There is a lot to see in Scandinavia. From the effortlessly beautiful and remote nature in Norway to the breathtaking sight of the Northern Lights in Iceland, Scandinavia has it all. Experience cultural cityscapes, exciting local cuisine, and wild hikes in the land of long hot summers and picture perfect snowy winters.
From Norway to Finland, read about the best places to visit in Scandinavia this year an get booking your getaway to the real winter wonderland.
Literally meaning Troll Tongue, Trolltunga is a large piece of rock that juts out of the mountain horizontally (and looks a bit like a tongue!). One of the most iconic and most photographed regions of Norway the 2,290-foot high cliff face is positioned just above the Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal. For adventurous travelers who love to hike there is a breathtaking 8-10 hour hike through the mountains that is possible from mid-June onward. Make sure you go with a guide if you are an inexperienced hiker as the terrain can be tricky, although it is all worth it to reach the top.
The capital of Sweden, also known as the capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm is the perfect Scandinavian city. Made up of 14 islands, the city has both a fashionably cool atmosphere and a laid-back friendly vibe. The walkable city is great for exploring, so spend a day or two in each district of the city, discovering each of the distinct neighborhood characters. Enjoy discovering innovative design, unimaginable cuisine, fun shopping, green parks and plenty of excellent museums. Spend some time in Gamla Stan, the old town and one of the most iconic parts of the city, with cobblestone streets and definitively Swedish architecture.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
To experience the North Pole and Santa’s Grotto, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the place to do it. Sleep in a wooden cabin covered in a perfect snow blanket or feel like you are sleeping in the middle of a snowy field by staying in one of the resort’s unique glass igloos right in the middle of nature. And the bonus is that just five minutes from the resort you have access to Santa’s home, where you can visit Santa himself in his pretty red cabin in the North Pole.
The slightly edgier other half of Scandinavia’s primary city Stockholm, Copenhagen is like the cool younger brother. Alongside the chic industrial design, bars and cutting-edge fashion the city is also home to the world’s best restaurant, Noma and has another 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. The small city, with a population of just 1.2 million, is perfectly manageable on bikes or on foot along the historic cobbled streets. Experience the city where old meets new and does it with style and charm.
The Northern Lights, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, can be seen from Iceland and northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. The best time to visit is between October and April when the sun isn’t always shining, you should also try to stay in the county for around a week to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, as it is not a guarantee that you will see them every night you are there. The Golden Circle in Iceland is a great spot to watch the lights as it gets very dark in this area.
Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
One of the world’s best road trips, the Atlantic Ocean Road stretches for five miles between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde in Norway and is an official tourist route. The road famously zig zags across the sea’s often tumultuous waters, and can be one of the most dangerous roads to drive during a storm. In calm weather you may spot seals and whales, and can stop at a number of viewing points to see the stunning architecture and nature that decorates the route.
One of the most visited places in Norway, the Kjerag is a boulder that is wedged between two cliffs, and has been there for a very long time. Tourists hike to the boulder and you can even stand on it for the ultimate picture, if you are brave enough. It’s a 5.5 mile-long trek to the top with three steep ascents, so make sure you are at a good level of fitness before taking the hike. And be aware that coming down the hike can be the hardest part, so try not to look down!
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
If you prefer to take a relaxing break to Scandinavia then there is nowhere more relaxing than the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Lie in a naturally warm geothermal pool in the snow, just a 50-minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik. Rich in silica and sulfur, the pools can be naturally healing for people suffering with skin diseases such as psoriasis, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees in some pools.
Site-seeing in Scandinavia, with Auto Europe
With so many incredible places to visit in Scandinavia, it only makes sense to pick up a rental car and explore it all. Though often overlooked in favor of Western European destinations, Scandinavia is chalked full of incredible vacation potential. Whether you need hotel accommodations, a luxury rental car, or even a motorhome rental, Auto Europe can provide it all–at the lowest price, industry-wide.