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Sightseeing With a Twist

By Linda Tancs

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. With a city center virtually situated on the water, traditional sightseeing on foot just won’t do. That’s where the water bus comes in. Coining it “sightseeing with a twist,” the city’s Ocean Bus offers travelers an enviable way to experience the most populous city in the Nordic countries without ever having to leave your seat. The amphibious vehicle tour starts near the Royal Opera House and, once the bus dives into the water, captures both a land and sea perspective of the city’s most notable attractions, like the Royal Palace, Vasa Museum (showcasing an almost intact salvaged ship from the 17th century) and Skansen (Sweden’s first zoo).

A Taste of Valhalla

By Linda Tancs

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is the great hall where heroes slain in battle are received.  You’ll get a taste of it in Uppsala, Sweden, a place rife with Viking history.  In particular, at Gamla Uppsala you’ll encounter the royal burial mounds of ancient kings, which you can freely explore.  Nearby is Sweden’s first cathedral, built in the 12th century over a pagan temple.  Gamla Uppsala is a 30-minute bus ride from Uppsala central station.

Europe’s Capitals of Culture

By Linda Tancs

The European Commission’s picks for this year’s capitals of culture are Riga and Umeå.  Riga, the Latvian capital, is the largest city in the Baltic region.  Its covered market is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.  Umeå, in northern Sweden, is the northernmost city selected by the EU for this annual honor.  During the weekend of 31 January to 2 February, Umeå will inaugurate the year with a spectacular Burning Snow music and dance recital on and around Umeälven River.  Riga promises 365 days of enjoyment of Latvian music, fine arts, cinema and pop culture.  The cities are also planning several joint projects to celebrate their capital of culture year.

Matisse Returns to Stockholm

By Linda Tancs

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) boasts one of the finest collections of contemporary and modern art in Europe.  Its most famous work may be Robert Rauschenberg’s Monogram, but its most celebrated work is arguably Matisse’s Le Jardin following its triumphant return to the museum earlier this year after its notorious heist in 1987.  Kudos for the homecoming go to the Art Loss Register, an unassuming London company with one of the most extensive databases of stolen art worldwide.

Life on the Farm

By Linda Tancs

Is a farmer’s life for you?  Here’s one way to find out:  choose a Swedish farmstay.  With over 300 participating farms, you can choose your length and type of accommodation, like a quaint B&B on an organic farm, for instance.  Don’t worry, you needn’t milk the cows.  There’s ample opportunity for horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing–or just enjoy the fertile farmlands of a district like Skåne.

68 Miles of Art

By Linda Tancs

Most underground maps serve no other purpose other than to help travelers navigate the labyrinth of tunnels among terminal points.  Not so in Stockholm.  You’ll be guided not only to the underground system but also to its art.  Sweden’s capital city has the largest collection of underground art in the world, gracing more than 90 of its 100 stations along the 68-mile route.  Guided tours are available.

Tallest Nordic Hotel

By Linda Tancs

Only 15 minutes from Stockholm’s city centre, the brand new Scandic Victoria Tower  is the tallest Nordic hotel, piercing the skyline at 34 floors and with enough glass to clear Murano of its inventory.  The glass-clad tower with distinctive windows forming triangular patterns was created by architect Gert Wingårdh.  All of the hotel’s 299 rooms are doubles, with free access to the gym, sauna and internet.  This month the Skybar opens on the 34th floor.  Enjoy the view.

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