Saturday, 19 December 2009

London City Copenhagen Flights

Cimber Sterling is pulling out of the crowded Gatwick - Copenhagen market (where it has been up against easyJet and Norwegian) and will instead fly to and from London City.

SAS has recently announced it will stop flying between London City and Copenhagen.

When SAS closes its route between London City Airport and Copenhagen, in the spring 2010, Cimber Air will be moving its London route from Gatwick to London City Airport in the heart of London.

"We had already sought slots at London City, so we would be ready to move into if the opportunity arose. And it does now, when SAS withdraws, " said Bjarne Rasmussen, sales and marketing director Cimber Air. "We have a clear expectation that our customers - both business travelers and those who must leave the city, will appreciate that we now move to the inner city."

Cimber Air will fly to London City Airport twice daily. You can not operate larger aircraft at The Docklands airport, so Cimber Sterling will operate propeller-type ATR with room for 46 passengers. Cimber is well aware of the airport when it has flown the route for SAS since the Dash-8 aircraft were grounded.

Cimber Air continues to fly between Billund and Gatwick, twice daily, Monday to Friday.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Nordic Travel Deals

It's sale time !

All on the same day I have just got emails from SAS, Iceland Express and Hotel Connect telling me about their great Scandinavia travel deals :

  • Hotel Connect - Hotel Connect Buy 2 Stay 3 on Christmas market hotels. Stockholm and Copenhagen are included in the promotion as well as a host of other European cities. Shame not to see Gothenburg on the list. It's great for Christmas time.
  • SAS - SAS have got the start of 2010 on sale. Fly from the fifth of Jan until the fifteenth of March 2010. One way flights start at £59 one way and that is for Gatwick to Bergen as well as Manchester / Heathrow to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Other routes include Scandinavia from Heathrow, Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham (only Copenhagen) and Newcastle (only Stavanger). Book Now.
  • Iceland Express - last but not least and with the shortest booking period is Iceland Express. They are offering flights to Reykjavik from London Stansted and Gatwick for £55 each way. Flights up until the 15th December. Maybe a chance to see The Northern Lights ? Bookings at this special price only at and only until midnight (GMT) on Friday 20th November.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Iceland Express to start New York flights

It seems New York might be getting regular visits from Icelandic low cost carrier Iceland Express before long.

Iceland Express New York Flights

Iceland Express are expected to officially announce that they will be offering flight to The big apple to Europe with a stop (or stopover) in Reykjavik.

No word on prices or schedule yet.

Obama travels to Nordic Region

Barack Obama is on the way to Scandinavia.
On Friday, he will fly to Copenhagen - to help his hometown Chicago get the Summer Olympics 2016.

Yesterday the White House confirmed that Barack Obama will visit Copenhagen on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee, IOC are meeting to decide whether Tokyo, Madrid, Rio or Chicago will host the summer Olympics 2016 - and the U.S. president wants to give his old hometown as much help as he can.
- He decided last weekend that he would be there and do what he can, says adviser Valerie Jarrett to NBC.
It has long been known that Michelle Obama would be coming, but now it turns out she will be joined by her husband.
- The president does not want to leave anything to chance, "says Jarrett.
Whether the Obama couple would be taking Air Force One away for the weekend and make a little holiday out of it is not known, but the Copenhagen residents can count on tight security and flight passengers flying from Copenhagen on Friday should check in early as there might be delays and extra security checks!

It is also thought that both the president and king of Spain will be in Copenhagen to support the Madrid bid.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Win a northern lights cruise

Visit Norway and Hurtigruten are giving away an Arctic Highlights cruise in a free to enter online competition. Here is the competition entry form and here are more details on this fantastic sounding cruise which departs from Tromso, Norway and travels north in search for Aurora Borealis.

UK and Eire residents only.

Competition closing date 12th March 2010.

Good Luck !

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Iceland Express Stansted flights

Iceland Express is to resume its London Stansted to Reykjavik, Iceland flights.

Well, that decision hasn't been reversed but the Stansted flights are coming back ! From next summer Iceland Express will be flying from Stansted to Reykjavik twice a week with a convenient Friday and Monday - ideal for a long weekend in Iceland.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Win a holiday to Iceland

The prize features:

* Return flights from London to Reykjavik and return airport transfers.
* 2 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel including breakfast each day.
* Super Quad Biking, Snowmobiling and RIB glacial lagoon activities.

If you fancy taking a spectacular adventure packed trip to a unique setting in Iceland just answer the following question correctly...

Question: What is written on the military briefcase situated in G.I. Joe headquarters?

a. Command
b. Mars
c. General
To enter simply email us at (make sure you keep or enter ' G.I. Joe Competition ' in the subject line in the email). Don't forget to include your name, address and mobile/daytime contact number along with your answer!

Closing date: Monday 7th September 2009.

Get more competitions with holidays as prizes at

Monday, 17 August 2009

Dave goes to Skane erm Skåne

Opinionated Londoner Dave takes a visit to Malmo erm Malmö

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Iceland flights from Birmingham

Hot rumour :

Iceland Express is to start flying from Birmingham (UK) to Reykjavik from summer 2010.

You heard it hear first ;)

Friday, 7 August 2009

Win a holiday to Finland

If you have ever wanted to visit Tampere, Finland here is a chance to go for free.
You could win flights from London, 3 nights hotel, dinner and a city tour.

The comp is at the Time Out website

Competition Closes on 23rd August 2009.

Good Luck

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Billund Airport 2009 Passengers Down

During the first six months of 2009, Billund Airport lost over 10% of its passengers compared to last year. Despite being home to Legoland, Denmark Billund which is Denmark's second biggest airport has lost passengers in all sectors - in part due to the loss of Sterling Airlines. There are flights to Billund from Cimber Sterling, BA, KLM and Ryanair among others - though curiously the airport is not served by the Scandinavian flag carrier SAS.

In July 2009 Billund had 282,000 passengers a reduction of approximately 33,000 compared to last year, according to recent figures from Denmark's second largest airport.
Thebiggest decline was in domestic traffic which fell by 17% to 10,000, charter traffic was down 13% to 131,000, while traffic on international routes fell 8% to 139,000.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Iceland to join EU - affect on travel

It's still a good while away, but it seems as though Iceland will be joining the European Union.

From a travel perspective, this might :

  • Make flights a bit cheaper - if flight taxes are classed as EU rather than non-EU as now. There are proposals to change UK aviation duty though so don't count on this.
  • Make it a bit more convenient to go to Iceland, currency wise - you will be able to spend Euros.
  • Mean you will no longer be able to enjoy duty free goods when flying to and from Iceland, as now.

Cheaper flights to Helsinki

PING!, Email from SAS thougt I would share. Also look at this flight comparison though as easyJet is also doing Helsinki flights but from Gatwick. Helsinki is in the Euro zone and wasn't cheap to start with so I'm not suprised there is a flight sale on!

"SAS/Blue1 have just reduced their price from London Heathrow to Helsinki; you can now save 15% on flights*. London Heathrow - Helsinki before £69 - NOW £59 one-way! Hurry, sale ends on Monday! Book Now.

Not only that, but you can get a 2 for 1 Audio City Tour (worth £22) to explore the capital. Read more. And remember, kids get 25% discount.

* Fares incl. taxes and charges. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Travel period: 1 August – 30 September 2009.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Icelandair Glasgow & Manchester Flights

Icelandair is pleased to announce increased service from Glasgow and Manchester to Iceland and Icelandair’s connecting North American destinations from 25 September 2009. The increased service adds two flights per week to the current autumn/winter schedule from both Glasgow and Manchester. The increased service operates four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will operate as a "triangle route" using the following routing: Reykjavik (KEF) – Manchester (MAN) – Glasgow (GLA) – Reykjavik (KEF). The schedule fits into Icelandair’s "hub and spoke" system, allowing passengers to connect onwards to Icelandair’s North American destinations. The connection times to North America are short, resulting in elapsed flying times comparable or better than the competition.

Flight departs Reykjavik at 08:00, arriving Manchester at 11:35. Flight departs Manchester at 12:25, arriving Glasgow at 13:30. Flight departs Glasgow at 14:20, arriving Reykjavik at 15:40. These times allow for short and convenient connections to/from Icelandair’s destinations in the United States and Canada.

Monday, 6 July 2009

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Monday, 29 June 2009

Win a holiday to Denmark

Here's a chance to win a holiday to Denmark including ferry travel with DFDS from Harwich in Esssex. It's a motorhome holiday and there is one question to enter for your chance to win.

They are asking how many kilometres of coastline does Denmark have ?

Enter here

This competition closes on 1st July.

If you like free to enter competitions with holidays / flights as prizes check out win holiday

Friday, 12 June 2009

Jamie Oliver and Scandic Hotels

Apparently Jamie Oliver has designed the kids menu at Scandic Hotels.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Win a trip to Reykjavik

Win a weekend break in Iceland

Spotted a chance to win a free holiday to Reykjavik (UK only) with flights and hotel for 2 people over a weekend. 

The comp is here and is being run by the cartridge people, who sell printer ink cartridges, paper, that sort of thing.

Closing date for entries is 31st July 2009.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Legoland Billund

Been looking for information on travelling to Legoland in Denmark and found this page from DFDS

For 2009 Legoland is now a major resort because it is combined with Lalandia, an amazing destination for family holidays with a superb aquadome and excellent facilities including bowling, a huge lego room, tennis, face painting, archery etc etc.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Under 21 Euro football in Sweden

U21 Euro football cup

What dates are the UEFA under 21 finals games in Sweden ?

The U21 final tournament will be held in Sweden in June 2009. The UEFA Under 21 Football Championship Final will be played in Malmö.  The tournament will be from 15th June - 29th June.

Which Teams will be playing

For the finals there are two groups :
In group A - Sweden, Belarus, Italy and Serbia
In group B - Spain, Germany, England, Finland

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Iceland Express change from Stansted to Gatwick

Just a quick reminder that it's only a couple of weeks until Iceland Express flights from London to Reykjavik (KEF) will be departing and arriving from London Gatwick (LGW) instead of London Stansted (STN). The first day at Gatwick for Iceland Express is the first of May 2009.

Under 21 football finals in Malmo

Only a couple of months to go until the UEFA Under 21 football finals 2009 in Sweden.

The new stadium at Malmö is ready and looking good. As often happens when a new stadium envigorates a football club, the local team Malmö FF have had a good start to the season, winning 3 and drawing 1 in the "AllSvenskan" league.

In the city of Malmö now there is a countdown clock for the kick off the first game.
To get to Malmo and southern Sweden, get a flight to Copenhagen with Cimber Sterling, SAS or good old Bristish Airways. You can also drive and sail from Harwich in Essex to Esbjerg in Denmark with DFDS.

Here are the fixtures that will be hed in the new Malmö stadium :

16 June 2009 - Sweden V Belarus
19 June 2009 - Belarus V Serbia
23 June 2009 - Serbia V Sweden
29 June 2009 - Final

The England fixtures for the U21 tournament are

15 June 2009 - England V Finland played in Halmstad
18 June 2009 - Spain V England played in Gothenburg
22 June 2009 - Germany V England played in Halmstad

To buy tickets, an English speaking phone line is at +46-(0)77-170 70 70

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Iceland Express Discount !

Because Iceland Express is changing it's London departure point from Stansted to Gatwick for it's flights to Reykjavik they have put a promotion on flights departing in May on the "new" route.

Book before : 26th April 2009

Travel : any dates in May 2009

Price : From £49pp each way - including taxes and charges.

Important : I've checked this out and you have to click on the link about the £49 flights to get them. There was good availability when I looked £2 out and £8 in, both before tax. Compared to doing a normal search which was much more expensive so use the link !

Going to Iceland is an amazing experience. Here are a couple of my photos from a trip I was lucky enough to go in last summer. . . 

Fly SAS to Copenhagen and get a freebie

SAS have swapped their free city card offer from Stockholm flights to Copenhagen flights. I've put the UK offer below but I belive this offer is valid on all routes to Copenhagen except flights from within Scandinavia.

Book a SAS flight to Stockholm and get a free Copenhagen city card.
Below, I have copied SAS's lowest one way fares but you do have to book a return to get the offer.

London Heathrow  fromBirmingham from 
London City fromAberdeen from
Manchester from

To get the free CPH card you have to :
  • Book a return SAS ticket to Copenhagen to travel between April 1 and May 31, 2009.
  • Present your ticket itinerary when picking up your card at Copenhagen Airport Service Center, 
    Terminal 3 in the arrival hall to the left just after having cleared customs.
    Opening hours : daily from 0600am - 1100pm.
When flying with SAS you don't get meals or drinks in economy but you do get to put your luggage in the hold without a fee, choose your seat online and they do have a child discount.
Another option for flights to Copenhagen is Cimber Sterling who fly from Edinburgh and Gatwick.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Win a trip to Finland

Win a trip to Helsinki

No such thing as a free lunch ?. Have a look at win holiday and you might start to disagree. Every day they list a free to enter online competition with a holiday or flights as prize.

Here's one they tipped us off about :

You could win 3 nights at the Hotel Klaus K in Helsinki. The hotel is a state of the art design hotel in the heart of Helsinki.

You will also get finnair flights from the UK and a dinner one night at Restaurant Saaga as well as a Helsinki card which is one of those cards that gives you free access / queue jumping to most of the main attractions in a city.

Full Details and entry form at CNtraveller

Enter before the 28th April.

Good Luck !

Friday, 10 April 2009

Cheaper car hire in Sweden

Car Hire in Sweden offer (from the masses of Email I am trawling through now) that I spotted that might be worth a look if you are coming to Scandinavia this summer.

15% off car hire in Sweden. This offer is from AVIS and here is the details.

Basically, have the car rental in June, July and August but book before end April.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Iceland flights from Seattle

Icelandair has announced a new route. . .

From July 2009 they will be flying direct from Reykjavik (KEF) to Seattle (SEA).

There will be four flights a week and connections will be offered to other Nordic capitals - Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. Icelandair will be selling flights from London to Seattle when the new service starts. Flights from Manchester will also be offered, but the timetable requires an overnight stop in Reykjavik (great!)

It's good to a new route and some positive news after all the doom and gloom surrounding the US and Icelandic economies of late.

I've only ever heard good things about Seattle as a tourist destination so a holiday combining Seattle with Iceland could be a wonderful experience.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Free Stockholm City Card

SAS have sent out an email with a decent offer.
Book a flight to Stockholm and get a free Stockholm city card.
These are the lowest one way fares but you have to book a return to get the offer.

London Heathrow from
Stockholm £59
London City from
Stockholm £66
Manchester from
Stockholm £58

To get the card you have to ....
  • Book a return SAS ticket to Stockholm to travel between 01/Mar/09 and 30/Apr/09.
  • When you arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, present your SAS ticket/itinerary at
    the Visitor Centre in Terminal 5 and receive your free card. The Visitor Centre is open
    7 days a week, from 6am to midnight.Pick up the card at Arlanda Visitor Center in
    Terminal 5 arrival hall.
Here's some more info on the Stockholm card :

The Stockholm Card is amazingly extensive, offering a thorough selection of the best that Stockholm has to offer in terms of attractions and sights. Ride the subway, the bus or a streetcar. Browse excellent museums with art, aristocrats, world heritage, Vikings, the Nobel Prize, technology, and design. The city is yours.

The Stockholm Card includes:

  • Free admission to 75 museums and sights
  • Free public transportation - underground, buses and local trains
  • Guidebook in English including maps
  • Bonus offers

Max. 3 children's cards per adult card (Children ages 7 - 17).
Offer is applicable for a 24 hrs card.

SAS have a sale on flights to over 60 Scandinavia destinations until 22 March.

Win Scandinavian food in London

If you fancy winning lunch at a Scandinavian inspired restaurant in London, here's your chance.

Courtesy of Madsen Restaurant you could soon be sampling herring or smørrebrød if you are the lucky winner of an easy to enter online competition.

The prize is a lunch for 2 worth £40.
Valid 12-16 hrs, Monday to Friday until 1 June.

Entry form at

Closing Date 11th April 2009

Monday, 16 March 2009

Valid Isango Promotion Code

If you are booking trips or tours with this year you might want to take advantage of this promotional code I have just been sent : CJHLNAK

This should give you 7% off anything you buy and is valid for purchases until the end of May 2009

isango have a great range of trips and excursions across the Nordic region and their website is well worth a look for inspiration

Happy Travels !

Sunday, 15 March 2009


Just looking through the 50 best travel websites list in The Independent on Sunday and noticed that the only tourist board site on the list belongs to a Nordic country. It's which is the official tourist organisation website for Gothenburg and the surrounding area.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Largest Red Nose in the world on DFDS ship

The DFDS ship, m.s. KING of SCANDINAVIA has what is believed to be the largest red nose in the world. DFDS, which sails between Harwich in Essex and Esbjerg in Denmark reckons they have implemented the largest red nose in the world, ever!

Find out more and watch a video

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Romantic Scandinavian hotels

I posted a quick article on the Clarion in Stockholm making it into a top ten hotels list yesterday but have also noticed a couple of Nordic Hotels in the top ten most romantic hotels !

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki - Five Star. A 19th Century hotel 100 metres from Helsinki cathedral. Marble bathrooms are equipped with heated floors, bathrobes and slippers. Two restaurants serving Finnish and international cuisine.

Victory Hotel, Stockholm - Four star in the old town / Gamla Stan of Stockholm. My Stockholm contact informs me the restaurant here has a great reputation too.

If you are from the UK, it's a pretty good time to take a trip to Sweden now. The Swedish crown (SEK) has fallen versus the Euro just as the pound has, so the £ / SEK rate is similar to what it was a year ago. The other "bargain" for Brits at the moment is Iceland. Denmark and Finland are relatively expensive since Finland is in the Eurozone while the Danish crown is pegged to the Euro.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Stockholm's most popular hotel

Clarion Hotel in Stockholm
has made it onto the top ten most popular hotels as measured by guests. As a double check, I have been over to TripAdvisor to check there and it also does very well. Ranking third most popular out of 166 hotels in Stockholm.

Here are few excerpts I have taken from the reviews :

"great location"

"spacious and relaxing"

"great breakfast"

"sauna and pool ... lovely"

"The breakfast was the best I have ever had"

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Photo from Greenland

Greenland, Greenland, Greenland, you have eluded me all these years, please take care of your fragile environment and wait for me to come and visit !

Monday, 2 March 2009

Iceland Express Sale

Just had news of Iceland Express birthday fares . . .

To Iceland from £46 from London including tax

Where: To Iceland (and back if you must) from Copenhagen, London, Berlin and Warsaw.

Fly: Before the end of March.

Buy: On sale now! Offer must end at noon GMT on Wednesday 4 March.

How much: from £46, €59, DKK 449 one-way including taxes and fees.

The small print: Limited number of seats available at these prices, so be quick. (And we’re six, thanks for asking.)

Book Iceland Flights Here

Iceland Express from Gatwick

From the 1st of May 2009 Iceland Express will be flying to Reykjavik from London Gatwick instead of London Stansted - a route it has served for six years.

BA / GB Airways used to fly from Gatwick to Reykjavik but the route has been unserved for about a year.

According to Iceland Express there are two reasons for the switch. Firstly, their sister airline Astreaus who operate flights for Iceland Express which is a "virtual airline" is based at Gatwick. The second reason is that they consider Gatwick as a more convenient hub for their passengers.

For British customers of course it just depends where you live. It's all very well saying that Gatwick is closer to central London but most people don't actually live in central London !

Monday, 16 February 2009

VisitDenmark looking for guinea pigs

Free trips to Denmark on offer

Following on from the success of the Australia tourism viral campaign offering the "best job in the world", the Danish tourism organisation, VisitDenmark has launched a campaign offering families, couples and friends the chance to "be their guinea pig" and test Danish hospitality, hotels and holidays.

For the lucky guinea pigs, Visit Denmark will pay for transport to Denmark and accommodation.
You can sign up until March 31st 2009. The trips must be taken during 2009 in the suggested periods in the application form.

The catch as it were is that as a Guinea Pig, you willl take on a job for VisitDenmark. We would like you to review your holiday in different ways. Firstly, you have to answer a questionnaire before, during and after your trip. But much more importantly we want you to share your experiences with us and the rest of Britain.

During your stay, you will be asked to document your holiday through a diary, photos or maybe even film it. You must be willing to publish you experiences in writing and for your photos to be shown on our website or other places suggested by VisitDenmark. You don't have to be a professional writer or photographer, as long as you can express your experiences in an interesting way.

For more free to enter online competitions visit

Monday, 9 February 2009

John Cleese Iceland video

How many people live in Iceland ?

John Cleese has the answer :

The video is a commercial featuring John Cleese for the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, from a couple of years ago. Rather unfortunate when you think about what has happened to Iceland's banks since.

Check Iceland Express for cheap flights to Reykjavik from all over Europe including London, Paris and Berlin.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

New London City Billund flights

Sun Air opens Billund London flights

British Airways franchise partner Sun-Air of Scandinavia has started flying between London City Airport (LCY) and Billund (BLL) in Denmark, Billund is close to the Legoland park and HQ for the Lego company.

The flights which started on 19 Jan are being operated by a Dornier 328 aircraft in BA livery.

SunAir will operate two flights a dayeach weekdays, with one on Sundays.

Sun-Air CEO Niels Sundberg said: “We have been particularly interested in London City Airport for several years and look forward to operating straight to the heart of London. An advantage is that you are able to check in on your flight up to 20 minutes before departure if you travel with hand luggage – that’s unique.”

Flights should be booked at


Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Floating Hotel in Sweden

Salt and Sill Hotel & Restaurant

Salt and Sill

Fast facts

- 23 rooms, of which one suite,
- Suite features roof terrace with jacuzzi
- 5 conference rooms
- 1 restaurant

- One hour away from Gothenburg (see map below)
- The hotel is open all year round

Nordic Design

The construction has required an unusual design and innovative technical solutions. The focus has been on environment, lightweight materials and small-scale thinking, with exciting details and ‘living materials’ – all characterised by Nordic modern simplicity.

The interior is a mix of old traditions and modern, slightly bold details. It also has a clear connection to food and wine. The 23 rooms, with 46 beds, are given names and colours based on spices used in the Salt & Sill kitchen.

You could definitely say that this is a unique hotel with unique solutions – where everything floats.

Award Winning Food

Salt & Sill is a hotel with an international cuisine, the restaurant opened in 1999 and has a great reputation for food based on local raw materials and strong influences from the coast and the ocean- in an inspiring setting. The restaurant serves traditional regional dishes, combined with innovative thinking, and its speciality, herring. The restaurant seats 175, plus another 120 outside on the pier.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Valentines day in Malmo - Copenhagen

Visiting the Oresund

Following on from my Valentines weekend in Copenhagen article, I just noticed that Expedia are running a special promotion on "The Oresund" region for Valentines. The Oresund is the name of the sea between Sweden and Denmark.

The special page is worth a look if you are interested in a trip to Copenhagen / Malmö

Book now to avoid dissapointment !

Monday, 12 January 2009

Valentines Day weekend in Copenhagen

Valentines day is on Saturday in 2009.

Flights - BA from London. For flights from UK regional airports look at KLM and Air France.
Hotels - Scandic Hotels, Hilton Copenhagen, Copenhagen page
ATOL protectedPackages - Opodo

Weather in Febuary in Copenhagen

Can be glorious bright and clear, sunny but not warm = fresh.
There is also about a 50% chance of rain each day on average.

How your weekend in Copenhagen can go down
Stay at one of the romantic and chic design & boutique hotels in the charming Danish capital where new and old meets in a refreshingly and tasteful - Scandinavian - way. For something a bit quirky consider the Hotel Fox Copenhagen.

Visit the city’s art galleries and museums and go shopping on “Strøget” and in the less mainstream, cobbled side streets. Promenade along the Copenhagen waterfront and greet The Little Mermaid or take a leisurely walk in the lovely “Kongens Have” and lunch at the in vogue organic restaurant “Geranium” at the far end of the park. The list goes on and on...

A romantic night out in Copenhagen is easily planned too: Enjoy a luscious dinner for two at one of the city’s nine twelve Michelin restaurants and perhaps end up your romantic evening with a visit to the beautiful old Royal Theatre OR its “baby sister” on the other side of the waterfront – the new Opera House easily reached by water bus!

The number of attractions and sights in Copenhagen are endless – and easy to get to as well - and your first romantic evening in Copenhagen does not have to be the last. Nyhavn is always a cosy and intimate place, with picturesque old warehouses and pleasure boats in the canal and the salty smell of Øresund sound nearby. Take a short stroll through this area and you are guaranteed to find several appetizing lunch and dinner offers in the many cafés and restaurants along the quayside.

If you have a passion for exploring new sights, attractions and culinary offers too, then a visit to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek located next to the famous Tivoli Gardens and the City Hall Square is a “must”. With over 10.000 works of art, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek offers an impressive collection of antique and modern sculptures and paintings. It also features one of the city’s most romantic cafés; set on a balcony overlooking the glass roofed palm gardens, complete with neo-classical statues and fountains, this teashop perfectly reflects the ambience of the venue and the French inspired dishes are all home made and carefully are prepared as you wait. Copenhagen is also a great city for cyclists.

A romantic weekend break in Copenhagen can be designed entirely after your own formula. No matter what you choose, the vast number of hotels, restaurants, hip bars and cosy cafés will guarantee that your Valentine’s break to the charming capital will be a great success! AND no matter where you choose to stay in the city, the nearest train or Metro station is very likely to be a maximum of 10 minutes walk away, so there is easy access to and from the Copenhagen Airport too. The airport transfer (Metro. rail or bus) is refreshingly priced at normal transport rates so will only cost a few pound.

Trips and Tours in Copenhagen:

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Malmo by Nina Persson

Nina Persson from The Cardigans shows us round Malmo.

Malmo was the city where the Cardigans moved to in the early 1990's and recorded their first album "Emmerdale". This video is 6 minutes long and is part one of two.
(Part two below).

Here is part two, another five minutes.

Malmo - Nina from Cardigans

Introduction to Malmo from Nina Persson of the Cardigans.

Nina Persson is from Orebro in Central Sweden but in this feature for CNN she introduces us to Malmö. If you have 30 seconds, it's a good watch as a quick look at Malmo ( Malmö , Malmoe ).

If you have more time to spare have a look at part 1 and part 2 of the feature where Nina from Cardigans shows us round Malmö.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Air France sale

Air France sale.


Fly from £139 return. Includes taxes. No hidden charges for baggage / check in etc.
Book by : 28 JAN
Travel period : Until 30 JUN

OK, not the cheapest way to fly from the UK to Scandinavia but if you live close to one of their departure points and are fed up with low cost airlines charging you £5 for a drink and pringles + £20 to bring a bag it's well worth looking at full service airlines to Scandinavia.

Air France fly to from 9 UK airports* and can transport you via Paris to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Oslo.

If you are flying longhaul on Air France here is a discount code.

*Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Heathrow, London City, Manchester, Newcastle & Southampton

Air Greenland Airline Profile

Air Greenland Analysis have just published a good piece of analysis on the national airline of Greenland.

One stunning stat in there has been obtained from the airline's annual report.

A statement on the airlines route from Greenland, Kangerlussuaq to Baltimore / Washinton which started in May 2007.

“Over 800 passengers chose to use the route in 2007. We have learned a lot from this experience"

The article finishes at by asking "Given the increasing potential for tourism in the country how long before some enterprising low-cost carrier launches flights to the region?

Given Greenland's fragile environment do they really want a large increase in flights and toursists ?

From The Guardian :Much has been written about the effects of global warming on the Greenland ice sheet, which covers 85% of the country. With an area of 1.8m sq km, and at its thickest almost 3.3km deep, the ice sheet is second only in size to Antarctica. According to satellite observations, the speed at which it is disappearing has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Were it to melt entirely, global sea levels would rise by seven metres (23ft).

More : Greenland Information

Thursday, 8 January 2009

New UK Air Routes to Copenhagen

Cimber Air announces new flights to Copenhagen from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Gatwick

Danish airline Cimber has announced ambitious plans to introduce new flights from Copenhagen (CPH) under a new brand "Cimber Sterling". The UK will gain links to Copenhagen, Kastrup from Newcastle (NCL), Edinburgh (EDI) and London Gatwick (LGW).
Cimber Air acquired the Sterling Airlines brand name and took over some of the aircraft leases after Sterling ceased operations at the end of October last year.

The flights from London to Copenhagen will be twice a day Monday to Friday plus once on Sunday.

The flights from Newcastle to Copenhagen will be daily except Saturday.

The flights from Edinburgh to Copenhagen will be every Monday, Friday and Sunday.

I think there will be a fierce price war on UK - Copenhagen routes in 2009. The best prices will be on Gatwick where Norwegian, easyJet and now Cimber - Sterling will all be competing for customers. Great news for customers. There are also other airlines flying as alternatives to Sterling.

Nordic Countries Buck Trend

Flight searches plummet but Scandinavia maybe OK

Buried at the bottom of this press release about internet searches for flights crashing down over 40% this year is the top ten performing destinations.

Good News for the Nordic Countries
Number one on the list is Norway with an increase of 30%, and at second place is Denmark up 20%

Not sure what Sweden has done wrong not to get on the list or why Iceland doesn't appear, they should have more searches what with the Icelandic Kroner crashing, making it cheaper for tourists to visit.

Maybe 2009 will be a good year for Nordic Tourism.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Which is the most desirable Nordic country

Most wanted Nordic Destination of 2008

For the whole of 2008 we ran a poll on this blog asking which of the Nordic countries you wanted to visit most of all.

Here are the results :

Faroe Islands 4%
Finland 10%
Norway 13%
Denmark 14%
Greenland 16%
Iceland 16%
Sweden 22%

Well done Sweden ! Also well done to Greenland and Iceland for punching above their weight population wise. All that natural beauty I suppose. One of my New Year's resolutions for 2009 = write some articles on the Faroe Islands.

Thanks to everyone that voted.

Copenhagen an Eco Friendly City

Copenhagen = Cycle Friendly and Eco - Conscious

One of the first things visitors to Copenhagen will notice, is the number of bicycles around the city. More than a third of residents use their bike to travel to school, work or other locations and there are more than 300km of cycle paths in and around the capital. Cycling is also popular in neighbouring Malmö. Both cities are very flat and have excellent cycle lanes making cycling safe and enjoyable.

There are around 2,000 free bikes available at 110 stations throughout the city and some hotel chains offer cycle hire. Another environmentally friendly way to see Denmark is by kayak, with tours operated on Christianshavn's canal by Kajak-Ole.

Have a look at this excellent blog - cycle chic in Copenhagen

A number of Copenhagen's hotels including big chains such as Scandic Hotels and Radisson SAS Copenhagen also take an environmental approach to business, pursuing initiatives such as water conservation and extensive recycling and offering organic foods for breakfast.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Most popular articles in 2008

Here are the top Five articles (most read) on this blog published in 2008

Sweden Versus UK nightclubs - Jan

Rock festivals in Scandinavia
- April

Stockholm 747 hostel - August

Sterling Airlines bankrupt - October

Earthquake in Copenhagen - Malmo - December

To all our readers - Best Wishes for 2009 & thanks for reading.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Win a 3 night trip to Stockholm (from UK)

Win a free trip to Sweden

The Travel Channel have a 3 night, 4 star holiday in Stockholm up for grabs.

Prize includes flights to Sweden from London or Manchester and transfers from Arlanda.

Quite easy to enter, choose true or false from this question :

The Vasa is the world’s only surviving 15th century warship.

Entry form here

( If you are not sure, the answer is on this guide to Stockholm )

It says that the competition closes at the end of January and the winner will be announced on 2nd Feb.