The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with a number of world-class museums, restaurants, and art. Yet it still maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.
The city is green in more ways than one, it is nestled between the Oslofjord and hundreds of square kilometres of forested hills. The compact city centre is easy to explore on foot or by bike. An efficient public transport system makes the whole of the city accessible without a car.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. The country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
Live music is a big part of the city’s identity, and every year Oslo’s clubs and arenas host thousands of concerts that showcase the talents of everyone from local bands to international superstars.
In short, Oslo is an easy-going city with a family and children friendly atmosphere in combination with a diverse nightlife, including a prospering gay scene. All this is flanked by a full range of other venues that are there to match your personal tastes and interests.
Stockholm is like no other capital in the world. Built on fourteen islands. It rises gracefully from water so clean. You can go swimming or fishing in the very heart of the city.
Its waterfront is alive with boats, from ferries to shuttle you around the city. To sailboats and yachts that cruise out into the vast archipelago that stretches into the Baltic. Of course getting around doesn’t require a boat. You can walk, bike, drive or take advantage of the city’s impeccable mass-transit system.
The history of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century. The best place to discover it is in Gamla Stan, the Old Town. Gamla Stan is famous for its winding, cloistered streets, boutiques, and cozy restaurants, all gathered close by to the Royal Palace.
An hour’s boat ride brings you to the gardens of Drottningholm Palace, the pastoral residence of Sweden’s Royal Family.
Within the graceful architecture of this historic capital you will discover a cultural life of exceptional vitality and energy.
Stockholm has 24,000 islands of the skärgård (archipelago) protecting the urban islands from the open seas. The city is best seen from the water.
The metropolis of Stockholm, a statistical unit stretching through several municipalities, had a population of 1,695,946. As a capital, Stockholm is the site of the Government and the Parliament of Sweden. It is also the residence of the head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812. It was rebuilt along the lines of a miniature Saint Petersburg by the tsars of Russia. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel.
The best time to visit is in summer. This is when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine.
Helsinki’s current population is about 629,500. The Greater Helsinki region including the suburbs of the neighboring administrative areas has a population of over 1.3 million.
Energetic visitors can explore Central Helsinki on foot as it is a rather compact city. A combination of walking and public transportation might be most convenient to cover the sights in Helsinki.
Surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago, Helsinki is at its best in the summer. When the harmony between the city and nature is at its fullest.
Helsinki is a fun city to visit. Take your coat and warm boots for a winter visit and enjoy the snow. Alternatively go in summer when the sun hardly sets and stroll in the green parks until midnight.