If travel books and Google are to be believed, the first thing any visitor to Helsinki should do is take a ferry to the historic fortress of Suomenlinna and then check out an underground rock church – and why not munch on blueberries and Carelian pies while doing it. Those sites are iconic for a reason, of course, and...

I first fell in love with Sweden when I came here in 1996 for the first time and in 2012 decided that I had one more move left in me before settling down. The one thing that I have learned in Sweden is that no matter how much you think you know about this country there is always some beautiful part waiting to be...

Nobody comes to Tromsø expecting a city, but it’s likely that few people are prepared for just how vast and varied the area of northern Norway is.  With a population of 70,000, the capital of the Arctic is a shining jewel of a town that shimmers when the aurora borealis weaves its way through the skies in winter, and...

If you are visiting the north side of the country of Iceland and want to do some exploring then Eyjafjardardalur is a place you should definitely have a look at. Last weekend I visited Akureyri, which is located on the north side of the country, around 380 KM from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, with my family. We...

In the brief few days before the summer tourist season officially begins, the port town of Hanko on Finland’s south coast, three hours by train from Helsinki, is just as quiet as it is in winter. A population of a little over nine thousand goes a long way to ensuring that all is sleepy and still; certainly, it is...

If you haven’t heard of Trapped, (or Ófærð in Icelandic) then don’t worry: it’s more than likely on its way to you already. The new Icelandic crime series has screened on the BBC, in France and distribution rights have now been sold to the US. Yep, it seems like our hunger for The Killing is far from...

You might know Van Badham as a writer from The Guardian, or maybe you’ve seen one of her numerous plays performed around the world. Failing that, you may also remember her as the woman responsible for that eye roll when she went head to head with a former politician who really doesn’t deserve to be named here. As for...

Sunshine in Bergen is not something to be taken lightly. As any Scandinavian knows, the winters have a stranglehold on the lives of those in the north, which is softened only in some parts by the beauty that is the aurora borealis (northern lights). And, as any Scandinavian knows, summer does not always mean a...

Magnus Meyer has something most of us will never get. The 21-year-old lives in Aarhus, the second-largest city in the happiest country in the world. Out of all the 45 joyous cities that make up Denmark, Aarhus is the happiest of happy, making it onto Reader’s Digest’s top four list. According to the Reader’s Digest...

Oslo is such a tired city. My first thoughts upon arriving in the Norwegian capital were merely an echo of what I had already been told by many other Norwegians, Europeans and travellers alike. It’s easy – and almost forgivable – to see why. For a country characterised by its majestic fjords, magical skies and...