3 ways to Relax Scandinavian Style

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Take a retreat to discover Scandinavia’s secrets for rest and relaxation. Nordic food, culture and health trends have been a recent lifestyle phenomenon – yet these Viking traditions have been around for thousands of years.

Explore how you can enjoy a natural lifestyle when you visit the natural beauty of Sweden.

A cozy cup of coffee…

In Scandinavia, one of the most common ways to relax from the stress of everyday life is through “fika.” This daily ritual is built into the schedule of most Scandinavians and basically translates to grabbing a cup of coffee and a warm pastry with a friend. Sweden ranks as one of the top coffee consuming countries in the world – that’s a lot of fika. Perhaps all of these breaks play a role in the fact that Sweden also ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world?

If you are looking for your next cup, Drop Coffee is the place to go. Or, if you have just arrived in the city center, Mean Coffee offers visitors a warm welcome (despite the roaster’s name) right across from the main train station.

Escape to the great outdoors!

The archipelago of Stockholm may not be too far outside of the city, but the unspoiled landscape will make you feel a million miles away. Stockholm’s archipelago is composed of 24,000 individual islands. Peaceful waterways connect the area’s scenic, lush islands. Make sure you remember to pack your camera, because the views from the water are postcard worthy!

The rewards of rejuvenation

For visitors looking for a less active way to relax, there is no better place to go than a Scandinavian sauna. These dimly lit spaces are the perfect place to quietly reflect, as the steam seems to soak away the stress of city life.

Benches in sauna

Typically, the aroma of fresh birch from the bundle of birch twigs known as ‘vasta’ or ‘vihta’ encompasses the sauna. These can be used to help achieve smoother skin. At 158°F (70°C), these popular saunas make the cold Swedish winters more tolerable. However, don’t be surprised if you encounter a few brave souls jumping into the icy Scandinavian waters after their time in the sauna.

With a beautiful spa situated right on Stockholm’s calming waterways, the spa at our Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Stockholm is the ideal place to relish in some R&R right in the heart of the city.

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