More and more these days I’ve been hearing about the Scandinavian way of life, all things Hygge and beautiful vistas that dominate these countries.
From home decor to lifestyle, it seems as though the world has gone crazy for everything Scandi. So, there’s never been a better time to visit this beautiful part of the world yourself! The term ‘Scandinavia’ itself is a historic term and refers primarily to countries with North Germanic heritage. On paper, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden make up Scandinavia, but Iceland (not the supermarket) and Finland are often included too thanks to their historical associations. I’ve been looking for a vacation with a twist with the perfect mix of culture and natural beauty, I think a trip to Scandinavia could be the perfect option for me… and you.
Here’s a few of its best bits I would hope to see if I go…
The unofficial Scandinavian country of Finland is somewhere that is definitely worth a visit on your Scandi travels. The city is an eclectic mix of old meets new, with a buzzing shopping district set against a backdrop of ancient, beautiful architecture. Be warned, however – staying in the city centre is very, very expensive! Your best bet to save a bit of money is to instead bed down in the artistic district of Kallio just on the outskirts of the main city. This hip and funky area is home to many great independent cafes, quirky bars, and a beautiful park. Plus, it’s only a ten-minute Metro ride away from Helsinki Central Station. This sounds a lot like London’s Shoreditch…
In Helsinki, you can take advantage of its coastal location by enjoying a ride in a sea kayak, and visit the island of Suomenlinna. This World Heritage Site is an island just off the Finnish mainland and is an inhabited fortress and historic home of the Finnish War.
No visit to Scandinavia would be complete without a trip to the bohemian paradise that is Copenhagen. If you are wondering where to stay in Copenhagen don’t worry – you have plenty of options available, whether you want to stay right in the center of the action or venture out to somewhere a little more remote. Copenhagen has a rich cultural scene and plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. The quintessential fairground of Tivoli is a must do, and is conveniently placed right outside the train station. The hippy commune of Freetown Christiania is also 100% worth a visit, and there is plenty of beautiful architecture to admire.
I’d round up my Scandi adventure by paying a visit to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. It is famed for its beautiful location among soaring fjords, Oslo is a diverse city home to people of many nationalities. A short boat trip across the harbour takes you to the Bygdoy Peninsula, a picturesque haven free of the hustle and bustle of the main city (This sounds like absolute heaven tbh). Here you can stroll around traditional Norwegian hamlets and visit a variety of amazing museums, including the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (where you can walk among reconstructed ancient towns).