11 Scandinavian Hidden Gems You Need To Experience
A short jump from mainland Europe, Scandinavia offers city experiences to rival Paris and London, along with endless opportunities to get out into the wild and experience nature. Whether you want a short break or an outdoor adventure, you can forget following the crowds; we’ve partnered with Get Your Guide to bring you the ultimate hidden gems in Scandinavia.
The countryside in Tromsø
Offering one of the best places to catch the northern lights, Tromsø is a must-visit for those looking for a trip to remember. While the nighttime provides ample star-gazing, you can spend your days hanging at with hundreds of huskies (and puppies!) at a local sanctuary – the perfect preparation for a night of wonder. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also try your hand at experiences such as midnight kayaking and polar whale safaris.
With 14 islands and 57 bridges, Stockholm’s waterways are one of the city’s most underrated attractions, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than with a paddle tour. Spend an afternoon taking in architectural highlights and the range of atmospheres and scenery that make this city so unique.
The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is site to seek out on your visit. During summer the statue can attract large crowds, so stop by just before the sun sets to enjoy some time alone. After following her gaze out to sea (and perhaps taking a selfie or two) spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen like a true local – by bike. Make sure to stop at a famous pølsevogn stand (Denmark’s signature take on the hot dog) to try the city’s most delicious snack.
Oslo’s breathtaking Fjords
Oslo is famed for its beautiful architecture and delicious food, but for a breathtaking excursion, head out from the city and into nature to the dramatic fjords. Cruise along the Norwegian coast, enjoying a unique perspective on these majestic natural sites. The route will also take you past small summer houses and local villages for a truly authentic experience of the area.
The Swedish archipelago
While the city of Stockholm houses endless cultural treasures, intrepid travellers should venture out of the city and discover the hidden gems of the surrounding area with this special sightseeing tour of Stockholm’s archipelago. Enjoy a chef’s lunch aboard a vintage ship from 1931, and enjoy the endless natural sites on view with help from an expert tour guide.
Arctic fishing with local fisherman
Experience the arctic wildlife like a local on a exciting adventure with Nordic fisherman. Head to hidden spots for the best opportunities to catch a prize fish, and enjoy old tales from the local ‘pirates’. Afterwards enjoy your catch on one of three boats – Fjord Queen, Polar Queen or Queen Maud; nothing beats fresh fish served straight from the ocean.
Stockholm’s hidden islands
Stockholm’s archipelago is home to over 30,000 islands, though only 200 of them are populated. Make sure to check out some of the smaller islets such as Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen for a flavour of life in the city outside of the main 14. This one-of-a-kind tour of the city is perfect for those looking to the discover new spots for themselves, and you’ll also pass through Stockholm’s Old Town, as well as taking in the Royal Castle, the Royal Theatre, the Opera and Parliament.
Cruise through the north
Experience Scandinavia’s most famous animals on this cruise of the arctic circle along the northern straits of Norway. Learn about the rich and varied nature and wildlife of the region, while enjoying spectacular views and delicious local delicacies. From majestic mountains to whales, dolphins and reindeer – make sure to keep your camera poised at all times!
The ultimate local delicacy, Bidos
Sit back, relax and enjoy mountain views as you’ve never experienced them before – from a husky-driven sled. After taking in stunning views, your 12 huskies and guide will lead you back to camp where you’ll enjoy a delicious plate of Bidos, an authentic Sami dish made from reindeer meat, potatoes and carrots.
Copenhagen’s secret food spots
Famous for its delicious and varied food scene, there’s plenty of hidden gems for travellers to explore in Copenhagen. Spend hours discovering local delicacies such as the award-winning cheeses at Arla Unika, open sandwiches at Aamanns Deli and mouthwatering sweets at Sømods bolcher. There’s no better way to come to grips with the city than through these unique flavours.
A visit to Rovaniemi
Reported to be the real home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is a magical spot in the middle of the arctic. Discover the area in a husky-pulled sled, and take in the snowy sights around the main village. Afterwards, warm up with coffee and biscuits in dream-like surroundings.