Scandinavian Stunners

From Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Sweden and the Åland Islands, Scandinavia is home to some of the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes in the world. These six stunning spots will make you want to hop on an airplane—and then continue to hop from country to country—until you see them all.

Photo: N. Preseault
Photo: N. Preseault

Búðir: Drive out to Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula to see a glacier-covered volcano, beaches filled with lava formations, famous Icelandic horses, and a remote hotel beside a black church.

Photo: Hamn Eiendom AS
Photo: Hamn Eiendom AS

Senja: Visit “Norway in miniature” to see a dramatic coastline, deep fjords, white beaches, and turquoise water above the Arctic Circle.

Photo: Salt & Co AB
Photo: Salt & Co AB

Klädesholmen: Explore a fishing village famous for its herring, relax in a floating sauna, eat seafood paired with schnapps, and sleep on a floating barge off the west coast of Sweden.

Photo: HavsVidden Åland
Photo: HavsVidden Åland

Geta: Travel to Åland to fish for pike, kayak with sea birds, hike in solitude along a wilderness trail, and relax in a smoked sauna on a quiet island in between Sweden and Finland.

Photo: Martin Olsson (mnemo on en/sv wikipedia and commons, martin@minimum.se). (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Martin Olsson (mnemo on en/sv wikipedia and commons, martin@minimum.se). (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Skagen: Find the best restaurants outside of Copenhagen when you eat seafood in a former fish warehouse and sample Nordic gastronomy on the northern tip of Denmark.

Photo: Copyright (c) 2004 Erik Christensen
Photo: Copyright (c) 2004 Erik Christensen

Tórshavn: Venture to a hard-to-reach island to see one of the smallest capitals in the world, a turf-roofed hotel, and lots and lots of puffins on the Faroe Islands.

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2 thoughts on “Scandinavian Stunners

  1. Nice blog! Scandinavian Islands are really a unique site. I love all two multicoloured boathouses around everywhere especially. I am in Lofoten now working at the Lofotr Viking museum at the moment. Perhaps you’d like to read one of the first posts I made about Ballstad, one of the oldest fishing villages here. We spent the day loading the ballast of our replica Viking longship with; filling he with heavy rocks. I tried to build a modern picture of the harbour life there that you may like 🙂

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