Scandinavia boasts breathtaking natural surroundings, fascinating culture and great city life year round. Like a smorgasbord the region offers a tantalising array of outdoor activities suited to the changing seasons – snow and ice or sun and sea – the options are various and invigorating…
Summer stretches out invitingly in Scandinavia thanks to the seemingly endless daylight hours. This beautiful part of the world offers travellers the opportunity to revel in the great outdoors and there’s a variety of ways to explore, from self drives and independent travel to coastal cruises, island-hopping adventures and railway journeys through epic scenery.
And when it comes to winter, Scandinavians know how to do this time of the year in style. Cosy log cabins, warming saunas, snow-clad landscapes to explore by snowmobile, husky sledding excursions, and of course there’s the opportunity to visit Santa in Lapland and view the Northern Lights.
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords
Hurtigruten is the name of the world-famous shipping route between Bergen and Kirkenes and has been described as the ‘world’s most beautiful sea voyage’. The Hurtigruten ships trace the dramatic Norwegian coastline from Bergen and the southern fjords, up across the Arctic Circle, all the way to Lofoten and the top end of Europe.
A canal journey across Sweden
Travel from coast to coast in grand style on a 19th century Gota Canal steamer. Enjoy some of Sweden’s most picturesque scenery whilst drifting through the tranquil countryside. Cross her great lakes and travel through a network of 66 locks. Dine on stylish cuisine in a stateroom once graced by royalty.
Lapland, Father Christmas and The Northern Lights
Synonymous with Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) Lapland is an area north of the Arctic Circle, covering 4 countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia). At the height of winter it is also the perfect location to view the Northern Lights.