Why Scandinavia should be on your post-COVID travel list


We have all gone through a tough year; 2020 has not been easy in any way for anyone. But nothing gives us more hope and gets us more excited than searching for new travel destinations and carefully making some travel lists of places to visit. It is that hope of experiencing new landscapes and cultures that shows that small light at the end of the tunnel. And Scandinavia should be high up on your list for the coming year, read on to figure out why.

Many of us have built a stronger connection to mother nature in the past year or have had a longing feeling of getting closer to nature. The uncertainty of the past year and the focus on being healthy has probably influenced that desire to have a stronger connection with what the earth provides us and it’s a beautiful phenomenon. Scandinavia bursts of places of natural beauty, varying from the south to the north greatly. Especially due to the long-stretched shape of Norway and Sweden, there are many different landscapes to be found between the south and the north.

To find that connection with mother nature in the coming year, here are our recommendations:

Denmark

Denmark is filled with many beautiful beaches and extraordinary coastlines. Top picks are to go hiking at Møns klint and discover the interesting most northern point of Denmark at the beaches of Skagen. Møns klint, located on the small island of Møn, is a coastline of chalk cliffs, think small version of cliffs of Moher in Ireland but then entirely clad in white chalk. The highest point of the cliff has a drop of 128 meters down to the Baltic sea. This 6km long coastline will provide for some great and easy hikes.

The second spot to discover in Denmark is the most northern point of the country, extremely close to Sweden. The north part of the island Jutland provides a coastline that ends in two seas meeting but not mixing, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, or locally better known as the Skagerrak (North) and Kattegat (Baltic) seas. This amazing phenomenon of the two seas not mixing is due to a different level of density, temperature, and salinity in the seas, which creates an incredibly unusual separating barrier keeping the seas apart. And if you are lucky enough you might even pass some seals sunbathing on the stretch of sand while enjoying the walk along the coast.

Norway

When talking and thinking about Norway the first thing that comes up in everyone’s mind are those majestic fjords, and for good reason since they truly are a bucket list item to visit. For nature seekers wanting to absorb Norway’s nature, the fjords need to be visited and the best places to go hiking would be Preikestolen, Hornelen, and Trolltunga. Preikestolen, literally translated to “The Preachers Chair” is a majestic cliff with a steep drop of at least 600 meters down to sea level. It is also possible to arrange a guided tour through the night at the Preikestolen to avoid groups of other tourists.

Both the Hornelen and Trolltunga hikes rise even higher above the sea and provide for some jaw-dropping views and scenery. The Trolltunga hike is for more experienced hikers and recommended to do with a personal guide, which is a plus since you can ask your guide all ins and outs of Norway’s culture and traditions! Besides the great fjords, the north of Norway is a fantastic place to visit for spotting some arctic animals! Think whale watching and the quirky but amazing puffins, part of the penguin family and the only bird that can both swim and fly. Visit the area’s of Lofoten or Tromsø to plan your whale watching experience and book a private boat with guide to really be sure to go to the right spots and have that exclusivity of seeing these wonderous animals jump out from the water.

Sweden

Lastly, Sweden! Filled with forests for most of the country and an amazing archipelago surrounding the capital city. Of course, throughout the northern parts of Scandinavia you might have a chance to spot the Northern Lights that so far have not been mentioned in this blog post. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a truly magical phenomenon, and make you believe in higher powers if you did not already. Recommended is to not entirely plan a visit to Scandinavia around seeing the Northern Lights, since you cannot demand anything from mother nature, and it will never be a promise you will go home having seen these green rays dancing over the nights sky. However, as long as you are in the arctic circle between the months of November- March there is a good chance you might be able to absorb this magical moment.

Then the Swedish Archipelago, often called the Venice of the North, is one of the most idyllic places if you are able to rent yourself a private lodge on the water. Contrasting to its neighboring country Denmark with its many sandy beaches, the Swedish archipelago is mostly consisted out of rock formations and cliffs. Soaking in the views of the archipelago from your private jetty is in itself a nature experience, and if that’s not enough rent yourself a private boat to tour through the 30.000 islands to really understand why this place is called the Venice of the North.

The coming year we will most probably still have to keep much distance from each other and from bigger crowds and this is something that needs to be taken into consideration when planning your next holiday. Doing so, in combination with going to places where many outdoor activities can be planned can turn out into a fantastic holiday you would otherwise spend walking through crowded shopping streets. Scandinavia has many options of renting your own private cabin to truly stay isolated from other guests and in this way we suggest: add Scandinavia on your post-COVID travel list!

Simone Kruithof is a Partner at Scandinavian Hospitality. Scandinavian Hospitality specializes in luxury villa rentals in the Nordics, bringing a five-star level of service to the privacy of your vacation home, and representing some of the most extraordinary homes in Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

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Comments (11)

  1. Liam says:

    Sweden is a great place. Visited it last summer and stayed at Mora Parken Hotel. loved every minute of it.

    For those wondering, No I don’t have any relative or a friend there. I got the hotel info from tripadvisor.

    In 2 weeks we visited most of Sweden. I would recommend you to visit The Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. both are great places.

    • Simone says:

      Hi Liam,

      Nice to hear you’ve been able to visit Sweden and had a good time. Hopefully you’ll be able to see the rest of Scandinavia some other time as well :).

      Take care!

  2. neha singh says:

    I’ve never been but I’ve heard that it’s great.

  3. Janet Gordon says:

    Scandinavia was on travel list before Covid – 19 even named. We like Scandinavia in the summer it’s cool and less crowded than the beaches on the Med. We were planning a trip for June 2020 but then …

    • Simone says:

      Hi Janet,

      Lovely to hear you had Scandinavia on your travel list already. I am sure that we will go back to traveling again one day and indeed the summer in Scandinavia would be a great choice! Rent yourself a cabin at the water and just enjoy that Midsummer sun for more than 16 hours a day:).

      Take care!

  4. John says:

    Copenhagen & Malmö is a great two city / two country trip that gives you a taster of Scandinavia. Take the train across the famous bridge from Copenhagen over the sound and you are soon right in the heart of Malmö.

    Danes will say that they’ve got far more attractions to see, the Swedes will argue back that Malmo’s got the better beaches.

    • Simone says:

      Hi John,

      Indeed a holiday from Copenhagen gives loads and easy access to other areas. The famous bridge (from the series) to Malmö is only a 30 minute drive from Copenhagen, an hour north of Copenhagen is Helsingør where it is possible to take the ferry over the Helsingborg in Sweden as well.

      And well said, there will always be a healthy level of rivalry between the sister countries of Denmark and Sweden, but in the end they all consider each other family members of the Nordics. :)

      Take care!

  5. Sameer Foster says:

    Scandinavia has been on my travel list for a while not only for the Aurora Borealis but also for the experience of visiting three of the top countries with the best quality of life. I’ve heard about it for a long time and very curious to see what it is like even for a day or two. I was planning a trip for Amsterdam and then flying north towards Copenhagen then crossing the Oresund Bridge to Malmo. Then I was debating whether to stop by Stockholm before heading to Oslo, or just fly out to Oslo from Malmo. My goal was to visit a city in a country while I was in Europe. I still am conflicted with that route though. I might have to rethink my plans for flights versus road or rail in terms of quality travel experience. But I’m glad to be reading more info on Scandinavia to add to my research.

    • Simone says:

      Hi Sameer,

      Combining Amsterdam with Scandinavia is certainly a good idea! I would suggest visiting more than only Malmö in Sweden, Malmö definitely has its charm but you will notice Stockholm is a whole other kind of city and a different Swedish experience. I would suggest taking the train either between Malmö and Stockholm or between Stockholm and Oslo to enjoy the landscape on the way as well.

      The quality of life up in North is indeed good and I would recommend it comes most from simply enjoying Mother Nature and taking the time for a good cup of coffee now and then.

      Good luck with the travel research!

  6. Yes! Yes! And yes!
    ‘Love your article.

    I live in Germany, so have been to all three of these destinations!

    In fact, we went to Norway exactly one year ago (January 2020) but sadly, it was our last “international” trip as we decided to focus on the region of Germany & and a bit of Austria instead.

    • Simone says:

      Hi Victoria,

      Amazing to hear you have been to all three Scandinavian countries, well done to you!

      And at least you did cross of Norway from your travel bucket list as well just before the pandemic, perhaps the last year gave you the opportunity to discover more domestic treasures in Germany.

      Hopefully Scandinavia can welcome you back in the future once more!

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