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Been to a few places in Scandinavia.  Bar the obvious expensive price of beer that people moan about I really liked the place.  In the summer the temperatures are pretty good too so you can actually sunbathe while staring at glaciers!

Iceland is a cracking place.  Reykjavik is a nice wee place right on the coast and the big thing there is whale watching.  The Minky Whale is king round there and there's tours you can take to go out and see them.  There's another city round to the North called Akureyri which a beautiful little spot too.  Properly nice scenery and really clean environment to enjoy.

Copenhagen in Denmark is another cracking city.  Spent most of the time on the coast rather than blatting into town but definitely a place I'd revisit.

Helsinki is one of my favourite places in Scandinavia.  Found an amazing guitar shop just off the Senate Square and some of the architecture (modern and old) is very interesting.  A surprising amount of McDonald's in Helsinki too.

Visited quite a lot of Norway - Bergen, Alesund, Stavanger, Olden and Oslo.  All really great places to visit.  There's a nice leafy square in Oslo with a Hard Rock CafĂ© and it's a pretty cool place to hang out.  Alesund is good because it's pretty quite and hilly - there's also a statue of John Arne Riise (hero) outside the local football stadium.  Bergen has a funicular railway which offers nice views and there's some mad troll to get your photo taken with at the top of the hill.  The best place in terms of scenery is Olden.  You go right into the mountains while there and you see some amazing natural features around.  You can sometimes hear the glacier creaking too.  They have some massive cinema where they show films of people skiing the glacier there too.  Visit the ski jump run at Hollemenkollen too if you get the chance.  You don't appreciate how mad ski jumpers are until you see one of these things in real life.  Steep doesn't do it justice...

So all in all it's worth visiting, especially when the weather is surprisingly warm in Summer.  It's not as sleazy as Southern Europe and you just get a feeling that everything and everyone is very laid back and enjoying their lives there.
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