How to Make the Best of Your Scandinavian Experience

How to Make the Best of Your Scandinavian Experience

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Last updated:
22.04.2021

We bet you already know a lot about Scandinavian culture, the economy, and its spectacular nature. But there's always room for more inspiration! Hence, todayt we will share why Scandinavia should become your next great destination and where to look for the best unique experiences.

Discover Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in Norway is claimed to be a ticket to adventure. We believe there is a reason for that - stunning views of versatile nature, trails often leading to inaccessible areas, and multiple challenges while trying to cross dirt mountain roads or even solid rock.

Mountain bikes with a beautiful backdrop

More than 90% of the country consists of mountains, and the Western and Northern parts are the most challenging. Experts share their favorite bike trips with the most popular and still undiscovered routes for those interested in adventure cycling.

See the Midnight Sun

No less than Northern Lights, this experience deserves a place in your travel agenda. And you can see both on the same route. The most popular Scandinavian location to see the midnight sun is the North Cape - the northernmost point of Europe where you can also experience numerous attractions.

Midnight sun in the North Cape

We also recommend you visiting the northernmost town in Sweden called Kiruna. There you can observe the midnight sun, Northern Lights and visit the world-famous Icehotel. Oh, and don’t forget to go dog sledding - this is the true experience of Lapland and Sami culture.

What is The Midnight Sun?
It is a natural phenomenon occurring above Arctic or Antarctic Cicles, when you can still see the sun in the horizon when it's past local midnight time.

Don't Miss Out on Bergen and the Fjord

Just about everything in the area is a must-see, so take your time there. You can visit Bergen's mountains by foot or cable car and take a tour of this charming city. And of course - THE FJORDS.

Girl looking out at the Bergen's scenery

This might be the highlight of your trip. The Norwegian Fjords are one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Scandinavia and probably the whole world. A boat trip is a perfect option to experience magnificent nature and enjoy breathtaking views. A warning - you should not go onboard without your camera!

Top Bergen's Attractions:

  • Brygen Wharf
  • Mount Fløyen
  • Bergenhus Fortress
  • Mount Ulriken
  • University Museum of Bergen
  • Bergen Cathedral

Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

The Midsummer Festival that celebrates the summer solstice is a big deal in Scandinavia or, in other words, party time! If you are lucky to be traveling in June, pick any Scandinavian country to experience this festival of light, flowers, food, and music.

Girls enjoying the celebrations of Midsummer

Filled with singing, folk dance, and rituals associated with nature, it will give you a good dive into Scandinavian culture and traditions.

Start Your Experience Before You Leave

While packing your bags, we recommend watching some great Scandinavian movies to get a glimpse of its culture. “Trollywood” is the informal name for a well-known film production facility in Trollhättan Municipality in Sweden. Another center of the Scandinavian movie industry in Denmark with its famous Lars von Trier and Carl Tr. Dreyer.

You can find a variety of movies worth watching produced from the 1960s till now. Here are a few: Pusher (1996), Open Hearts (2002), Worlds Apart (2008), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

We hope you have enjoyed reading our tips for making the best of your time in Scandinavia. If you wish to discover even more inspiring content, take a look at some fun facts about Scandinavia. Did you know that while Finland is called "The Land of the 1,000 lakes", the country has more than 188,000 lakes with 98,000 islands? Enjoy your Scandinavian experience and let us know the highlights of your trip!