Made up of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, the Scandinavian region of Europe is a dynamic destination that every millennial and young traveler aspires to visit at some point in their lives. (Hopefully sooner than later!)
A combination of beautiful architecture, modern design, incredible natural landscapes and remote fjords, and of course, the cities and vibrant towns and villages filled with food markets, shops, and lots of outdoor activities, all make this an unforgettable travel destination.
If you've never visited Scandinavia, you're definitely going to want to after skimming our top picks for best experiences and sites in this amazing region of the world. (Already interested? Browse dates for FTLO's upcoming excursions to Scandinavia 2019 – spots limited!).
1. Bike through Copenhagen, Denmark
No trip to the Scandinavia region is complete without a stop in Copenhagen – Denmark's capital. This lively city is sprinkled with tons of trendy cafes and foodie-favorites. Explore the colorful cycling capital on a bike by day, and wander into world-class bars and restaurants at night to devour some seriously amazing farm-to-table and Nordic cuisine. With tons of museums, historical sites, and beautiful architecture to take in, you'll never run out of activities.
2. Stroll the Tivoli Gardens - Amusement park
The beautiful Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park located in Copenhagen (– so if you're visiting the capital of Denmark, you definitely want to make a stop here!). This is one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the world, that hosts rides, programs, concerts, gardens, and even restaurants. Enjoy a drink, grab some food and wander through the beautiful gardens in the evening.
3. Wander through Oslo, Norway
Surrounded by mountains and water, Oslo, the capital of Norway, is not only gorgeous in its natural surrounding landscapes, but the city itself has a great vibe and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy beautiful modern architecture and wander through impressive museums for some local history and culture, such as the Viking Ship Museum, or raincheck and explore the natural Oslofjord.
4. Take a dip in the fjords
There are so many ways to experience the magical fjords of the Scandinavian region, let alone so many fjords to explore and to marvel. Take a boat tour through beautiful waters, or hike along the steep mountainsides. Take a dip in the crisp river waters and immerse yourself into the fjord's natural beauty.
5. Explore Stockholm, Sweden
A must-see city, Stockholm is a great place to visit if you're looking to explore world-class museums, amazing architecture, royal palaces, or really want a unique and full experience of the Scandinavian region. Stockholm has it all, from top and cutting-edge cuisine, to lovely shops and markets, to picturesque port side views. This city is built on 14 islands and is an absolute wonder to explore.
6. Admire the Great Vasa Museum in Stockholm
Photo Credit: Vasamuseet.se
The Vasa Museum has been named one of the world's best museums and is definitely one of the most visited institutions in the region, with more than 1 million visitors per year. The museum features the historical warship Vasa from the 1600s with wooden sculptures that will blow your mind. This museum is one of the Swedish National Maritime Museums, focused on shedding light on the region's rich history.
7. experience Castles and Royalty in Scandinavia
Experience royalty and the elegant history of Scandinavia by visiting any of its hundreds of preserved castles and palaces. You might even want to spend the night in one? Here, you'll have the chance to admire the incredible architecture, learn about the region's history and view galleries of royal artifacts. No matter which castles you choose to visit (many of which are accessible from the main cities), you're sure to have a unique and memorable experience that will punctuate your visit to one of the oldest and most well-preserved regions of the world.
Offering the perfect combination of the modern and the historical, the man-made and the natural, Scandinavia is a getaway destination unlike any other in the world. Spend a few days in the cities, trying world-class cuisines and visiting some of the most popular museums in the world, or get away for several days to explore the majestic landscapes and take in the fresh air of the remote northern region.
Convinced? Check out FTLO's upcoming trip dates to Scandinavia 2019 and join a new group of friends to this region of the world for food, drinks, fun and an adventure of a lifetime!