Best for guide to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries
Looking for a family adventure with forays through Nordic cuisine, great winter activities, beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife in Scandinavia, or a romantic retreat? Then this 'best for' guide is for you.
There’s plenty to do for all ages across Scandinavia and the Nordic countries with perhaps the most obvious and enchanting being a visit to Lapland. Enjoy a magical trip to see Father Christmas in Finnish Lapland, stay in a luxury wooden chalet and meet local huskies and reindeer. Keep the magic of Lapland alive for older children with a visit to Teepee Wilderness Camp. During warmer months Sweden is the perfect destination for a wild family adventure. Our foraging and fun itinerary features rustic log cabins, berry picking, wildlife spotting and a stay at the exclusive Island Lodge on the idyllic Stockholm archipelago.
With a focus on local produce, freshly caught fish and dishes that combine Nordic, Lappish and international flavours, great food is available across all countries. However, fine dining is at its best in the cities of Oslo, Stockholm and Bergen. In Gothenburg alone there are five Michelin starred restaurants so a haven for food lovers. From here embark on our culinary journey itinerary which takes you on a journey along Sweden’s west coast through charming seaside villages. It includes a lobster safari, rural cooking class and oyster tasting. Our specialists will recommend and reserve dining options and experiences to suit your tastes and itinerary. Winter activities
Northern by nature, parts of the Nordic nations are blessed with the perfect conditions and landscape for incredible snow and ice experiences during winter months. Aside from Lappish journeys with reindeer or husky-pulled sled through snow blanketed forests, you can ski, hike, snowmobile and, of course, witness the majesty of the Northern Lights. Try your hand at ice fishing in Swedish Lapland and stay in an alpine chalet in Norway’s Northern Fjords or Finnish Lapland. With winter comes a range of unique activities in Iceland from glacier hikes with crampons and pickaxe to climbs through ice caves beneath.
Nature and wildlife
The natural landscape of Scandinavia is undoubtedly one of the best Europe has to offer. In Norway, the Lofoten Islands, situated above the Arctic Circle, boast soaring rocky peaks latticed with walking trails with spectacular views across to the mainland. Explore hidden bays and islets by kayak or embark on a fast paced RIB tour or sea safari through the archipelago and spectacular Trollfjorden where you may spot sea eagles, seals and whales. In Sweden, Stockholm’s own archipelago comprises around 300,000 islands where days can be filled with sailing, surfing, horse riding, cycling, diving, and exploring islands that are protected nature reserves. For a novel base amongst the islands and waterways we recommend Island Lodge an exclusive tented camp that overlooks the archipelago from an idyllic private island location.
Scandinavia and the Nordic countries are effortlessly romantic destinations chock full of secluded retreats in picture perfect destinations such as the Norwegian fjords, snowy Finnish Lapland, and Sweden’s forests and archipelago. A Scott Dunn favourite in Norway is the remote and family-run home from home 29/2 Aurland. After an authentic Norwegian welcome, you’ll hike through stunning scenery, savouring the views and enjoying an al fresco picnic in a traditional Laavu tent. Dreamy evenings are spent snuggled in deep armchairs with cosy woollen throws by a log burning stove.
Meanwhile, Beana Laponia in the heart of Finnish Lapland provides an adults only boutique retreat from which to explore this wintery wonderland and the wealth of activities on its doorstep. With a focus on husky sledding, authentic Lappish days during winter end with a sauna and delicious local meal. The Treehotel in the wild forests of Northern Sweden is a perfect year-round option for design lovers. This eco-conscious hotel comprises ‘tree house rooms’ ranging from The Mirror Cube (with a completely reflective exterior) to The Birdnest with its retractable staircase. In winter, the Treehotel combines perfectly a stay at the Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland, and Stockholm in summer.