Scandinavia is a beautiful part of the world – something that makes it a really popular tourist destination. But this place has much more than just good looks; it’s also home to some of the planet’s most exciting, culturally rich cities, and provides lots of great ports of call for cruises.
In fact, cruising is a brilliant way to explore this region – especially as it allows you to visit several destinations in a single trip. Book a cruise from Harwich and you can embark on an exciting journey that allows you to explore Norway in depth, from its world-famous fjords to the beautiful city of Bergen. Below, we’ll give you a quick rundown of Scandinavian countries and the attractions of each, to help you decide where to go on your next trip.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Scandinavia’s usually defined as Norway, Denmark and Sweden, though sometimes Finland is included too. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on the first three.
With its spectacular fjords, fantastic UNESCO World Heritage sites and gorgeous mountains, not to mention vibrant cities, Norway is the shining star of Scandinavia.
Let’s take a look at its cities first. Sitting on the country’s west coast, Bergen is a destination that’s full of heritage – the highlight of which is Bryggen. The city’s Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to pretty wooden buildings and a veritable maze of tangled narrow streets that ooze history and charm.
However amazing its cities are, though, Norway is most famous for its fjords. These characteristic parts of the country’s landscape are an absolute must-see – especially if this’ll be your first visit to Norway. If you can, get yourself over to the Stegastein viewpoint, which gives you the chance to look out over the Sognefjord from a height of 650 m!
Next on our list is Denmark, which is known for its glorious countryside, medieval buildings and, of course, its stunning capital – Copenhagen. Pretty much everywhere in the country is within an hour’s drive of the coast, which means that it’s easy to explore anywhere you fancy when your cruise calls in here.
But with the capital city perched on the coast, you’ll find you won’t have to go very far at all to discover the best that this country has to offer. Copenhagen is simply an amazing city – while being small enough to be easily navigable, it’s also home to a truly great mix of attractions.
On the waterfront, for instance, you’ll come across one of the city’s icons – a bronze statue called The Little Mermaid. Combining beautiful gardens, concert venues and white-knuckle rides, the fun-packed Tivoli Gardens are another must-visit.
Last on our list is Sweden – a country of cosy cottages, forests, rocky islands, exciting towns and cities, and serious style. Its capital, Stockholm, is the most populous city in the whole of Scandinavia and is easily one of its most enticing destinations.
Famous for its sleekly designed buildings and cosmopolitan culture, Stockholm also has a gorgeous old town area known as Gamla Stan. Its narrow cobblestone streets create a real contrast to the modern city, and exploring these is a great way of getting a feel for the nation’s past.
However spectacular Stockholm is, though, Sweden’s natural wonders are more amazing still. Head to one of its 29 national parks to discover mountain terrain and rolling countryside.