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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.

Aurora Borealis
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 does not rise. The dark sky is lit with the colours of the aurora borealis, while the landscape is bathed in snow.

Christmas Magic
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.

 

Scandinavia can be visited year round depending on what you are there to see and do. For travellers wanting to see the Northern Lights we recommend travelling between September and April, keeping in mind the further north you go the better chance you have at seeing the lights.

High season runs from mid-June to August as midsummer means warmer weather. The weather is still nice in the shoulder season from September to October but there are a lot less tourists around (some of the tourism spots are closed but the rest will be a lot less busy).

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.

Dorothy Chambers, Travel Designer

Currency Krone (Please note in each Scandinavian country they hold a different value.)

Language Sweden – Swedish, Norway – Norwegian, Denmark – Danish.  All three languages are quite similar in Scandinavia however the dialects and accents can complicate things!

Weather Summer runs from June to August, autumn from September to October/November, winter from November/December to March/February, and spring from March/April to May. The weather varies from north to south, with the north bringing much colder, sub-zero temperatures, and the south a much more mild climate.

Festivals and events  There are numerous festivals across Scandinavia including food festivals, summer solstice, culture festivals and the Viking Games.

Health* There are currently no health requirements entering Scandinavia.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos

European Arctic, Finland, Russia, Scandinavia 22 Days / 21 Nights 28 July 2021
With Quark Expeditions

Highlights include: Experience a true expedition as you explore rarely visited Severnaya Zemlya; encounter iconic arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walrus and seabirds;

Hurtigruten Island Hopping Around the Arctic

European Arctic, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 13 Days / 12 Nights 25 May 2022
Cruise with Hurtigruten

Visit a selection of ports, fjords and scenic areas as your expedition team bring every part of your journey to life with key insights...

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
Price from$3,284 SELECT

Iceland, Scandinavia 9 Days / 8 Nights
Group Tour

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 of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, along with the 'Fjord Capital' of Bergen, with...

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...

Greenland Adventure

Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia 9 Days / 8 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Highlights include: Cruise between mountains to view glaciers deep within the fjords; visit abandoned Inuit settlements; explore Greenland's fertile southern coast, nicknamed Arctic Patagonia;

Iceland's Spectactular West Self-Drive

Iceland, Scandinavia 7 Days / 6 Nights

Get the total Icelandic experience in a completely different way on this self-drive tour of one of Iceland's most enchanting and lesser known regions.

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...

Lapland Wilderness Escape

Finland, Scandinavia 5 Days / 4 Nights

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of Finnish Lapland and discover Sami culture, history and hospitality at its finest. Stay in a remote lodge surrounded...

Lofoten Islands Self-Drive

European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

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

Luxury Aurora Experience
Price from$3,964 SELECT

Norway, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

Enjoy a boutique lodge hideaway in the gateway to the Arctic - where northern lights activity is high! It's located in the middle of...

Luxury Iceland: Summer in Style

Iceland, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

Travel with a private driver-guide to experience the extraordinary highlights of Iceland. Some truly exclusive experiences include a stay on an untouched private island,

Luxury Iceland: Winter in Style

Iceland, Scandinavia 10 Days / 9 Nights

Experience the best that Iceland has to offer in the winter season, returning each evening to the comfort of upgraded rooms in carefully selected...

North Cape and Northern Lights

Finland, Norway, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

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

European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days / 13 Nights Roundtrip Oslo, Norway
with Quark Expeditions

You'll also get a glimpse of 16th century whaling culture at secluded landing sites. This route may include visiting the northernmost Svalbard island...

ICEHOTEL - Winter Magic
Price from$3,973 SELECT

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

European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 15 Days / 14 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three Arctic tours de force never cease to impress. The...

Under The Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days / 13 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Highlights include: Being immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, experiencing Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and...

Unique Lapland
Price from$6,833 SELECT

Finland, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights
Reindeer, Northern Lights and 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...

Winter Iceland Delights
Price from$2,744 SELECT

Iceland, Scandinavia 7 Days / 6 Nights
Group Tour

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