Celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas this year with a top range of ideas to wrap up under the tree
The Nordic lifestyle has fascinated us on the western shores of the North Sea. From the politically correct and efficient Swedish self-image, the sweeping, rural landscapes of Norway and Iceland, the knitted jumpers from the Faroe Islands, as well as the history and hygge of Denmark. Not to mention, perhaps, the lesser known yet natural opulence of Finland. As well as the culture, mythology and captivating novels in crime fiction, the Nordic Noir genre of film and television continues to dazzle our senses. So, get ready to toast to the holiday season with a glass of gløgg and levende lys (candles, or Norwegian “living lights”) for a Scandinavian influenced Christmas!
Take a look at our recommended Hygge Holiday Gift List…
DVDs and Blu-rays
The Bridge Trilogy
From the chilling beginning with Saga Norén and Martin Rohde joining forces from Denmark and Sweden to solve a slew of heinous crimes, to the latest third season with Saga’s new partner Henrik Sabroe and a past that won’t let her forget.
The disco beats of the pop music soundtrack was not the only part of the BBC One psychological drama series that stood out from the rest. Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård’s portrayal of John River’s journey in mystery and madness certainly leaves a powerful echo in our minds.
Beck: The Series Vol. 1
The distinguished detective Martin Beck and his head-strong partner Gunvald Larsson are back with four new investigations, including the riveting finale of season four. The duo may have been around for almost twenty years on our screens but they are not ready for retirement just yet.
Add the latest season of Beck to your collection on DVD
The epic mini-series from director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch, 1994 and 1997) explores the impact of the Second Schleswig war with an evocative love story at its core. Explore the obscure Danish history in one of the greatest DR productions ever made.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Series) in Hardcover
The international success of Stieg Larsson’s original Millennium Series sparked the Nordic Noir phenomenon on a global scale. Initially intended as a ten-part crime fiction franchise before Larsson’s untimely death, author David Lagercrantz continues Lisbeth Salander’s story…
Midnight Sun (Blood on Snow 2) in Hardcover
The sequel to Norwegian best-selling author Jo Nesbø’s ‘Olav Johansen series’ of novels pits protagonist Jon against the underworld of Oslo, as he flees to the Northernmost tip of Norway to hide from the crime lord known as the “The Fisherman”. However, the Midnight Sun may prove to be his worst enemy.
The Borgen Experience: Creating TV Drama the Danish Way in Paperback
As politically engrossing and dramatically charged as West Wing, the inner-workings of the Danish government in the award-winning Nordic drama Borgen astounded audiences for three seasons. Series producer Camilla Hammerich takes us even further and gives us the ultimate Borgen experience.
Nordicana: 100 Icons of Nordic Cool & Scandi Style in Hardcover
All of your favourite Nordic cultural quirks and attractions of Nordic Noir & Beyond have been put together in this celebratory tome. Just as the Nordicana festival showcases the charm and appeal of the Nordic countries, this illustrated volume ties everything together with an icy cool style!
Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats in Hardcover
We may associate coffee with Starbucks and the limitless Italian high street cafés at our convenience, however Sweden has its own leading style for this beloved beverage. “Fika” – a coffee break that occurs twice a day in Swedish custom – will surely reinvent this social occasion.
The Scandi Kitchen – Simple, delicious dishes for any occasion in Hardcover
London’s popular café and shop in the heart of the capital has opened its doors to the metropolis with irresistible tasty Nordic treats. Owner of the Scandi Kitchen – Bronte Aurell – brings us over eighty recipes from Scandinavia to indulge in our own home.
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way in Hardcover
Now you love the Scandinavian way of life, why not find out more on how to live it? If you crave a sense of survivalist adventure or want to build your own sustainable lifestyle, take a leaf out of this guide book and find out what it takes to be closer to nature in the wilderness of Norway.
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country in Paperback
Renowned for honing the epitome of a healthy and successful mind-set, London journalist Helen Russell documents her immersive experiences as she puts the idea that Danish society knows what it takes to be truly happy to the test.
How to be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark in Hardcover
The Killing, Borgen and The Legacy have placed Denmark on a pedestal with their thrilling dramas and intricate narratives that give UK audiences a glimpse into Danish culture. We have learnt phrases and habits from the central characters and familiarised ourselves with the setting – but what do we know about what it takes to be Danish in real life?
Fun for the Family
Scandinavian Folk Patterns: Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups in Paperback
During the most wonderful time of the year we cannot help but feel like we did as children – excitable and buzzing with the festive cheer. So why not blend this warm feeling with the similar Danish hygge and relax after dinner with a dash of colouring in?
Moomins on the Riviera Calendar 2016
Welcome in the New Year with unbridled animation. This does not need to stop after the clock strikes twelve as you can keep the spirit alive with your favourite characters from the latest European adventure – Moomins on the Riviera – for a whole new year!
Moomin 8 inch Soft Toy
Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson has entertained us with the phantasmagorical residents of Moomin Valley since 1945. From comic strips to books, television series and feature-length movies, inspired by the original artwork. See which character you want to snuggle up to this Christmas.
Last but not least…
The Killing Faroese jumper
Inspired by the iconic fashion of Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) in The Killing, one of the heroine’s favourite knitwear patterns is available to buy from Guðrun & Guðrun! Made from 100% organic Faroese wool from the Faroe Islands, located between Norway and Iceland, this item of clothing is a must-have for any Nordic Noir fan!
Enjoy unwrapping your bespoke Scandinavian-style Christmas and God Jul/ Glædelig jul/ Iloista joulua!