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When I first started taking tour groups to explore literary Scandinavia, I was amazed at how many people looked blank when I mentioned my tour, and asked me if there were actually any Scandinavian writers.
Once I start reeling off some famous Scandi names – Hans Christian Andersen, Ibsen, Blixen, Astrid Lindgren, Kierkegaard, Strindberg, Knut Hamsun, Stieg Larsson, Thor Heyerdahl, to name just a few (and that’s before you even begin on the Scandi crime writers) – then a look of dawning excitement appears. And then there are places connected with plays (Elsinore Castle) and with film (The Bridge), with Viking sagas and with song (Bjornsterne Bjornson, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, also wrote the Norwegian National Anthem). Denmark, Sweden and Norway (sadly, my tour had to leave out Finland) are rich with literary treasures and wonderful places to visit. The Nobel Prize for Literature has had many Scandinavian recipients.
Come with me to the land of fjords, mountains, mist and snows, and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Scandinavian literature.