21 days
Duration
Europe
Destination
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Scandinavian Design Small Group Tour

The Scandinavian design small group tour shares an appreciation of Scandinavian design and architecture in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Our specialised, escorted Scandinavia tour takes in the major design houses and museums of the Nordic region. It also explores many out-of-the-way masterpieces, away from traditional tourist routes. This escorted small group tours spends time in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Scandinavian Design small group tour itinerary :

The Scandinavian design tour begins in Copenhagen: the home of Nordic design. We commence our journey with a guided walking tour through this spectacular city, spending time in Stroget. Here we will be introduced to Denmark's premier high street labels in the area of interior design.

While in Copenhagen, we also visit Paustian House, a large furniture showroom located on the waterfront in Copenhagen. Completed in 1987, it is one of the most notable works in Denmark. Paustian House was designed by prize-winning architect Jørn Utzon, the designer of the Sydney Opera House. We visit the Paustian Showroom and enjoy lunch at the Paustian Cafeteria followed by a visit to the Danform Showroom designed by Jørn Utzon in 1985. Here we will enjoy a presentation by the Marketing & Sales Director on the importance of design in export markets for Scandinavia.

In Aarhus, our Scandinavian tour focused on design enjoys a tour of the Fredensborg Houses. These houses comprise one of Jørn Utzon’s largest projects in Denmark from 1959-1962. In Elsingor, the group has a guided tour of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Here, we experience one of the finest collections of international modern art as well as a world-famous sculpture park.

After exploring Denmark, the Scandinavian tour design departs  for Sweden. Here we visit the Gothenburg University School of Design & Craft (HDK). This school is a significant influence on Scandinavian style and Nordic design. Afterwards, we visit the Volvo Museum to immerse ourselves in the history and universe of everything Volvo, the automobile company.

Finally, the tour on Scandinavian design concludes in Finland where we discover the success stories of Iittala glassware and Marimekko.

 Scandinavian Design, a Small Group Tour

On this Scandinavian design small group tour we learn why famous interiors like the L.A. Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Reichstag in Berlin sourced Danish Textiles. We also learn how progressive design always played a central part in the history of the car industry in Gothenburg.

Our expert leader will explain other key features of Scandinavian design and architecture along the way.

An introduction to Odyssey’s Scandinavian Design tour, by the tour leader Stephan De Roeck

How I developed a passion for Scandinavian design

My introduction to Scandinavian design started in the early 80's. The Brussels International Trade Mart sent me on a mission to create a section for Scandinavian and Finnish manufacturers related to interior design and architecture.

First I had to research and come up with a representative sample of products, followed by talking to the makers and creators and convince them to be part of that industry showcase in the heart of Europe.

While here, I was very lucky to be able to discover the latest and greatest in lighting, glassware, furniture, accessories, tableware and fabrics from that inventive part of the world.

Since then I continued to follow the trends, the artists and designers from  the Nordics, where simple but stylish living is elevated to an art form. From 2003 to 2005 I worked for a large Australian company importing and distributing European design in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. It was for me a revelation at the time that the products from the "cold" countries fitted so well in the subtropical lifestyle of Australians.

Recent Travels

This year I visited again Sweden and Denmark, and I was happy to see that the design scene there is continuing unabated. Not just related to the mass market like the Ikea phenomenon, but also in the more confidential, arts and craft sections of the market. This time I took the opportunity to update myself on the interesting new, redeveloped areas of Copenhagen and Stockholm. I was particularly impressed with recent contemporary public buildings like the opera houses, museums, and city parks.

I have to conclude that I can't wait to go back and find out more.

If you're interested in exploring more of what Odyssey has to offer, we invite you to have a look at similar tours such as European Small Art Galleries, and the English Country Houses and Gardens

Finally, for more details about Scandinavian Design tour  to Denmark, Sweden and Finland, then please click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

Tour Notes
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.

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Visit the world-famous furniture manufacturers in Northern Denmark.
2
Joined by our expert leader, visit Stroget in Copenhagen, where the country’s finest brands have flagship stores.
3
Understand why famous interiors like the L.A. Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Reichstag in Berlin sourced Danish Textiles.
4
Experience how progressive design always played a central part in the history of Volvo cars in Gothenburg.
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In Finland, discover the success stories of Iittala glassware and Marimekko.

Overview: Upon arrival in Copenhagen we check into our hotel. There will be some free time to relax before our tour commences with our welcome dinner.

(D)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen followed by lunch. In the afternoon we begin our guided stroll through Stroget. Here we will be introduced to Denmark’s premier high street labels in the area of interior design.

(B,L)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: We visit Paustian House, a large furniture showroom located on the waterfront in Copenhagen. Completed in 1987, it is one of the most notable works in Denmark by prize-winning architect Jørn Utzon, who also designed the Sydney Opera House. We visit the Paustian Showroom and enjoy lunch at the Paustian Cafeteria followed by a visit to the Danform Showroom designed by Jørn Utzon in 1985. Here we will enjoy a presentation by the Marketing & Sales Director on the importance of design in export markets.

(B,L)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: Today there will be free time to explore the wonderful city of Copenhagen. We will discover the royal capital by strolling along the streets and canals from the 17th century. We visit one of many museums with international or local exhibitions and browse Danish design shops or sample some of the delicious cuisine from the Danish kitchen.

(B)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: We travel to Allerod, located 1 hour outside Copenhagen. Here we tour the iconic Fritz Hansen Company (formed in 1872), maker of the iconic “Ant” and “Egg” chairs, designed by Arne Jacobsen.

(B)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: Today we travel to Fredensborg and enjoy a tour of the Fredensborg Houses, one of Jørn Utzon’s largest projects in Denmark from 1959-1962.

We then travel to Helsingor to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern art. This is an extraordinary museum only 25 miles from Copenhagen, showcasing landscape, architecture and art.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Admiral Hotel or similar

Overview: We travel to Ebeltoft (Aarhus) and visit Kvadrat Mills, a famous Danish textile manufacturer. The Reichstag in Berlin and the L.A. Walt Disney Concert Hall both feature Kvadrat bespoke textiles.

(B)

Accommodation: Scandic Aarhus City Hotel or similar

Overview: In the morning we head to the ARoS Modern Art Museum in Aarhus, featuring many renowned local and international artists. After the visit, we travel to Frederekshavn, where we board our ferry to Gothenburg (Sweden).

(B,D)

Accommodation: Novotel Goteborg or similar

Overview: Today we have a free day in Gothenburg. The city’s museums are within walking distance of world-class restaurants and a stunning scandinavian coastline.

(B)

Accommodation: Novotel Goteborg or similar

Overview: Today we visit Gothenburg University School of Design & Craft (HDK)  where, depending on availability, we will arrange a talk by a local specialist. In the afternoon, we visit the Volvo Museum to immerse ourselves in the history and universe of everything Volvo.

(B)

Accommodation: Novotel Goteborg or similar

Overview: We drive to Boras for a visit to the famous Boras designer textile mills as well as a tour (TBC) of the Swedish School of Textiles, Boras. This school is one of the top European textile education and research arenas.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Novotel Goteborg or similar

Overview: We travel to Växjö, a beautiful university town, crossing the central Swedish forests.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Elite Stadshotellet Växjö or similar

Overview: We drive to Kosta where we tour the Kosta Boda Glass workshops. Kosta Boda was founded in 1742, and is still at the cutting edge of contemporary glassware designed by international artists.

(B)

Accommodation: Elite Stadshotellet Växjö or similar

Overview: Today, we transfer to Alvesta station in order to board the train to Stockholm.

(B)

Accommodation: Hotel Birger Jarl or similar

Overview: Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm. We focus on new Thomas Sandell architecture, visit the Moderna Museet and the Swedish Museum of Architecture. We also see the Svensk Form Centre and Library. We will attend a talk on Swedish Design Today (TBC).

(B)

Accommodation: Hotel Birger Jarl or similar

Overview: We have a free day to explore Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. It is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The gorgeous buildings, the greenery, the fresh air, and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. This evening we board our ferry for Helsinki (overnight).

(B)

Accommodation: Overnight aboard ferry to Helsinki (2 people per cabin)

Overview: After our arrival in Helsinki we enjoy sightseeing of Eero Saarinen architecture in Helsinki.

A giant of architecture, Eero Saarinen had a long and productive career, not only in Finland, but also in the USA (United Nations, TWA terminal).

(B)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre or similar

Overview: Today we visit Artek (furniture) Main Showroom. Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements in the creation of every product that bears the Artek name. Today we will also immerse ourselves in the timeless designs of Alvar Alto in Marimekko Village and learn about the philosophy behind Finland’s most famous lifestyle brand.

(B)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre or similar

Overview: We will visit Iittala and witness these pieces coming to life in the glassblowing workshop and view the classics in the museum.

(B)

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre or similar

Overview: We have a free day in Helsinki, the capital of Finland since 1812. Influences from both the East and the West are evident in everyday Helsinki; architecture, cuisine, design, customs, and even street slang all bear evidence of a past under Russian and Swedish rule.

(B,D)

Overview: After breakfast, the tour comes to an end.

(B)

What’s included in our Tour

  • 20 nights of hotel accommodation.
  • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coaches.
  • Ferry services.
  • Services of Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
  • All lectures, excursions, entrance fees and local guides.
  • Service charges and gratuities.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
Scandinavian Designs Small Group Tour; Denmark, Sweden and Finland
Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, Finland
Scandinavian design small group tour

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