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!

View more
Filters (1)
Date
Apply Clear
Сlear Filters
  • Locations
  • Public or private
  • Types
  • Categories
  • Participants
  • Intensity
  • Language
  • Duration

Oslo & Norsk Folkmuseum

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

Small group tour & private tour options available

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!

From
eur 108
per person

Oslo From Coastline to City

Oslo 4h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

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.

From
eur 107
per person

Oslo Highlights

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

Small group tour & private tour options available

Oslo Opera, Royal Palace, Viking Ship Museum, and Vigeland Park – what are Oslo’s Highlights? According to us, all of these! And it just so happens that our Oslo Highlights Private Walking Tour covers it all, from A to Z.

From
eur 112
per person

Oslo On Wheels

Oslo 2h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Beep, beep! Your private vehicle is here to show you Oslo on Wheels. From the comfort of your vehicle enjoy a scenic drive of Oslo. The city center, astonishing parks, unique museums and photo stops are waiting… are you ready?

From
eur 124
per person

Royal Oslo

Oslo 3h 0m- 5h 0m 1 - 35 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Indulge yourself in a day of regal bliss at Oslo’s many royal sites! Don your nicest frock and walk in the footsteps of Norwegian royalty at Akershus Fortress, Oslo Cathedral and the Royal Palace. You’re in for a treat!

From
eur 89
per person

The Grand Oslo

Oslo 5h 0m 1-35 Multiple languages

Small group tour & private tour options available

Want to see all that Oslo has to offer? Look no further! The Grand Oslo gives you the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Park, a photo stop at Holmenkollen Ski Jump and a drive of the city, all in one tour. What more could you want?

From
eur 235
per person

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.

From
eur 97
per person

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!

From
eur 35
per person

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.

From
eur 87
per person

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!

From
eur 140
per person

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.

From
eur 122
per person

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?

From
eur 35
per person

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!

From
eur 99
per person

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.

From
eur 77
per person

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!

From
eur 388
per person

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.

From
eur 249
per person

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?

From
eur 147
per person

1 2