During wintertime Northern Europe comes alive with a captivating and enchanting charm. From the crisp air that fills your lungs to the landscapes painted in shades of frosty blues and silvery whites, the region is a true testament to the seasons magic. But be aware… side effects such as a newfound love for the simple things or an unforgettable feeling of presence may occur when visiting The Baltic Sea region.
A Journey of Gastronomic Delights
Northern Europe's gastronomy is an indication of the region's rich history and deep connection to the land and sea. All year round the region offers gastronomic experiences that are a delightful mix of tradition and innovation, but nothing beats the extra touch of magic in wintertime with dimly lit restaurants, candlelight dinners and an intimate ambience, which makes the experience even more memorable and romantic.
Whether you're enjoying tender reindeer in Finland, open-faced sandwiches in Denmark, or a lovely meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Sweden, Northern Europe offers a diverse culinary adventure.
In Stockholm it is almost impossible not to catch the smell of delicious pastries when strolling down the narrow cobblestone streets in the Old Town. There are plenty of cosy cafés where you can enjoy Swedish ‘fika’ with soft cinnamon buns and coffee.
When visiting Kalmar it is possible to experience a Renaissance Dinner in a historical atmosphere at Kalmar Castle. A dinner filled with gossip, rumours, myths and truths. Not to forget music and dance. An authentic gastronomic adventure that brings you back in time.
Meanwhile, Bornholm Distillery in Roenne offers craft liquor tastings, which is the perfect way to warm up after a winter day on the rocky island.
Winter's Natural Wonders
Misty mornings, glistening water edges and a unique sense of serenity are some of the things to uncover in the Northern European nature during winter. The season also means less crowded, which creates unique opportunities for guests visiting. Despite the chilly weather, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore in the raw nature.
In the heart of Kotka’s winter wonderland, a unique tradition of winter bathing and sauna thrives. Embrace the icy thrill of a refreshing dip in the cold water followed by the soothing heat of a traditional sauna. The magical contrast embraces a unique sense of inner peace.
For those who are more into wild adventure, horseback riding might be it! The Finnish island Mariehamn offers guided tours from the back of a horse in vast areas of untouched nature and beautiful surroundings.
The Christmas holidays
Northern Europe has a profound warmth during Christmas time with twinkly glow from Christmas lights, crackling fireplaces and an aromatic scent of holiday treats that tempts the nose. It is a Christmas fairytale like no other… and one that cannot be missed.
When visiting Copenhagen it is a must to go to Tivoli and experience the beautiful Christmas trees that shimmer with colour and all the vendor stalls that abound with goodies while listening to music played by the Tivoli Youth Guard. The Danish word “hygge” is exactly what the garden has to offer during the holidays.
Christmas Markets are a beloved tradition in Northern Europe and there are multiple of them to uncover. At the amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg they have a cosy Christmas market filled with Swedish mulled wine, seasonal food and beautiful handicrafts. Near the lovely destination of Kalundborg, one of the biggest Christmas markets in Denmark takes place at Kragerup Manor where it is possible to buy Danish delicacies and local ingredients such as seasonal vegetables.
All yours to enjoy and bring back home as you…
UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF NORTHERN EUROPE