Places to visit in Scandinavia
Scandinavia is a historical and cultural region in Northern Europe with a common ethno-cultural North Germanic heritage. Scandinavia unites the mainlands of three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and sometimes refers to Finland and Iceland as well. But what is more important for us is the fact that Scandinavia has a lot of spectacular places, from magnificent coastlines to majestic mountain range. It’s a land of gorgeous fjords, harsh Vikings and solid national character, but they’re so hospitable to welcome you there. And now that we have grabbed your attention, let us give you a list of few specific places in Scandinavia that absolutely are a must-visit. Whether you’ve been to this region previously or just thinking about a trip to Scandinavia for the first time, don’t miss these incredible spots.
The first country that comes on people’s mind when thinking Scandinavia is usually Norway. From the gorgeous scenery to the modern cities, Norway tours will please all of your senses! And the first city you will probably get in with is fabulous Oslo! This city feels like a perfect mix of nature and modern megalopolis. You are never far away from a green alley or a park here! For instance, there is a local central park, Frogner Park, which contains the world famous sculpture installations that were solely created by Gustav Vigeland.
Moreover, Norway is a perfect destination for the best adventure of your lifetime because of its jaw-dropping fjords. To enjoy the Norwegian fjords, take a tour and ride through the most breathtaking and engrossing scenery of Norway. Don’t miss 204 kilometers inland Sognefjord, which is the Norway’s longest fjord and seems to be one of the most exciting views on our planet.
You will also see dozens of cozy little towns and villages sitting near the coastline. The one of them is Flåm, a tiny village nestled in a majestic fjord surrounded by vivid waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and clear rivers. Your visit to Flåm will become a separate journey within your big Norway tour.
Also, people from all over the globe come to Norway to see the glacier called Briksdal which is an astonishing sample of what the nature creates. Briksdal is set between snow-capped mountains and roaring waterfalls in Jostedalsbreen National Park, encompassing the largest uninhabited area in the southern part of the country.
One more must-see place in Norway is the city of Bergen. Music-lovers will found it the most desirable destination during the Norway tour as it’s one of the country’s leading cultural centers, where popular arts and music events are usually held. Among them are the annual two-week Bergen International Festival in May and June, Nattjazz Festival every May and Bergenfest in June. Bergen is also a hometown for one of the European oldest orchestras.
But don’t be limited to Norway, as amazing Scandinavia has a lot more to show you. A great thing you can do being in Scandinavia is to explore a royal beauty of Stockholm and its inimitable local flair of old Viking fishing villages in Sweden. Sweden in itself is the best place to experience a combination of simplicity, glory, and practicality of Scandinavia.
The main advantage of Stockholm is that it’s small enough. But don’t worry, walking down the Stockholm streets is entertaining and will not affect the amount of showplaces you’ll explore, as it’s very easy to get around there afoot or using its efficient public transport. Besides, a metro ride in Stockholm is going to be the most impressive cultural experience ever, as the metro in Stockholm is called the world’s longest underground art museum.
Stockholm is also famous for two World Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO: the Royal Palace Drottningholm which is comparable to Versailles for its style and beauty and the magical Skogskyrkogården, or Woodland Cemetery. The Palace is Their Majesties the King and Queen’s residence. The southern wing of the Palace is reserved for the royal family only; nevertheless, all the visitors can see the rest of the Palace all year round.
Skogskyrkogården is a cemetery in use and it is never closed, so you can easily access the World Heritage in any season. But all five chapels are used frequently enough (more than two thousand funeral ceremonies are held at the Woodland Cemetery each year) and therefore they are closed for visitors.
But any Scandinavian tour isn’t complete without some spectacular Danish scenery. If there are places in the world where fairytales come to life, then Denmark must be one of them. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Copenhagen, then most likely it was a picture of Nyhavn. All the buildings here are painted brightly in different colors. There’s no doubt that this street is a heart of Copenhagen and an undeniable tourist trap!
Nevertheless, the true icon of Copenhagen is the Little Mermaid. It’s a sculpture of the Mermaid, who sits on a rock on the seashore along the Langelinie promenade and hopes to see her beloved. It’s based on a story about a little mermaid written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, that brings you into a fairytale of Copenhagen even deeper.
After seeing this beautiful sculpture, you can go to Odense, the Denmark’s third largest city, as your next destination. Odense is a hometown of the above mentioned Hans Christian Andersen and while in Odense it’s must to visit this famous author’s home and the museum created in his honor.
Visiting Odense is a great daytrip idea for those, who want to find themselves in a living fairytale. Odense is one of Denmark’s oldest cities, and its history dates back more than a thousand years to pre-Viking times, but a present-day city invites you to discover a rich mix of its historical periods and sites.
Scandinavia is an amazing region that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Add all these places to your travel bucket list and start your unforgettable journey ASAP!