6 great places to pitch your tent

6 great places to pitch your tent

With some of the largest remaining areas of true wilderness in Europe, Scandinavia offers many adventurous opportunities that are a lot cheaper than you might expect, one of which is free camping. The old tradition of “allemansrätten” (every man’s right) means that you can wild camp and roam nearly anywhere (without fear of reprimand) as long as you do not disturb or destroy the environment.

So here are six beautiful spots in Scandinavia to pitch up for the night.

Bunes Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Bunes Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Bunes Beach, located on the Lofoten Islands, is one of the most spectacular beaches in Norway. The white sand and azure waters of Bunes Beach are situated over 100 kilometers north of the Article Circle, but on a sunny summer day, one would believe to be in the Caribbean. Its surrounding geography – with rarely seen granite peaks near the beach – is astounding. This coast in the north of the Lofoten Islands is prime for the midnight sun, so those who camp on Bunes Beach (you have to carry in all supplies) can witness one of the greatest natural phenomena in unbeatable surroundings.

Bornholm, Denmark

Duodde Beach, Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm is a slow-paced Danish island in the Baltic Sea, lying off the coasts of Sweden.
Once a simple beach escape, Bornholm has reinvented itself as an eco-friendly, foodie destination – for the island’s many smokehouses – boasting 150 miles of cycling routes.
Bornholm presents the Danish landscape in a nutshell; it is hilly and fertile with fields and extensive forests. It’s the only place in Denmark where you can walk along a granite coastline.

Directly out to the beautiful cliffs of Bornholm you’ll find pure white beaches which are perfect to set up your tent for a night, offering front-row sea views and beautiful panoramas of the sunrise rise in the morning and watching it set at night.

Lake Siljan, Dalarna, Sweden

Lake Siljan, Dalarna, Sweden

It will only take a few hours by train from Stockholm to reach the Dalarna region in Central Sweden. Dalarna is dominated in the south by fields, lakes and verdant, rolling hillsides. The northern part is home to the Scandinavian mountains which attract lots of visitors with its adventurous hiking trails.

Lake Siljan – the seventh largest lake in Sweden- lies peacefully ingrained in the middle of Dalarna and is an ideal spot to pitch up your tent. A compass, some pots and pans, food, a good knife, a tent and a sleeping bag is all you need to stay for a couple of days of wild adventures at this beautiful lake.

Kvaløya, Norway

Sunset over Kvaløya, Norway

Go 375km into the Arctic Circle to Kvaløya, the largest island in Norway, famous for the massive granite walls and impressive peaks that decorate the whole coastline.
These beautiful Kvaløya mountains are the most fantastic playground any outdoor enthusiast can imagine. It doesn’t matter where you’ll be climbing, alpine trekking, or mountain biking on Kvaløya, you will be surrounded by one of the most beautiful places imaginable – the mountains, the fjords and the valleys all come together and make it one epic landscape.

So what isn’t better than to pitch up your tent here, and stargaze in peace in the polar night because you have good chances to see an Aurora Borealis. At -10°C, you’ll need a warm sleeping bag, but the view will be totally worth it.

Vålådalen Nature Reserve, Sweden

Valadalen Nature Reserve, Sweden

In the region of Jämtland, near the Swedish-Norwegian border, lies the nature reserve of Vålådalen, a large, protected area with ancient virgin forests, rich marshland, impressive mountains and unique waterways such as the River Vålån with its crystal clear waters.
In the middle of the Vålådalen nature reserve you find the almost mythical Swedish Lake Blanktjärn that shyly reveals itself through the gaps in the forest. This lake is renowned for its spectacular emerald green color.

So tighten your hiking shoes, explore the forest and head out to the shores of Lake Blanktjärn, enjoy a picnic before you put up your tent and enjoy the sun going down behind the surrounding mountains.

Besseggen ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway

Besseggen ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway

Hiking the Besseggen ridge is one of the most popular trails in Norway. Some 30,000 people make the trek between Gjendesheim and Memurubu each year. Located in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park, the trail roughly follows a ridge on the north side of Lake Gjende and provides fantastic views of the whole length of the picturesque lake that is surrounded by glaciated mountain peaks.

Wild camping is possible everywhere, the only restrictions being the immediate area around the huts. Water is plentiful and tasty. On the other hand, finding a flat spot to pitch a tent can take some time, but is worth the effort to sleep with some incredible vistas out the tent door.…

6 Tips to travel on a budget through Scandinavia

6 Tips to travel on a budget through Scandinavia

Scandinavia has the name to be expensive, and it is true that the countries in the North are somewhat pricier than other parts of Europe. However, there are smart ways to keep costs down.

Here are six tips that might save you a few Euro, krone and krona on your next trip.

1. Avoid peak periods and book ahead

Book ahead and avoid peaks

A tip for getting a good deal on flights is to book ahead. There’s no point planning your trip last minute, the best time to book your trip is 3-6 months in advance. And if you are flexible with dates, you have the possibility to score a great deal on your airline tickets! Summertime (from June to August) is everyone’s favorite travel period, but also the most expensive one. If you’re looking for the ideal combination of pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices, plan your trip in April/May or September.

2. Get creative with sightseeing

Stockholm Sightseeing

There are many exciting places to see in Scandinavia, but some require admission costs that may exceed your budget. This is where you need to choose for some creative alternatives. Begin by looking for free attractions, self-guided walking tours, and free admission days at museums. Take notes in your travel diary and plan your days around it.

Another sure way to keep costs down is to spend your time people-watching and strolling around the cities. Scandinavia won’t disappoint you neither in one or the other. Enjoy being outside, rent a bike, go out for a hike or relax at the beach, and most of it is free. You can also admire natural phenomena at no cost, especially in the region of the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and Sweden. Seeing the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun is an experience that will last all one’s life!

3. Bring a tent, (wild) camping is free

Free camping Norway

Those who are reluctant to rent a home or private room through websites like Airbnb, or do not find a bargain deal for a Scandinavian hotel should consider bringing a tent and go camping like the Scandinavians do themselves.

Scandinavia has lots of campgrounds in beautiful locations, and many campsites also rent very affordable cabins (a great solution for a rainy day). For those looking for more adventure, you can pitch your tent just about anywhere you want throughout Scandinavia. A prime position with magnificent views over a fjord, all for free. Can you ask for more?

4. Be smart with food and drinks

Lunch from the grocery store

There is no question that going out for dinner is the number one reason of overspending for most travelers, especially in Scandinavia where food and drinks in restaurants can get pretty expensive.

The solution? You may need to become the best friend of the grocery stores. They are one of the best ways to save money on food as they often stock pre-made meals like sandwiches and salads as well as items that are ready-to-eat (bananas, yogurt, bread, cheese, and meat). Also for beer stick to the grocery stores when you can – because a few drinks in a bar will empty your wallet quickly.

5. Watch out for ATM and credit cards fees

Danish banknotes

Often travelers don’t anticipate ATM and credit card fees. Instead of using ATMs, pay with your regular debit or credit card. Before traveling, give a call to your bank and credit card company to know the cost of using your card abroad. Today there are several credit cards that offer zero foreign transaction fees and no-fee ATM cards, with which you can withdraw as much foreign cash as you need with no transaction charge. A little bit of research will help to stay on budget!

6. Explore by foot

Public Transport Norway

Walking is good for you, so consider on your trip to discover more things by foot. It is an excellent way to experience real city life and stay in shape at the same time. You may even stumble upon places you might otherwise never discover, like a local food market or a relaxing neighborhood park. If you are not fond of walking, make sure you research the costs and benefits of (multiple) day passes or city cards. City cards in Scandinavia offer together with free local transportation complementary admission to museums and other attractions. City cards can be bought online for one or more days.…

10 delicious Scandinavian foods you once need to try

10 delicious Scandinavian foods you once need to try

Scandinavia is home to the best foodie capitals of Europe. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark all have regional specialties, but also share common dishes that are favorites with locals and travelers.

Here are our picks of some tempting Scandinavian foods; check them out on your next visit.

Swedish Våfflor (waffles) or Krumkake from Norway

Swedish waffles

Sweet lovers can satisfy their cravings with Scandinavian waffles. Prepared in a special two-sided iron griddle, the waffles will be topped with sweet fillings. The Norwegian Krumkake version, once finished, will be folded around a wooden spoon into a cone-shape and filled with whipped cream or fruit jams (made of the delicious berries that grow in the forests). You can’t get a better snack or breakfast.

Scandinavian meatballs

 

The Norwegian kjøttkaker

Meatballs can be found throughout the whole Scandinavia; each country has, however, its particularity and secrets for the best preparation. The Danish version of meatballs, called frikadeller, are made with minced meat, onions, eggs, milk, and bread crumbs. It is served either as a main dish with boiled potatoes and gravy or as a lunch together with a cold potato salad.

The Norwegian version, called “kjøttboller” or “kjøttkaker”, is a kind of rougher version of their Scandinavian cousins, being a more loosely bound beef patty, flavored with ginger and nutmeg. The meatballs are usually served with mashed or boiled potatoes before being drizzled with a cream sauce (or gravy). An excellent plate after a long (and cold) day outdoors!

Lutefisk/Tørrfisk

Drying Cod in Lofoten Norway

Seafood is very common in the north, with lutefisk (tørrfisk) being another traditional dish. This unsalted fish, that is dried in the cold air in the far north of Norway (particularly from the islands of Lofoten and Vesteråle), is one of Norway’s earliest delicacies. The method to dry fish in the cold air is one of the world’s oldest preservation methods, providing a shelf life of several years.

Prinsesstårta

Princesstårta (Princess Cake)

The Prinsesstårta is a dome-shaped treat made of layers of sponge cake, jam, almond paste, and whipped cream, covered with (traditionally) green marzipan. It is usually the cake of choice for birthdays parties. However, you can also try a slice of this specialty in Swedish bakeries. The cake was invented by Jenny Åkerstöm -back in the 1920s- who gave cooking classed to three of the Swedish princesses. The young royals were loving the cake so much that it was named in their honor. It’s simple and very popular.

Västerbottensost (Västerbotten cheese)

Västerbottensost

Västerbotten cheese is a firm, bitter cheese similar to the Italian parmesan, and made from cow’s milk. The cheese is very versatile, lending itself well to all sorts of dishes, though many like to eat it just with a slice of bread. It’s only made by one company, in one place called Burträsk. You can take a free guided tour in their exhibition, and visit their cheese store. Burträsk is beautifully located nearby a lake and amidst forests, offering visitors the chance to go hiking, canoeing or fishing.

Sill (Herring)

Pots of herring

The Baltic and North Atlantic Ocean contain a large number of herring shoals, and the Scandinavian are specialists at cooking, pickling and smoking these flavorsome fish. Herring in garlic sauce, with dill or in mustard sauce, the varieties are surprising. Or what about an S.O.S? This traditional starter stands for “Smör, Ost och Sill” (butter, cheese, and herring) and is served with crisp bread and accompanied with a glass of aquavit, a traditional Scandinavian spirit. Cheers!

Fruit Soup

Fruit soup

The Scandinavians sure do love their fruit “soups”. Because of the long northern winters and a lack of fresh fruit, fruits were preserved and later cooked to bring back their flavors. Traditionally, fruit soups – like the blueberry soup – are thick and you can either eat it hot from a bowl or chilled in a glass. In whatever way you consume it, it has a lot of vitamin C in it, so a cup of fruit soup will help you through the day.

Smoked Salmon

Gravlaks

One of the Scandinavian foods you just can’t miss while walking around the streets is smoked salmon. Salmon is “daily bread” in the Scandinavian diet, with the countries’ long coastline and many fjords producing ample amounts of it. While salmon forms the basis of many dishes, it is often served on its own, mostly in a smoked form, known as “Røkt Laks”. “Gravlaks” is another way of preparation using a blend of salt, dill, and sugar. In Denmark, they create delicious open sandwiches of light rye bread with Gravlaks.

Foraged berries

Foraged berries

Scandinavians love spending time in the wild and wander freely through their vast forests, valleys, and coastlines. These days, picking berries and mushrooms is a favorite way to spend a family day out. It’s also easy to find foraged food in shops, markets and even on stalls along country roads. Try delicate wild strawberries, blueberries or bright purple bilberries.

Smørrebrød and Rugbrød

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød (that translates to “butter and bread”) and rugbrød (rye bread) are traditional Danish bread. Hundreds of varieties of open sandwiches are made with these bread, but the most common ingredients are a slice of buttered rye bread with pieces of meat (or fish), cheese, vegetables and spread. My favorite is with a light spread of cream cheese and salmon. No matter what time of day it is, you can always enjoy a smørrebrød!…

The 5 coolest hostels of Scandinavia

The 5 coolest hostels of Scandinavia

Scandinavian style doesn’t come cheap but these cool hostels, in Denmark, Sweden and Norway will not break the bank. They are worth visiting for the sake of their low price, amazing hospitality, and great design.

Here you find five cool and stylish “sleeps” that have not only a great price but also a unique character.

1. Långholmen prison – Stockholm (Sweden)

Single Room Långholmen prison

What was once Sweden’s biggest prison, is today a popular hostel. This unique place – located on Långholmen island in central Stockholm – has spared no detail in reminding guests about its past. At the reception they serve sweets with black and white stripes, the doors of the rooms are still equipped with bars, and the room signs are literally saying “to the cells”.

Accommodation is in well-equipped cells with 2-4 bunks, with or without private bathroom. This characteristic hostel is also home to a museum that illustrates the long history of the prison. Outside the maze of paths that crisscross the island of Långholmen is ideal for jogging or for a relaxing walk.

2. Hostel af Chapman – Stockholm

Hostel af Chapman

Even the most frequent travelers may not have had the opportunity to stay in a floating hostel and even less in one in such a beautiful location as this. The 19th-century sailing boat af Chapman is docked permanently on the island of Skeppsholmen located in a beautiful surrounding with panoramas of the old town (Gamla Stan) and the Royal Palace. Be gently rocked asleep in one of the cabins of this 88-meter long ship with a fascinating history. The boat was built in England and sailed several trips around the world before ending up in Sweden and being turned into a unique hostel. Via a little gangway that connects the boat to the quay, you access the cabins. You are free to walk around on the deck, admiring the magnificent views across the water.

3. Urban House – Copenhagen (Denmark)

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The hip and trendy district Vesterbro is a popular place with young and creative people not least because of its numerous cafes, restaurants, and galleries. It is a great location close to the city center and is the perfect starting point for exploring Copenhagen. In the midst of this area, you find the Urban House. The Urban House is much more that just a place to sleep.

Additional to the 220 rooms, you can try a beer at the bar from a local brewery, grab a sandwich from the kiosk or rent a bike from the bicycle shop. Outside in a beautiful green area or the lounge, you can relax, find books and games. Discovering town is free when you join the Vesterbro walking tour, specially developed for the hostel. All dorms in the hostel have private bathrooms. You can choose between a room with single bed, private room with double bed, or dorms with up to ten beds; whatever you choose, they are all very functional and practical.

4. Saga Hotel Oslo Central – Oslo

Saga Hotel Oslo Central

The brand new Saga Poshtel – a more exclusive and “posh” version of a hostel – offers stylish and modern accommodation where guests can expect that little extra. This hostel is housed in an elegant red-brick townhouse, located in the heart of Oslo between the city’s main attractions and the Akershus Fortress. Saga Oslo Central offers ten different room types ranging from standard doubles to a dorm with twelve beds, all with a stylish minimalism interior. The concept of the hostel is based on an innovative design combined with the best location and outstanding service. Staying here gives you access to the many restaurants, shops, and attractions by foot.

5. Hostel Generator – Copenhagen

Reception Generator Hostel

Set in a cool location in the center of Copenhagen, this boutique style hostel is a vibrant place for people to meet and hang out. Generator offers a large bar, live bands, a lounge, and a huge 4.000 square meters terrace with comfy furniture and a BBQ for the long summer nights.

The rooms – a mix of private rooms and dormitories, all with ensuite bathrooms – are simple, spacious and comfortable. The Generator Copenhagen sits in a prime location right at the “King’s Garden” at a short walk from Copenhagen’s biggest highlights. With a busy calendar of events, it is the perfect place for those wanting a more social experience.

6. Marken Gjestehus – Bergen (Norway)

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Marken Gjestehus is a stylish, spacious and modern hostel in the city center of Bergen. Literally, Marken Gjestehus is located just 250m from the central train station and offers an excellent base to explore and enjoy the beautiful and historical city.

This hostel provides all the facilities you need and gives great value for money. It has common facilities such as a kitchen, living room and TV room. For those that cannot miss their email, there are PCs with free WiFi for all guests. The 36 beds divided over private rooms and dorms are spacious and decorated in Scandinavian design. This comfortable budget accommodation creates a special, cozy atmosphere, where you will feel immediately home.…

The 7 best hikes of Scandinavia

The 7 best hikes of Scandinavia

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark together have an extensive network of hiking trails. From mild Atlantic fjords, through the wild alpine high peaks of the Swedish mountains, to the paths along the Danish North coast.

Have a look at our seven favorite premier hiking trails that represent Scandinavia’s most iconic landscapes. The length and difficulty vary, and some go well off the beaten path, but all are worth to plan into your next travel itinerary.

1. Kungsleden (The King’s Trail), Sweden

Kungsleden walking path

One of the most famous hiking trails in Sweden is the “Kungsleden”, which covers 275 miles from the Abisko Mountain Station to Saami Village. The name “Kungsleden” means “King’s Trail”, and is one of the few vast wildness areas that remained largely untouched in Europe. “Kungsleden” sits about 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle and contains tundras, enormous glaciers, gigantic birch forests, and the highest peak of Sweden, the 6,926 ft high Mount Kebnekaise.

This is not an easy trail, but a must for outdoor lovers and adventurists. Over the years, small cabins have been built along the trail, each about a day apart, and those who are trekking the “King’s Trail” are free to take refuge in these hideaways.

2. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Norway

View from Preikestolen

Hanging 600 meters over the clear waters of the Lysefjord, the Pulpit Rock is one of the most magnificent viewpoints of Norway. When the weather is good, you won’t be alone on the 25×25-meter rock—it’s one of the most walked trail and scenic point in the country—but sharing it with others doesn’t make this ultimate experience less impressive. Pulpit Rock can be reached via a well-marked trail, that starts at the Preikestolhytta. The top can be reached in about 2 hours.

3. Trolltunga, Norway

Trolltunga rock

Trolltunga (“Troll’s Tongue”) is a spectacular cliff in Norway. It is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, dangling 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view from Trolltunga is in one word breathtaking!

The clearly marked route (with a length of 20 kilometers) starts in Skjeggedal, and goes up muddy hills, across rocky slopes, through fields (with snow) and along cliff edges. At the end is the ultimate payoff, one of the most stunning views you’ve ever seen. The total time to go to the top and back is about 10-12 hours and is one of the best ways to experience the stunning landscapes of Norway. The hiking season goes from approx. 15 June to 15 September.

4. Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark

Mols Berge Park footpath

The Mols Bjerge National Park, situated in East Jutland, is one of the hilliest and varied landscapes in Denmark and is home to many rare animal and plant species. The park – named after the well-known natural attraction, the Mols Hills – covers 180 km² of marvelous forests, crystal clear lakes, vast open pastures, and coastal areas. You can enjoy an excellent network of well-marked cycle and walking trails all around the park, and relax on one of the quiet swimming beaches along the coast.

5. Hoga Kusten Trail, Sweden

Panorama from Hoga Kusten Trail

The Hoga Kusten Trail, with a length of more than 186 miles, passes right through Vasternorrland and is the only long distance coastal trail in Sweden. One of the highlights on the Hoga Kusten Trail is the Skuleskogen National Park. Located on the Gulf of Bothnia, the park is dominated by majestic glaciers and peaks and is home to a beautiful rock canyon.

The trail can be completed in segments; most hikers take about a week to walk from the starting point in Hornoberget until the end point in Ornskoldsvik on the north side. Apart from hiking you can also go climbing, kayaking, and horseback riding and take part in the many celebrations that are going on during summer. One of them is Urkult, a folk and world music festival (the Swedish version of Woodstock). Check out when the event takes place and plan your hiking schedule around it!

6. Hermannsdalstinden Mountain (Lofoten), Norway

The island of Moskenesøy

The Lofoten archipelago is home to Norway’s best hikes. The trails can be relaxed and mellow or steep and strenuous but never short on stunning panoramas. In the remote and southernmost island of the Lofoten, Moskenesøy, you can walk along little fishing villages with colorful red houses. Moskenesøy is dominated by the Hermannsdalstinden mountain peak (1,029 m); climbing this mountain is one of the most exciting hiking trails in Norway, with endless views of the Lofoten.

7. The hike to Skageflå (farm), Geirangerfjord, Norway

View from Skageflå

Situated in the Geirangerfjord, this trail provides stunning views of the amazing Seven Sister waterfall as it plunges deep into the Geirangerfjord below. You can start your hike from Geiranger, or you can take the water taxi and climb some dizzying steps to Skagefla. The hike itself does not take very long, max. 40 minutes but it is extremely steep and not for people who are afraid of heights or for small children. In summer the farmhouses are often open to the public. Take a moment to look inside them, and imagine how hard life should have been here at the beginning of the last century.…

The 7 most spectacular National Parks of Scandinavia

The 7 most spectacular National Parks of Scandinavia

The Scandinavian countries are home to an outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, mellow hills, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and tundra landscapes.

Here is a list of 7 National Parks that are Scandinavia’s greatest adventure playgrounds, there is for sure a park out there for you.

1. Thy National Park, Denmark

Thy National Park

Sandy grasslands, crystal-clear lakes, pine forest, moors, and dunes cover an area of 244 square kilometers protected by the Thy National Park, the first and largest national park in Denmark. Located on the tip of Jutland, the untraveled Thy National Park is a place which still holds true to Scandinavia’s reputation for wild landscapes and untouched natural beauty. Here, hiking is one of the main activities and visitors can make use of countless kilometers of maintained trails. After an active hiking day, head to the lovely beach resort Nørre Vorupør, which is a perfect spot for swimming, relaxing and watching colorful fishing boats.

2. Skjoldungernes Land National Park, Denmark

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The Skjoldungernes – located just a 30-minute train ride from Copenhagen – is a fascinating and beautiful area that was created to preserve the rich natural areas that border Roskilde Fjord, in the very heart of Zealand. By foot, it is easy to explore the trails that crisscross the area’s green hills, peaceful forests, stunning fjord landscapes, and marshlands.

The Skjoldungernes Land National Park is famed for its Viking burial mounds, which bubble up unexpectedly from the rolling meadows and grassy hills; the most famous of these ancient sepulchers can be found around the village of Lejre. Viking enthusiast should not miss the town Roskilde. Here you can visit the world-famous Viking Ship Museum that contains five ships excavated from the surrounding fjord.

3. Hardangervidda National Park, Norway

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The largest national park of Norway, Hardangervidda, is a popular tourist destination. The name Hardangervidda comes from the combination of the name of the district “Hardanger” and the Norwegian word “vidde” which means, “wide plain mountain plateau”. This park is the home of herds of wild reindeer and the Arctic fox that live in a landscape of lakes and rocks amid moss-like vegetation.

Hikers can explore a comprehensive network of huts and Ancient trails across Hardangervidda that allow discovering the park for more days sleeping comfortably in cabins. Hardangervidda is also a stunning place to visit in winter when it is covered with sifting white snow. Exchange your hiking boots for cross-country skis, hop from cabin to cabin, and let yourself be amazed by the magnificent views.

4. Sarek National Park, Sweden

Sarek National Park

Sarek National Park is probably Sweden’s most spectacular national park. Here you will find mountain chains, a glacial landscape but also deep, narrow valleys.

Sarek is a high mountain area where Sámis (the indigenous people) have lived for a long-standing time. The valleys and the mountain slopes of Sarek are home to the unusually large moose, thousands of reindeer, red- and arctic foxes, and of course also predators like the brown bear.

A hiking journey through the Sarek mountains gives a unique insight into an amazing area of northern Sweden. The challenge of the untamed Sarek National Park is that there are no marked paths to guide you through its mountains and valleys. Be aware that this is one of the wildest areas in Sweden and therefore it lacks accommodations. If it’s your first time in Sarek, be sure to be well informed and equipped before you head out on a hike.

5. Abisko National Park, Sweden

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Is it also your dream to see once in your life the northern lights? Then you must visit the Abisko National Park. This 7.700-hectares large park is located in Swedish Lapland (North of the Arctic Circle), in the municipality of Kiruna. Even though the park is situated far up north in Sweden, it is very accessible, the night train from Stockholm brings you straight to Abisko. The park is popular with hikers as it is the starting point for the famous ‘King’s Trail’, but you’ll find several other trails and paths traverse the Abisko. The park comprises a low-lying valley (Abisko Valley) with flowering meadows and cascading waters, surrounded by majestic mountains.

In the summer, you can see the almost surreal beauty of the midnight sun with the moose and reindeer that may accompany you. In the winter this is the best place in the world to see the spectacular northern lights spreading across the polar night.

6. Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

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Jotunheimen means “The Home of Giants” in Norwegian, and gets is name from the 300 peaks of more than 2000 meters high that stand proudly within this area. The park features steep cliffs, glaciers, waterfalls and last but not least Scandinavia’s highest mountain, the Galdhoeppigen, reaching 2,469 meters. It is no surprise that Jotunheimen is one of Norway’s most famous national parks, so besides of numerous natural wonders and magnificent mountains, you may not be alone here. But don’t let you hinder by the summer crowds, Jotunheimen is breathtaking.
If you come here to hike for multiple days, you can go from cabin to cabin. They are either unmanned (where you help yourself) or manned cabins, which are run like inns. If there is no private room available, there’s always space for one in the dormitory.

7. Ängsö National Park, Sweden

Ängsö National Park arrival by boot

Ängsö National Park – located in the Stockholm archipelago – is a 19th-century farmland dotted with quaint farmhouses and wooden fences. It is the ideal place for a relaxing hike over well-marked paths. Explore an idyllic piece of Sweden, have a picnic in the middle of the flowering hayfields and spend the afternoon kayaking (to be rented from a nearby island) and paddling around Ängsö.…

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The top 7 festivals you can’t miss in Scandinavia

Considering Scandinavia’s size, it’s rather amazing how many festivals the region offers especially during its long spring and summer days. Are you planning to visit Northern Europe this summer? Then check out the event calendar before you go. From old time traditional festivals and new age music to street parties and live bands, the Nordic festival season offers something for everyone.

Here are seven festivals to use as gateways to exploring Denmark, Sweden, and Norway on your next trip.

Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway

August 8-12th, 2017

Oya Festival Oslo

Øya Festival is a well-curated gem in a beautiful setting. The festival takes place in the Tøyenparken, home to the Munch Museum and the Botanical Garden of the University of Oslo. The four stages of the festival are filled with a diverse line-up of big names as well as smaller thrilling bands, and local acts.

Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden

August 10-12th, 2017

Way Out West Festival

In the past years, Swedish festival Way Out West has showcased some of the continent’s most profound and diverse lineups. Held in Gothenburg’s largest park, Slottskogen, the festival is alongside its original musical program, also renowned for its focus on sustainability. So is the food at the festival entirely vegetarian and is recycling and litter pick-up strongly encouraged. Apart from its music scene, there is the possibility to visit art exhibitions, lectures and film showings.

Fredagsrock in Copenhagen, Denmark

June-September 2017

Fredagsrock in Copenhagen

Although not a festival in itself, travelers to Denmark should know about Fredagsrock (FridayRock) in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. Every Friday night throughout the summer season, it is time for concerts with Danish and international artists on the amusement park’s outdoor stage.

Stockholm Culture Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

August 15-20th, 2017

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The Stockholm Culture Festival fills for six days the streets and squares in the city center with all kinds of activities in various categories, for all ages. If you are planning a trip to Sweden, don’t miss out this festival, that is a tradition in the event calendar of Stockholm (and it’s free!)
Music genres extend from pop to rock, gospel, jazz, or soul. In addition to the music acts, you will find street art, dance workshops, photo exhibitions, theater performances, films, guided walks and much more.

Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

24th June-1st July, 2017

Street City at Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe that welcomes stars of rock, pop, urban and electronic music. The profits from Roskilde Festival are every year donated to humanitarian and cultural projects. In addition to the excellent music scene and the social conscience, the festival also invites visitors to celebrate the street vibe in “Street City”. During the day, this area of the festival is full of skateboarding and rollerblading competitions and shows. At dusk, Street City is known for its great parties.

Distortion, Copenhagen, Denmark

31st May-4th June, 2017

Described as a “celebration of Copenhagen street life and international club culture”, Distortion is a largest annual gathering in the streets of Copenhagen. During the week, people can enjoy all kind of music genres at street parties throughout the city harbor and in the vibrant districts Nørrebro and Vesterbro, as well visitors can be inspired by contemporary and social art exhibitions.

Midsummer Celebration, Scandinavia

20-25th June, 2017

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In Scandinavia, Midsummer is an important moment to celebrate the end of the long dark winters. Midsummer celebrations take place between 20th-25th of June. So if you find yourself in Scandinavia during this time, do as the locals do, cross your fingers for good weather and enjoy the fun during the longest day of sunshine.

Norwegians and Danes celebrate the start of summer on the June, 23rd every year on the day that they call “Sankt Hans Aften” which translates to Saint John’s Eve. Throughout Norway, Midsummer’s Eve is a great excuse for a cook-out, a town party, and bonfire on the beach. Anywhere you go in Norway; there is a good chance of finding a party on this evening, with plenty of music and live bands playing.

The Midsummer celebration in Sweden happens on the first Friday of the summer solstice. The Swedes prepare to enjoy a long weekend away from the city. Midsummer celebration classics include savoring deliciously homemade food, wearing flower crowns for girls, and dancing around the maypole. A nationwide event where you’ll find most of the country singing songs and tasting pickled herring throughout the day.…

The Best 5 Places to Visit in Scandinavia

The Best 5 Places to Visit in Scandinavia

The northern part of Europe is famous for its natural wonders, hip cities, and winter escapes. Scandinavia is full of beauty and wonder that’s ready to explore. But with so many places to visit and so little time, we’ve picked the best places to consider visiting.

Check out the best five places to visit in Scandinavia.

Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Norway

With the unique construction of the hotel, the Kirkenes used ice from the lake to create stunning rooms with a lifetime experience. The unspoiled nature around the area provides a variety of things to do such as ice fishing and places to explore.

Lapland – Finland

Most of Finland is covered by the taiga, which offers diversity in nature. The north part of the country nearly hits the Arctic circle which allows visitors to experience the Northern Lights in the Aurora Zone. In Lapland village, you can visit Santa’s house and stay in Igloo Village.

Troll Wall in Romsdal – Norway

The Trolltindene mountain offers an impressive wall that hits nearly 1,100 meters. This makes it the tallest vertical rock in all of Europe. As the rock is not solid, this makes it hard to find the route as it is constantly reshaped by nature.

Helsinki – Finland

If you’re looking to go skiing, look no further than in the city of Helsinki. The city is surrounded by forests with over 200 km of trails. With great hills and skating rings, families can enjoy the winter sports. You can even walk on the frozen ice of the Baltic Sea and enjoy the Famous Sauna experience. While plenty of things to do and food to enjoy, Helsinki is always a great place to visit all year around.

Lofoten, Nordland – Norway

What was once a land secret is now known as an incredibly unique archipelago in the north of Norway. The weather is surprisingly warm considering its latitude. It has a rich marine life with the biggest deep water coral reef found on the planet.

Have you visited any of these Scandinavian countries? If so, comment below and tell us your favorite country and things to do!…

5 Places to Go With Kids in Scandinavia

5 Places to Go With Kids in Scandinavia

Planning a trip to Scandinavia but not sure where to bring your kids? With its famous Viking heritage, scenic landscapes, minimal design, and endless forests, Scandinavia is one of the most enriched areas in Europe, if not the entire world. There are plenty of places to bring your children and enjoy the trip to one of the most scene parts of the world

Here are five places to go with your kids in Scandinavia.

TRILLEMARKA, BUSKERUD – NORWAY

Does scavenging for berries in the forest sound exciting? Imagine your children running around in one of the finest areas of Norway. Trillemarka Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve with acres of natural land and rare species of tree. The best time to visit is around mid-August with a chance of cloudberry picking.

JUNIBACKEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Inspired by local literature and the favorite, Pippi Longstocking, Junibacken theme park offers a lifetime experience where visitors can enjoy children’s tales. You can visit Pippi’s house or ride her favorite horse. There is a train that will transport you and your family across the land of make-believe and get lost for hours in their bookstore filled with tales.

SKYVIEW, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

If you’re looking to search the European skies, the SKYVIEW will transport you and your family to the top of the spherical Ericsson Globe. Known as one of the landmarks in Stockholm, you can gaze onto panoramic views of Stockholm.

VIKING SHIP MUSEUM, OSLO –  NORWAY

Does your family enjoy learning about history? The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is known to captivate the young crown as your family will be transported back in the culture of Norway. The museum offers who of the world’s most complete Viking ships with tombs, tools, boats, textiles, and other fascinating paraphernalia.

LEGOLAND BILLUND, DENMARK

Is your child a fan of Legos? LEGOLAND is located in the western part of Denmark as the original Legoland. You will even find the original Lego factory with everything made of the iconic blocks.

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Best 5 Scandinavian Cruises to Try This Year

Best 5 Scandinavian Cruises to Try This Year

Looking to explore Scandinavia by sea? Interested in touring the beautiful area with a Scandinavian cruise? With many cruises available all year-round, we’re here to help you choose the cruise line that is right for you.

Here are the best 5 Scandinavian Cruises to Try This Year.

 3- Hour Cruise on the Fjord

Don’t have plenty of time to explore but want to squeeze a short cruise into your visit? Try to Oslo Fjord with a mini cruise on a traditional wooden ship. The cruise provides a buffet dinner that can’t be missed.

Enjoy Iceland with a 14-hour cruise tour from Rey

14-Hour Iceland’s South Day Cruise Reykjavik. You will get to experience the Skaftafell National Park, Skogarfoss waterfall, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and the desert of Skiedarasandur with the Oraefajokull glacier.

Day Cruise from Copenhagen to Sweden

Sail from Copenhagen through the Oresund Strait and into Malmo located in Sweden. The 8-hour cruise offers a stunning experience that offers 8-hours of water and views of the Kronborg Castle as well as the scenic coastlines of Denmark and Sweden.

7-Night Baltic Beauty and Russian Riches Cruise by MSC Cruise Lines

This cruise offers a 7-night trip through Copenhagen, Stockholm, Finland, and ports of Russia. You can explore a new country almost every day and bask in the gorgeous coastlines.

14-Night Western Europe Cruise – Norwegian Cruise Line

Priced at $93 a night, this cruise is a great deal if you plan to explore Scandinavia for two whole weeks. The cruise offers a visit to several countries that include England, Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and Ireland. With nearly eight stops along the way, you can explore more of Scandinavia in such a short period.

Have you experienced any of these cruises? Got any other cruises you would like to recommend? Comment below and tell us what you think!…