With gorgeous natural terrains, scenic destinations, and consistent weather, Scandinavia is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world if you enjoy outdoor activities.
However, with a wide range of options and several countries, it is a bit challenging to pick something that suits you best. So, look through our list and find out more about the top 10 outdoor activities in Scandinavia!
At number one, we have something that has now become a signature mark of the Nordic countries. People from all around the world travel to see the fascinating natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis, or simply Northern Lights. The very best countries to see the sky lit up are Norway, Swedish Lapland, and, of course, Iceland!
Known for endless icy landscapes and snowy regions, the countries in Scandinavia offer fun rides with winter doggies and scenic routes. If you are going for a full Scandinavian tour, try out more than one trail! For example, try out the husky ride treks in Denmark, then take a quick Copenhagen to Stockholm train and have at it in Sweden!
The unique thing about hiking in Scandinavian countries is that nine out of ten times, you will climb a glacier, not a mountain! Explore the Norwegian fjords, the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland, or one of the three icy peaks in Sweden. Glacier hiking requires more stamina and preparations than your usual hiking, so make sure you are up for it and get ready for the most scenic trip ever!
Snowboarding is one of the most exciting and thrilling activities, whether you are a sports enthusiast, winter lover, or simply looking for a good time! After a full lesson with the instructor, you can spread your wings and ski through the most picturesque landscapes and perfectly designed trails. If you have to choose one, we suggest Sweden - the snow stays cold and stable, and there are numerous snowboarding resorts at your convenience.
After testing out your coordination on a snowboard, take the train from Stockholm to Oslo and have your eyes take in something so untamed and beautiful, it will be the highlight of your trip. Whale watching is super popular in Norway - here, you can catch sights of the Orcas, and even Humpback Whales, if you visit Tromso and Lofoten.
The tours usually take place in the winter season, so you might have to research a little closer if you are traveling during summer.
Obviously, only applying to Finland, the iconic Finnish Sauna has been luring tourists in for as long as we can remember! Built with traditional techniques and precision, the saunas are more than your usual spas, as it comes with an icy twist. After warming up in a sauna till your skin prickles in the most delicious way, take a dive into the nearby ice hole in the lake. The contrast is staggering, but that is the Finnish Sauna for you!
Santa Clause Village
While we are still in Finland, let’s visit the magical old man that is the symbol of all Christmas miracles. Whether you are naughty or nice, the city of Rovaniemi, Northern Finland, will welcome you to chat with Santa Clause, buy some souvenirs and gifts, and even feed the reindeers! Any holiday-lover will enjoy this, and if you bring children with you - an exhilarating experience for all.
After all the excitement and high-energy activities, you might want to relax a bit. Enjoy the quiet and serenity allowed by fishing on a frozen lake surrounded by the most picturesque Nordic landscapes. Ice fishing is available in all Scandinavian countries, so you have a lot to choose from.
Ever wanted to feel like you were in a movie? Like, an action one. Drive through the misty Scandinavian air on a Ferrari, Porche, or a Maserati that slides through the ice with speed and precision. The best icy routes for this are probably in Sweden and Norway, with plenty of car brands and treks for you to choose from.
Now that we are on a roll with the whole Fast and Icy, let’s try something even more unique and thrilling! A Reindeer Safari is one of the most authentic ways to enjoy our Nordic traditions and see your surroundings. It is way more than a simple sled ride, packed with memorable stops and great wild companions at the front. The safaris are available in Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Lapland!
We hope to have helped you with your plans and decisions! Remember to pack your best winter gear and a camera - the Scandinavian terrain is crispy clear, wintery, and, we dare say, magical. So, get your magic on and enjoy these outdoor activities in your best Scandinavian journey. Hej da!