When planning a trip away for a short weekend or a week away, we definitely recommend travelling to a Scandinavian country. They are some of the most beautiful countries in the world; the best part is you can visit them all year round as each season provides a unique experience. Here we are going to tell you exactly why we think you should travel to Scandinavian countries.
What are Scandinavian countries?
Scandinavia is a region of Northern Europe, which refers to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, while Finland and Iceland are not actually in Scandinavia many people still class them as being within this group of countries.
Scandinavia holds some of the most extreme seasons during winter your can witness extensive snow, but in the summer there is soring heat. This is why we recommend travelling to one of the countries both in winter and summer because you will have two totally different experiences.
During the summer each Scandinavian city explodes in a celebration of summer markets, lights and music. The best part about Scandinavian cities is that many of them may seem built up, but you will always find somewhere to have a seat and experience the wilderness. Most hold gorgeous green parks that span for miles.
In the winter you can experience a white wonderland, where you may have to have a snowmobile to get to your hotel. You can also experience the northern lights. The best countries to go to for the northern lights are Norway, Finland, Sweeden and Iceland. You will normally have to travel to these countries during September to March to have the best chance of seeing them. The ideal viewing conditions are when its crisp, cold with clear skies.
Which is the best Scandinavian city to travel to?
One of the most loved Scandinavian towns is Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish capital is compact with almost everything in walking distance or cycling distance. One thing you must know about the city is that almost everyone rides a bike no matter the weather conditions and we recommend getting in on the action.
Nyhavn is also one of the most picturesque cities in the world; it is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. Colourful buildings surround the harbour; boat rides take you through the city canals and onto open waters where you can find a statue of a mermaid perched on a rock. If you would like more information on where to visit in Copenhagen we recommend checking out, Visit Copenhagen.
There is so much to do in Stockholm, Denmark, it is built across 14 islands with most the city on water, which means its one of the best cities to take a boat tour. One of the best things to do in Stockholm is going for Fika which is known for having a coffee and a cake. There is an array of stunning cafe with many holding artisan features. Another thing we highly recommend is seeing art underground. Make sure you take the metro to your next destination across the city and don’t forget to look up. The metro station holds one of the worlds longest art galleries displaying work from over 150 artists.
The kings garden is also another location we believe you should visit, its an urban green space behind the royal palace that popular with locals and tourists. The gardens are cherry blossom liked with outdoor cafes in the summer and ice rink in the winter.
One of the top things many people recommend when visiting Oslo is to witness the changing of the guard. It is completely free for you to see which makes it that bit better. Changing of the guard takes around 40 minutes and takes at 13:30 pm daily.
We also recommend taking a visit to Vigelandsparken which is a gorgeous park covered with a mixture of beautiful but odd sculptures.
You can take pictures with each statue, and many people like to replicate their poses.
Oslo has one of the most popular toboggan runs which starts at Frognerseteren and ends at Midtstuen metro station. The toboggan run is 2,000 meters long and takes roughly 8 to 10 minutes to travel down if you don’t stop.
Reykjavik is one the most amazing places to whiteness the northern lights. You can also experience a range of ice caves which are absolutely breathtaking. Additionally, Reykjavik has some of the best food and beer restaurants around.
While not in Reykjavik itself we recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon it is one of the most stunning geothermal pools that is a must see. You can book travel to and from the blue lagoon with Expedia. You can also experience regular whale watching trips which we highly recommend.
Most UK airports travel to all Scandinavian countries discuss throughout this article which means you won’t have trouble booking flights. We always recommend when going away you should never leave your airport transfers last minute, to make your holiday as stress free as possible you may want to think about booking your airport transfer in Milton Keynes or airport taxis in Buckingham.
We recommend visiting at least one Scandinavian countries throughout both winter and summer. Both seasons will give you such different experiences. Copenhagen is one of the best cities to visit with a wide variety of things to do and places to see. Stockholm is amazing to visit if you wish to see local culture and travel a vast city.
The best part about Scandinavian countries is the northern lights. We believe it’s on the one things you have to put on your bucket list. There gorgeous however you can only whiteness them in the winter, so its best to go for a long weekend so you don’t get to cold. While going to see the northern lights, there are so many things you can do in each city you will never be bored.