Best Scandinavian Attractions

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The team of Daily Scandinavian has voted the top attractions in Scandinavia. We want to point you in the right direction, so you may enjoy your visit to this part of the world even better.

Norway’s breathtaking fjords are an experience not to be missed. The Hurtigruten coastal steamships make 34 ports of call, heading way up north from Bergen to the North Cape and Kirkenes. Related post.

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Experience northern light in Tromsoe in Norway’s far north. The eerie aurora borealis billows like smoke and streaks like silent fireworks across the winter skies in Arctic Scandinavia.

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Vigeland Sculture Park in Oslo is an open-air sculpture park filled with huge arresting figures, many writhing and tumbling, in Vigeland’s fantastic vision of humanity. A favorite with Oslo inhabitants.

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Norway’s perhaps most beautiful city, Bergen, sits on a craggy shoreline surrounded by hills, and makes an ideal base for a fjord holiday. A highlight of any visit is a summer concert at Trollhaugen, a former villa of composer Edvard Grieg.

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Norway’s ancient capital and its third-largest city, Trondheim, is steeped in history and athmosphere.

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Europe’s first Green Capital, Stockholm, floats on 14 islands. Visit Gamla Stan, a medieval maze of alleyways and enchanting architecture, and Södermalm’s bohemian shops and bars.

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Sun-worshippers flock to the sandy beaches of Bohuslän in summer, or take to sailing boats and kayaks to explore thousands of offshore islands.

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Old honeypaws, the King of the Forest, is a shy creature in the wild. Orsa Björnpark, Sweden, offers a great chance to see brown bear and their cubs up close.

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Scandinavia’s largest Renaissance castle, Fredriksborg Slot, Hilleroed, Denmark, was built across three islands in the middle if a lake, and comes straight from the pages of a children’s storybook.

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Countless icebergs calve from Greenland’s most productive glacier and float out to sea in a glinting parade at this Unesco  World Heritage site, near Ilulissat. Don’t miss Icefjord, Sico Bay, Greenland.

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A well kept Danish secret is Bornholm, the sunniest island in Scandinavia. Hire a bicycle and explore its rugged coastline and unique medieval round churches.

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The historic railway, Inlandsbanan, rund from Sweden’s heartland right into the Arctic Circle, stopping at tiny stations for meals, and to shoo reindeer off the tracks.

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Jutland, Denmark’s peaty soil has preserved some of Europe’s most remarkable archeological finds, like the 2,000-year-old bodies of Tollund Man and Grauballe Man, now in Silkeborg and Moesgaard museums.

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Sweden’s most famous long-distance walking path, Kungsleden Trail, wends its way through the mountains of Lapland, through dark forests and broad green valleys scattered with Alpine flowers.

Turreted walls encircle Visby in Gotland, the medieval Hanseatic trading town, full of crooked houses, cobbled streets and rose-covered ruins. In August troubadours and jousting knights bring the past to life during the Medeltidsveckan festival. (Featured image on top is from Gotland).

Enjoy the best Scandinavian attractions.

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