Lakeside cabins, fading summer light, fjord hunting; Nordic countries pack a mean travel punch, even later in the season. From Sweden to Denmark, right up to the stretches of Norway, there is serious adventure to be had, whatever your preferences. The time has come to fling yourself into the wild, head to the north, and see how the Scandinavian do things. You might just come back a changed person!
Island Hopping, Sweden
Make like the Swedish and create your own mini-adventure! Formed of thousands of islands and inlets, Sweden is the ultimate place in which to take to the waters and head for the horizon. Island hopping is practically a national summer pastime, and with each region renowned for its singular natural beauty, the area is well worth seeing up close. The southernmost point of Sweden’s archipelago, Nynäshamn, is the perfect place for water gazing, boat trips, and a dip or two (if the weather allows!). Ferries run regularly from the area to nearby Latvia, Gotland, and Poland, too; adventure has never been so accessible!
Take to the Skies, Norway
Natural beauty abounds in Scandinavia, and Norway is arguably at the top of the pack, boasting wild sights that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. Norway’s Loen Skylift is one of the tallest gondolas in the world, ascending to the crest of Mount Hoven. The peak affords stunning views of the underlying glacier and deep fjords, giving you an utterly unique perspective on the place. The Best Served tour takes it all in, giving you the chance to trek across Sognefjord and Geiranger fjord, some of Norway’s very best. Nearby towns offer up charming insights into the local culture, noted for their architectural and historic delights.
Embrace the Baltic, Denmark
There’s no denying it: “Scandi wellness” is most definitely a thing, and if you’re looking to jump on the lifestyle bandwagon, you might as well go the full hog. Denmark’s Kurhotel Skodsborg is arguably on the more indulgent side, giving you serious time to relax into the Danish way of life. The hotel features rooftop yoga classes, a fitness centre, traditional saunas, and essential oil treatments, because there’s no better way to vacation than by taking care of number one. Better yet, the hotel comes equipped with three incredible restaurants, and is a short twenty minute drive from buzzing Copenhagen.
Foodie Fare, Sweden
Nordic food is renowned as being amongst some of the best cuisine in the world, and giving your tastebuds a culinary adventure is one of the best ways to get to know the area. Seafood reigns supreme in Sweden, and across the country, there is no end to the number of stellar food tours. One of the very best is Vasts Vierge, a food tour company that is all about immersive indulgence. Head out on a fishing safari with local experts, hit the road for a coastal tasting extravaganza, or take pride of place in local Swedish foodie spots; the possibilities are endless.
White Nights, Finland
While Finland might not scream late-summer sojourn, this country is so much more than just a winter wonderland. Wild and rugged, Finland’s Lakeland sheds its skin in the summer months, thawing out just enough to reveal its inlets, forests, and deep lakes. Lake Saimaa is a particularly worthy spot, housing a number of cosy, waterside cottage retreats. Even in the later summer months, nocturnal swimming, hiking, and boat trips are all in full swing. Need a little downtime? The sauna rules the roost in this part of the world, laying on the heat and ridding you of any bad vibes.