There’s so much to do and see in Northern Europe. Sweden, Norway and Finland are great countries for tourists, and here’s what to do while you’re there.
Experience the Culture in Oslo
Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is fast becoming one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in all of Europe. It’s packed full of different art galleries that cover different strands and time periods of art history. So, if you’re someone who loves nothing more than spending a rainy afternoon in a great gallery, you have to visit Oslo. It also now has a fantastic new opera house. It’s a modernist design, and it sits on the waterfront. A lot of money is going into making the city one of the most impressive around, so fans of culture will have a great time there.
Stay in a Log Cabin for Christmas
For families, the best reason to head to Scandinavia is Lapland and the other Christmas-related activities that go on in Finland in the winter season. You can stay in a log cabin, visit Santa and go for a husky ride. There’s no shortage of fun things for families to do in Lapland. If anything, you’ll have to decide which things not to do because you won’t have time to fit everything in. If you want to find out more, you can read reviews of family activity breaks in the country.
Explore the Stockholm Canals
We’ve already talked about the capital city of Norway; now it’s time to discuss the capital city of Sweden. They’re two very different cities, but they’re both fantastic. Stockholm is a city surrounded by water. It’s like a Scandinavian Venice with a bit more land! The canal system is great, so you should take some time to explore it. You can pay for a ride on the canals in a little wooden boat. It’s very relaxing. And, if you ask me, it’s the single greatest way in which to see the city.
Visit Pulpit Rock
One of the most stunning, surprising and beautiful locations in Norway is known as Pulpit Rock. It’s essentially a cliff face that sticks out from the land and overlooks the blue waters below. It’s located in Stavanger, and it takes a couple of hours of hiking to get to the rock. But if you can put in the time and effort, you won’t regret it once you reach the top. The views you get from there are incredible. You can sit on the rock and enjoy the view for hours, so make sure to take up some food and drink!
Visit the Abba Museum
The biggest cultural export to ever come out of Sweden is Abba; the other is Ikea, but that’s boring. So, make sure you visit the museum that’s fully dedicated to Abba while you’re in the country. It’s located in the middle of Stockholm, so you have no excuse for not taking a look around. Who doesn’t like at least one Abba song? You’re surely lying if you say you don’t. It caters to all age groups, and it’s fun whether you’re a huge Abba fan or not. The interactive exhibits are particularly good.