Covering much of Northern Europe is the Scandinavian region, expanding into both the Arctic Circle and Baltic Sea. It encompasses Denmark, Norway and Sweden and it’s up for debate whether Iceland and Finland are included too.
The Midnight Sun, epic wilderness and Northern Lights are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of Scandinavia. Whatever the reason for your visit, here are three breathtaking natural wonders we recommend seeing during your Northern Europe trip.
Abisko National Park, Sweden
In the heart of Sweden’s Lapland, discover the Abisko National Park, renowned for its wildlife, natural beauty and outdoor activity areas. This 78-square-kilometre expanse, inside the Arctic Circle, showcases clear skies and low-light pollution, making it a hotspot for tourists wanting to see the iconic Aurora Borealis.
Visit between December and March to increase your chances of seeing this light phenomenon while listening to the soft crunch of snow beneath your feet. On top of being a popular spot for skiing and snowshoeing during winter, many enjoy the Kungsleden hiking trail that starts – or finishes – in the national park, allowing them to see the beautiful views along the way.
Throughout the summer, the cable car takes you up and down Mount Njullá to observe the magnificent views of the Torneträsk Lake below. Keep your feet on the floor and walk around the lake, listening to the songbirds and watching stoats scurry around.
This astounding natural wonder in Norway is bound to leave you in awe, whether you’re hiking, kayaking or cycling. Many waterfalls grace the steep mountainsides. A tourist favourite is the Seven Sisters Waterfall, with seven streams of water cascading down, creating a therapeutic sound. Rainbow-like displays form during bright, sunny days so get your camera at the ready.
To indulge in a visual feast, take a trip along Trollstigen, also known as the Trolls Road, where you’ll travel around hairpin bends carved into the mountain edge, past imposing mountains to reach the Romsdal Valley. Choose to drive, cycle or even walk along this path to get up close and personal with the nearby nature.
Another way of getting around, ensuring you get awe-inspiring views, is by taking a boating tour or hiring a kayak. From the water, the mountain slopes tower high above and wildlife flocks to the water’s edge to drink.
Møns Klint, Denmark
Only a two-hour drive from Copenhagen, on the eastern coast of Møn island, Møns Klint is a chalk cliff face. Nature-lovers flood here to see its six-kilometre-long span and bright, white colour that contrasts with green forestry and the Baltic Sea. History enthusiasts are also drawn in by the 70-million-year-old fossils that have been discovered here.
The Klinteskoven Forest is located behind this sheer drop and is filled with cycling paths, ideal for visitors wanting to engross themselves in the surrounding nature and wildlife. Horseback tours are also available all year round but, during the autumn, you can enjoy a beautiful blend of orange, red and yellow leaves falling off the trees as you ride past.
Visit the beach in the warmer months to sunbathe, hire sailing boats and snorkel, exploring what’s beneath the crystal-clear waters. Stargazing is also popular in the summer, where there are fewer clouds and the temperatures are warmer.
If you want to immerse yourself in natural wonders found in breathtaking landscapes, book a Scandinavia holiday with us today. Call us on 0800 988 3369 or contact us via our website and we’ll tailor-make your holiday to include the destinations you wish to visit. Download our Tailor-Made Scandinavian Holidays and City Breaks brochure here to find out more information.