What's New in Scandinavia in 2010
In the coming year, travelers to
For much of 2010,
On the transportation front,
On the sleepy isle of Aero, in the south of
Farther north, in
Out on the Norwegian fjords, you can take a tour on a super-fast rigid inflatable boat (RIB, a.k.a. "Zodiac" boat), which is designed to slice at top speeds through the fjord. Passengers don full-body weather suits, furry hats, and spacey goggles, making everyone look like crash-test dummies. As the boat rockets across the water -- pausing at some particularly scenic spots for narration from your English-speaking captain/guide -- you'll be thankful for the gear, no matter the weather. FjordSafari, based in Flam, operates these tours on the Sognefjord (www.fjordsafari). Tours costs
The Scandinavian people seem to have great relations with their royal families, since the royals know their place: They obey their constitutions and do pretty well at staying out of the tabloids. But
ABBA fans are singing the blues after plans to turn
Each of these Nordic and Baltic countries is dominated by a capital city that offers sightseeing fun and a distinct cultural flavor. And they're all well connected by air, sea, or train, making it easy to sample several cities in one trip. Whatever year you decide to visit, remember that Scandinavia is best in summer.
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