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ScaNdINavIa: Design Destinations The Nordic marriage of form and function in Stockholm, Norway and Finland moderna museet opera house Where to Go Now ham sTockholM’s arT oslo’s archiTEcTurE hElsinki’s Fashion & dEcor Art really is all around in Stockholm. Since the 1950s, subway platforms in the Swedish capital have been embel- lished with mosaics and paintings to transform a mundane commute into an enjoyable experience. Touted as the “world’s longest art exhibit,” the dis- plays span 110 kilometres and cover 90 of the subway’s 100 stations. Hop off at Kungsträdgården station to pop into the equally impressive Moderna Museet. The gallery houses Swedish surrealist works and avant- garde installations, alongside master- pieces by Dali, Picasso and Warhol. Artistic achievement need not involve paint and canvas. Take in some audio art at the ABBA Museum, a shrine to Sweden’s revered pop band. Norway is the homeland of ancient Vikings, but its architecture is thor- oughly modern. Since the 1930s, visionary architects have bent and twisted the urban landscape. If you arrive in Oslo by train (a five-hour ride from Stockholm), you’ll pass by the Barcode, a block of tall, narrow build- ings erected to resemble the scannable lines of a checkout code. Closer to the harbour, you can lit- erally walk on award-winning design. You’ll feel like a kid climbing a jungle gym as you stroll on the sloping, white roof of the Opera House, which dips down into clear water of the Oslofjord. Public art surrounds you in the city: Vigeland Park is lined with surreal sculptures of babies behaving badly. Sweden specalizes in cheap-chic fur- niture, but Finnish designers rule the fashion world. Finland is home to that purveyor of perky prints, Marimekko. The popular printmaker has churned out bold textiles since 1951. Today, it’s a home decor staple the world over. The Marimekko Factory Outlet is the top spot for discounted fabrics. At the HAM, a.k.a. the Helsinki Art Museum, the mission is simple: “To bring joy and boldness to the city.” It often features fashion and decorative- arts exhibits. And pop-up markets near the museum sell everything from hand-printed postcards to baby toys. End your day with a Finnish sauna. On the city’s waterfront, Löyly provides a modern twist on the experience. » SEE IT WITH AMA VoyagE oF ThE MidnighT sun holland america We recommend visiting scandinavia during summer months to experience the midnight sun, when daylight remains visible throughout the night. departing from amsterdam, cruise past pristine fjords aboard holland america’s newest ship, the ms Konningsdam. you’ll visit norwegian ports, including bergen, haugesund, eidfjord and flam. From $2,573/person (plus tax, cruise only) June 10–24, 2018, FliGhts From $1,547/person ama members receive $50 usd/person beveraGe card, plus exclusive dininG experiences call a cruise specialist 1-866-989-6594 AMA InsIder sprIng 2018 33