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 30m 1-30 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 1-30 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Nobel Prizes, Stockholm Syndrome, Swedish culture and everything in-between. Explore the ins and outs of Stockholm’s modern city centre with us on our Stockholm City Walk. There’s much more than meets the eye!

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eur 27
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Stockholm’s Must Sees

Stockholm 2h 30m- 3h 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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eur 114
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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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eur 325
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Copenhagen & Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen 3h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 3hrs. Wonder where previous royals spent their summers? In the heart of today’s Copenhagen! We’ll take you to The King’s Garden and scout for more hangouts on our Copenhagen’s Old Town & Rosenborg Castle Private Walking Tour.

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Copenhagen Old Town Walk

Copenhagen 2h 0m 1-30 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Searching for the hidden alleys, historical roots and iconic landmarks of Copenhagen’s Old Town? Fires may have destroyed much of it but there’s plenty to see, if you know where to look. Luckily, we do!

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Copenhagen Must Sees

Copenhagen 2h 30m- 3h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Looking for an experience that covers the must-sees of Copenhagen? You’ve found it! During our Copenhagen Must Sees, we’ll take you on a walking tour uncovering the city’s essentials from Nyhavn to Christiansborg Palace.

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Royal Copenhagen

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

COPENHAGEN. 5hrs. Eager to learn more about one of the world’s oldest monarchies? Get to know the Danish Royal Family, their history and Copenhagen while strolling between Palace and Castle. Don’t know the difference? We’ll sort you out!

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Copenhagen from Land to Sea

Copenhagen 4h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 4hrs. Copenhagen is full of sights and delights, including mermaids, castles, and canals. On our Copenhagen From Land to Sea we “sea” them all. Join us on this city centre walking tour combined with a small-group canal cruise.

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Copenhagen City Walk

Copenhagen 2h 0m 1-30 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Broad squares, grand palaces, magnificent arts institutions… what do they share? They’re all nearby the water! Now add engaging stories of notable Danes and you have our Copenhagen City Walk. So what are you waiting for?

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Copenhagen Highlights

Copenhagen 4h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 4hrs. Top sites in Copenhagen? Christiansborg, Amalienborg, Nyhavn, The Marble Church – there’s so many. Lucky you, our Copenhagen Highlights Private Walking Tour includes plenty. Don’t forget the exciting stories too!

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Copenhagen’s Amazing Architecture

Copenhagen 3h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

Copenhagen. 3hrs. From Renaissance-style to bold contemporary design, Copenhagen has it all! Our Copenhagen’s Amazing Architecture Private Walking Tour shows you just how varied Danish architecture can be. Join us for all there is to see!

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Copenhagen's Old Town & City Hall

Copenhagen 3h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 3hrs. City discovery topped with an icon site, what more do you need? On our Copenhagen’s Old Town & City Hall Private Walking Tour, we’ll give you tales of fire, politics, royalty and a visit to the Copenhagen City Hall.

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The Grand Copenhagen

Copenhagen 360h 0m 1-35 Multiple languages

Copenhagen. 6hrs. Looking for an all-in-one Copenhagen experience? The Grand Copenhagen Private Driving Tour is it. Canal cruise, a view of the city from above, a Renaissance castle, scenic drive and photo stop – we’ll see it all!

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Copenhagen & Frilandsmuseet

Copenhagen 4h 0m 1-35 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 4hrs. Travel from the city to the countryside, all in one day. Why? To explore the cultural heritage of the Danes, their culture and customs, including the term Hygge, on this Copenhagen & Frilandsmuseet Private Driving Tour.

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eur 249
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Copenhagen on Wheels

Copenhagen 2h 0m 1-35 Multiple languages

COPENHAGEN. 2hrs. Honk, honk! Board your private vehicle for a scenic drive of Copenhagen on Wheels. Comfortably seated, take in the city centre, harbourfront, grand museums and pause for a photo stop or two. The city is ready… are you?

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eur 147
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Copenhagen Landmarks Canal Cruise

Copenhagen 1h 0m 1-12 English

Small group tour & private tour options available

Copenhagen. 1hr. Small group but big adventure, join our Landmarks Canal Cruise where your captain is like a friend showing you around town. Architecture, historical sites and fun stories, enjoy it all as we cruise Copenhagen’s canals!

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eur 30
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