In recent years, the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have seen quite a surge in tourist activity. Traditionally renowned for their minimalist, efficient design and scenic countryside, and now Disney princesses; the high standard of living and natural beauty of the outdoors makes it an appealing holiday destination. While airfare is very reasonable from the UK to any of the three countries, a Scandinavian cruise is ideal in terms of comfort and convenience, combining the amenities of a luxury resort with the sightseeing adventures of a traditional tour holiday.
If you like astronomy or natural wonders, look no further than Norway. Renowned worldwide for its views of the stunning Northern Lights, Norway has plenty to offer in terms of snowy adventures as well as scenic views including the Fjords.
Oslo, the nation’s capital, offers a wonderful compromise between high-flying city life and high-adrenaline sports, where adrenaline junkies can enjoy an afternoon of skiing (the national sport), snowboarding or hiking, sailing, kayaking, and island trips. Those who prefer the great indoors can take in a day of culture at the several museums, including the Viking Ship Museum.
Sweden has some stunning sights to offer any tourist. A day in Stockholm allows you a visit to Gamla Stan, an area with some of its medieval architecture still intact, and brimming with churches and historical sites, before you take a break to enjoy your fika (coffee and cake). Alternatively, take a snowmobile across the real life winter wonderland that is Lapland on a guided tour, and be sure to visit the Fatmomakke, a village standing as a monument to Sweden’s indigenous population, the Sami. Round off your stay with a smorgasboard for dinner, featuring delights such as meatballs, salmon, crayfish, and several delicious breads.
It is hard to narrow down how to spend a day in Denmark. However, some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country are the art galleries, and it’s easy to see why. Danish design is consistently impressive, and the galleries to choose from include the Louisiana home of modern art, the Brandts (a former textile mill), Skagens museum of regional art, Statens Museum for Kunst national gallery, and the Cubist designed ARoS Aarhus Kunst Museum. Renting a bike is a great way to see Copenhagen, and you can stop off for a luxury dinner at one of the many Michelin starred restaurants in the city.
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