Scandinavia is a region of northern Europe, made up of a cluster of countries, each of which boasts its own extraordinary range of wildlife and plants. Acting as the barrier between Europe and the Arctic Circle, Scandinavia is home to some of the most breath-taking natural sites in the world. Here are just a few of them.
Nordfjord in Norway
The Nordfjord is a spectacularly stunning site, where the coastline meets the mountains at continental Europe’s biggest glacier, the Jostedalsbreen. Amazing scenery and home to fantastic waterfalls, among others.
Lapland in Finland
The region of Lapland actually overlaps Sweden and Finland. This pristine white wonderland is one of the few places on earth where you can observe beautiful natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, the midnight sun or the opposite: entire days in half-light.
Gotland in Sweden
Gotland is both Sweden’s biggest island and that with the most sunshine. Ideal to explore its marvels along a rocky coastline, sharp cliffs and through lush green meadows.
Riisitunturi National Park in Finland
Riisitunturi National Park is one of Scandinavia’s most iconic landscapes, to the southeast of Finnish Lapland. Hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter and bird-watching (rare species) all year long in this natural wonderland.
Trolltunga in Norway
The Trolltunga in Norway is another iconic Scandinavian landscape. A sharp cliff rising to 604m/1981ft that dominates the entire valley and is itself dwarfed by even higher summits that reach up to 1,500m/4,921ft. Truly unforgettable.
Funen in Denmark
The island of Funen in Denmark is the second largest in the country. It is nicknamed the “Garden of Denmark” for its rolling countryside and flower-decked meadows. The island is also home to the largest concentration of castles in the world.
The Lofoten Islands of Norway
An archipelago of Norway, the Lofoten Islands are a genuine natural wonderland. Turquoise water contrasts elegantly with the fjords and the snow-capped summits that encircle this magical site: one of Norway’s hidden secrets.
The Mon Cliffs in Denmark
The Mon cliffs or Møns Klint are chalk cliffs situated on the island of Møn. They stretch for over 7km/4.3mi along the seaboard rising to a height of 128m/419ft at points. They are a direct result of the melting of the ice caps over the Ice Age and, as such, bear witness to the history of our beautiful planet.