Many travelers have done most of central Europe already. So where do you go once you’ve checked off Berlin, Prague, and Paris from your travel list? You head up to the Nordic countries! It’s time to wrap up warm as I take you on a quick tour of this culturally rich part of the world!
Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm is jam-packed with cultural experiences. You can wander around its old town, which is located on the small island of Gamla stan. For something a bit more contemporary, head to the ABBA Museum. Gothenburg is another popular Swedish city, with many historic cathedrals and buildings. If you want to get out and about in the Swedish countryside, the Uppsala area is one of the country’s most picturesque.
When in Copenhagen, make sure you head to Tivoli Gardens which is a popular theme park. Don’t forget also to stop by the famous Little Mermaid statue out in the harbor. But there is much more to this country than its popular capital city. The peninsula of Jutland is the country’s mainland and features many historic Viking sites. There is also plenty of watersports fun to be had just off the coast of the Thy National Park. The city of Odense is a great destination for nightlife and shopping.
There are multiple Viking museums in Oslo, Norway’s capital city. You’ll also find many world-famous museums and galleries. It’s also a great city for those who love the outdoors, as there are many opportunities for skiing, cycling, and hiking. The city of Bergen is the gateway to the fjords and features some of the country’s best scenery. If you want to spot some of Norway’s best Art Nouveau architecture, head to Alesund on the west coast.
Many people who head here book onto one of the Iceland Northern Lights tours. But the natural phenomenon isn’t the only reason to head to this small island. Reykjavik is a cultural hotspot and also features a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants. Once you’ve had enough of city life, head out to the Blue Lagoon to relax in its warm waters. Don’t forget to explore the southern coast either. This is where you’ll find many dormant volcanoes.
If you’re staying in Helsinki, you will be able to catch one of the many ferries that take day trippers out to the neighboring islands. If you are traveling with young children, be sure to head up to Lapland. This is Finland’s northernmost area, and also said to be the home of Santa Claus. It is also a popular destination for skiers. Many people stay on the shores of Saimaa, a vast lake. The area offers visitors some fascinating scenery. There is also the option to enjoy canoeing, swimming, and hiking.
There is loads more to Europe than the usual destinations. As you can see, the Nordic countries really do have some fantastic hidden gems. So what are you waiting for? Get online and start planning your next trip right now!