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Feel More Positive This Year! Tour the Happiest Countries with Road Scholar

By Sixty and Me February 03, 2016 Travel

If eating exquisite cinnamon buns (kanelbulle) in Denmark, delicious meatballs (köttbullar) in Sweden or fabulous smoked salmon (Rokt laks) in Norway appeals to you, you’ve come to the right place! All of these delicacies are among my favorites too.

But, did you know that the Scandinavian countries offer way more than tasty food? Norway, Sweden and Denmark are also among the happiest countries in the world!

Older Travelers Are More Adventurous than Ever

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with so many women in our community. One thing that I can say for sure is that we love to travel. We may not always get to hit the road as often as we would like. But, when we do, we know what we want.

We travel to have fun, learn, discover new things and get to know ourselves on a deeper level. We also like to find new friends who share our interests. Along the way, we love seeing new and wonderful vistas and learning about new places. If this sounds like you, Road Scholar may be for you. And what better way to experience Road Scholar than to see the happiest countries in the world with them?

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I’d like to tell you a bit about why I am so in love with this part of the world.

Experience the Magic of Norway

It’s true that the sun never sets in some parts of Norway, during the summer months. This gives travelers even more time to see all of the country’s natural wonders.

Norway’s fjords and coastline are undeniably stunning and they attract adventurous explorers from around the world. Back in civilization, the city of Oslo is a culinary paradise with no less than 4 restaurants having received 5 stars from the Michelin food guide.

On a personal note, I’m absolutely addicted to salted caramels and there is a small café in Stockholm that sells some of the best in the world.

Road Scholar offers several programs in Norway, including the Spectacular Fjords and the Coastline of Norway. This 15-night learning adventure stops in Bergen Sogndal, Kabelvag and Oslo.

Road Scholar - Norwegian FjordsThe ship winds its way along the amazing Norwegian coastline, between snowcapped mountains and shimmering sea. Highlights include sailing on Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord, and visiting the beautiful Næroyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another “must see” attraction in Norway really isn’t an attraction at all. Instead is a spectacular natural phenomenon, called the Northern Lights. Road Scholar’s Northern Lights adventure, The Greatest Light Show on Earth: Norwegian Astronomy Above the Arctic Circle, features stops in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and many other amazing ports.

Explore Sweden’s Natural Beauty

For travelers who love the outdoors, Sweden is a wonderful place to visit! The air and water are sparkling clean and the Stockholm Archipelago of about 30,000 islands offers endless opportunities for happiness and contentment. If you love swimming, hiking, cycling, fishing or horseback riding, Sweden is a natural choice.

If you want to experience Sweden with Road Scholar, you have several wonderful options. Their Seaside Capitals of the Baltic adventure visits Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia and Finland.

Feel the Happiness of Danish “Hygge”

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is a spectacular city. It is a bikers’ heaven! It is also home to the Alfred Nobel museum, Rococo Frederiksstaden district, Tivoli pleasure gardens and the “Little Mermaid” statue.

New Harbor, or Nyhavn, is one of my favorite spots. This part of the city is a 17th-century waterfront canal and entertainment district featuring plenty of cafes and restaurants. The gold, rust, blue and white buildings present wonderful photo opportunities.

Wherever you go in Copenhagen, you will experience the Danish tradition of “hygge.” This word is often translated a feeling of “coziness,” but it’s much more than this. Hygge describes a sense of connection that the Danish have for each other. It talks to the intimacy and friendship that has made Denmark one of the happiest countries in the world.

Road Scholar - Denmark

Road Scholar combines the vibrant energy of Copenhagen and the natural beauty of Sweden in a 9-night program called The Beat of the Nordic Heart: Vibrant Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Participants spend 4 days in Copenhagen. Then they travel, by train, to Stockholm, where they stay for 4 additional days. This unique Road Scholar learning experience gives you plenty of time to explore these wonderful countries on your own terms.

Can’t decide which of these 3 amazing countries to visit? No problem! Road Scholar’s Four Scandinavian Capitals adventure takes participants to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki Over the course of 17 nights, travelers experience the lifestyle, fabulous food and unique culture that makes this part of the world so happy.

Don’t forget that you can enter to win $500 off your next Road Scholar adventure, just by signing up for their free catalog. This is an exclusive offer, just for Sixty and Me members, and there is no obligation to purchase.


Have you visited Sweden, Denmark or Norway? What was your experience? Have you ever gone on a Road Scholar adventure? Please join the conversation.

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