Every once in a while, one thinks of travelling the world and when your client is having an affair with Europe, they cannot get away from the charms of Scandinavia More and more your clients/customers have their heart set on a trip to the naturally beautiful Nordic countries? From smoked fish to an appreciation of winter weather, the region has a culture that’s all its own. As a region, Scandinavia is home to some of the world’s most striking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and legendary traditions of anywhere in the world. While the famous aurora borealis or Northern Lights are a draw for many, there’s more to this vast region than the dramatic night sky.
Scandinavia is one of the most worthwhile, whether your client sail through the fjords of Norway, watch the Northern Lights in Iceland, dance, jive and have the time of their life in Sweden or hang out in Santa Claus’s country Finland.
Days through the kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark is equivalent to glimpsing at galaxy from a distance. From the majestic fjords of Norway, to the Arctic reaches of Finland, to the region’s de-facto capital of Stockholm to the ring road of Iceland, visit to Scandinavia is possible most any time of the year, although summer with its long nights is the most popular and winter is the most treacherous, in spite of its beauty.
Traveling between the Scandinavian countries can be done in many different ways depending on the destinations your client want to visit.
Iceland: Iceland does not have a public train system. Getting around Reykjavik capital city of Iceland buses and taxis can be used. If your client want to see and experience things outside of Reykjavik, they can do a day tour, the Golden Circle and South Iceland. Scenic Destinations: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Hvammstangi, Egilsstadir, Hofn, Vik
Denmark: Copenhagen the capital city of Denmark is very easy to get around by cab, metro, bus & train. If your client want to go over to Sweden, you can offer them train over the bridge that connects Copenhagen Denmark and Malmo Sweden. This 50-minute, train-ride is interesting going through the underwater tunnel and over the Oresund bridge. You can also offer a 20-minute ferry ride from Helsingor Denmark to Helsingborg Sweden. Scenic Destinations: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Bornholm, Skagen, Roskilde, Aalborg, Elsinore, Gilleleje, Ribe
Norway: Entering Norwegian capital, through the fjord, there is no other beautiful way rather than ferry from Copenhagen (Denmark) up to Oslo, Norway. Norway is an amazing place to visit during the winter. To experience the unbelievable colours of the northern lights flash across the Arctic sky is on many travellers’ bucket list, and few places on earth offer more ways to witness this phenomenon. Getting around Norway depends on where your client want to go. If they’re going up north to Lapland, flying or taking a Hurtigruten cruise could be the best option. If they’re going from Oslo to Bergen, a combination of train and ferry will allow for the most scenic route. From Oslo to Stockholm Train or flights are easiest way to travel. Scenic Destinations: The Lofoten Islands, Bergen, Tromso, Oslo, The Geirangerfjord, The Svalbard Islands, Flam, Trondheim, The Stavanger region, The Sognefjord area
Sweden: Sweden has a great train system reaching from Lapland in the north, down to Skane in the south. Stockholm can be seen by foot or bike. Stockholm also have a good bus, train and underground system getting our client around the city. On a sunny day taking the ferry to certain parts of the town like Skansen or Grona Lund is a fun way to get around. Discover thriving urban life in Stockholm. Get to know the fairy-tale landscapes, churches, and castles of Kalmar. Pass through the green forests and towns on the drive from Skane to Malmo. Get a feel for the real Sweden in Goteborg.
Scenic Destinations: Stockholm, Archipelago, Gothenburg, Malmo, ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarv and Swedish Lapland, Kosterhavet, Marstrand, Skane, Visby/Gotland
Finland: Getting around Helsinki can be done by the tram, metro or bus. The easiest way to get northern parts, the winter wonderland Lapland is by plane, but you can offer the train, bus or car also to your clients.
Scenic Destinations: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Porvoo, Turku, Finnish Lakeland, Kemi, Aland Archipelago, Tampere, Levi, Saariselka
Lapland: Does your client think reindeer sledding, igloo hotels, snowmobiling, wildlife, wood saunas, great food, and of course the Northern Lights? Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, a sparsely populated area bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea known for the midnight sun and the northern lights. If your client want to visit arguably the best place to see the northern lights, Lapland is your key. There isn’t much going on in Lapland on the surface but that is its charm. Lapland is a sprawling wilderness with untold hidden gems to unlock. Nearmost city is Rovaniemi & Luosto.
Major Attractions & Things to do in Scandinavia: If your client is visiting Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Lapland or countries like the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland – there’s a whole heap of incredible things to see do, and of course, gobble down!
Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Approximately 20 km from Keflavik International Airport, The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Northern Lights in Norway: Tromso in Norway is the best place in Scandinavia to watch The Northern Lights, which can be seen only in polar regions. Peak Northern Lights season in Norway is between November and March. It is still possible to see the Northern Lights as early as September and as late as April.
Ancient Castles of Denmark: Let your client walk through Danish history and the homes of the Danish Royal Family, past and present, at the stunning castles in Denmark. Let them close to the Danish crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle, a fun-filled day at Egeskov Castle or act out their best Hamlet impression at Kronborg Castle. Copenhagen’s Amalienborg is one of the must-visits for most visitors.
Stay in Igloo at Finnish Lapland: Experience the world famous glass igloos, rustic log cabins and a complete Santa’s Home. Set high up above the Arctic Circle, in a remote corner of Finnish Lapland, the sprawling complex boasts various types of accommodation, including luxurious log cabins, snow igloos, traditional Lapland houses, and glass igloos whose unique design allows your guests to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of their own bed.
Whale Watching in Norway and Iceland: Might your client spot Minke whales, humpback whales, blue whales, sperm whales, orcas, and more during Whale Safari which start in the capital city of Iceland i.e. Reykjavik. In Northern Norway, Orcas are observed in Vestfjord, Tysfjord, and Ofotfjord in Nordland. Sperm whales can be watched in the Lofoten Islands. Best period to experience the activity in Iceland is April to October, while in Norway May to September is the massive one.
Drive across the Oresund Underwater Bridge, Sweden: The five-mile-long bridge stretches across the Oresund Strait, beginning outside of Malmo in Sweden. Then, the bridge inclines beneath the water before re-emerging in Amager, Denmark. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime drive that your client should do at least once.
Norway’s Most Idyllic Ford, Geirangerfjord: Geirangerfjord, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nine miles long and just under a mile wide. It’s edged by cliffs which make for incredible views from the dozens of surrounding hiking trails.
There’s a whole range of tasty Scandinavian food your client/customers will love.
Smorgastarta: It is almost like a savoury cake. It’s built with layers and topping and decorated in a similar fashion – the only difference is that it’s not sweet! The Swedes even cut it like a cake!
Kanelsnegl: Most commonly cinnamon rolls but they’re more known as Kanelsnegls in Scandinavia. This tasty cinnamon treat is amazing, especially when freshly baked.
Surstromming or Matjessill: It is a typical Swedish food that roughly translates to picked herring or sour herring. Best served with freshly boiled potatoes, lots of chives and lashings of sour cream. Geothermal heated
Rugbrauo: Nothing tastes as good as freshly baked bread and this is no exception. Partner it with lashings of butter and your client will be a winner!
Pylsa (or Pulsa): It seems to be interchangeable but in English, It’s called hot dogs! Gravlax: It is thinly sliced salmon which is often given as a little appetizer. Sprinkled with a little salt and sugar, it might also be partnered with potatoes or rye bread (and lashings of dill or mustard). A Totally tasty Scandinavian food.
Smorrebrod: Think of a smorrebrod as a sort of open sandwich. It has no top but it’s piled with fillings such as fresh fish, meats, cheeses, salads, pate and spreads.
Semla: A bun flavored with cardamom and filled with almond and whipped cream. Your client can only get it during fast before Easter. Traditionally only served on Tuesdays which why it’s also called ‘Fatty Tuesday bun’.
Meatballs: Hearty, homey balls of pork-and-beef goodness that should be on any omnivore traveler’s must-eat list. Slathered in brown gravy and served alongside a buttery potato mash, the dish is balanced by a tart touch of lingonberries.
The summer months begin around June and taper out in September and are temperate and mild. Summer in Scandinavia is very mild with average temperatures of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit but can go as into the low 80s Fahrenheit. In Iceland, spring brings warmer and milder temperatures. In the month of May, the average temperature is somewhere between 4 °C (39 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F).
If your client planning a summer trip, they may be pleasantly surprised by mild and warm weather with temperatures of 21-23°С during the day in the southern regions, and by the shiny midnight sun during the night in the north. Polar day is a usual phenomenon in northern Norway and Sweden as some parts of these countries are located beyond the Arctic Circle, meaning the sun doesn’t go down the horizon in the summer months and can be seen 24 hours a day.
It can be hard to figure out the details though. What is the best way you could offer to your clients to get between specific destinations? Where do you get tickets for your clients? What tours should you offer to your clients?
If you need help putting together Scandinavian tour for your clients/customers, Worldwide DMC would truly enjoy helping you with Scandinavian adventure.
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