The Hellsten Helsinki Senate was a wonderful place to stay for our vacation in Helsinki Finland. We had a wonderful suite with a large living room, kitchen, full bath, large bedroom and even our own sauna. It is located on an island with a easy walk to shopping, restaurants, the market, boats and the Central Train Station. There is also a tram that runs from the corner right to the train station.
We arrived on the Viking overnight cruise from Stockholm Sweden. It docked on the island a few short blocks from the hotel. When we left to catch our flight to Copenhagen, Denmark, we walked to the Central Train Station. There we caught a train right into the airport. Public transportation was inexpensive, fast and very convenient.
TheYouTube video below shows this great hotel:
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Bergen is a great little city in Norway. It is on the western shores of Norway directly opposite Oslo. We took the scenic train from Oslo to Bergen over snow covered mountains (A VLOG on this is coming next). We stayed at the Zander K Hotel in Bergen directly opposite the Central Train Station.
When you visit Bergen be sure to experience:
- Funicular up the mountain to hiking trails and a fantastic sunset
- Fish Market
- Multi-Colored Buildings
- Sea Port
- Bergenhus Fortress & Museum
- Walk the streets and enjoy the city
We ate wonderful fish at the Fish Market at the port. The fish is fresh. There are several shops here to buy fish and several restaurants to eat it. You can dine outside (weather permitting) or inside.
Come walk with around Bergen:
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Tags: Bergenhus Fortress Museum, Fish, Fish Market, fishmarket, Funicular, Multi-colored buildings, Seaport
The Zander K is a wonderful hotel in Bergen Norway one block from the Central Train Station. It has a wonderful breakfast, a great bar and restaurant and spacious rooms. This hotel is located within an easy walk of the Marina, Fish Market, Funicular, Seaport and multi-colored buildings. Taking the Light-Rail to and from the Bergen airport is the easiest and cheapest way.
Come see this great small hotel in the heart of Bergen:
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We recently spent 3 weeks in Scandinavia. It was a wonderful trip. we visited Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. This vlog is about our trip to Oslo Norway. We stayed at a wonderful hotel in Oslo that was central to everything. We went in the beginning of April. It was cold but not freezing. We had several sunny days that felt warm and wonderful.
The waterfront was our favorite area. Here you can rent boats, take a boat ride, walk on a boardwalk and find endless types of restaurants. Oslo is a very walkable city. The Central Train Station was only 13-minute walk from our hotel and another few minutes to the Palace or waterfront. You can also rent a bicycle or your hotel may lend you one.
Come see Oslo with us in our YouTube Video below:
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Tags: Bicycles, Norway, Oslo, Oslo Central Train Station, Oslo Palace, Oslo Waterfront, Oslo weather, Walk Oslo
Hotel Verdandi is a wonderful small hotel in Oslo. It is about a 13-minute walk from the Central Train Station. As you exit the front of the station, you walk straight on a pedestrian walk way towards the Palace. The hotel is on the left about 2 blocks off the walkway. It is near the Palace, City Hall and the waterfront. There are restaurants along the pedestrian walkway as well as at the waterfront.
The rooms are nice, clean and the staff is friendly. The hotel gives a free breakfast at a restaurant across the street. It is a buffet including eggs, cheese, meats, fruit, breads and sweet rolls.
If you plan a trip to Oslo, this is a great hotel in a very convenient location to stay.
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Tags: Central Station, City Hall, Hotel Verdandi, Oslo, Palace, Waterfront
We just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in Scandinavia. Our itinerary was:
- flying into Frankfurt Germany for 3 nights
- We then flew to Oslo Norway for 2 nights
- Then we took the scenic train from Oslo to Bergen for 2 nights
- We then flew from Bergen to Stockholm for 3 nights
- We then took an overnight Viking cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki for 3 nights
- We then flew from Helsinki to Copenhagen for 5 nights
- We flew back to Frankfurt for 1 night to catch our flight home the next day
In Copenhagen Denmark we stayed at a remarkable hotel called the Ibsens. This VLOG is about this hotel, its staff and location. If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen, stay at the Ibsens for a great experience. Tell them I sent you.
There are two new playlists on my YouTube account:
This video is in both as well as my Hotels Playlist.
Enjoy the video:
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Tags: Copenhagen, Denmark, Hotels, Ibsens Hotel, Scandinavia
Getting to Europe is easy but can be expensive for most of us. See my tips on cheaper airfares. Once there, you need to move around between countries, between cities in a country and around a city. There are many ways to do this including:
- Metro (Subway)
- Car Services for hire)
- Motorcycles or Vespas
- Tour Busses (Hop on Hop Off)
Watch the YouTube video below for ideas on using these modes of transportation:
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