Destination: Scandinavia

Our list of articles tagged with "Scandinavia."

October 1, 2018

Alesund: An Art Nouveau Jewel in Norway

Built on a series of small islands in an archipelago in the fjord region, Alesund is a jewel in Norway known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and proximity to one of the country’s most famous fjords, Geirangerfjord. Artisans of Leisure arranges in-depth private cultural and scenic touring in and around Alesund. Devastated by a […]

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May 2, 2017

Favorite Shop: Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm

For travelers interested in Scandinavian design and textiles, the Svenskt Tenn store in Stockholm is a must. Founded in 1924, Svenskt Tenn began as a pewter shop run by local art teacher Estrid Ericson and has since grown into one of Sweden’s most highly regarded design and textile shops. The store received the “Purveyor to […]

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March 15, 2017

Padaste Manor: Luxury and Style on Muhu Island in Estonia

Just off the west coast of Estonia is rural Muhu Island, an idyllic destination for luxury, relaxation and fine regional cuisine. The highlight of Muhu Island is beautiful Padaste Manor, one of our favorite resorts in the Baltics. Surrounded by a scenic landscape of forest, farmland, marsh and beach, Padaste Manor is a restored historic […]

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October 27, 2016

Must Experience: The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Iceland, “The Land of Fire and Ice,” is packed with dramatic natural features: the largest glaciers in Europe, several of the most active volcanoes in the world, rugged lava fields, bubbling geothermal pools, thundering waterfalls, jagged peaks and spouting geysers. One of Iceland’s most famous sights is the Blue Lagoon, a pale-blue slash of geothermal-heated […]

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February 3, 2016

Insider Iceland: Interview with an Iceland Travel Expert

Iceland has been one of our most popular destinations since we launched our private Iceland tours. Luke Pyenson, one of our Iceland travel specialists, has visited the country several times and closely studied its tourism industry while in graduate school. We chatted with Luke about what makes the island so compelling, and why he can’t stop […]

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January 11, 2016

Where Do You Want to Go This Year?

The start of the New Year is a great time to finalize travel plans for the next 12 months. Plan Something Wonderful… Here are some of our favorite tours for the coming year: • Luxuries of Switzerland & Italy • Classic Argentina • Highlights of India • Best of Vietnam & Cambodia • Highlights of Spain & Portugal • Classic South […]

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December 4, 2015

Iconic Image: Winter Light at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland

Stunningly beautiful Iceland is known for its unique, otherworldly landscapes including rugged hills, icy blue glaciers and black-sand beaches. But Iceland’s stylish capital city, Reykjavik, is also home to impressive cultural attractions, such as Harpa, the magnificent concert hall designed in part by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and opened in 2011. The mesmerizing glass-paneled facade […]

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October 27, 2015

Christmas Markets in Europe

We love visiting European cities during the holiday season, especially to visit the wonderful Christmas markets that take place throughout the region. The markets—which showcase local holiday traditions, seasonal cuisine, and regional crafts—are an amazing way to join in the local holiday cheer. Many cities in Europe—from Salzburg, Austria to Waterford, Ireland—have Christmas markets. Some […]

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July 31, 2015

Must Visit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Located along the peaceful coastline north of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of our favorite museums in Scandinavia and a highlight of the region. Named for the three wives of the estate’s 19th-century owner (all named Louise), the museum comprises a beautiful sculpture park, galleries displaying modern and contemporary American and European […]

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May 28, 2015

Plan Now: Dream Summer Trips

From summer festivals in Japan to al fresco dining and luxury seaside resorts in the Mediterranean, summer is a wonderful time to travel in many of our destinations. Need ideas for an amazing last-minute vacation? We’ve selected a few of our favorite tours that are sure to inspire: • Journey Through Italy • Best of Ireland & […]

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April 26, 2015

Top Picks for Scandinavia & the Baltic States Tours

We’ve recently launched new private tours featuring the very best of Scandinavia and the Baltic States. This is one of our favorite parts of the world, and we’re excited to offer tours that incorporate our unique expertise and perspective on Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The comprehensive private tours include exclusive access […]

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March 12, 2015

A Visit to the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland

One of our favorite excursions from Helsinki is to the Iittala glass factory. We can arrange a private tour of the factory to watch artisans creating the glass vases, tableware and objets d’art that are synonymous with modern Finnish design. This tour is especially recommended for collectors of Oiva Toikka—designed Iittala annual birds, eggs and other works of art. All of the vases designed by master Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, including the iconic Savoy vase, are made in the main factory.

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February 11, 2015

Must Experience: A Private Tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle

Artisans of Leisure arranges private Iceland tours including Reykjavik and the Golden Circle. Visit Geysir geothermal area, Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO site. Diving, farm visits, hiking also. Iceland tours, luxury Iceland tours

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December 30, 2014

Must Visit: Rosendals Tradgard in Stockholm, Sweden

If you want to experience Stockholm as the locals do, we recommend visiting Rosendals Tradgard, one of our favorite places in the Swedish capital. Located on the leafy island of Djurgarden—which is also home to major cultural sites such as the Vasa Museet and the Skansen open-air museum—Rosendals is a large garden and one of […]

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December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Gift: One-of-a-kind Tours for Everyone on Your List

This holiday season, spoil family members and friends with the ultimate gift of an Artisans of Leisure tour. Here’s a selection of new tours and perennial favorites that are sure to inspire and delight every sophisticated traveler on your list: • For foodies… Who wouldn’t want to eat their way through a Vietnam for Foodies tour, […]

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June 14, 2013

Private Scandinavia Tours

Our private Scandinavia tours bring the Artisans of Leisure style of travel to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Here are a few of our favorite destinations and activities in the region. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a wonderful introduction to Scandinavia. The beautiful city is built on several islands, and we usually recommend taking […]

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