Our Journey: A Story of Passion and Hard Work

We love Scandinavia. By sharing our knowledge and passion for the places we enjoy so much we want to provide travellers with unique, sustainable and authentic experiences. 

Authentic Scandinaiva Team

Authentic Scandinavia

Authentic Scandinavia was founded in 2007 by a small team of passionate souls, who wanted to show travellers their favourite parts of Scandinavia.

Our Journey


"Every journey begins with a single step." 

- Lao-Tzu 


Our first steps

Great things often start with simple ideas. Our journey starts with the story of two motivated and passionate women. They decided that the best way to share our beloved Scandinavia with others was to create flexible travel itineraries and offer tours directly to travelers from across the world. In 2007 Authentic Scandinavia was established by the owner of Haman Group, Anette Karlsson, who asked Trude Sivertsen to build up Authentic Scandinavia from scratch. 


Hard work and long nights

With only one employee at that time, there was a lot to do and learn, and the challenge was that we had limited experience in offering tours online directly to the traveller. But being part of Haman Group made it all possible. Haman Group was established already in 1964 and had since then welcomed thousands of travelers to Scandinavia. This meant that we already had an established booking system and agreements in place with local partners. Trude spent every day and night creating unique travel packages, and with the help from her brother, a passionate programmer in his spare time, the small company soon saw its first website. 


We're growing 

The trust and startup capital Anette put into the project, and a strong will to succeed was crucial for our success to come. In November 2008, after about a year of hard work and a month after we launched the website, we sold our very first tour – a trip to Hunderfossen Snowhotel in Norway. From that point on it took off and we are now proud to have welcomed several thousands of travellers from all over the world to all over Scandinavia! 


Our mission

Our biggest mission when we started Authentic Scandinavia was to make it possible for people to experience our favourite parts of Scandinavia. And that is still our mission today.

We do this by offering sustainable, high-quality, flexible tours created by locals. Professional and attentive customer service is of great importance to us and we are always keen to share our knowledge and give recommendations from a local’s perspective. 


A Travel Community

Authentic Scandinavia is made up of a small team of positive individuals with different backgrounds, nationalities, and skills. What we all have in common is that we are passionate travellers ourselves, and most of the tours we create are based on our personal experiences.

Trude, Norway

“At Authentic Scandinavia, we always strive to improve efficiency without compromising on quality and personal service. These are the values that guide us in our daily work.” 

- Trude Sivertsen – Director 



We are a small company offering professional and personal service, but we are also big since we are part of Haman Group. Today, Haman Group has over 50 employees in offices in Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Tromso, Vaasa, and Cologne. We benefit from the shared product knowledge, joint purchasing department, and financial strength. This enables us to provide our customers with competitive prices, a high level of service, and excellent travel experiences. Together we have become one of the leaders in tourism within Scandinavia. 


Nevertheless, the Haman Group cares about sustainable travel and we are committed to making it easier for you to travel responsibly and contribute positively to the local people and places you visit during your travels. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we are excited to have received the Travelife Partner award, bringing us one step closer to becoming certified. The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of Authentic Scandinavia regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.


The Name 

The name of our company, Authentic Scandinavia, was chosen to reflect our products and services. We want our travellers to experience the real Scandinavia by meeting its people and visit our favourite places. 


Our Timeline 

► 2007 - A dream becomes reality 

Anette has a dream. Trude works day and night to build up Authentic Scandinavia.


► 2008 - The website is launched and we sell our first tour  

With the help of her brother, Trude launches the website, and we receive our very first booking. 


► 2009 - First travellers  

We are so excited. Our first customers are visiting Lillehammer in Norway for a winter break. 


► 2010 - First colleague and strengthened focus on winter season 

We are growing, and Trude gets her first colleague Lisa, who today has returned to Authentic Scandinavia. We also decide to invest in winter tourism and create many new trips to Scandinavian winter destinations. 


► 2015 - Launch of our German-language website  

We expand into a new market and launch a new German-language website. 


► 2018 - Launch of our newly designed website  

We launch a brand-new website with improved usability and modern design. 


► 2019 - We receive Tripadvisor's 'Certificate of Excellence' 

We are proud to receive Tripadvisor's ”Certificate of Excellence” for consistently receiving very good and excellent reviews.


► 2020 

- We are working through Covid-19 

As for many other businesses in the travel industry, we are affected by Covid-19. But, thanks to loyal customers and hard work, we are planning and preparing for the future. 


- Launch of our sister company Authentic Europe

Our sister company Authentic Europe launches its website.


- We are awarded 'Traveller’s Choice' by Tripadvisor

We are recognized as being amongst the best tourism providers in Scandinavia, based on outstanding 2019 Traveler Reviews. 


► 2021

- We are working towards a certificate in sustainability

We start working on Travelife’s three-stage sustainability certification programme to become Travelife Certified. 


- Travellers are returning to Scandinavia

From the Summer and onwards we are excited to see the return of travellers to Scandinavia.


► 2022

- Launch of our Swedish- and Danish-language websites

This year we have welcomed our first travellers from Sweden and Denmark.


- We recived the Travelife Partner award.

The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of Authentic Scandinavia regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.  


By Authentic Scandinavia / Nov 08 2021

Our Team

Trude Sivertsen - Director of Sales and Operation

Trude is the heart and soul of Authentic Scandinavia! She has built up the company from the very beginning and made Authentic Scandinavia her "baby no. 1".

Lisa Jörgensen Cooke - Product Manager

Lisa has returned for her second stint at Authentic Scandinavia - the first time being back in 2010 when it was still in its infancy. She now looks forward to sharing her knowledge of Scandinavia. 

Victoria Kristiansen - Senior Sales Consultant

Victoria joined Authentic Scandinavia in August 2014. It is very important to her that our customers are given an unforgettable experience when choosing Scandinavia as their travel destination.  

Patrick Jahoda - Senior Sales Consultant

Patrick is originally from Vienna, Austria and moved to Oslo in December 2022. He loves travelling around Scandinavia and enjoys combining trips with art museums and concerts.

Nicole Riedel - Sales & Operations Consultant

Nicole is from the UAE but has since lived in 6 further countries. Travelling is in her blood, and she hopes to show everyone what a beautiful part of the world Scandinavia is!

Marine Dedieu - Sales & Operations Consultant

Marine is from the Southwest of France and came to Norway to finish her master’s degree in 2022. She is passionate about the outdoors and stunning views, fell in love with Norway and decided to stay.

Elin Arbin - Sales & Operations Consultant

Elin is originally from Minnesota, USA – a place with a strong Scandinavian heritage. She loves Scandinavia’s distinct seasons and cinnamon buns.

Linda Kjosås - Sales & Operations Consultant

Linda is originally from Bergen, Norway. She has long and varied experience in the travel industry, mostly from selling tours to all over the world, and is now happy to work with inbound tourism.

Martina Miracapillo - Sales & Operations Consultant

Martina comes from the south of Italy, but she loves Norway with its magical snowy landscapes. After her studies in the Netherlands, she moved to Oslo where she joined the Haman Group in 2022.

Lea Bölke - Sales & Operations Consultant

Lea is from Germany and came to Norway in 2022 for her studies. Since then, she has fallen more and more in love with the beautiful scenery and the Scandinavian way of life.

Natacha Müller - Social Media Marketing

Natacha is originally from Switzerland and moved to Oslo in November 2019, after falling in love with Scandinavia. She loves travelling, reading and has a passion for anything creative.

Anette Karlsson - CEO of Haman Group

As the CEO of the Haman Group Anette’s days are not your typical 9-5 job but she very much enjoys it! Anette is the one who made the dream of Authentic Scandinavia possible.

Orijana Biberovic - CFO of Haman Group

Orijana is born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but came to Norway in 1994. She has been in charge of Authentic Scandinavia's accounts since 2011. In 2013 she became the Chief Accountant of Haman Group. 

Zana Malisevskaja - Head of Purchase of Haman Group

Zana was born in Lithuania and moved to Sweden in 2011 to study tourism. She joined the Haman Group in 2017 and she is responsible for all contracts with our suppliers. 

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