Scandinavia, a vast and geographically stunning region also known as Nordic Europe, is famous for its breath-taking landscapes, its fascinating history and rich culture, its mythology, and, more recently, for its cuisine and Scandi noir books and films.
If you would like to experience some of the many wonders of this beautiful part of the world there are so many vacation options for you to choose from. These range from cosmopolitan city breaks in Stockholm or Copenhagen – both of which vie for the title of unofficial capital of the region – to exploring the glaciers and lava fields of Iceland or relaxing on one of Denmark’s many spectacular beaches (yes, beaches).
With so many destinations to choose from it can be hard to map out an itinerary. Here is some inspiration and suggestions to help you decide just where you want to go and what you want to see.
-See the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. This stunning natural phenomenon can be viewed from various locations in Scandinavia, such as Iceland. Be sure to check out our great selection of Iceland resorts that allow you to catch this amazing spectacle.
-Take a relaxing dip in some hot springs or geothermal pools. Again, this can easily be done in Iceland, and sometimes you will even find that your hotel boasts its very own pools, so you won’t have far to go for a healing swim.
-Experience the unrivalled majesty of the fjords. Norway is a breath-takingly beautiful land renowned for its dramatic mountainous fjords. Sognefjord is the biggest, but Geirangerfjord has garnered a reputation for being the most visually stunning.
-Go in search of polar bears. Svalbard is the world’s northernmost human settlement and while a trip here isn’t for the faint-hearted, it’s well worth it if you want to view these amazing creatures at home in their natural habitat.
-Enjoy thrilling outdoor pursuits such as skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Wherever you go in Scandinavia you will find plenty of exhilarating sports to try, set against a backdrop of pristine beauty and wildness.
-Learn more about Vikings and Scandinavia’s turbulent history. Both Oslo and Roskilde are home to Viking Ship Museums, while Stockholm’s Vasa Museum features many fascinating exhibits, including the resurrected hulk of an entire flagship sunk more than 4 centuries ago.
-Sample traditional Nordic culinary delicacies such as pickled herring, smoked or salt-cured salmon, Icelandic Skyr, meatballs served with potatoes and berries, and Danish open-faced sandwiches.
What is the currency in Scandinavia?
Finland is the only Scandinavian country that uses the Euro. The remaining countries all use the krona/krone.
How long does it take to fly to Scandinavia?
It varies depending on where you are flying to but most flights to Scandinavia will last between 3 and 4 hours, with 1 stop en-route.
What is the time difference in Scandinavia?
While Iceland is 1 hour behind the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Norway are all 1 hour ahead and Finland is the only Nordic country that is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
When is the best time to visit Scandinavia?
The best time to visit depends on what you want to experience when you are going. Sweden and Norway both have destinations which can be visited throughout the year, while it is best to avoid Finland during the months of July and August. To avoid the high season in Denmark why not book your trip in May or June? As for Iceland, there are benefits to visiting both in the summer and the winter, but if you want to catch the Northern Lights its best to go during winter.
What language is spoken in Scandinavia?
The languages spoken in Scandinavia are Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese and Finnish.