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 BA.com

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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.


FactBox
Flights - BA from London. For flights from UK regional airports look at KLM and Air France.
Hotels - Scandic Hotels, Hilton Copenhagen, Hotels.com 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.

Copenhagen
Gothenburg
Helsinki
Oslo
Stockholm

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

Anna.aero 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 anna.aero 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.