Conscious luxury at Villa Copenhagen

Originally the Danish Post and Telegraph office from 1912 has been transformed into a 21st century grand hotel. Villa Copenhagen, situated in the city centre, close to Tivoli, opened only a few months ago. Designed in the historical Neo-Baroque style, the building has been brought back to its former glory. But it's not all about luxury. Villa Copenhagen has made a conscious decision to be...

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The world’s most beautiful sauna, tucked away in Norway

Taking a hot sauna after a dip in the deep blue lake, in an award winning architectural fairytale of a building, designed to echo the surrounding dramatic landscape, is far more than just a Instagram worthy moment. The sauna is a substainsial part of the Nordic culture, with communal local 'badehus' being in use until most homes got their own modern facilities. The Soria Moria sauna was thought...

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Ferry crossing between Kiel and Oslo reopened

It was a step closer to normality on Wednesday 15th of July, when Colour Line reopened its ferry route between Kiel, Germany and Oslo, Norway. The ferry had been running for a while, but only as a two day cruise experience, with travellers being unable to disembark the ship during the journey. We were among the first as we left Oslo on the 16th of July. The ferry operates as before, with some...

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Back to basics in minimalist cabin in Norway

The complexities of modern life will recede into the distance with a stay at Larsestølen in Skurdalen near to Norways oldest ski resort Geilo. Historically the mountain cabin was where farmgirls would spend theirs summers, herding the farm animals during the warmer months. Today, old meets new as the small log-house has been upgraded with a modern style extension. The panoramic...

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How to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Scandinavia

Do we celebrate Valentine's Day in Scandinavia? Already in the 60s, florists in the Nordic countries, inspired by their American counterparts, began to promote Valentine's Day. Albeit a slow start, Scandinavians have cautiously started warming up to the new tradition and today many couples celebrate Valentine's Day with cards, flowers and presents as well as dining at romantic...

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A perfect hideaway, in Copenhagen.

Take a peek inside! The most opulent private residence, in Copenhagen, situated in a historical building, with a timeless colour pallet kept in neutral shades of creams, olive and ochre and the rooms are adorned with timeless Danish midcentury design, vintage finds and artwork. Decadent yet personable. Like from another era... But what if I told you, this once upon a time, grand private home, is...

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Finland, the land of a thousand lakes

Mythical, magical and perhaps best known for its unspoilt nature with a vast forest landscape, dotted with freshwater lakes, so numerous that they have given this country the nickname “the land of a thousand lakes”. In fact, Finland has more lakes in relation to a country's size than any other, with water making up ten percent of the land. With a population of 5.5 million...

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3 Top Unique Stays in Norway in 2020.

Go off the beaten track and visit historical Norway, surrounded by nature. Here are a few picks of private home-away-from-home rentals from the Airbnb website, with some truly unique stays, for a private and memorable holiday experience. Fosse House in the Fjords of Norway The Fosse house is situated on the West coast of Norway, by the famous Hardanger Fjord in a historical setting. This is a...

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Flying shame: how to travel from the UK to Scandinavia by train.

Train in Sweden. Photo: Kasper Dudzik/SJ Forget about Hygge, Fika and Lagom. The new Scandi buzz word we all need to know seem to be Flygskam, which is Swedish for 'flying shame'. According to study by the European Commissions, flying from London to New York and back generates roughly the same level of emissions as the average person in the EU does by heating their home for a whole year. 'Flying...

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Treehouse Holidays in Norway

Himmelhytta / The Sky Hut på Tretopphytter. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the woodland and fulfill a childhood dream by spending the night in a treehouse in a faraway land. For a romantic getaway or for a unforgettable family holiday. With all modern facilities the self catering cabins are all set several meters above the ground with impeccable nature views. These are some of the best...

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