The Christmas tree at the old town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se
The Christmas tree at the old town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se


Wintry weekend wonderlands

SAS flies direct to Scandinavia from several major US hubs, providing great weekend getaway opportunities for travelers to discover the winter wonderlands of northern Europe.

Christmas in Nyhavn Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen

Imagine a glittering weekend spent strolling through Copenhagen’s world-famous Tivoli Christmas Market,hitting the slopes at ­Oslo’s Winter Park, or taking a leisurely winter cruise through the otherworldly Stockholm archipelago. No matter what you consider the perfect ingredients for a weekend getaway, Scandinavia’s glamorous capitals are filled with attractions – and these cities are closer than you think.  

“The flight time from Boston to Copen­hagen or from New York to Oslo is not much longer than to the US West Coast,” says Max Knagge, General Manager for SAS in the US. “So, for example, if you fly on a Thursday night, you’ll wake up in Stockholm, Oslo or ­­Copenhagen, ready to take advantage of three full days, before heading back home on Sunday night.” 

Scandinavia regularly places at the top of world happiness surveys and while ­having ­secure and orderly societies as the bedrock of those results, there’s a lot more to it.  

If it’s Michelin-starred food that gets you excited, Copenhagen is home to no less than 15 starred restaurants, including Geranium, the city’s only three-starred eatery, which has been named the 28th best restaurant in the world. Bocuse d’Or winner Chef Rasmus ­Kofoed is at the helm, serving elegant, ­world-class fare that will delight any foodie. The city’s Nyhavn district is bursting with exciting restaurants, and for night crawlers the music and club scene is worth the visit alone. 

For culture vultures, Stockholm is home to nearly 100 museums, giving you the opportunity to explore everything from ancient history to modern art. The world-class Fotografiska Museum and Modern ­Museum are perfect for fans of contemporary art, while music lovers might be surprised that the Abba Museum takes you on a comprehensive tour of Swedish musical history before letting you channel your inner Björn or Frida. 

Urban skiing on the rooftop of the Oslo Opera House. Photo: VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund

With the award-winning Opera House overlooking the Oslo Fjørd and charming trams that make traversing the city simple and easy, Norway’s capital packs a lot into a small city. Home to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” the city also has one of the finest outdoor skating rinks you’ll ever glide across and the historic Holmenkollen ski jump, where you’ll also find the Ski Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world. 

Scandinavians understand how to make the most of their time during the colder periods of the year. With short flight times, favorable ­exchange rates and easy access to city centers, there is no better time to explore the exotic charms of Scandinavia during one of the most magical parts of the year.  

Last edited: November 27, 2017

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