Having been up to Scandinavia and the Baltics myself a few months ago to see all the places and meet all the people who will help make this trip the new hot ticket for 2012, I can tell you guys a little bit about one of the most awesome places in Europe and kickstart this brand new forum too!
First of all - 5 capital cities in a week! Wow - sounds a bit rushed until you here how we get around In a corner of Europe where the sun barely sets in the summer months we want to make the most of the big outdoors to see these uber-cool cities around the Baltic Sea hence we'll be travelling on 3 ferries - two of them big night ferries from Riga - Stockholm - Helsinki so maximising your city time too! They are huge 15 floor boats - bars, restaurants, shops, great little cabins and a really infamous way to get around the Baltics that many young Swedes and Finns jump on in the summer (especially for the odd duty free drink on board! Sitting up on the deck in November darkness I was trying to imagine what it'll be like for you guys in the summer - an evening beer in hand, 11pm, daylight still in the skies. They are so huge I barely noticed we were at sea too
Next - the Baltics - super awesome places. Tallinn in Estonia has to be one of my favourite cities in Europe. Stunning medival cobbled streets, great little underground bars and taverns a little bit like Edinburgh at a glance. This city is a rising star amoungst rising stars but Europe's "Culture Capital 2011" is still somehow off the travel radar a little bit so definitely go see it sometime soon! Did I mention the amazingly cheap food and drink, cool and quirky atmosphere and beautiful, chilled out friendly people too? Latvia and Lithuania such hidden gems as well - the scars of the East still strong from their decades under Communism but buzzing Baltic capitals now! Go put some AK47's through their paces at an old Soviet bunker in Riga then in the evening appreciate why this is one of the nightlife hotspots of the East! We've throw in some club entrance and few drinks for a guarenteed great Busabout Riga night out too!
Scandinavia - sexy Stockholm and mighty Helsinki. Get to see the other side of the Baltic Sea - We'll be staying at the best backpacker places in the cities, retracing the steps of the Vikings in Stockholm (complete with horny helmets!)and getting a chance for a dip in a traditional steamy Finnish Sauna too!
So yep - we're pretty excited about heading North for summer 2012 so if you're looking for something a bit different then the Scandi-Baltic Adventure could well be the ticket! You can even link it in with our friends at Vodkatrain from Tallinn to head over to St Petersberg in Russia on the train across to China! Now that would be an adventure!