Copenhagen, Denmark - Boasting stunning modern architecture, world-class restaurants and cutting edge design, Copenhagen has much to offer visitors.
Canals, lakes and the sea form the backdrop to modern Copenhagen and are a reminder of the city's heritage as a major Baltic port. Despite being the largest city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen nevertheless retains a disarmingly provincial, small-town atmosphere. Gabled houses, narrow streets and delicate spires add it its appeal.
Stockholm, Sweden - Sweden’s capital – a Nordic vision of waterways, parks and spire-filled skylines – is justifiably renowned as one of the most handsome cities in Europe. Spread over no less than 14 islands and surrounded by literally thousands of smaller, rocky islets, it combines the drama and open skies of Scandinavia with the verve, dynamism and urban cool of Western Europe.
Tallin, Estonia - Tallinn boasts the kind of stunning chocolate box old town that Disney executives can only dream of, all cobbles, castles and church spires, laced with an eye-catching smorgasbord of medieval and baroque architecture.
Estonia's capital city, tucked right up at the northeastern extremity of Europe on the shores of the Baltic Sea, has been hailed as the ‘New Prague' and justifiably so, though it is more compact and easier to get around.
St Petersburg, Russia - The centuries have been kind to the former capital of the Russian Empire – St Petersburg looks as grand today as when Peter the Great laid the foundation stones in 1703. From his cabin on Petrogradskaya Storona, the Russian emperor invited Europe’s leading architects to fill the streets with extravagant palaces and elegant Baroque cathedrals. Today, the historic centre is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the grand palaces of the Romanovs at Peterhof, Pushkin and Pavlovsk.
Kiel, Germany - Kiel has a long shipbuilding and naval tradition but today it is characterised by its vibrant student scene, laid-back lifestyle and urban flair. You can sense this atmosphere from the city's beautiful setting on the Kiel Fjord, its modern and spacious city centre and Dänische Strasse, a street of late-19th century buildings full of maritime charm in the heart of Kiel.
Hellesyl tgeiranger, Norway - Here the great outdoors reigns supreme so nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will be in their element. Drive up the winding roads to panoramic locations that offer a view of mountains, glaciers and crystal lakes.
Sample authentic produce such as cheeses and cured hams in the idyllic mountain farms that nestle between beautiful Nordic forests and fjords. The Herdal Summer Farm has been in continuous operation for 300 years and will prove a memorable outing for adults as well as children.
Oslo, Norway - Eclectic architecture showing off the legendary Scandinavian flair for design, a buzzing party scene and a wealth of top-class museums and galleries have made Oslo Norway’s cultural capital as well as its political one. With its late-night shopping, crowded cafés and restaurants, and theatres playing to full houses, Oslo has a self-assured and vibrant feel perfect for a city break. But don’t be fooled by the cosmopolitan atmosphere; Oslo’s suburbs are forested, semi-rural gems where hiking, swimming and even skiing are on offer.
Flam, Norway - Set in picture-postcard scenery at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, the Norwegian town of Flam boasts one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe.
The railway, opened in 1923, is one of the steepest standard gauge railways in the world, climbs over 3,000 feet to the ancient town of Voss and offers magnificent views over the valley. Just over 12 miles long, you’ll see rivers cutting through deep ravines and waterfalls cascading down the sides of snow-capped mountains.
Stavanger, Norway - Boomtown Stavanger is one of Norway’s most diverting cities, its cobweb of narrow streets rolling over a series of rocky promontories. Stavanger is also a short boat ride from some of the country’s most dramatic mountain scenery, where craggy peaks lour over deep, black-blue fjords.
First and foremost, Stavanger is an oil town; its offshore oilfields have attracted workers from every corner of the globe, resulting in an international city. This fuels a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and on long, summer days, Stavanager’s quays throng with revellers.