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Scandinavia and its neighbouring Nordic countries boast wild archipelagos, untouched nature and adventurous Arctic retreats in spades! These scenic destinations in Northern Europe are home to a plethora of natural phenomena, encompassing Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. During Scandinavia’s polar night, the sun does not rise, treating travellers to the dazzling colours of the aurora borealis dancing in the night sky. In the summer months, under the midnight sun, you can experience an endless day of activities with a full 24 hours of daylight.

Discover Norway’s breath-taking fjords, traverse the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland, experience the wonder of Sweden’s famed ICEHOTEL, or perhaps embark on a Hurtigruten cruise along the Norwegian coast.

Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Every winter, Sweden’s famed Icehotel is crafted entirely from the natural snow and ice on the local Torne River. Each of the hotel’s suites are hand carved by a selection of artists from around the world, showcasing a range of incredible ice sculptures. The rooms hold a temperature of -5 to -8 degrees, with thermal sleeping bags and beds draped in reindeer hides for optimal comfort. Travellers can spot the northern lights, try their hand at ice sculpting, relax in the sauna, and explore the snowy landscapes on a husky sled safari, snowmobile tour or horse riding trek.

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is not to be missed on a visit to Iceland! The geothermal spa’s milky waters retain a wealth of minerals, making it perfect for skin rejuvenation, while the surrounding black lava field offers a stark but beautiful contrast. Treat yourself to a silica mud mask, a cocktail at the swim up bar, and relax in a steamy 39°C.

Aurora Borelias

The northern lights can be spotted throughout Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland! Considered the world’s greatest light show, this incredible display of colours is the result of a solar wind whooshing charged electrons and protons from the sun straight towards earth.

The Midnight Sun

This natural phenomenon takes place above the Arctic circle during Scandinavia’s long summer days. When the solstice hits, the sun remains above the horizon for a full 24 hours. With nights bathed in light, there are plenty of hours in the day to discover all that Scandinavia has to offer.

The Polar Night

The Polar Night is the opposite of the Midnight Sun. Occurring in the dead of winter, the night lasts for 24 hours and the sun dose not rise. The dark sky is lit with the colours of the aurora borealis, while the landscape is bathed in snow.

Christmas Dreams 

Rovaniemi in Finland is home to one of the most magical destinations in the world, the Santa Claus Village. Here, you can cross the Arctic Circle, meet the red man himself, send postcards from Santa’s post office, visit the reindeer and frolic with the elves.

Husky and Reindeer Sledding

There is no better way to see the beautiful landscapes of Scandinavia and its Nordic neighbours than by husky or reindeer sled! In Finland, reindeer are a treasured icon and used as the traditional means of travel.

The Lofoten Islands

Far above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are a wild and unusual outpost with a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains, beaches, and wonderful fishing.

Geirangerfjord

Without a doubt, the Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s greatest treasures. Its endless blue waters are framed by snow-covered mountain peaks, rich vegetation and cascading waterfalls.

Dorothy Chambers, Travel Desinger

Embarking on a self-drive through Norway’s Lofoten Islands, and in turn Iceland, was one of the best ways to discover the diverse and beautiful landscapes of both countries.

Travelling during summertime in Norway is fantastic, with the added bonus of almost constant daylight – there is no rush to get anywhere, except perhaps the shops before they closed! The roads are great, making it a pleasure to drive through and treating us to some truly stunning landscapes. I loved starting every morning with soaring mountains rising above the glassy water, a cup of coffee, and Norway’s beloved cardamom spiced bun. I have a real soft spot for far flung places – either very far north or very far south, so the Lofoten Islands had always been on my list to visit!

In Iceland, I was able to explore some of the country’s more remote destinations on a self-drive journey, taking in some incredible views along the way. Highlights included the famous puffin colony in Borgarfjörður Eystri, passing by a field of Icelandic horses with their foals, and heading out for a day walk in Landmannalaugar, with its multi-coloured mountains and geothermal activity. Sparkling water in the harbour at Husavik and watching an Icelandic football game with the locals during their magical Euro tournament run was also a real treat.

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Under The Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

Under The Northern Lights

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European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days/13 Nights Roundtrip Reykjavik, Iceland 19 September 2020
Exploring Iceland & East Greenland with Quark Expeditions

Explore two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with this Quark Expeditions cruise exploring Iceland & East Greenland. Cruising along Iceland's...

High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos
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European Arctic, Finland, Russia, Scandinavia 22 Days/ 21 Nights Roundtrip Helsinki, Finland 28 July 2021
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Explore the most enigmatic and extreme regions of the Russian High Arctic with our epic High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos voyage. In the...

Arctic Iceland Self-Drive

Iceland, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

One of the highlights of this trip is the chance to explore the new Arctic Coast Way. This beautiful route is Iceland's first official...

Classic Iceland
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Iceland, Scandinavia 9 Days / 8 Nights

Visit all of Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide. With so much to discover and explore in...

Culinary Scandinavian Capitals

Norway, Scandinavia, Sweden 10 Days / 9 Nights

Indulge yourself in an independent tour of the charming Nordic capitals; Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen, with a focus on food! Experience the culture,

Fjords & Norway in a Nutshell

Norway, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

A comprehensive exploration of Norway's mesmerising fjord heartland. Experience rail and coach journeys through amazing alpine landscapes and ferry trips along the world's most...

Hurtigruten Bergen To Kirkenes Return

Norway, Scandinavia 12 Days / 11 Nights

The coast of Norway is often rated as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Discover the full range of this natural treasure...

Hurtigruten Iceland Expedition
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Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 15 Days / 14 Nights

Explore the spectacular natural world and charming towns of Iceland and Norway. The experience of being on deck as we cruise into the majestic...

Iceland's Northern Lights

Iceland, Scandinavia 7 Days / 6 Nights

To see the aurora borealis in all its glory requires a great deal of patience and luck but the stunning light show is definitely...

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Finland, Scandinavia 5 Days / 4 Nights

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located high above the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland. Surrounded by stunning scenery, you will stay in your private log...

Legends of Scandinavia
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European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia, Sweden 12 Days / 11 Nights

The vibrant Scandinavian capitals are world famous for their trendsetting lifestyle and design influenced by the clean and powerful Nordic nature. Stockholm, Oslo and...

Lofoten Islands Self-Drive

European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

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North Cape and Northern Lights

Finland, Norway, Scandinavia 8 or 11 Days

Experience the northern lights in the outermost regions of Finland and Norway - Saariselka to Tromso including an expedition to the North Cape Plateau.

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure
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European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days /13 Nights Roundtrip Oslo, Norway
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The 14-day Spitsbergen in Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure itinerary offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen while experiencing all the adventure the island...

ICEHOTEL - Winter Magic
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Scandinavia, Sweden 6 Days / 5 Nights
Experience Swedish Lapland in the ICEHOTEL

The charming village of Abisko boasts spectacular scenery just north of the Arctic Circle, while the renowned Abisko National Park spreads out from beautiful...

The Finnish Lake District

Finland, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

The Finnish Lake District is an absolute labyrinth of islands, canals, lakes and rivers surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of forest resulting in a...

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen (13 days)
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European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 15 Days Oslo, Norway to Reykjavik, Iceland or v.v
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Variety is the spice of the Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland adventure, named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 Tours of a...

Unique Lapland
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Finland, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights
Reindeer, Northern Lights & Huskies

Lapland is a special place, particularly in winter. Allow yourself to be caught up in the magical spell of its vast wilderness, the stunning...

Walk Stockholm's Archipelago

Scandinavia, Sweden 8 Days / 7 Nights

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Winter Iceland Delights
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Iceland, Scandinavia 7 Days / 6 Nights

This tour is a fantastic combination of our absolute favourite things to do in Iceland, from the iconic sites of the South and West...