Three Scandinavian trips befitting a viking

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With its rugged landscapes and weather extremes, Scandinavia makes inspiring hiking country. Here are three trips to take.

With its rugged landscapes and weather extremes, Scandinavia makes inspiring hiking country. Here are three trips to take.

Iceland

Southwest Iceland has an incredibly diverse set of landscapes. Green valleys, lunar-like terrain, lava fields, hot springs and bird cliffs can all be explored over the course of a four-day tour. Make time for a dip in Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon and a hike to the top of the volcano crater on the island of Heimæy.

Blue Lagoon. Southwest Iceland
Blue Lagoon. Photo by Sarah_Ackerman

The Baltic

Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg are all magnificent cities, and it’s only by visiting them in a short space of time that you’re able to pick up on the subtle characteristics shared by all three. You can squeeze in all three in a seven-night trip. Take time to visit Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s old town) and take a cruise along the Neva River. On the St. Petersburg leg, make a visit to the Winter Palace, and shop for crystals and leather in Helsinki’s busy market.

Gamla Stan (Old Town) Stockholm
Gamla Stan (Old Town) Stockholm. Photo by Graf Spee
Early morning in St Petersburg, Russia
Early morning in St Petersburg, Russia. Photo by ninara

Northern Highlights

Sometimes you hanker for the buzz of the city. Other times you just wish for the peace of the countryside. An 11-night tour of Norway, Sweden and Finland provides a mix of the two. Highlights include Norway’s beautiful UNESCO-listed Geirangerfyord (our featured image) and Flåm Railway, Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s enchanting old town with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops) and Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki.

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Three Scandinavian trips befitting a viking was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (523 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.