There are certain parts of the world that don’t need an introduction. When it comes to beautiful, sprawling landscapes, Scandinavia is definitely among those places. Here we take a look at some of the most beautiful places to visit.
Preikestolen in Norway
This flat topped cliff gives you a great look at the ultra blue waters of the Lysefjord. Looking down on this majestic body, you are sure to be inspired in a way that only a few other places can do (and many of them are in Scandinavia and on this list). You will need around three hours to take the climb, but it is definitely worth the trouble. They don’t call this the “most famous viewpoint in Norway” for nothing. If you are feeling really adventurous, join the base jumpers for the flight of your life!
Loyly Sauna in Finland
The Loyly Sauna is in Helsinki, Finland’s capital city. Even though there are plenty of saunas in the country, this one is special because of the Baltic landscape that it overlooks. You can partake of the famous smoke sauna and follow it up with a refreshing dip in the water. This place is known as the beginning and end of sauna culture in the area, so even if you have to take it alone, do it!
Koli National Park in Finland
The landscapes that you will find in this beautiful park are more than just gorgeous. They are actually inspiring. This park was voted the number one place to hike in the entire country of Finland, and that is saying something. You can take your time through more than 80 km of hiking routes for multiple perspectives of this amazing part of the world. Don’t be surprised if you see an artist or two writing or drawing on your way up or down. Be aware that there are some areas in the park without mobile phone signal, so if you need to make a call or want to play a game at one of the many Nordic online casinos, you may need to climb to a higher point. Finally, if you don’t want to visit here on your own, then attend the Helsinki Koli National Park Four Day Tour with other people.
The Stockholm Archipelago in Sweden
If you have ever dreamed of having an entire private island to yourself, taking the sailing trip around the Stockholm Archipelago gets you really close. There are around 20,000 islands in this formation around the Baltic Sea, but look out for the seagull colonies. They can be quite mischievous if you get too close! There are also Viking graves to visit and some beautiful eagles to spot along with seals if you are lucky. You also want to try the food around this area – it is well renowned around the world as one of the best representations of Scandinavian cuisine. You can also let someone else do the paddling if you take the Stockholm Sailing Tour.
If you are visiting all of these places around Scandinavia, then take the time to go through some of these honorable mentions: The Rabjerg Mile and Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse in Denmark; the Oresund Underwater Bridge in Denmark and Sweden; the Atlantic Island in Norway; the Ice Hotel in Sweden; the Lofoten Islands in Norway; and Geirangerfjord in Norway. You will not run out of new excitement for these amazing locations. What’s more, you will probably have the best Instagram out of all of your friends. Make sure to bring the best camera that you possibly can.
Preikestolen in Norway – pixabay creative commons
Loyly Sauna in Finland – Ninara on flickr – some rights reserved
Koli National Park in Finland – Wikimedia Creative Commons
The Stockholm Archipelago in Sweden – pixabay creative commons
Contributing Author Bio
Claire Ward is a passionate writer, traveler and book lover. She writes about various topics and loves to share useful information with others.