History of Scandinavia

We don’t want to give it all away, but no doubt you’ll have heard a lot about this influential part of the world. Luckily you’ll have us to guide you as you learn about the history in Scandinavia.

What happened in Scandinavia?

Well… there’s lots to tell, and the rich history of this region has to be seen to be believed. Luckily the capitals of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen are the perfect place for those secrets to be revealed.

Stockholm’s medieval beginnings can be imagined as stories unfold when walking the labyrinth of enchanting cobbled streets, alleyways, picturesque squares and rustic townhouses. Described as the ‘Venice of the North’ the 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges has an exciting history as a trading hub for foreign goods and merchants with the city’s prosperity coinciding with a period of extraordinary growth. Stockholm expanded during the 1600s with Sweden’s rise as a great superpower, however by the 1800s the success had faded… Transformed yet again by the wave of a technological, industrial revolution – companies such as Ericsson have been going strong for over 140 years – the royal capital is continuously evolving in the modern world.

From Oslo’s humble beginnings over one thousand years ago, the city and its people were shaped by the vision of its founder, known as the last Viking King. Deeply troubling times hit Norway and, for generations, the country was ruled by Denmark or in union with Sweden. After 500 years of being subservient to other Scandinavian countries until regaining independence in 1905, this now proud and patriotic country has many stories to tell. From its Viking past to it’s 1900s polar exploration success, Norway has helped map and shape our world. The peoples’ determination and grit to show resistance against the Nazis, its promotion of harmony and being the home of the Nobel Peace Prize (uh…this was long after the Vikings!) and the long-standing focus on its citizen’s welfare make Norway and Oslo a treasure trove of stories.

Denmark’s role in history in Scandinavia is something to behold. It’s capital, Copenhagen, was originally a fishing village during the Viking Age, though considered to be founded by Bishop Absalon in the 1100s when it grew and developed as an important trading centre. Despite its size on the map, Denmark was a great superpower, and one of its monarchs was known as the ‘father in law of Europe’, so named as all of his children married into other royal families! Copenhagen’s streets and buildings are distinctive, which can be attributed to King Christian IV during the 1600s – with new city districts added and a renaissance style implemented, the building styles compliment the contrasting modern architecture the capital has become famous for. Being the capital of the happiest country in the world (as Denmark is frequently judged) the story of Copenhagen is well worth delving into.

Even on the briefest of visits, you’ll discover the fascinating history in Scandinavia and the stories that await you within the capitals of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Stockholm Old Town Walk

Stockholm 1h 0m- 1h 30m 1 - 20 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Step back in time to medieval Stockholm. Journey along cobblestone streets to see, hear and taste history on our Stockholm Old Town Walk. What are you waiting for? Come let the city’s living history unfold around you!

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Stockholm City Walk

Stockholm 1h 30m 1-20 Multiple languages

Do you have questions about the blond people from the North? On our Stockholm City Private Walking Tour, we cover the A-Z’s of the city and the Swedes. The Nobel Prizes and Stockholm Syndrome, and everything in-between.

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Stockholm’s Must Sees

Stockholm 2h 30m- 5h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

If there’s one tour you’re going to take in Stockholm, this is the one! Be prepared to “ooh” and “aww” your way through two absolute Stockholm Must Sees, the Old Town and Vasa Museum. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!

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Royal Stockholm

Stockholm 4h 0m- 8h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

For our Royal Stockholm Private Walking Tour, don your most delightful frock and let us escort you to the many royal sites of Stockholm. The Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and Vasa Museum – a day of royal grandeur await!

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Stockholm Highlights

Stockholm 4h 0m- 8h 0m 1 - 27 Multiple languages

What does a visit to the Vasa Museum, Old Town and City Hall give you? If you throw in a scenic ferry ride, you have our Stockholm Highlights Private Walking Tour. Did we mention, it’s jam-packed with great stories too!

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Uppsala’s Secrets

Stockholm 7h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

STOCKHOLM. 7hrs. What do Swedens’s first University and largest cathedral have in common? Uppsala, of course! From former scientist to students of today, discover this intellectual hot spot on our Uppsala’s Secrets Private Driving Tour.

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Stockholm & Skansen Open-Air Museum

Stockholm 4h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

Want to travel all of Sweden in one day? Let’s go! Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and a miniature Sweden. Journey from north to south and past to present, as we dig into the Customs & Culture of Sweden.

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Sigtuna & Drottningholm Palace

Stockholm 6h 0m 1-30 Multiple languages

From Royal to Rural takes us to the Swedish Countryside – from the Kings residence, Drottningholm Palace to the first town of Sweden, Sigtuna. If you are looking to explore the Swedish countryside, this is the tour for you!

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Stockholm on Wheels

Stockholm 2h 0m- 4h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

As you sit back and relax we zoom through Stockholm on Wheels. From trendy Södermalm and cozy Old Town to posh Östermalm and lush Djurgården, you see it all on this bus tour of Stockholm. Which will be your favorite part?

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The Grand Stockholm

Stockholm 6h 0m 1-30

The name says at it all! Stockholm in a Nutshell includes all the mayor highlights of the city: the Old Town, Royal Palace, Vasa Museum and City Hall.

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Vain Vikings of Runriket

Stockholm 4h 0m 1-30 Multiple languages

Plain vikings, vain vikings – we have had them all. Travel to Runriket and meet Jarlabanke, with a bit of imagination you’ll see yourself in the mist of the tv-series The Vikings. This part of history is waiting for you!

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Oslo City Walk

Oslo 2h 0m 1-30 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Did someone say Oslo Opera House, Akershus Fortress and Norwegian customs? Our Oslo City Walk takes you on a walking tour through the city centre of Oslo, showcasing the main spots of Oslo and topics of Norwegian culture.

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Oslo Must Sees

Oslo 3h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Looking to check off the must-see sights of Oslo? Then this is the tour for you. In our very humble opinion, our Oslo Must Sees offers the best of the best, a city centre walking tour and visit to the famous Vigeland Park.

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Medieval Oslo Walk - From Ashes to Rebirth

Oslo 2h 0m 1-20 Multiple languages

Billowing smoke, bright flames, this is Oslo in 1624. Fast-forward to today, and this private walking tour of Medieval Oslo, where we pay tribute to the people who lead its rebirth, restoring East Oslo to its former glory.

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Maritime Oslo

Oslo 4h 0m- 5h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

As a coastline capital, Oslo and maritime go hand in hand. From Vikings to polar explorers, we’ll raid, pillage, and discover the city and the Viking Ship and Fram Museums on our Maritime Oslo Private Walking Tour.

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Oslo & Fram Museum

Oslo 3h 0m- 4h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Did you know Oslo is the 3rd most northern capital in world? Is this where the fascination with the polar regions comes from? Join us on our Oslo & Fram Museum Private Walking Tour to discover Oslo and it’s polar history.

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Oslo & Norsk Folkmuseum

Oslo 3h 0m- 4h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

The journey from the modern city to the old town to the countryside, all in one day. How? Immerse yourself in the history, culture and customs of Norway on our Oslo & Norsk Folkemuseum Private Walking Tour and channel your inner Norwegian!

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Oslo From Coastline to City

Oslo 4h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

It’s easy to journey from Oslo’s coastline to city, being built on the Oslo Fjord. This adventure walks us through the city centre and aboard a sightseeing boat, providing us with stunning views of the city and fjord.

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