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's Old Town & City Hall

Stockholm 3h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

With an eager architect, skilful workers and a top spot, the Stockholm City Hall is a masterpiece. On our Stockholm’s Old Town & City Hall Private Walking Tour, we’ll tour two of our favourites sites, the Stockholm City Hall and Old Town.

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Stockholm’s Old Town & Royal Palace

Stockholm 3h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

Hoping to see narrow alleys and charming squares? Or to catch a glimpse of the Prince? We can help with both wishes! Join us for our Stockholm’s Old Town & Royal Palace Private Walking Tour as we share truths about the Swedish Royal Family.

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Stockholm Old Town Walk

Stockholm 2h 0m 1 - 20 On a date I select Multiple languages

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 Must Sees

Stockholm 3h 0m- 5h 0m 1 - 27 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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Stockholm City Walk

Stockholm 2h 0m 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, Stockholm Syndrome, Swedish culture and everything in-between.

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Djurgården's Green Treasures

Stockholm 2h 0m- 3h 0m 1 - 20 Multiple languages

Heard that Royal Djurgården is a must? It is! From hunting grounds to a theme park to a recreational area, we promise there’s more than meets the eye. Discover the island on our Djurgården’s Green Treasures Private Walking Tour.

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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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Drottningholm Palace

Stockholm 5h 0m 1 - 20 Multiple languages

What does a well-preserved 1600s palace, theatre and pavilion give you? A UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our Drottningholm Palace Private Walking Tour, we’ll travel by steamer to explore Drottningholm Palace and its gardens.

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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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Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm 3h 0m 1 - 20 Multiple languages

First time in Stockholm? Then an overview of the city centre, Old Town and Södermalm on our Stockholm Syndrome Private Walking Tour is in order. With a stop for a sweet treat and photo ops, what’s not to be captivated by?

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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

Hoping to see all of Sweden on your Stockholm trip? Sure thing! Visit Skansen, a miniature Sweden of the past, on our Stockholm & Skansen Open-Air Museum Private Walking Tour. Immerse yourself in the Swedes’ history, culture, and customs.

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Sigtuna & Drottningholm Palace

Stockholm 6h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

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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

Oslo 2h 0m 1 - 30 Multiple languages

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 & Vigeland Park

Oslo 3h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Do you want the best of Oslo in just the right amount of time? Let us introduce you to our Oslo & Vigeland Park Private Walking Tour. We promise landmarks, sculptures, culture, customs, history and more!

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