There’s Snow Place like Scandinavia: Stockholm & Copenhagen


Stockholm

 

Day 1

Check into Ett Hem

Arriving at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will bring you to downtown Stockholm and your hotel.

Arguably Scandinavia’s most unique and exclusive property. Ett Hem is a restored 1910 Arts and Crafts townhouse with 12 rooms.

Both the public spaces and guest rooms boast an eclectic-elegant décor, with a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, pieces from the owner’s private art and photography collections adorning the walls.

 

Swedish Shopping

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For many fashion lovers, Swedish fashion is crystallized best in an Acne Studios store. Acne has cult status in the fashion world, despite having more than 50 stores around the globe. The label began somewhat modestly in 1993 as a design, film, production, and advertising firm. But it was the introduction of just 100 perfect pairs of five-pocket raw-denim jeans in 1996 that brought the fashion division of the company to life.

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The selection of accessories, jewelry, clothing and shoes at Grandpa is as disarming as the store’s name. The flagship store in Kungsholmen (there are three other locations around Stockholm is the one to visit. Not only is the selection better—including exquisite curiosities such as vintage housewares—but there is also the restaurant and bar, Sixten & Frans, and on most days, a DJ.


Dinner at Agrikultur

Inviting, understated and modern. Agrikultur finds inspiration from organic, local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy Nordic flavors in a cozy setting, where the wood oven is used both to prepare food and to set the mood. The chefs decide what will be on your plate and you are offered a fixed menu of 4-5 dishes, where vegetables are typically front and center.

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Day 2

Private Tour of Stockholm (Old Town)

 
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This morning after breakfast, your private driver and private guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel, to bring you out on a 6-hour tour to explore Stockholm. Your guide will be flexible to your wishes on the day and can adapt the touring accordingly.

Gamla Stan (The Old Town) was founded in the 13th century by Birger Jarl. Stockholm soon became a strategically important city owing to its location on trade routes. With the expansion of commerce and Sweden’s imperial expeditions, it was named the capital of Sweden in 1634.

Much of its history can be experienced in the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets of the Old Town, one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in the world. Gamla Stan offers enchanting, winding streets, cozy cafés, and dozens of handicraft stores and is a good place to start your tour. 

Stockholm City Hall is the city’s most iconic building. Experience the architectural wonder that is this building, the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet. This city hall is one of the only two city halls by the waterfront in the whole of Europe. 

We also recommend you visit the Vasa Museum. Dedicated to the history of The Vasa, an impressive 16th century war ship which capsized here in the bay less than an hour into her maiden voyage and whose hull was salvaged in the 1960s. The hull has been fully restored and preserved and is the museum’s centerpiece. Pictures really can’t express how small you’ll feel standing next to this massive ship. 

Your driver and guide will return you to your hotel in the early afternoon after your tour ends. You may spend the rest of your day exploring Stockholm some more on your own.

 

Dinner at Rutabaga

After 10 years in service of serious food connoisseurs, the exclusive Mathias Dahlgren at Grand Hôtel changes gears and name. Rechristened Rutabaga, the quality is still of the same high standards that have earned its head chef Mathias Dahlgren several Michelin stars, but the new menu is wholly vegetarian.

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Drinks at Pharmarium

One of Stockholm’s best known cocktail joints, in one of its most beautiful locations. Pharmarium is right in the centre of Gamla Stan, the historic old town of Stockholm, in the central square (Stortorget). It is right opposite to the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Museum as well as just round the corner from the Royal Palace — making it the perfect place to grab a drink after some sightseeing. It serves cocktails that are experimental and exciting. It also serves food and recommends cocktails that pair well with each dish. It is a classic that is popular for a reason.

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Day 3

Private Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

 
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Today, you will embark on your private RIB (zodiac boat) tour of the Stockholm Archipelago. It is an incredible way to see the archipelago and its unique landscape of islands and water. You will be brought through the picturesque Stockholm Archipelago to the outer archipelago. Here, the nature is more barren and has a sense of untouched wilderness.

Residing in the outside of the archipelago you may find some grey seals. The grey seal is native to this area and can be up to 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg. the seals can live up to 40 years old and feed on cod, herring, salmon, and flatfish, eating up to 7kg of food a day.

During your RIB experience on the archipelago, you will also enjoy lunch at one of the traditional eateries of the archipelago.

Whilst in the archipelago, you may pay a visit to Artipelag Art Museum, beautifully located on the island Värmdö in the Stockholm Archipelago.

The founder of the museum is Mr. Björn Jacobson, a most fascinating person: In the year 2000, he was struck with the idea of creating a beautiful building for art and cultural experiences somewhere in the Stockholm archipelago. Today, Artipelag is an international venue for art, culture, design and good food. Here you will find an art gallery, an Artbox for events and entertainment, a design shop and two restaurants with outdoor seating and a spectacular marine view.

After your RIB experience comes to an end, your private driver will come to collect you and bring you back to your accommodation.


Dinner at Den Gyldene Freden

In a medieval basement in the Old Town, you’ll find one of the world’s oldest restaurants (operating in the same spot since 1722). Owned by the Swedish Academy, which selects the Nobel Prize for literature. Legend has it that many Nobel prizes have been decided at the Academy’s regular table here. The menu offers big names in classic Swedish cooking, nowadays with interesting contemporary touches.

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Copenhagen

 

Day 1

Check into Hotel d’Angleterre

Arriving at the airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will bring you to downtown Copenhagen and your hotel.

The d’Angleterre is located on Kongens Nytorv in the heart of Copenhagen. With neighbors such as the Royal Theatre, Nyhavn and the longest pedestrian street in Europe 'Strøget'. The area surrounding the hotel offers the best shopping, dining, bars and some of the best cultural experiences Copenhagen has to offer.

 

Design Style Shopping

Hay, for the uninitiated, is Denmark’s answer to Muji, with well priced furniture and accessories for every room in the home. The cult brand has limited availability in the United States (the biggest selection is at the MoMA Design Store in New York city), so a visit to its shop is a must. Set up a like an apartment that spans two floors of a historic building in the heart of the city, with goods ranging from minimalist kitchen utensils to stylish desk accessories.

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Dinner and wine at Ancestrale

Ancestrale in the heart of Copenhagen’s Vesterbro area is first and foremost a winebar. However, you can also expect mouth-watering small-sized dishes and homely “hygge” at this informal spot run by three boys with a passion for wine, food and hospitality. The winebar can be found in Oehlenschlægersgade just off the always busy Vesterbrogade. With a light, modern Scandinavian decor, Ancestrale is one of those local gems any visitor to Copenhagen would be thrilled to stumble upon. And there are many reasons to pay Ancestrale a visit if you happen to be in the area. For a single glass of good wine or the complete dinner experience.

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Day 2

Copenhagen Highlights Tour

Copenhagen is a amazing city, with old history and rich culture, but it is also progressive, modern and full of life. While visiting the city you must see Amalienborg Castle. You will see the architectural changes of the Royal Castle from the old baroque to the new glass and steel look while walking

through the city. You will visit the food market Torvehallerne, which is a gourmet food market with commodities from all over the world. You will also visit Rosenborg Castle, a beautiful castle also placed in Copenhagen, that houses the Royal Jewelry.


Dinner at Manfreds

Manfreds is located in the hip street, Jægersborggade in Nørrebro. It is the team behind Relæ just across, which is behind this cozy little wine bar and restaurant. Manfreds focuses on everyday food, which is aided by modern techniques and raw materials of the highest quality.

The raw materials are biodynamic vegetables from Kiselgården and Birkemosgård, roots from Lammefjord, pig from Hindsholm, lamb from Havervadgaard, ox from Mineslund and herbs from the forest.
At Manfreds the wine is natural wine, which has made the restaurant Copenhagen's first natural wine bar.

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Day 3

Private Tour on the Canals

On the canal tour, expect to experience a homelike atmosphere where you can sit back and relax as we guide you through the historic center of Copenhagen while you enjoy a drink. It's a relaxed pace and you will get more of a sense of the city than on foot with an overload of historical sights. When we enter through the historic canals of the old city center you will get glimpse of how it is to live on a house boat, and see the numerous historical buildings, many of them constructed by King Christian IV in the early 17th century.

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Dinner at Brus

Danes know a thing or two about beer. After all, Denmark is the home of Tuborg and Carlsberg. One of the newer places that’s attracting real ale fans is a former iron foundry and locomotive factory in the Nørrebro neighborhood. Brus is a microbrewery done on a macro scale: a huge place (more than 8,000 square feet) with 13 tanks to make the beer. In addition to the bar, there’s also a restaurant headed by Michelin-starred Austrian chef Christian Gadient, who’d previously worked at the Hotel d’Angleterre.

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Drinks at Lidkoeb

It can be tricky to find Lidkoeb, but it’s worth seeking out. You have to duck down an alley and then cross a couple of courtyards to find this splendid, atmospheric cocktail bar. Drinks include the classics as well as more adventurous concoctions such as the Tyve Tyve, made with gin, parsnip and carrot syrup, lemon juice, and cacao nib–infused Lillet Blanc. It’s like a boozy smoothie. Upstairs is a whiskey bar that’s not a stuffy room for sitting in an armchair with a single malt but rather a place where the cocktails use whiskey as a base spirit.

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