(Check out this guest blogger post I did a for a travel blog a while back.)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks! Yep, it’s time for holiday travels! While most of us will be jetting off to visit family and friends around the world, some lucky few can go on vacation to the Caribbean or Hawaii… or to Scandinavia! “Scandinavia?? Isn’t it COLD there? And DARK?? Why would I go there?”
Well I’ll tell you why, in a nice convenient list of all the reasons you should visit Scandinavia in the winter (though my experience is mostly for Copenhagen).
- Two words: Christmas Markets. AKA, the perfect place to wander around and look at handmade treasures while drinking mulled wine (gløgg) and eating delicious local sweets. The Markets are always fabulously decorated, the treasures can range from sheepskin rugs and knitted wool sweaters to hand-carved sculptures and ornaments, and the food is, in a word, delicious.
- The night sky. How many places can you go where you can look up into the sky and see the most spectacular array of stars? And, if you’re far north enough, you can catch some lovely dancing lights!
- The traditions. Scandinavian countries are well-known for their Christmas traditions. Some of them are as simple as hot, spiced wine and pastries. Others are more involved, like St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden. Check out sites 1, 2, and 3 for more info on holiday traditions.
- For those of you headed to Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens gets all dolled up for the holidays, and it’s a definite must-see!
Local wildlife. Did you know that caribou, also known as reindeer, are native to northern Europe, Canada, and Siberia? Why do you think they work with Santa Claus? If you go to the right places, you can see actual live reindeer, either in the wild or in a zoo.
- You’re pretty much guaranteed a White Christmas.
So what are you waiting for?? Get out there and start celebrating!