I don’t know about you, but over these past two years I’ve happily relived, as well as excitedly planned so many Nordic holidays. From short city breaks in a thriving capital city, through to intrepid road trips taking in the forests and fjords, the options are endless.
So with borders reopening and restrictions starting to relax, maybe, just maybe, some of these long-held dreams may finally become a reality, and if like me you are itching to pack that bag, grab that passport and head off on an adventure, then here are five of my favourite new Nordic travel guides to help you on your way.
Cereal City Guide: Copenhagen, by Rosa Park, £12 from World of Books
Rather than a comprehensive directory, this beautiful pocket-sized travel guide showcases thirty of Cereal’s favourite places to explore and discover in the Danish capital.
Carefully researched and curated the Cereal City Guide to Copenhagen includes an illustrated neighbourhood map to help you find your way around, a handy itinerary for a day spent taking in the sights as well as a list of essential architectural points of interest.
If that wasn’t enough, it is filled with the most incredible original photography as well as interviews and essays from celebrated locals such as Chef Christian Puglisi and Niel Strøyer Christophersen, Founder of the design studio Frama.
How To Live Icelandic, by Nina Björk Jónsdóttir, Edda Magnus, and Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson, £20 from Waterstones
I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learnt from this book, and it has certainly left me wanting to revisit Iceland again as soon as possible.
Written by Icelanders Nína Björk Jónsdóttir and Edda Magnus, and with photography by Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson, How To Live Icelandic is way more than just a travel guide.
Packed with tips, cultural and historical facts, as well as insights into how we can all make our lives a little more Icelandic, whether that’s through music, literature, food or just an attitude to the everyday, I know How to Live Icelandic is a book I will come back to time and time again.
Copenhagen Like A Local, by DK Eyewitness, (RRP £12) £9 from Amazon
Experience Copenhagen the local way with this insider’s guide from renowned travel book writers DK Eyewitness.
Packed with recommendations from two Copenhageners in the know, Allan Mutuku Kortbaek and Monica Steffensen, Copenhagen Like A Local will help you to discover all their favourite hangout spots and hidden haunts.
As well as what to see and do, this easy to use book has detailed neighbourhood guides each with a handy map, essential know-how no matter what time of year you’re visiting, and a directory at the back to ensure your stay in the city is a happy and healthy one.
DK Eyewitness also have a great podcast called, ‘Where to Go’ and there is an entire episode dedicated to this book.
The Monocle Book of the Nordics, by Tyler Brule, Andrew Tuck, and Joe Pickard, (RRP £50) £33 from Blackwell’s
Following in the footsteps of their best-selling titles The Monocle Book of Italy and The Monocle Book of Japan, I’ve eagerly read every page of The Monocle Book of the Nordics.
Beginning with a striking series of photographs taken across the region highlighting what makes the Nordics so very special, there is then an in-depth chapter dedicated to each country; uncovering the people and places you need to know about, whilst introducing you to the must know retailers, restaurants, and retreats.
More of a coffee table book than a Nordic travel guide, but packed full of useful information and inspiring stories, every design and lifestyle lover will adore.
Magazine B Issue No. 88 Copenhagen, £22 from Magalleria
Not technically a Nordic travel guide, but the 88th issue of monthly publication, Magazine B is dedicated to all things Copenhagen.
If you are looking for something interesting to read on the plane, as well as for something to help you navigate your way around my favourite city, then this one is for you.
From fun facts, local landmarks and hotel recommendations, this journal then takes a deep dive into the food scene, fashion week, human-centred interiors and sustainable city planning.
With interviews from the likes of Simon Caspersen from Space10, Signe Byrdal Terenziani the Managing Director of 3daysofdesign, and Kasper Egelund the CEO of Vipp; you will still be eagerly reading it while queuing up at passport control and beyond.
Copies of How to Live Icelandic and Copenhagen Like A Local were kindly gifted for this post, but as always, all words and opinions are my own.
All images by Nicola Capper.
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