Explore Scandinavia and Iceland
Due to the current restrictions on international travel, it is not possible to go and visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or Iceland but that doesn't mean we can't explore them virtually and see what makes them so unique and beautiful! Here we have gathered some resources for you to explore and learn more about the Nordic countries.
Exploring Scandinavia and Iceland Presentation
We hosted a Teams Live session for students to explore the culture of these countries and what it means to study abroad in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
Studying in Scandinavia and Iceland
Check out what past UofG study abroad participants have to say about studying in Scandinavia.
You can also use our Program Search Tool to see which universities we have partnered within this region and find links to visit the partner university website to learn more about how it can fit into your degree. Using the search tool you can find information about the semester dates, courses offered in English, residence, and more.
Movies, Documentaries, and Books
A popular genre coming from this region is Nordic Noir, which is crime fiction set in a Nordic country and often written from the police point of view. On the Penguin Random House reading list you can find 101 Nordic Noir books to add to your reading list. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series has been very popular and you can read your way through the series or find the movie on various streaming platforms.
The University of Guelph offers students access to a number of streaming platforms through their UofG Central ID. We have selected a small sample of the videos and movies that are either about the Nordic countries or films that originate from these countries. Check out these options or have a look for yourself:
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sweden)
- King Arthur: History and Legend - The Arthurian Sagas of Scandinavia
- Heartstone (Iceland)
- The Decisive Battles of World History: 1709 Poltava - Sweden's Fall, Russia's Rise (Sweden)
- Building Across: Beams and Bending (Norway)
- 1000 Masterpieces from the Great Museums of the World: Skagens Museum (Denmark)
- Scandinavian TV Shows on Netflix
Arts & Culture
Google's Arts and Culture site can help you to explore museums, cities, history, and culture. Here are some samples of the Nordic features you can explore from the comfort of your own home!
- Nationalmuseum Sweden
- Skokloster Castle (Sweden)
- The Munch Museum (Norway)
- Visit Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Always in Style: Dresses from 1775 - 1969 (Denmark)
- Technical Museum of East Iceland
Restaurants and Recipes
In and around Guelph there are a number of restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world! This week we are showcasing The Danish Place as it serves up Danish classics in the nearby town of Puslinch. If your tastebuds are looking to take a tour of this Scandinavian country check out The Danish Place website for their menu.
Or if you are looking to try your hand in the kitchen you can test out some of these recipes:
- Swedish Meatballs
- Swedish Kanebullar (similar to cinnamon rolls)
- Norwegian Lefse
- Fiskisupa - Icelandic Fish Soup
Add some Nordic music to your listening and check out this Nordic playlist we put together.