It was about time for Northern Europe to offer adventure-minded travellers a good quality transport network. Many Scandinavian backpackers have experienced excellent tours Down Under and elsewhere, but until now none of the providers introduced the concept in their own part of the world. We are very proud to be the first Scandinavian tour operator to face the challenge.
When travelling around the world with a backpack it's easy to get excited about everything there is to see and do. There's nothing wrong with that, but at the same time it's easy to underestimate what experiences our home country has to offer. When comparing what is available abroad with what we and foreign travellers have in Scandinavia, we realised that our own backyard contains some of the coolest places, stories and activities that a curious and adventurous traveller can look for.
Inspired by earlier travels, university studies in tourism and a desire to show the world Scandinavia's hidden treasures, the decision to start a company in the travel industry was made. In 2005 Scanbalt Experience saw the light and that summer much time was spent to find the ultimate hostels, sights, activities, and bus routes.
Our philosophy is similar to most other successful adventure bus companies around the globe from which we have sought many ideas and gained much inspiration. We are not just providers of transport or tours; we are the key to open up Scandinavia and the Baltic region for backpackers and independent travellers. Read about why you should go with Scanbalt Experience.
So what about our name; Scanbalt Experience? We tried to create a name that had a geographical link, and at same time symbolised our travel philosophy. Both Scandinavia and the Baltic region have vague geographical boundaries, but when considered together they form a geographically defined zone. Scanbalt is the term we use to describe Scandinavia and the Baltic region as a single entity. The name also shows our vision...
For us Scanbalt Experience is more than just a company and a means to an income; it's our dream, our lifestyle, and our mission to make our region a superb place for backpackers. Whilst travelling with us, you share our dream and also help us make this corner of the world one of the top destinations for budget-minded and adventurous travellers.
Scanbaltexperience OÜ with the registaration number 11430896 is a Estonian registered company and approved tour operator.
Our business address for invoicing is:
6-201 Katusepapi,11412, Tallinn
We follow the laws in the Estonian Tourism act. This means that a passenger’s money is safe. Passenger’s money is guaranteed by a third part to the Consumer Protection Board of Estonia. A passenger is also guaranteed a transport back to the departure point if a tour is interrupted by any reason. This guarantee is valid for all travels with Scanbalt Experience no matter where the tours starts or finishes in the region.
Kristofer is the founder and manager of Scanbalt. He is Swedish and lives in Stockholm.
He has always liked traveling off the beaten track and his aim is to offer special experiences also to other young travelers.
Olivia is our Tallinn office manager. She takes care of the bookings of transport, accommodation, activities etc. and makes sure that all tours run smoothly.
She has studied recreation management and worked in tourism field for years.
In her heart she is an outdoor person, always ready for new adventures in the nature.
|Darja is from Estonia, but her mother-tongue is Russian. She is responsible for trips to Russia and to the Baltic region, and also works as a tour manager.
She likes to travel, discover new places and tracks, and share her experience with others.
Darja loves dancing and adventure sports, like rock-climbing and snowboarding.
Zane is Latvian tour manager from Riga with „arty” background and passion of „showing around” – and not only as a local tour guide of her hometown, also exploring Lapland and Russia, as she thinks, is a fantastic experience!
|Sigrid is from Nordfjordeid by the fjords and mountains in the west of Norway. She now lives in Uppsala Sweden, after many years in Oslo. Sigrid has first-hand experience of being an international student as she did her bachelor studies of Fine Arts in England. She has an additional education in Outdoor Studies from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
Sigrid loves the outdoors, and her favorite trips are walking in the mountains, both in summer and in winter. She is interested in culture, ways of living, and making good experiences by simple means.
“Every trip is a new experience even when you go to the same destinations!”
|Karoli is our tour manager who was born and raised in Tallinn, Estonia. She has been guiding for years! Karoli first started out bringing groups to Helsinki and Stockholm, before taking on her own hometown. Now she explores around Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltics. Karoli likes adventure when traveling and, besides main attractions, goes and discovers places, which are not on a typical tourist route. Going through small villages or living nextdoor to the locals, in her oppinion, gives an opportunity to meet the people, see their way of thinking, learn about the culture and, of course, taste local cuisine! Karoli believes - "If you have the opportunity, try out everything you can at least once. Then you have no regrets that you missed out on something."|
|Triinu is working in Tallinn office, planning and organizing Lapland and Scandinavia trips. She takes care of the bookings, activities etc. and checks that everything runs smoothly with the tours.
She has studied tourism management and has worked in tourism since 2009.
Triinu loves traveling and learning about other cultures. She is always happy to gain new experiences and have an adventure. She has lived in Argentina and can assist you in Spanish.