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Top Things to do in Scandinavia

Best Tourist Attractions in Scandinavia

Henningsvaer in the Lofoten islands

Things to do and Best Places to visit in Scandinavia

This vast region in Northern Europe includes 5 different countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. From fjords, endless forests, and lakes to beautiful cities, Scandinavia has a lot to offer any traveler. Let’s see what there is to experience there.

Reindeer, a common sight all over Lapland
Reindeer, a common sight all over Lapland

Visit Stockholm

Stockholm from the sea
Stockholm from the sea

The Swedish capital is Scandinavia’s largest city and, according to many, the most beautiful one. Its neat and colorful houses, elaborate steeples, waterways, and charming old district (Gamla Stan) will please the urban tourist. Stockholm is also known as a tremendous clubbing destination.

Drive the Ring road in Iceland

Jokulsarlon glacier lake in Iceland
Jokulsarlon glacier lake in Iceland

Iceland is highly ranked on most travelers’ bucket lists and for a good reason. The land of fire and ice is just stunning. Ok, it rains a lot, but it doesn’t matter! For a unique 8-day itinerary, read 15 Best Places to visit in Iceland.

Lofoten Islands

Henningsvaer in the Lofoten islands
Henningsvaer in the Lofoten islands

In northwest Norway, these islands are not the easiest to access. But you should spend a few days here (or a few weeks!). Rugged mountain peaks plunging into the ocean, empty beaches of white sand and turquoise water (if it wasn’t so cold, you could almost imagine yourself in the Caribbean islands), tiny fishing villages, flocks of sheep peacefully grazing in the greenest grass you’ve ever seen … that’s what Lofoten Islands are about. Try to visit most of them, all the way to the last village of Lofoten.

Experience new Nordic cuisine

Asparagus, berries and seaweed at Noma
Asparagus, berries, and seaweed at Noma

All Scandinavian capital cities have great restaurants to get a taste of new Nordic cuisine, very refined but still totally down-to-earth. If you manage to get a table (it ain’t easy…), go for the best of the best at Noma in Copenhagen.

See the fjords in Norway

The Lysefjorden from Preikestolen
The Lysefjorden from Preikestolen

Like Iceland, the Norwegian fjords are on many travelers’ bucket lists, and like in Iceland, it rains a lot there… But the fjords are gorgeous, and the weather is significantly chalenging, so you may even be able to see some sunlight if you are lucky. The most magnificent fjords are located in a zone stretching out from Stavanger in the south to Trondheim in the north: Lysefjorden (where the famous Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock is), Hardangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sognefjorden and the ultra-popular Geirangerfjorden.

Visit Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland
Finnish Lapland

Welcome to the wilderness! Finland’s northernmost part is any nature lover’s paradise. A true winter wonderland from November to April and a special region of the world where the sun doesn’t set at all from May to August. In winter, you can put your snowshoes on and hike, ski (cross-country and downhill), go on unforgettable snowmobile safaris and chase the great northern lights. Summertime offers incredible hiking possibilities, surrounded by untouched nature and reindeer.

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Written by thepicky traveller

Always looking for the best and paying attention to details that make a travelling experience unique, my goal is to inform you about everything I experience during my trips: airlines, hotels, restaurants, destinations…
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