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My Swedish Habits That Sometimes “Clash” with the American Way of Living

January 16, 2019

Filed under: Sweden — Tags: , , , , — discoverscandinaviatours @ 3:26 pm

Being from Sweden, now living in the US there are a few habits my family – husband, and kids -had to get used to. Well, my kids think all these habits are “normal” since they grew up with it. It has been, somewhat, an adjustment for my husband when it comes to a few things though.

The Food We Enjoy Eating

Most Swedes Like SalmonHerring in a mustard sauce, smoked salmon, and caviar in a tube. These are all foods that we enjoy eating in our house. Believe it or not, the caviar in a tube is now one of my husband’s favorites.

Candy like the salt licorice, I usually get to keep to myself. The kids do love the small Ahlgren’s marshmallow cars, and any kind of Scandinavian chocolate.

I like to slice my cheese. It makes me a little crazy when my husband has to carve into it cutting off big chunks. As a Swede, I like to use my cheese slicer and slice my cheese in thin slices.

Outdoor Habits

Scandinavians Love the OutdoorsScandinavians love being outside. In all kinds of weather, rain or snow, we dress appropriately and go out. In Sweden we even have a saying for it; ”there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”

Like the one time, I took my young daughter on a walk in her stroller. It was cold, and the snow was coming down pretty heavy. Ohio in the winter can be snowy and cold, but it was a beautiful day.  I was out walking, well dressed. My daughter was warm and cozy, sleeping in her stroller.

We enjoyed our walk, but I had people stopping and checking on me. They were sticking their heads out from their car, asking if I was ok. Wondering if I needed a ride back to the house. In Scandinavia, you will see parents out walking their young kids in all kinds of weather.

Christmas Traditions

Santa at Your HouseOur “big day” to celebrate Christmas, is Christmas Eve. For most Swedes, the celebration starts with watching Donald Duck at 3 pm, a tradition since 1960. We watch cartoons, drink Glögg and eat gingerbread cookies. The kids start getting excited about Santa Clause’s arrival.

Santa or one of his elves will show up at our house to spend a little time with us. He also helps hand out the Christmas gifts. A tradition my kids are excitingly looking forward to every Christmas Eve.

For dinner, we have a traditional smorgasbord, called “julbord.” On the “Julbord” you will find ham, ribs, meatballs, herring and smoked salmon. You will also find local specialties, depending on what part of Sweden or Scandinavia you are from.

With the meal, we drink “Julmust.” It is a soda drink, something in-between Coca-Cola and Root Beer.  This holiday drink is only available in the stores around Christmas and Easter.

For dessert, we have “julgröt” rice pudding. Now, I must say that most my American friends and family have adjusted, to our “Julbord” tradition. They still have a little hard time with Santa, or one of his elves, actually showing up at our house.

Eurovision Song Contest – Melodifestivalen

Eurovision Song ContestEvery year, there is an ongoing party around “Melodifestivalen.” This is a music competition leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest final. This International music competition has been around since 1956, making it one of the world’s longest running TV shows. Each competing country sends their representative. Representing your country in the Eurovision song contest is a big honor. Music wonders like ABBA and Celine Dion have won the competition.

Each country has different ways of picking their contestant that will represent them. Sweden has numerous competitions leading up to the big “Melodifestival” final. The Swedish “Melodifestivalen” winner will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Watching these shows is something me and my kid’s love, ask my husband about it and he is not overly excited about it.

Swedes Love to Travel

Love for TravelEvery year most Swedes take a vacation either within the country or abroad. Swedes love to travel. As long as I can remember, vacation-time and family-time was always a priority. That stuck with me, and today I like to take my own family on trips. We go back to Sweden frequently. I have to go back and soak in the natural beauty, the open landscapes, and the unique Swedish atmosphere.

If you haven’t been to Scandinavia yet, I highly recommend a visit. The rich history and the culture, along with the natural beauty and modern architecture, makes for a fun and exciting vacation. Friendly, English speaking Scandinavians make the trip even better.

If you are ready to find out more about Scandinavia or to book your travels, you can contact us here.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below, and I will be happy to answer them.

Scandinavian Sporting Events 2019

January 9, 2019

Filed under: Scandinavian Sporting Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , — discoverscandinaviatours @ 10:46 am

Sporting Events in Scandinavia 2019Scandinavia offers many different sporting events throughout the year. They are also hosting many world cup events. Many when it comes to winter sports. Norway, Sweden, and Finland often host cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and ski jump events. Denmark host many cycling events. Iceland is the host of a midnight golf tournament.  Scandinavian sporting events for 2019 are many, and we list a few of them below.

Scandinavian Sporting Events 2019

January

  • World Cup Alpine Skiing, Norway
  • Cross Country World Ski Championship, Lahti Finland
  • World Cup Cross Country Skiing, Ulricehamn Sweden
  • Track Cycling, Copenhagen Denmark

February

  • Cyclo-Cross World Championship, Bogense Denmark
  • World Cup Alpine Skiing, Åre Sweden
  • Ski Jumping, Lahti Finland
  • World Cup Cross Country, Lahti Finland
  • Rally World Championship, Sweden
  • Biathlon World Championship, Östersund Sweden

March

  • World Women’s Curling Championship, Silkeborg Denmark
  • World Cup Ski Jumping, Oslo Norway
  • Biathlon World Cup Holmenkollen, Oslo Norway
  • Ski Orienteering World Championship, Piteå Sweden
  • World Cup Cross Country Skiing, Falun Sweden
  • Cross-country Race Vasa Loppet, Dalarna Sweden
  • World Cross Country Championships, Aarhus Denmark
  • World Cup Cross Country Skiing, Oslo Norway
  • Raw Air Tournament in Norway at different locations

April

  • Ice Hockey Women World Championship, Finland

May

  • Cycling Tour of Norway
  • Copenhagen Marathon, Copenhagen Denmark
  • Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki Finland
  • European Golf Tour, Farso Denmark

June

  • Athletics Stockholm Gala, International Track and Field Meet, Stockholm Sweden
  • Stockholm Marathon, Stockholm Sweden
  • Bislett Games, Track and Field Meet, Oslo Norway
  • The Arctic Open Golf, Akureyri Iceland
  • Suzuki Midnight Sun Run, Laugardalur Iceland
  • WOW Cyclothon Race, Iceland
  • Midnight Sun Marathon, Tromso Norway

July

  • Swedish Open Tennis, Båstad Sweden
  • Oringen, Orienteering, Kolmården Sweden

August

  • Rally World Championship, Finland
  • Cycling Arctic Race of Norway
  • Foot Orienteering, Norway
  • Cycling Post Nord Danmark Runt Tour of Denmark
  • Motor cross MXGP, Uddevalla Sweden
  • Reykjavik Marathon, Reykjavik Iceland
  • Scandinavian Invitation, Golf, Gothenburg Sweden

September

  • Lidingöloppet, World’s largest cross-country running race, Stockholm Sweden

October

  • DANISA Denmark Open Badminton, Odense Denmark

November

  • World Cup Men’s Handball, Denmark (and Germany)

 

As you can see on this list, there are many significant Scandinavian sporting events in 2019. If you are over there during a big event is taking place, take the opportunity to join it. It will allow you to enjoy a sport that might not be a very common one, in your part of the world.

We would be happy to help you with your next Scandinavian adventure. If you want us to put a trip together explicitly designed for you and include one of the events above please contact us for more information.

If you have an event that you would like to include in this list, please leave a comment below, and we will consider it.

Have you attended any of these events or plan on participating? If you do, we would love to hear from you as well. Feel free to share your experience below,

Welcome to Discover Scandinavia Tours Blog

December 31, 2018

Filed under: Discover Scandinavia Tours — Tags: — discoverscandinaviatours @ 8:01 am

Discover Scandinavia Tour BlogWe just launched our new website, and with the new site, we also want to introduce our blog. Here we will share destination information, news and updates, you will get to know more about Discover Scandinavia Tours and the people behind it.

We are excited to share our knowledge of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. To share not only tips and ideas but the authentic Scandinavia. This is a part of the world that we know well, in fact, we know it really, really well.

Marcelo Guimaraes, the owner of the company, has traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia, discovering the golden nuggets and creating contacts with local suppliers and vendors. Veronica Lanzer, in Sales and Marketing, is a native Swede who has traveled to many of the Scandinavian corners, waiting to help you with your next adventure.

When you are planning your Scandinavian travels, you will have questions:

What are the “must-see” places and attractions in these countries? How will you as a traveler get around in the best way, seeing as much as possible? Where are the best restaurants to eat as the locals do? If you want exciting, thrilling adventures where in Scandinavia should you go? If you want natural beauty and historical sights what location is best for that?

With this blog, we will over time build a small library of information related to travels in Scandinavia. We will also share relevant news and events. Information that will be helpful when planning your trip to this beautiful part of the world.

Who Is Behind the Company of Discover Scandinavia Tours?

MarceloMarcelo Guimaraes founded the company back in 2013. It was after a trip to the Scandinavian capitals, where he experienced what these 5 countries have to offer, that he decided to share the love for these destinations with the world. It was the history, culture and the friendly people of Scandinavia that got him into business. Today Marcelo has a small team helping him give you a trip of a lifetime.

What We Do

  • Help you create memories in the beautiful Scandinavian countries
  • Provide you with unique experiences that you might not even have thought of
  • Customize your trip to your specific needs and likings
  • Provide you excellent service

Why You Should Travel with Us to Scandinavia

Scandinavia Experts – Scandinavia is what we do. We are experts on the destinations we sell. These 5 countries take all our time, energy and focus.

Personal Attention – We give one on one attention. If you are looking for somebody to create a customized tour in Scandinavia, we can help. You can also pick one of our already designed tours. We start with a already designed tour and adjust according to your needs. You will get personal attention from one of our Scandinavia experts.

Fantastic Service – When you buy your trip from us, the service doesn’t end with the sale. We are here to answer any questions you might have and to give you a fantastic service until you return from your travels.

US Based Company – We are a US based company, this makes communication easy. We will get back with you promptly.

Traveler Reviews – What really matters is what our travelers think. Read some of the traveler reviews and find out what people, traveling with Discover Scandinavia Tours, really think.

From the DST team we want to take this opportunity to say, Welcome to our blog and to invite you to follow along on our travel journey!

We want to wish you a fantastic 2019! Hopefully, a travel year filled with Scandinavian experiences!

The Discover Scandinavia Tour Team

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