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