I have one day/night to plan, using public transport between Hovmantorp (where I'll be seeing in Midsommar with friends) and Malmö. Sunday 21st June, and the morning of the Monday. What do you think the best use of that 24h/230km would be? I love wilderness and wild space, amazing sights and strange experiences. Anything "different" or inherently Swedish. I have a relatively low budget and I'm limited to public transport. [more inside]
Heya. The wife and I are staying for two nights in each of Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. We'd like something very centrally located and though we'd pay more to stay somewhere nice/cool, price is a little bit of a concern. Don't want to sacrifice comfort, though. Any tips from you guys?
Wife and I are planning a Scandinavia trip, mostly wanting to see Sweden & Norway, but wouldn't mind working in Denmark and Finland, time permitting (12 days). We want to see some of the cities (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen) but also really want to see some of the way-out stuff up north, the hidden gems. Any recs on companies to work with, places we simply cannot miss, any kind of cool day cruises (boats!) and maybe most importantly, some real out of the way stuff that shines?
It looks like I'll be spending March in Iceland. I'd like to take two weekend trips to Europe while I'm there - departing Friday morning, returning late Sunday evening. If I can only visit two of the cities listed above, which two would you recommend (in order of priority), and why? What one to two places or experiences should I not miss? Also, is there anyplace within about 3.5 hours' flying time of Reykjavik I have overlooked? [more inside]
I remember something on the blue, likely last year, about a day's long video of a boat sailing somewhere in Scandinavia. Thought it might be Christmas related. Does anybody have a link to last year's or even better whether they're doing it this year?
Scandinavia has a variety of potato called almond. It's small, extremely mealy and delicate, and has a slightly sweet, buttery flavour; it's utterly delicious. I have been looking for this variety in the US (specifically, New York), but I'm coming up short. Is there a place to find it, or is there an American variety that is comparable?
I’m teaching a thematic unit entitled “Human Rights and International Women’s Lives” in a first-year college English course. To complete the reading list, I’m in search of a well-written article or essay on gender equality in a place where women’s rights are comparatively advanced—probably the Scandinavian countries. Anything on social policy, actual women’s lives, or the intersection of the two would be great. Recommendations? [more inside]
A girlfriend and I are planning on going to Europe over Christmas. Based on places we haven't been, we're debating spending ten days in either, a) Scandinavia (Norway/ Sweden/ Finland/ Denmark), or, b) flying to Paris and then to Morocco. Which option is best? More info below... [more inside]
My wife and I will be traveling to Scandinavia for a trip shortly (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) – what's the best option for us to have internet access considering our phones are locked to ATT? [more inside]
I'm planning to be in Iceland this June and would love suggestions for where else I should go in Scandinavia (or the Baltic states) to spend the midsummer weekend. I'll be traveling solo and I don't know anyone there. If it helps, I'm not so much into dancing but I really like food! [more inside]
We're booking flights from the US to Scandinavia soon, with the trip planned for late May 2014. I'm getting confusing guidance about when it's best to buy trip/travel insurance from a third party vendor (i.e. not our airline). [more inside]
Every other year I throw a Nordic-themed winter solstice party to welcome the return of the sun. In addition to Nordic foods like Herring, meatballs, and Swedish fish I like to play music from the north. I want to branch out from Bjork, Sibelius and Abba. I have already downloaded the album from Árstíðir which was featured on metafilter. Can you suggest musicians/songs/bands/composers from Nordic countries (or from Arctic regions) that are sung in their native language rather than English?
We're planning a three-week trip to Scandinavia next summer, with the Vikings legends as our guide. But, um, where do we find Vikings? [more inside]
A friend of mine is going to move to Sweden next month. I would like to give him a book with vegan/vegetarian Swedish (or Scandinavian) recipes. The book can be in English, German or Swedish. Any suggestions? PS. In relation to this question what is the best place to buy Swedish books. It seems like there is nothing like Amazon over there.
It's a Scandinavian film, though I don't precisely remember which country. The colour palette is faded greeny greys and faded pink. It has a grainy look. It's basically vignettes from ordinary life which are somehow absurd or sureally disappointing. There are lifts, staircases, cafes, offices...one scene is a couple in bed, she is a big blonde woman, he a rather scrawny man, all the time they are having sex she's telling him something heartfelt and meaningful and completely off topic... the scene is hilarious and pathetic at the same time. There is another scene of a young married couple starting their life together, talking of their hopes and their romance. It's supposed to be in their bedroom but the set is a moving train with one wall removed, so one wall is a continuously changing vista. The train stops and they get off in a crowd of friends and relations at the station; later in the film a different couple have the same names, ambiguously. Does anyone have a title, so I can find the DVD?
What time of year and what location is feasible for having a wedding in Northern Europe, given that we aren't averse to snow and want to have a small ceremony? [more inside]
Scandinavia travel - two weeks from Copenhagen to Stockholm and back again. Train or car rental? [more inside]
I read a fiction trilogy in the 1990s. The first book was set in Britain (or England), the second in a Scandinavian country (Norway or Sweden), and the third in the USA. What was the trilogy? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good book about the Scandinavia to Midwest America immigrant experience (non-fiction). [more inside]
Bedbugs! I'm staying with a friend and just found out that she might have them. I've already stayed two nights. Should I stay a third? Should I put all my stuff in the heaters, even if it will get damaged? Questions inside. [more inside]
My spouse and I are heading to Northern Europe toward the end of the summer, and we'll be staying for 2 1/2 weeks. We'll be landing in Copenhagen and staying for five days, but we haven't planned beyond that. Where else should we go? [more inside]
I'm looking for Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian) Q&A web sites. They can be in any language, and all topics have interest. [more inside]
I'm going on a trip in June to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm to study corporate social responsibility and business ethics. I'm meeting with about a dozen companies but but I am still looking for a software company headquartered there to visit with and interview. Does anyone know of a software company HQ'ed in one of the aforementioned cities with a strong CSR program?
I want to spend my summer exploring Europe, through some combination of hitchhiking, walking, public transportation, couchsurfing, camping, and hostels. What should I know? How can I finance this trip? [more inside]
What should I do and read in Gothenburg? [more inside]
Fun things to do in Scandinavia in June. Itinerary inside! [more inside]
I'd like to know more about social, cultural and economic differences between Scandinavian countries. I've seen this and have a few acquaintances that introduced me to national stereotypes, but I'm sure it gets more complex. How does life really vary across Scandinavia?
Compared to the United States, how difficult is it for patients in Scandinavian countries (or Europe in general) to obtain their legally prescribed opiates? (i.e. are there the same, more or fewer hurdles?) [more inside]
Mobile Internet access options in Scandinavia? For a foreigner, preferably no long term contract. [more inside]
Where can I find inexpensive Scandinavian garden candles in the U.S.? [more inside]
I'm looking for resources on doing paid farm work (preferably in Scandinavia, but anywhere else in Europe is fine, too). [more inside]
Moving around in the EU - how about them fjords there? [more inside]
My friend is a singer/songwriter who would like to tour Scandinavia. How would he go about doing this? [more inside]
Somewhere in the office chatter I agreed to bring food from my "culture" to an office happy hour Friday. I'm a European mutt with let's say a Scandinavian plurality. Any recommendations on something I could pick up at the average supermarket? [more inside]
When talking, Danes sometimes make a quick gasping noise that's very distinctive but difficult to describe. Can anyone explain this odd habit? Does it have a name? (More details inside.) [more inside]
Help me find a short story published in Harpers in the last two years. [more inside]
Please help me find a picture (or the name, or the site) of a surreal scandinavian forestation machine. It's a huge machine on 6 or 8 legs - looks just like a spider - with the cabin nested in the middle and one huge scorpion-like arm for lifting tree trunks. Rings a bell? [more inside]
Scandinavia. Any travel tips? Must-sees? Ways to avoid vacating my savings account while I'm there? [...] [more inside]