When we think of Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, we instantly think of chic and trendy destinations. The capital cities in this region, including Copenhagen and Stockholm, are all known for their terribly fashionable residents and ultra-cool attractions and sights. So, when you head to the Nordic countries, you will no doubt want to be as cool as the locals and hang out at some of the hippest spots.
Are you already wondering about what some of the hippest attractions are in the area? Well, you’ll be grateful to hear that there are loads, so you will have plenty of chance to look bang on trend. But here are some of the Nordic countries best attractions to be seen at.
See The Northern Lights
If there is one activity you need to do while you are Scandinavia or a Nordic country, it is see the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon occur in the night sky in the northern hemisphere. The more north you are, the better your chances of seeing them. They are easy to spot in the north of most Nordic countries, but the best destination for them in this region has to be Iceland. In fact, the majority of people who travel to Iceland are only there to see the Northern Lights. Of course, they see and do a lot of other really cool stuff during their time in the country as well!
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
If you stay up all night trying to look for the Northern Lights, you might end up feeling slightly sleepy the next day. So, you should plan a relaxing day where you can do nothing more than unwind. If you take a look at 25 Best Things to do in Iceland by the Crazy Tourist, you will notice that one of their tips is to go for a swim in the Blue Lagoon, and I can heartily recommend that for your relaxing day! This man-made pool is filled with natural spa waters that are said to bring swimmers great healing properties. You don’t have to swim in the pool if you don’t want to – many people simply float on top of the water and enjoy the tranquility of their surroundings!
The Twin Peaks Cafe, Copenhagen
Is there a more cult show than David Lynch’s Twin Peaks? As the show has just been brought back after an almost twenty year hiatus, whole families have bonded while watching this crazy show. And no one loves it more than the Danish. In fact, there is an entire cafe in Copenhagen that is inspired by the show. It’s called The Log Lady after one of the show’s more eclectic characters. When you walk into the cafe, you will feel like you’ve stepped onto one of Lynch’s sets. Not only that, though, but the coffees and cakes are so terrific, it’s worth visiting even if you’ve never seen an episode of the show!
Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark
Another great little spot you should try and visit in Denmark is the Aarhus Art Museum. Aarhus is Denmark’s second city and probably its most culturally exciting. As well as lots of exciting exhibitions and artworks from international and local artists, the museum also features the fantastic “Your Rainbow Panorama” exhibit by Olafur Eliasson. This is a circular walkway that uses different colored glass to make it feel like you are actually walking through a rainbow. Kids will love just how magical this feels – and adults will as well!
Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo
How about a trip up to Finland? If you spend a few nights in the country’s capital city, Oslo, you will be able to visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park. There are some seriously weird sculptures here, all made by the Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Some of the sculptures you will see have taken around 14 years to carve and create. Each sculpture explores the human condition and what it means to be a human. Some are very creative – take the huge crying babies, for example! If the weather is nice, this is the perfect place for a picnic, so you might want to pick up some sandwiches and snacks in the city before you head there.
Sleep In A Jumbo Jet, Sweden
The Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, is a hostel located inside a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner. It opened in 2008. This unique hotel holds 76 beds with rooms available in singles to quads. Cockpit suite with terrace is also designed for stay. pic.twitter.com/zayK6J10Dl
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Are you tired of staying in hotels whenever you go away on holiday? Maybe you don’t like the idea of staying in someone else’s house like you would if you booked an Airbnb room? Well, if you travel to Sweden, you have a completely different option – you can stay in a jumbo jet! The Jumbo Stay Hotel is a hotel that has been made out of a converted jet. If you are lucky, you might get to stay in the cockpit!
Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands
If you want to get away from the well-beaten track and lose all of the tourist crowds, then you might like the idea of visiting the idyllic Faroe Islands. These Danish islands are situated between Iceland and Norway. While you are there be sure to spend some time in Tórshavn. This picturesque town is only small with 13,000 inhabitants but it is actually the islands’ capital city. The town dates back to the age of the Vikings and there is plenty of history to discover.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
If you are traveling with kids, then you should definitely spend a day in the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. This is a traditional theme park, and one of the oldest in the world. In actual fact, it opened its gates to the public way back in 1843. There are lots of great rides in the park that the whole family will enjoy. Its wooden roller coaster was built in 1914 and is now the oldest roller coaster in the world still in operation!
There is so much to see and do in the Nordic countries, there is just no way I can fit all of the cool stuff in this list. Hopefully, these suggestions will keep you going for a bit!
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