With so many stunning landscapes and fjords, colourful villages and sophisticated towns, there is so much to do and see in Scandinavia. When you have limited time how do you choose between the plethora of destinations and experiences you can have there?
Albatross share their picks for the best experiences in Scandinavia.
Have you seen The Atlantic Road? It’s not called ‘The Road in the Ocean’ for nothing! Connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland while traversing a series of small islands you’ll cross eight bridges as you travel the more than eight kilometre road. It’s not surprising this “Norwegian construction of the century” also has the accolade of being the world’s most beautiful drive.
With its roots in the Viking age, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Experience the colourful façade of world heritage listed Bryggen, where you will find the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings. Here you can enjoy many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums.
Take a spectacular train journey travelling 20 kilometres between Myrdal and Flåm in Norway. The Flåm Railway takes you over rivers that cut through deep ravines, past waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains where farms cling to the sheer slopes. You will get the chance to photograph the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall, the The Flåm Railway makes a special stop for that very purpose!
Thinking dramatic mountains, deep fjords, sheltered beaches and picturesque villages? The Lofoten Islands are and adventurers and photographers dream, located in the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. Best explored by boat, make sure you visit the Lofotr Viking Museum for a glimpse of the rugged life of those Viking days.
Find Norway’s best preserved wooden house settlement in Stavenger’s old town, consisting of more than 170 white wooden houses. Stop for a relaxing meal or drink in one of the colourful restaurants or cafes along the waterfront. Then, walk to city’s many museums, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Art Museum and the Norwegian Canning Museum.
Take one of Norway’s most popular hiking trails when you climb to the top of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) by the Lysefjord. The hike takes about 4 hours return, including a stop at the top. Alternatively take a fjord cruise to the Lysefjord, where you cruise past stunning mountains, waterfalls, colonies of seals and secluded farms.
One of Europe’s oldest cities, the stylish Danish capital offers an eclectic mix of modern architecture, gracious palaces and Michelin starred restaurants complete with pretty canals and old cobblestoned streets. Visit the waterfront district of Nyhavn, where brightly coloured 17th century townhouses bars and restaurants line the canals, an ideal spot to find an eatery after a day of exploring.
Sail along the west coast of Norway, north of Bergen, to explore one of the world’s most iconic travel routes. Visit seaside ports, pass by more than 100 fjords including the stunning Gerainger fjord, and cross the Arctic Circle. You can choose to travel from port to port or select from cruises ranging from 6 to 12 days.
Take this iconic scenic drive in Norway. Not for the faint hearted with its 11 thrilling hairpin bends and steep 9% gradient. Follow the 55-kilometre route as it twists and climbs through a mountainous terrain of waterfalls, fjords, tunnels and lakes. As local legend would have it, keep your eyes peeled for trolls, believed to roam through the mountains of Trollstigen at night, before they change to stone in the sunlight each morning.
Enjoy the green spaces of Oslo, Norway’s largest city. Discover the captivating landmarks of the on the Bygdøy Peninsula like the Opera House and great museum. Make sure you visit the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the admire the maritime prowess of the Vikings in the Viking Ship Museum, where you can see Viking ships from the 9th century. Admire the sculptures in Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.
You can tick off these experiences ( and more) on the Albatross 21 Day Scandinavia, In the Footsteps of Vikings tour, starting in Copenhagen and finishing in Oslo