Did You Know- 25 Fun & Interesting Facts about Oslo and...

The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony is held every year in Oslo City Hall, Norway Oslo City Hall The Frogner Park is the world’s largest sculpture park located in Oslo. There are over 212 sculptures made by only a single artist. Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo The famous ‘Scream’ painting can be found at the Munch Museum in Oslo. There’s a Viking ship museum in Oslo displays 1000- year-old fully intact ships. Oslo Viking Ship Museum If Norway was flipped upside down on map of Europe, it would reach Rome, Italy. 1/3 of the country is in the Arctic Circle hence the nickname: "Land of the Midnight Sun". Currently there are more Norwegian descendants living in the USA than there are Norwegians in Norway. A saying in Norway: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing". Most Scandinavian and Baltic countries have adopted that rule as well. Women in Norway get 44 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and men get 6 weeks of full paid paternity leave Norway invented the cheese slicer which they are very proud of. And since it's nearly impossible to buy pre-sliced cheese in Norway it's pretty necessary too. Norwegians love frozen pizza!!! Cross country skiing is so popular in the winter you see people all over town in their skis Ski Museum in Holmenkollen, Norway Income tax is around 25% and yet I've heard from many people: "we believe in paying taxes, so we don't mind" Education is completely free including college. They are very proud of the pop band: A-ha is Norway's only international music success. It's actually very likely that Vikings did not use helmet at all. Only 1 helmet has ever been uncovered, the Viking helmet is sadly just a legend. The people of Oslo donate the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in London every year in gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during WWII. American movie Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (episode V) was partly recorded at Finse, near the Oslo-Bergen railway, in March 1979. Norwegians eat brown cheese (brunost) a type of sweet cheese that is not really cheese. The paper clip made from a thin wire has long been assumed to be invented and patented by a Norwegian. The Lærdal road tunnel in Norway is the world's longest road tunnel with total of 24.5 kilometers. Actor Renee Zellweger is of Norwegian descent. The name “Norway” means “path to the North”. Norway is the birthplace of modern skiing. The word “ski” is Norwegian for “piece of wood”. Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon. Come and see if all of the above is actually true or not on our Oslo City Tours & Shore Excursions.   Book & ask for more info: Call us: +372 5346 4060 E-mail: sales@estonianexperience.com

How to choose your family private tour on your Baltic Sea cr...

Scandinavian & Baltic cruises offer a wonderfully inspiring and cultural alternative to the sun filled cruise destinations of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, but it does not mean you are not entitled to a good time and fun bringing out the best of each Baltic Sea port of call. Finding the perfect tour to keep the kids entertained, parents relaxed and everyone happy is often a time consuming task filled with many questions. We wanted to give you a hand with our expertise and experience creating tours for both younger and older children from medieval activities of archery and Viking heritage entertainment to creative workshops of marzipan modelling and active farm visits. All this is integrated to your itinerary of must-have sights of local culture and treats with a lot of extra planning for a flexible program at your own pace fitting in nap-times and breaks for an enjoyable family vacation around the Baltic Sea. On top of that, we make sure to pair your party with a passionate private guide with an inviting local insight, take you back to cruise harbor on time for your ship and offer a multiple city tour package discount so you are able to nothing more than relax and leave the planning of your holiday to us.   Children’s Discounts: 3 year old and under and free, 15% discount ages 4-12.   Our list of preferred private tours for a family friendly itinerary on your Baltic Sea cruise: COPENHAGEN, Denmark Copenhagen Panoramic Tour & Tivoli Amusement Park Adventure STOCKHOLM, Sweden Scenic Stockholm, Vasa Museum & Skansen Adventure OSLO, Norway Oslo City Tour with Viking Ship & Folk Museum Experience HELSINKI, Finland Helsinki City Tour, Winter Wonderland Experience & Ice Bar TALLINN, Estonia Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour & Viking Village Adventure Tallinn Family Shore Excursion & Marzipan Workshop Husky Farm & Scenic Tallinn Tour

Top reasons to travel to Europe this summer by The Washingto...

This is a fair reminder by The Washington Post for all adventurous cruise holiday and city break lovers, why there is yet another reason to pack your bags this summer and hit the Baltic & Scandinavian destinations - due to the strong dollar, you can splurge on a taxi in Sweden, book a fantastic accommodation for your Baltic Sea pre-cruise stay in Copenhagen or have a guilty-free day of shopping & sampling the local delicacies, but all that after you try out the must-see sights on our inspirational city and shore excursions by passionate local guides bringing out the best of Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Riga and our new home in Oslo, Norway! Book all your local private tours for an entertaining overview of the local culture, history and modern day quirks with us at Estonian Experience! For the selection of tours in the Baltics & Scandinavia, please see: www.estonianexperience.com Read the full article- The Washington Post Tallinn Medieval Old Town, Estonia   Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark   Helsinki Panorama, Finaland   Striking Art Nouveau collection in Riga, Latvia         Charming Stockholm Old Town, Sweden     Captivating Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway

A few tips for a successful Baltic Sea cruise – by Estonia...

A few tips for a successful Baltic Sea cruise – by Estonian Experience well-wishing team at the Baltics Our small team delights in introducing you to the very best of each Baltic Sea port though our unique family of passionate guides and personalized approach. We are excited to show off our knowledge in an entertaining way hoping to make your touring experience with us a memorable one. Here are a few tips how you can take the most out of your first Baltic cruise getting acquainted to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki with a little pre-cruise advice from us. Make your shore excursion fit you, not the other way around Whether you are a DIY explorer, delight in hassle-free discoveries on a customized private tour or fall somewhere in-between with your own personal needs and requirements, make sure you choose the services most suitable for you. Families with young children often feel relaxed and can enjoy themselves in the comfort of a private tour, being flexible on itinerary and pace. Others with special interests would again revel in taking a tour off the beaten path to their passion, be it religion, arts or nature. And if you have never been to the Baltics, the best way to cross it off your bucket list is to experience the must-see attractions using the know-how of a local tour operator. Smart Shoes & layered clothing Pick your battles, trying to out your new pair of shoes isn´t one of the things you should be doing on your Baltic cruise. Whatever the port, from Tallinn to Stockholm, you are likely to be doing a lot of walking on cobbled streets, make sure you and your family packs comfortable footwear. Layered clothing is the best way to make sure you are prepared for the unpredictable weather conditions of the Nordic summer. An insightful Estonian proverb says: “Eyes of summer, teeth of winter.” By extension it means that no matter how beautiful and warmly enticing the weather might appear, you can’t trust it. So please make sure you have something with you for both puddle walks and strolls in the baking sun. Carpe diem!  Most of all, enjoy yourself and the city you are in by taking in the local delights, sights and the infectious spirit of passion for their town by Estonian Experience tour guides on a once-in-a-lifetime experience in and around the Baltic Sea.

Our Private Tours & Shore Excursions expanded to Scandinavia

Estonian Experience- Private Tours & Shore Excursions have expanded to Scandinavian ports of call under a new brand Nordic Experience. Our passionate story of love for hosting, entertaining and bringing out the best in each of Baltic Sea destinations is well older then the Nordic Experience brand we are proud to introduce today. Keeping the same old values of personal, custom-tailored tours lead by our handpicked team of witty and wonderful guides, Estonian Experience has simply outgrown it´s name given 7 years ago. We have now applied the same criteria for tours with passion we were successful with in Tallinn and around the Baltic Sea ports onto a new platform. Our dedication to striving for highest quality in every tour we organize has however not changed. Behind the new name, Nordic Experience, you will find the same small team of tourism professionalswith a long personal experience in guiding and tour operations. We are able to guarantee the time of your life on our tours from Tallinn to Copenhagen and in between, as all our guides share common values and an understanding for a memorable experience on a private guided tour. Through the past years we have built a dedicated network of guides in each destination with one goal in mind- inspirational tours led by intelligent, entertaining and accommodating tour guides. In doing just that, we have now reached our ideal combination of including only the services and visits into our itineraries we feel reflect our standards the best.That allows us to work directly with every guest and guide, matching the guide to suit the guest and itineraries to match the guests requirements and interests. We like to be close to our guests, so you can expect us out and about on the pier during a busy cruise morning, personally guiding tours, because we cannot live without it and at times joining in on a tour for quality purposes at any Baltic Sea cruise port we call a home of Nordic Experience. Can´t wait for the next time we meet on Nordic Experience tours in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki! Till then, have a healthy and happy 2015 filled with new experiences, people and places!   Eva-Maria Egipt-Peenmaa Managing Director

Oslo must have experiences you will get to enjoy on our priv...

Your personal welcome to Oslo by your private tour guide extends beyond historical sights, culture and everyday customs, we will also take you on a journey filled with legends and  Norwegian legacy in the capital city once a Viking homeland.       A guided stroll by the picturesque Oslo fjord lined with charming coffee shops, inviting shopping areas and classic Nordic city architecture surrounded by rugged woodlands and hills A visit to the unique Oslo City Hall, home of the Nobel Peace prize ceremony. Not just a structure, but a true masterpiece inside out. Discovering the unique collection of museums on Bygdoy peninsula, presenting 1000- year old Viking burial ships, Norwegian Folk traditions and the world´s most famous polar ship Fram. Climbing the Nordmarka hills for a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Ski Museum for a breathtaking view of the Oslo fjord, woodlands and the city nestled deep on the shoreline. Letting yourself be moved by the meaningful symbols of the unique sculpture park by Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.

OSLO – Welcome to the city where simple charm meets ru...

NEW DESTINATION - Cruise season launch with private tours in Oslo, Norway now available! Estonian Experience is proud to announce - we have extended our family of intelligent, sincere and entertaining tour guides to Oslo, Norway! Come and join us for the time of your life on Estonian Experience shore excursions in the coolest capital of the world according to Condé Nast Traveller. Welcome to the city where simple charm meets the rugged nature of Norwegian coastline in the most delightful way! For more information and tour selection, please see www.estonianexperience.com