Northern Europe

School terms keep kids in school and parents sane. Holidays can be boring to kids if they are left alone. Discuss vacation ideas and how to make good use of the free time for both children and adults.
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lexis
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Re: Northern Europe

Post by lexis » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:12 pm

Sweden, Norway or Helsinki? Which is the most interesting for tourists in november/December? Travelling with 2 teens, looking for scenery, museums, snow, some adventure.

Don't intend to chase the Northern lights. Any sharing of experience on airlines flying there would be great too! Thanks!

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by elenang » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:53 pm

I have only been in Norway Fjords in June. In winter, we did before Helsinki and Stockholm for 1 day each and spent 5 days up northern Finland - staying in glass igloo and cabins. Personally for me, chasing the lights is part of the adventure. :) Otherwise, there is always dogsledding and other winter activities. I loved the Finland holiday as we stayed in our own wooden cabin which was actually quite fun. Almost all these cabins have saunas and we chopped firewood and sat by our own fireplace enjoying our own home cooked dinner. At night, there was complete darkness but we heard heavy breathing presumably by reindeers which was unseen by us. The night sky was also amazing!

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by lexis » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks for sharing, elenang! did you find it very cold in Finland?

the thought of staying in a cabin in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace with a home cooked dinner, sounds great!

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by Generous » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:14 pm

Was in Sweden, Gothenburg and Varberg for about 2 weeks in Jan 2017. Nice and cold. And there were days when it got really cold, minus 19 degrees. One of my friends flew up north to Abisko to see the Northern lights, it was minus 26 there. Need good warm shoes to keep your feet warm, and of course, nice thick coats too.
Something unique - my Swedish friends booked an outdoor bath for us. This facility belongs to a hotel, but it is open to public as well. We were led to a wooden 'hut' with low ceiling. In the middle of this hut is a bbq pit. The staff had started the fire for us, which kept the hut nice & warm. We put our bags ther and went over to the changing room next to the hut, changed into our bathing suits and got into a hot tub that could seat 8 people. Was really nice experience, our bodies were warm in the hot tub but the snow flakes were falling down on our hair and faces. After 10 min, my Swedish friends were getting out of the hot tub and plunging into the icy cold (filled with ice cubes) tub nearby. They were yelling as they plunged in, haha, and just for 2 min they got out and came back in the hot tub. And again they yelled, they told me it was due to the sharp difference in temperature, they felt needles and pins on their skin. For me and my daughters, we chose to stay in the hot tub...
I love Scandinavia. Norway, Sweden and Denmark I have been, yet to visit Finland and Iceland - in my bucket list, haha.
I have flown on Qatar to Copenhagen, and on Turkish and Finnair to Gothenburg couple of times. SQ flies direct to Stockholm, fyi.

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by elenang » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:51 am

In fact, I didnt feel as cold as in Iceland or Canada. I think the sauna culture helps to keep people warm. I stayed in the glass igloo where there was no shower just a toilet. For our shower, we had to walk 10 min in the snow to the public sauna and after our hot shower and sauna, walking back felt nice and comfy....


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Re: Northern Europe

Post by happymom_aa » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:04 am

Hi,
Please share which service provider to go in Finland if to buy those unlimited data plan or is it better to sign up for Singtel or those wifi router rental thing in Singapore before departure.

Thanks.

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by jacsplace » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:24 pm

Can anyone advise where to change Danish kroner in Singapore? thanks!

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by Lostsoul9 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:46 am

jacsplace wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Can anyone advise where to change Danish kroner in Singapore? thanks!
I believe some money changers in raffles place (arcade) do carry kroner. I changed mine there previously.

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by jacsplace » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:52 pm

Thanks Lostsoul9. Will look into that or just change euros to dkk when we arrive in copenhagen.

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Re: Northern Europe

Post by phankao » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:54 pm

happymom_aa wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:04 am
Hi,
Please share which service provider to go in Finland if to buy those unlimited data plan or is it better to sign up for Singtel or those wifi router rental thing in Singapore before departure.

Thanks.
Can just use wifi router, right?

Roaming Man? Changi recommends?

I saw the worldwide skyroam recently - how does this compare with above 2 options? THose 2 usually need us to register which country we are going to. Skyroam seems to just be "worldwide".

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