Welcome back to my ‘Six cities in seven days’ adventure through Russia and Scandinavia.
If you missed part one where I explored Tallin, St. Petersbourg and Helsinki then you can click here to catch up.
After wandering around the best of the latter cities in Estonia, Russia and Finland, it was time to continue the Princess Cruise route I was on and time to head to the next three insanely beautiful locations of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.
All of those in one week?! Dreamy itinerary right? See the exact Russia and Scandinavia cruise I did here.
Here it is, my favourite finds and all my captures. Starting with Stockholm…
Destination four: Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm was hands down the city I was most looking forward to exploring on the Princess itinerary. I have a few friends that live here and have always heard and seen such wonderful things (on the gram) but never had the chance to go.
Finally, thanks to Princess Cruises, it was time to explore.
Top tip: If you visit Stockholm with the cruise that I did, you’ll dock about an hour outside of the city centre. You will then need to hop on the transfer that you can book with Princess.
Before meeting my friend Malin who lives here in Stockholm, I ventured out to find the remains of the cherry blossom in Kungstraadgarden (success) and the insanely cool metro art that everyone had pointed me towards.
Following that we grabbed poke bowls from Shaka Shaka and sat by the river in Tanto Strandbad devouring them whilst people jumped into the water underneath the beams of sunshine pouring down. It was a gorgeous day and one that held Stockholm in it’s finest light.
During the afternoon we wandered the main river, discovered we were one week too early to hire kayaks to explore the city on the water at Stöcafeet, ventured through Gamla Stan, indulged in Fika together and toasted a cold aperitif on a new rooftop bar in town overlooking the city.
Fun fact: Fika translates to ‘Coffee and a treat with a friend’ and is a legit term used by the Swedes. Reasons to love Stockholm right there.
My favourite finds in Stockholm:
- Tanto Strandbad – Rocks on water and area to swim! nearest station Hornstull
- AtSix – Rooftop bar with all the vibes
- Bröd&Salt – Fika vibes with the best cinnamon buns in town!
- Rent Kayaks and explore Stockholm by the water with Sjöcafeet
- Yummy restaurants: STHLM raw, Pelikan, VeteKatten, Herrmans
- Södermalm – Swedens answer to Shoreditch
- Gamla Stan – The old town
- My favourite subway station art work – Stadion (the rainbow), T-Centralen,
Destination five: Copenhagen, Denmark
The home of Hygge. In another life, I swear I would have been born here.
If there’s any country in the world that has a reflection of my soul – it’s Denmark. If you have no idea what Hygge is, buy this book. It’s a way of life and is a wholesome way to pursue everything down to the finer details of furniture placement, candles, lighting and kindness. Hygge is reflected in the interior design in most establishments here in Copenhagen and it’s gorgeous. You’ll see evidence in my snaps below.
Needless to say, even after my winter getaway to Copenhagen a year or so back, it was an absolute pleasure to return.
- Read my 10 ways to save money in Copenhagen blog post here.
- Read my ‘Guide to spending 3 winter days in Copenhagen’ here.
This time, the ship I arrived on docked in Denmark on a very hot summers day and my experience was set to be a total contrast in temperature to my previous one.
I started off by doing the complete tourist rounds and revisited Nyhavn – the most photographed area in Copenhagen, the one you’ll all have seen in the travel agents and on the gram.
On a summers day, which also happened to be a bank holiday, it was more crowded than ever so my little shoot out was short and sweet before I moved away to find some lunch. Nyhavn is the perfect place to jump on a canal tour of the city but otherwise it’s stunning to do as I did and walk the city.
I ended up having two lunches because I was heading for SimpleRaw and ended up stumbling across a sign with ‘matcha’ on which led me to having an Matcha chia bowl at 42Raw first.
I spent the afternoon being shown around the local hangouts by my two Danish friends who live in Copenhagen and after a second lunch (juice) at SimpleRaw which is in a square worth visiting alone Gråbrødretorv, we retreated to Kings Garden for an hour of sunshine on the grass. It seemed half of Copenhagen had the same idea and there was a dreamy summer vibe there with music, picnics and beers flowing freely.
My favourite finds in Copenhagen:
- Boat tour of the city starting in Nyhavn
- Grab a Danish Smørrebrød lunch (open sandwiches made with rye)
- Noma – said to be the worlds best restaurant\
- Wander the main shopping area of Stroget
- Visit the main sights: Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid, Rosenborg Castle, Freetown Christiana,
- Grab a coffee in Nørrebro – Copenhagens answer to Shoreditch
- Explore by bike (it’s a very Copenhagen thing to do)
- Grab food on the water at Copenhagen Street Food market
- Healthy hotspots: 42Raw, SimpleRaw, Palao Torvehallerne
- Picnic and chills on the grass at Kings Garden (also known as Rosenborg Garden)
- Grab food in the gorgeous Gråbrødretorv square with outdoor seating
Destination six: Oslo, Norway
Oslo was the final city stop on our itinerary and also the place we personally disembarked our 11 day Princess Cruise itinerary (though for this specific cruise you would usually embark and disembark in Copenhagen).
The sail in was particularly worth noting and was worth setting the alarms at 6.45am for…
If i’m honest, we had about 4 hours to explore before we needed to head to the airport. Having never been to Norway before I came to the conclusion that i’d 100% be back to adventure through the fjords and therefore would cover Oslo properly when I do.
Instead of running around like a headless chicken trying to put some kind of guide together for you, I did some laptop work with a coffee in Oslo Raw before meandering back through the town via potentially the coolest building in the world, the Oslo Opera House.
Head over to my ‘Life on a cruise: A Russia and Scandinavian adventure with Princess cruises’ blog post here to read more about what your cruise adventure could look like and what I honestly thought of travelling in this way.
Have you ever been on a cruise? What did you think?
Would you ever think to go on one?
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