Scandinavia, the region in Northern Europe, is most commonly divided into four countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Summer is the best time to visit with pleasant weather and when nature comes alive. Another bonus of summer is the extended daylight hours where visitors can take advantage of long days to experience more. Other reasons to visit these Nordic countries are:
It’s Beautiful Cities
Scandinavia’s cities are bursting with gourmet food, trendy boutiques, a variety of museums and vibrant art scenes. Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki are the capital cities of Scandinavian countries. Each of them offers a unique set of experiences.
During the Summer, you can experience something that people in Denmark call Hygge. The word doesn’t have a direct translation to English, but means spending time with your family and friends in a comfortable atmosphere. Usually it means sitting by the candlelight in the evening, covered in a comfy blanket, while having a glass of mulled wine and just enjoying life with the most important people in your life. Just thinking about it makes you feel cozy.
Looking for a place where you can experience Hygge? Tivoli Gardens is just the spot. The gardens are located in the heart of the city, and serve mainly as an amusement park. If you’re not into this kind of fun, it’s also a wonderful place to just have a moment of rest from the bustle of everyday life.
Looking for a place to go out in Copenhagen? It doesn’t get any better than the Meatpacking District. It’s loaded with trendy clubs and high quality restaurants. Locals love to spend time there.
Opened in 2008, the Opera building is not only a great sight from the architectural point of view, but also a wonderful vantage point. Go to the rooftop, to see the beautiful panorama of Oslo.
Fancy restaurants, classy clubs, beautiful monuments and sculptures. In the center of Oslo you can find it all.
The Vigeland Park
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway. The Vigeland Park is the largest sculpture park in the world, created single-handedly. Gustav Vigeland’s lifework resulted in over 200 unique sculptures.
Fantastic observatory located in a wonderful park. Aside from beautiful views, you will also enjoy the famous Kafe Himlavalvet waffles with delicious toppings. Recommended especially in Spring and Summer.
Located on a Djurgarden island in Stockholm, Skansen is the Sweden’s first open-air museum and a zoo. In the museum you can see a replica of a XIX century town, whereas in the zoo you can get familiar with the Scandinavian animals, such as moose, bison or brown bear.
A district Stockholm takes pride in. An eco haven. Everything about this place is extremely clean, including the lake! You should definitely check it out.
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
Founded in 1746, Suomenlinna is one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world. In 1991 the fortress was added to the UNESCO heritage list. Aside of sightseeing, we recommend grabbing a lunch or a cup of coffee in one of the local cafés.
Market Square and the Esplanade Park
The Market Square is located at the beginning of the Esplanade Park. After drinking a cup of hot coffee, and buying souvenirs at the Market, go ahead and take a stroll down the Helsinki’s most known park – the green heart of the city.
Old Market Hall
Located in the neighborhood of the Market Square, Old Market Hall serves as a market for food, such as cheese, vegetables, shellfish, cakes and spices.
The Breathtaking Nature
In Scandinavia you will find fresh air, beautiful fjords, soaring cliffs, amazing light, rich fauna, unique, captivating beaches, lakes and archipelagoes.
Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) rises 604 metres above the Lysefjord and is one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes. More than 300,000 nature-loving hikers visit the renowned rock formation every year.
The eight-km hike starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue. Allow a total of four hours for this moderately demanding roundtrip or join one of the guided tours that run daily subject to weather conditions, admire the cliff from a sightseeing boat on the fjord, or do both – some tours offer combined hikes and cruises.
Explore Norway’s beautiful fjords by sailing along its coast. Formed during the Ice Age millions of years ago, the fjords stretch all along the coast. Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the most famous fjord and is known for its deep blue waters, towering mountain peaks and abundant waterfalls. Some of the other largest and well known are Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord and Nærøyfjord.
Taiga is the largest eco-region in Europe, stretching across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and into the northern part of Russia. The forested area encompasses 2,156,900 km and is a cool, humid climate that is filled with Norway spruce and Scots pine, mingled with downy and silver birch. Mosses, lichens, and dwarf shrubs blanket the forest floor, and rivers and lakes are bordered by alder, aspen, rowan, and willow trees. This region has the greatest number of lakes and largest bogs in Europe, and in the North, peat lands make up 50% of the land surface.
It’s Delicious Food
Nordic food is obviously famous for pickled herring and meatballs, but there are lots more dishes you should definitely give a try. Here’s our diet for your stay in Scandinavia:
For starters (or breakfast) we recommend Smørrebrød – rye bread with various toppings. You should try different combinations. We liked the one with beef, onion and horseradish. Remember to eat it with fork and knife.
If you’re into soups, try Ärtsoppa – a traditional yellow pea soup. Now, for the main course, how about the famous meetballs, traditionally served with cream sauce, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumber and lingonberries.
Ready for an adventure before you call it a night? Try Lutefisk. Lutefisk is a world-known Nordic meal. It’s a dried stockfish (usually cod) that has been soaked in lye, and then in water, before being steamed until it flaked. We advise you to eat it with at least a couple of beers by your hand.
Don’t be afraid to give Scandinavia a try on your next vacation. If you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend choosing quality, yet reasonably priced hotels in Scandinavia – or other hotels you can find on Bidroom. For the best offers, don’t forget to book your room using Bidroom.com.