Three Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Copenhagen
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by Rebecca Thandi Norman
2M ago
Every spring, the cherry blossoms in Copenhagen transform pockets of the city into a picturesque wonderland of delicate pink blooms. The flowers typically blossom in April, turning some city parks and streets into a breathtaking display of natural beauty. The cherry blossom (sakura), the national flower of Japan, symbolizes clouds in Japanese culture due to the way they bloom all at once. That makes for an incredibly beautiful and sadly short flowering season; all the more reason to go see it while it’s happening. The concept of “Hanami” means to enjoy the ephemeral nature of flowers, usually ..read more
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How to See the Northern Lights in Iceland
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by Freya McOmish
6M ago
The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are among the great natural wonders of the world; a staple on many travellers’ wish lists. I first heard about the northern lights when reading someone else’s bucket list as a kid. I didn’t know what they were but decided that they must belong on my bucket list, along with such gems as “bake a soufflé” and “take the midnight train going anywhere”. What are the northern lights really? The bright dancing lights of the aurora are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth’s atmosphere. They’re sometimes ..read more
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How to Travel Between Copenhagen and Malmö
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by Scandinavia Standard
10M ago
Traveling between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden is easy, fast, and inexpensive. Similar to traveling between Stockholm and Copenhagen, or Copenhagen and Aarhus, there are a few ways to get there. The cities are connected by the Øresund Bridge (also called Öresund Bridge and Øresundsbroen), an 8 km cable-stayed bridge opened in 2000 that transitions into another 4 km of tunnel. Designed by engineering firm COWI and architect was George K.S. Rotne, the bridge is as beautiful as it is functional, offering a spectacular view of the Flinte Channel. The short distance between the two cities ..read more
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How to Use Public Transport in Reykjavik, Iceland
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by Anna Rosa Parker
10M ago
Not sure how to use public transportation in Reykjavik? It’s easy on foot when the weather allows, but during the colder months in Iceland it doesn’t feel entirely inviting, or when pulling luggage or carrying packages. The main form of transportation in Reykjavík is the bus, or Strætó as the locals call it. There is no metro, train or ferry service in Reykjavik. Luckily, the bus service is both accessible and affordable. The most extensive bus services are available within the capital city, Reykjavík, providing comprehensive coverage and frequent schedules. Need help getting around Reyk ..read more
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Scandi Stays: Filario Hotel on Lake Como, Italy
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by Rebecca Thandi Norman
10M ago
The words “Lake Como” may immediately conjure images of opulence and glamor, but Filario Hotel is opting for something a little more subdued: call it “quiet luxury,” as that’s exactly the atmosphere of this stunning hotel and residence located in the small town of Lezzeno about 15 kilometres northeast of Como and 50 kilometres north of Milan. Situated directly on the water, Hotel Filario has only 34 rooms, with an additional series of 45 apartments and small villas along the coast that are also part of the overall hotel. These can be rented for longer periods, ideal for families and large gath ..read more
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The Six Best and Most Scenic Hiking Trails in Finland
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by Hanna Riikka Rusanen
11M ago
Hiking in Finland offers fantastic views, incredible landscapes, and beautiful nature. Luckily, there are hikes of all kinds, including short hikes that can be done in a few hours, to multi-day hikes. Hanna Rusanen, a Finnish outdoor enthusiast, co-founder of Taivasalla and head of community for Merrell Hiking Club Finland, a female-led digital platform and community which aims to bring representation, inclusivity, and accessibility to the hiking world, has shared her top six hiking spots in Finland, so you can find the one that’s right for you. Hikers of all levels: there’s something on the l ..read more
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The Six Best and Most Scenic Hiking Trails in Sweden
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by Annelie Pompe
1y ago
Does Sweden have good hiking? Absolutely! The hikes in Sweden are scenic and often awe-inspiring. The best part? There are hiking trails of all kinds in Sweden, from the very difficult to the kinds of hikes that are possible for those in wheelchairs, with mobility impairments, with kids, or any other requirements you may have. If you want to know about the most beautiful hikes around Stockholm or the most challenging hikes across the country, these expert tips will set you on the right path (pun absolutely intended). We’ve included the length, duration, difficulty level, and when we recommend ..read more
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Where to Stay in Copenhagen: The Best Boutique Hotels
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by Sorcha McCrory
1y ago
Copenhagen is a city that champions the independent and charming, so it’s no wonder that there’s a veritable smörgåsbord of boutique hotels to choose from. This guide shows you the best to stay in, including the top places to stay for the best in Danish design and Scandi-chic interiors, spots next to and filled with the greatest (and hardest to find) Copenhagen architecture, New Nordic and Michelin-star restaurants, rooftop terraces, and cool bars, all in central Copenhagen locations. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Copenhagen, these are the best boutique hotels: Central Hotel & ..read more
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