Trolls. Vikings. Moose. That was about the extent of my familiarity with Scandinavia before I set off on a nine-day hopscotch trip for a sampler platter tour of the northern European region.
All of the area's greatest hits were on the agenda: the majestic fjords of Norway, the fanciful amusement park-garden hybrid of Copenhagen's Tivoli, and the cobblestone roads of Stockholm's Old Town. But just days into the trip, I realized the feedback from friends back home on the photos I was posting wasn't about what I was seeing, but what I was eating.
And that's when I realized that I had devoured some amazing eats. But those foodie photos only tell half the story -- it's the experience of discovering and immersing in the foreign dining that really made each meal memorable.
So as I continued through my two-nights-a-city tour of Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen, Norway; and Oslo, Norway -- where I didn't speak a lick of any of their languages -- I stopped not just to savor the flavors of each dish, but the journey surrounding them.
And here are the ten greatest Scandinavian seafood travel highlights from my country hopping...