Our «Finds» in Scandinavia


We traveled by train and Norwegian coastal steamer throughout Scandinavia two years ago. Here are some of our “finds.”

Hotel Birger Jarl in Stockholm is “the first hotel in SWEDEN with the concept of modern design.” Rooms and the small lobby/bar have been decorated by some of the best fashion designers in Sweden. The hotel is a bit north of the main sights of the harbor and Old Town; we took the subway most of the time.

The rooms were pleasant and quiet, the breakfast was excellent and the desk staff very accommodating. There was free Internet in the lobby. We also enjoyed dinner one night in their restaurant.

For those of Swedish descent, the House of Emigration in Vaxjo, Sweden, in addition to having a small but informative museum of emigration, is a treasure trove of information about emigrant relatives.

Within walking distance of the train station and the House of Emigration is the Elite Stadshotellet, one of the small chain of Elite Hotels. It is a refurbished “grand” hotel with a nice restaurant, an excellent breakfast (included) and a very helpful staff.

The Tourist Information hotel-finding service in the railroad station in Copenhagen, DENMARK, found us a great hotel, The Square.

The hotel was perfectly located near the rail station as well as Tivoli, shopping and other main sites. The hotel opened in 2003, and the lobby and rooms are very design-forward in a minimalist Scandinavian way, with the “square” theme carried thoughout. The included breakfast was delicious and provided in a very nice sixth-floor breakfast room.

Our «Finds» in Scandinavia, written by Guest Contributor