June 14, 2013

Scandinavia: Coming Soon

Stockholm pharmacyWe’re in the process of designing private tours in Scandinavia that will bring the Artisans of Leisure style of travel to Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Contact us for more information. In the meantime, enjoy these photos taken by Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Leah Reilley during her recent scouting trip through the region.

In Sweden, Leah enjoyed touring Stockholm and the vicinity. Leah traced her ancestry to Stromsholm Palace, which is in the countryside outside Stockholm.

Stromsholm

Nearby is Bromma Church, which has incredible medieval frescoes inside.

Bromma church

Stockholm’s City Hall has spectacular golden mosaics.

City Hall Stockholm

The Nobel Prizes are awarded inside the City Hall. This is the place setting for the celebratory dinner.

City Hall Nobel dinner place setting

A more down-to-earth setting for a traditional meal of Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, potatoes and pickled cucumbers.

Stockholm Swedish cuisine

Skansen is an outdoor museum of traditional structures from across Sweden that depicts the way of life throughout various times in history.

Stockholm Leah

Many of the buildings house traditional shops, including a bakery.

Stockholm SkansenSwedish artisans make many different types of high-quality crafts, including glass, textiles and ceramics, which can be found in upscale boutiques such as Svensk Slojd and Svenskt Tenn.

crafts

Leah also visited Malmo, a city in southern Sweden with easy access to Denmark via the Oresund Bridge. The Turning Torso building, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is a landmark of Malmo.

Malmo Turning Torso

Like Stockholm, Copenhagen is surrounded by water, including the picturesque harbor of Nyhavn.

Copenhagen Nyhavn

Copenhagen’s Central Station combines the Dane’s most popular forms of transportation: trains and bicycles.

Copenhagen station

Copenhagen’s striking Opera House.

Copenhagen opera house

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a great day trip from the Danish capital. Art is displayed in small galleries and on park-like grounds that front the sea.

Louisia Art Museum

Iceland’s landscapes are truly breathtaking. Gullfoss Waterfall is distinctive because of its two tiers.

Iceland landscapes

The people at the bottom of Skogafoss Waterfall give scale.

Iceland waterfall

This homestead has a row of trees upslope to protect it from avalanches.

Iceland

A hotel and geothermal spa set among the rumpled landscape of ancient lava fields.

Iceland hotel

Leah above Kerid Crater in Iceland.

Crater lake in Iceland

Contact Artisans of Leisure to learn more about our private, customized luxury tours in Scandinavia.

Destinations:  Denmark, Europe, Iceland, Sweden

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