They used to say “Cash is King”. No so in Sweden anymore! Like many of its Nordic neighbours, Sweden is fast becoming a cashless economy. We’re often asked by our guests whether they need to bring cash with them for their trip to Sweden. Here we answer some of the most common questions: What currency … Sweden – the Cashless Country?
Which of our destination countries are part of the European Union, and which ones use the Euro as their currency? These are questions we’re often asked by guests travelling with us for their outdoor adventures in Sweden, Norway and Finland…and the answers aren’t necessarily straightforward! Here’s our guide to understanding EU membership (or not!) and … Are Sweden, Norway And Finland In The EU? Do They Use The Euro?
Bob from the Nature Travels team gives some suggestions to bring a bit of Sweden to your Christmas this year… Every year around this time, at least in the years when we’re not planning to be in Sweden for Christmas, Sofia and I make our annual pilgrimage to IKEA to raid the Swedish food section … 5 Swedish Christmas Foods To Buy From IKEA
Are you feeling “mojsig” today? How much is “lagom” for you? If someone mentions the term “relativity”, and you’ll almost certainly think of Einstein and his famous equation E=MC2. But have you heard of linguistic relativity? Also known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, the principle of linguistic relativity proposes that the language we speak shapes how … Seven Really Useful Swedish Words with No Direct Equivalent in English
Sofia and I are halfway through a three-week stay in the Stockholm Archipelago, where we’re lucky enough to have a summer house on a small island in the middle archipelago. At a time when so much has changed and so quickly, it feels both very strange and very wonderful to be here again. It’s a … A Swedish Summer
Bob from the Nature Travels team draws on his 20 years of experience with Swedish culture to give some tips on how to blend in if you’re travelling to Sweden or have some Swedish friends! 1. Build up your coffee tolerance and take time out for “fika” For such a relaxed bunch, the Swedes drink … How To (Pretend To) Be Swedish
While Easter here in the UK may be mainly about rabbits and eggs, Easter is celebrated differently all over Europe and in the Nordic countries they have their own traditions. In Sweden and Finland, children dress up as witches and go visit houses in the hope to receive some sweets in exchange for a drawing … Easter in the Nordic Countries
As in other Nordic countries, English is spoken to a good standard by many Norwegians, so you shouldn’t need an intensive Norwegian language course to make yourself understood on your travels. However, if you would like to learn some words and phrases to practise on the locals, they will very much appreciate it! Here are … Basic Norwegian Phrases
Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday – as the start of Lent approaches, in kitchens nationwide, Brits will be scraping the aftermath of over-ambitious pancake-flipping contests from their floors and walls while a hot debate rages between lemon-and-sugar-traditionalists and ice-cream-and-chocolate-sauce progressives. Meanwhile in Sweden, a slightly different but no less serious ritual is underway: the … Pancake day? Not in Sweden – it’s time for Fat Tuesday!
Jayne from the Nature Travels team takes a look at the beautiful phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Here in the UK we are not well known for our Northern Lights displays (especially not now we are at the beginning of summer). However, as Aurora displays are sometimes seen (even here in Dorset in the south, … What Causes The Northern Lights and Where Can I See Them?
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