Dare yourself to see the undiscovered depths of Scandinavia, a vast geographic region in Northern Europe consisting of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland. A destination for all seasons, this region has much to offer beyond its medieval core. From the surreal hues of the Midnight Sun, to the dancing Northern Lights, to the arresting wonders of the Viking era - Northern Europe's vast region is filled with unique experiences that fuel your wanderlust. Acquaint yourself with Scandinavia's grand capital cities - Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, or detour off the beaten path to see the beauty of Jutland Peninsula and the outermost regions of Finland and Norway.
For new and returning visitors, journeying to Scandinavia's grand capital cities is a great way to explore spectacular contrasts and similarities of the regions.
Visit Oslo, the Viking capital, and explore the majestic Vigeland Park with its 200 intricate sculptures, or challenge yourself in the thrilling Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
Peruse the wonders of Copenhagen, the enchanting capital of Denmark, with its old waterfront district at Nyhavn, the royal palace at Amalienborg, as well as the famous Little Mermaid statue. The world famous theme park - Tivoli - is also a must see.
The unique, brackish beauty of the Baltic sea opens up to you during your visit to Stockholm, the city built on 14 islands, and is affectionately known as Venice of the north. Set foot on the old city centre of Gamla Stan, the Stortoget Square, and Fjällgatan offering unparalleled views of the city.
Apart from the great capitals, there's so much more in store for you beyond the usual trails. Detour off the beaten path to see the beauty of Jutland Peninsula. Watch in awe as the colours of sea and sky merge together to create a picture perfect backdrop for your holiday. The iconic lighthouse, sand houses, heather-covered windmill, and vestiges from the Second World War enhances the beachside spectacle.
If it is challenge that you seek, head to the outermost regions of Finland and Norway and enjoy high adrenaline Arctic experiences such as Arctic Icebreak Sampo Cruise, dog sledding, Northern Lights Camp Tour, reindeer safari, and an overnight trip in a snow hotel.
Embark on a monumental natural experience standing on the steep cliff in North Cape Plateau. Discover the thrill of standing at the tip of northern Europe, feasting on boundless views of nature. This place is great for experiencing both the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.
When to visit
Long sunny days make summer the most favorable season to visit Scandinavia. The great outdoors come alive with longer daylight hours and most attractions are in full swing offering travellers lots of opportunities to chase the glittering sun. In this part of the globe, high tourist season doesn't mean congestion - the volume of fun and action are at its peak.
From the beginning of June until the second week of July, parts of northern Sweden are painted with surreal colours of yellow, red, purple courtesy of the Midnight Sun. Go near the Arctic Circle (preferably in the northern part) to get a clear view of the phenomenon which can last for up to 32 days. In Abisko, the northern tip of the epic Kungsleden walking trail, the midnight sun can last for 56 days.
While summer season is a great time to discover the Nordic countries, it isn't an ideal time to catch the northern lights - which usually appear between October and March (the aurora borealis season).
Late May, early June, and September are shoulder season. If you want to have a quiet moment with the rolling tundra, Nordic landscapes, royal capitals, fjords and waterfalls, shoulder season - with days long and lines short - is your best bet.
If you're all for powdery snow and winter fun, the cold season is a spectacular time to visit.
Head to the magical Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen to feel the Christmas magic the Nordic way. A new cableway ride in Pixie Ville takes you above the wintry landscape with views of Denmark's largest collection of mechanical pixies.
Hunt for the Northern Lights in the town of Alta which is home to the world's first Northern Lights observatory and the world’s most northernmost igloo hotel, The Alta Igloo Hotel.
Riksgränsen in Swedish Lapland tops the list for the best off-piste skiing in the region. Try on a variety of slopes here or travel to the ICEHOTEL to sign up for dog sledding, ice sculpting or Arctic cooking class.
Until January, you can see killer whales making their way across the fjords of arctic Norway. Watch them as they feed on herring and enjoy their Arctic surroundings.
Once a far away and expensive place, Scandinavia is now an easy to reach destination for Australians. Whether you're looking to fly one way, non-stop or round trip, there are different flights available that respond to your need and budget. The sooner you book, the more you'll be able to save - this is common knowledge, but a little bit of research would help you determine the best ways to maximize your trip.
Australian passport holders are not required to have a visa when entering European Union or the Schengen States for a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 day period (eeas.europa.eu). If you do not hold an Australian passport, you may need to have a Schengen visa.
The Schengen Area includes Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Scandinavia is a glistening patch of paradise offering a plethora of activities to do and places to explore. One way to keep your trip organized is to think of the way the countries are located around each other. The shortest route to the place you want to visit may be from a neighbouring country. For example, Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmo, is closer to Copenhagen than is it to Stockholm. Use the map in planning your itinerary.
Land-based journeys are spectacular but flights can save you days of travelling time. Plan ahead and look for reduced rates on airline routes. Whether by land or air, transportation in Scandinavia takes you to where you need to go in the most convenient way possible. Airports and city centres are connected by efficient bus and train networks so you can breeze through your itinerary without the hassles.
Perhaps, the most efficient and easiest way to get the most out of your Scandinavian holiday is by booking a packaged tour. Our team has carefully arranged an exciting set of packages showcasing the best the region has to offer. From sightseeing tours, to accommodation services to transfers, everything is being taken care of by our destination experts.
Feel free to call us for more information on planning the best holiday in Scandinavia.
Some popular Scandinavia Packages
Experience the essence of Norway by travelling through the Norwegian fjords, mountains and valleys. This independent journey takes you through Norway on one of Europe’s most scenic railway journeys.
Experience the allure of Scandinavia and combine the highlights of Finland and Norway during this 11-day escorted tour. Visit the vibrant city of Helsinki, enjoy winter activities, see the fascinating Northern Lights, explore the beautiful North Cape and more.
Get smitten by the unique charm of Scandinavia's three royal capitals. Visit Oslo, the Viking capital situated by its fjord of same name with outstanding outdoors. Explore Stockholm, with its pulse, beauty, and amazing archipelago and see Denmark’s capital Copenhagen – a cultural and historical oasis. This tour is the perfect combination of history and culture.
Conquer the Nordic capitals like a true Viking on this 11-day journey in Scandinavia. Marvel at enchanting fjords, including Norway’s Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, and encounter the giant Jostedal Glacier up close.
Visit pretty Nordic villages and journey through long fjords and glaciers on this 7-day adventure in Norway.
Venture to the Arctic region of Norway to enjoy exciting winter activities and to see the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.
Experience the natural beauty and allure of Norway during this thrilling, 11-day packaged tour from Oslo. Explore the vibrant cities of Oslo and Bergen, then witness the stunning fjords of Geirangerfjord and Hardangerfjord.