Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Scandinavia is a North-European subregion that includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and could sometimes also include Iceland and Finland. It is known for its strong cultural, historical, as well as linguistic ties. You may have chosen Scandinavia to see the aurora borealis, also known as Northern lights, but there are many more breathtaking natural landscapes in this region. Here are the top four that should be on your list when you plan a trip to Scandinavia.
Copenhagen is a trendy yet welcoming city on the waterside and has lively cafes, bars, and music events. You can explore it by boat or bicycle and visit museums, Viking sites, modern art galleries, and enjoy Danish food, too. The New Nordic cuisine has come up as an unparalleled scene here in recent years.
Stockholm is a collection of 14 islands that can easily be accessed by boat. It has beautiful medieval streets, world-class museums such as Vasa, which occupies a restored 17th-century ship, and regal palaces. The city has a cool café and nightlife culture, along with great cuisine and designer boutiques. You can go skiing or ice-skating in the winters or hiking in the summers, and enjoy some delicious Swedish meatballs, too.
The Norwegian fjords
Norway is known to have around 1200 fjords, and it is a must-visit when you’re in the Scandinavian region. If you only time to visit one fjord, the Geirangerfjord is the one to check out. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is nearly nine miles long and a little less than one mile wide. This fjord has steep cliffs on both sides along with some exceptional waterfalls. It also has some of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails. You can also take a bus tour around it if hiking isn’t really your thing.
Ring Road of Iceland
Iceland, also known as the land of Fire and Ice, is a natural wonder in itself. It has active volcanoes and glaciers and also a black-sand beach (Reynisfjara). The best way to explore the wonders of this land is to take a leisurely drive along Ring Road that is a sprawling byway circling the entire island. Along the way, you can find some of the best sites in the country, such as the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you can hike to an active volcano and glacier. You could even visit the famous geothermal spa that’s snuggled within a lava field!
There are many other places you can visit in Scandinavia that will leave you mesmerized, along with some of the most unique seafood cuisine in each of the countries of this region!
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