Summer Sights of Scandinavia

March 3, 2015

Scandinavia is one of Europe’s most naturally beautiful areas, and truly glistens in the summer months, when the sun is shining, the cities are lively and vibrant, and the wonderful Nordic landscape is easy to explore.

In Scandinavia the Summer Solstice is a national holiday, and is almost as important as Christmas Day for many Scandinavians. The Summer Solstice (or Midsummer as it is known) is another name for the longest day of the year, 21 June, and the celebrations usually take place on the Saturday between 20 and 26 June.

In Sweden, the festival is called Midsommar and is generally celebrated with spring-themed wreaths and other traditional activities. In Norway and Denmark it is a national holiday, celebrated with large bonfires and processions through the street. All of these events make Midsummer a great time to visit Scandinavia.

The summer is, of course, the best season for outdoor holidays.

Whether you’re hiking, cycling, canoeing or just exploring, there’s plenty to do all across Scandinavia.

Discover the glorious fjords of Norway, including the majestic Geirangerfjord. Geirangerfjord is one of the most visited fjords in the country, mainly because of its majestic natural beauty, but also because of the range of activities available to tourists here. Go fishing, canoeing, or water rafting in the huge body of water, or explore the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls and some of Norway’s most dramatic views.

Scandinavia also has plenty of cool, trendy cities which come alive in the summer. Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen is built around a series of lakes which are popular spots during the summer for locals, young and old, to hang out and relax. Just outside of the city lies Dyrehaven Forest, a beautiful wooded area which is also the ideal spot for a picnic. Similarly, Norway’s capital Oslo was founded on an impressive fjord, and is located near the beautiful Nordmarka forest.

Scandinavia also has a few gorgeous beaches, such as those in Sweden’s Falsterbo area, the famous surfer’s paradise of Kitmoller in Denmark, known jokingly as Cold Hawaii by the locals, or Stavanger, Norway’s southern city, and its rugged coastline.

Scandinavia is one of the most striking and fascinating areas of Europe, if not the world, and welcomes explorers and visitors all seasons. Pay a visit in the summer and see why the Scandinavian nations are regularly found to be among the happiest countries in the world.

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