Meet the average Swedish family- the Anderssons

It´s good to know a few standard tips and cultural quirks of the Swedes before your visit to Stockholm with us. Read this fun evaluation of an average Swede and see how much truth lies int the classic stereotypes of blonde-herring-Volvo-high-taxes-green-living is true. (more…)

Did You Know- 25 Fun & Interesting Facts About Stockhol...

Stockholm is often known as the ‘World’s Smallest Big City’ or the ‘World’s Biggest Small Town’. Stockholm’s oldest surviving building is The Riddarholmen Church, a Franciscan monastery built in 1270.  Stockholm Panorama with Riddarholmen Church 3. In 1710, a catastrophic plague obliterated about one third of Stockholm’s population. 4. The city became the venue for the award of the first Nobel Prizes, in the year 1901.   City Hall, Venue of Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm 5. Stockholm Globe Arena is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world. 6. The city’s subway is also known as the world's longest art gallery, with the majority of              its stations being adorned with paintings, sculptures and mosaics. 7. Stockholm is the second most visited city in the Nordic countries. 8. The city is sometimes referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, thanks to its beautiful buildings           and exquisite architecture, abundant open water and numerous parks. 9. The total absence of heavy industry makes Stockholm one of the world's  cleanest metropolises.  Panorama of Stockholm  10. The people of Stockholm are dependent on the service industry for their daily bread,       which accounts for 85% of the jobs in the city. 11.Stockholm houses two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Royal Palace Drottningholm and the The Woodland Cemetery.  The Swedish Royal Palace of Drottningholm 12. During the second half of June it barely ever gets dark in Stockholm during some weeks due to the midnight sun.  13. A traditional and famous dish of Sweden is Swedish meatballs, served with gravy, boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam. Traditional lingonberry jam in Sweden 14. Did you know what a Swedish crayfish party is? A traditional summer eating and drinking celebration in August involving boiled crayfish served with boiled potatoes and dill. 15. Ice hockey and soccer are Sweden's main sports, other popular sports include handball, golf, gymnastics, athletics and cross country skiing. 16. Sweden has given the world some of the greatest pop bands and singers, including Abba, The Cardigans and Roxette.       17. Pippi Longstocking is also Swedish. 18. The astronomical lens is a Swedish invention. 19. The world-famous discount furniture chain IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. 20. Happy Hour in Sweden is called "After Work." 21. Swedes have the longest life expectancy in Europe. 22. At the height of its empire, Sweden built a large warship The Vasa to symbolize its power. It was so big and heavy that on its maiden voyage in 1628, it sank less than a mile out of     dock.   Vasa Warship Museum in Stockholm 23. On Easter, children dress up as witches and go trick-or-treating. 24. The first ice hotel of the world was built near the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. 25. Sweden has a long and interesting history, magnificent architecture, friendly people, and stunning landscape make it one of the countries in the world one can never tire of returning to.   Come and see if all of the above is actually true or not on our Stockholm 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

Our early bird tips for shore excursions in the Baltic Sea c...

Draw your inspiration from the pages of Conde Nast Traveler and come and explore the stunning capitals of the Baltic Sea with Estonian Experience inspirational and entertaining private tours! The sun is out from behind the horizon and the best time to explore the Baltic & Scandinavian capitals is about to begin! From the charm of medieval Tallinn to royal Copenhagen and Stockholm with a touch of modern design in everyday life of Helsinki - there is so much more to these destinations... Take your pick on www.estonianexperience.com