Scandinavia & Baltics Resources
|Scandinavia's natural beauty amazes the traveler expecting tidy cities and pickled snacks.|
Are you ready to travel off the well-beaten Mediterranean path? Look in the other direction! Here's a little smörgasbord of what Europe's Northern nooks have to offer.
Learn About Rick Steves' Best of...
Scandinavia is Western Europe's most educated, sparsely populated, environmentally pristine corner. Marvel at the civic spirit and urban livability of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen. Savor the countryside, too — delighting in a thatch-happy Danish island, and that catch-your-breath moment high atop the icy Jotunheimen. And dodge waterfalls as your boat winds its way along the incomparable beauty of the North Sea coast.
Discover a formerly forbidden corner of Europe, where a blend of eastern, western and royal tastes have created a region unlike any other. Estonia's Tallinn has shaken off its Soviet overcoat to reveal a charming "romantic road" personality underneath. See how elegant, fast-growing Helsinki has become one of Europe's most prosperous cities. Then hop a train to St. Petersburg, and marvel at the masterpiece-packed Hermitage and other Tsarist treasures.
Interview with Marita Bergman
Marita leads some of Rick's Best of Scandinavia tours...and her interview comes in a distinctively Swedish flavor.
Estonia's capital is a traveler-friendly collision of Scandinavian, Germanic and Russian influences.
Denmark's Isle of Ærø
This tiny island is a big hit on our Scandinavia tour.
St. Petersburg: Russia's Showcase
Peter the Great's "window on Europe" is our window on Russia.
Radio Show Podcast
Listen to Stockholm-based tour guide Marita Bergman as she provides some insights into her home city. She explains how Swedish society is organized to provide for raising a family, and reveals how the Swedes celebrate the longest day of the year. Then Rick and Marita take listener calls with suggestions for exploring the Swedish countryside (aired 6/17/07 and 6/21/08).
- Listen to the entire show (Windows Media)