Are you looking for trendy towns, snowy landscapes, stunning scenery, natural beauty, designer shops and historical villages? Scandinavia has it all. It’s a place of authentic districts, cosmopolitan cities and awe-inspiring fjords, and a great range of places to stay.
Due to short distances you can actually visit most parts of Scandinavia during a week or so.
Best time to visit Scandinavia
The best time to visit Scandinavia is late spring or summer, when the weather is nice and the days are long. July and August is the height of the tourist season because of the sunny weather and wonderful coastal culture found throughout the region.
Others would argue that autumn is the best season, when the leaves turn and there’s a crisp, clean air. The season offers a range of delicious seasonal foods, such as crab in Norway and apples in Denmark. Autumn is also one of the best times to spot the Northern Lights, with the aurora at its most active in September.
Oslo is the capital of Norway. It is an easy-going city surrounded by water, mountains and forests, with historical sites, international museums, parks and galleries. If you like contemporary architecture you’ll want to check out the striking Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Holmenkollen ski jump. Oslo offers a wide range of museums, devoted to subjects as diverse as Polar exploration, wartime resistance and Viking ships.
Some of Scandinavia’s most spectacular scenery can be found in the Norwegian fjords in West-Norway. The UNESCO-protected fjords are symbols of the beauty of traditional Norway. The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord areas are considered to be among the most scenically outstanding fjord areas on the planet. While you’re in western Norway you should also take the spectacular train ride from Bergen to Flåm, and don’t miss out on some charming sightseeing while you’re in Bergen.
When in Denmark you have to visit the capitol, Copenhagen. This is a trendy and welcoming waterside city with a lively and hip café, bar and music scene. It is a great place to explore by bike or by boat, and make sure you spot the famous Little Mermaid on tour. If you feel like shopping, Strøget is the largest shopping area in the heart of the city. Strøget is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe. Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day, especially during summer. At night this area is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Visit the historical Tivoli Gardens with activities for all ages. It is one of Europe’s biggest amusement parks, located only a few minutes from City Hall and next door to the Copenhagen Central Station. It is very easy to get to. The scenery of Tivoli Gardens is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a magical atmosphere.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and it’s every photographer’s dream. This vibrant city is a series of 14 islands, with grand waterfront buildings, a beautifully preserved old town and impressive contemporary architecture. Stockholm also has some top class museums, from the Academy of Fine Arts to the Abba Museum.
And speaking of Abba, music is a major Swedish export with plenty of home-grown artists who has ended up worldwide megastars. The late DJ Avicii (Tim Bergling) is probably the most known. Sweden is also known for some great actors such as Noomi Rapace, Stellan Skarsgård and Peter Stormare. While in Sweden you should visit one of the worlds biggest IKEA’s and eat some delishious Sweedish meatballs. If you are a smoker you might want to try the local Swedish tobacco, snus.
When in Scandinavia
Scandinavia offers a unique variety of trendy and traditional on every level – from local attractions to food to scenery. Scandinavia is also among the world’s most environment friendly places, with Oslo being the European Green Capital of 2019. You can expect high quality facilities and a good range of public transport options all across Scandinavia.
Prices can be steap in Scandinavia, with Norway on top as one of the most expensive countries in the world. That doesn’t mean you can’t do Scandinavia on a budget. There are plenty of free activities, and if you steer clear of the most touristic places you can buy food and beverages at reasonable prices. Ask the tourist guides or even the locals for tips to cheap places. Scandinavians are friendly and everybody speaks english.