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Top 10 Places You Must See in Scandinavia

  1. By Oliver
  2. On Apr 17, 2019
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

 

 

  • Little Mermaid Statue (Copenhagen, Denmark)

 

If you think of statues that symbolize popular cities, many come to mind. Examples include: the Statue of Liberty for New York, Manneken Pis for Brussels and Christ the Redeemer for Rio. In Copenhagen, it is none other than the Little Mermaid Statue, based on the famous fairytale work by Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. Created by Edvard Eriksen, the statue is made out of bronze and depicts a mermaid on a rock looking over the waterside.This statue is a true symbol to the Danish people.

Hans Christian Andersen was renowned for his fairytale works “Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling”. His legacy and inspiration has left many marks in Copenhagen. You can also visit the boulevard under his name and his childhood home in Odense.

 

  • Amalienborg Palace (Copenhagen, Denmark)

 

Denmark is home to the oldest monarchy in Europe. Therefore, the country has a wide selection of ancient castles. In particular, the Amalienborg is a Palace that is home to the Danish royal family. This is a must see for all visitors! Constructed in the 1700’s, the royal residence contains four identical palace facades with Danish rococo (late Baroque) interiors. Furthermore, there is a octagon-shaped courtyard containing a statue of the founder of Amalienborg, King Frederick V. Not to mention, the palace is famous for their Royal Guards or Den Kongelige Livgarde. If you are lucky you will see the ceremonial changing of the guards, an event that happens every afternoon.

 

  • Briksdalsbreen & Jostedalsbreen National Park (Sogn og Fjordane, Norway)

 

Briksdalsbreen or the Briksdal glacier, is one of the most popular and accessible arms of the Jostedalbreen glacier - the biggest glacier in Europe. The whole glacier is located in Stryn, a municipality in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. Though Briksdal is steadily receding based on temperature and precipitation, it still remains roughly 2.5 km in length. Here, you can see Briksdal by foot or catch a ride on a cable car up to the  whole glacier. Similarly, surrounding the glacier is the Jostedalsbreen National Park. The park contains diverse wildlife, clear streams, raging rivers and waterfalls.  Our tours offer cable car rides to enjoy all of this scenery. The entire glacier and national park is a must see for all travelers.

 

  • Sognefjord (Sogn og Fjordane, Norway)

 

Norway is hands down known for their fjords, which are deep and narrow inlets of the sea. The country contains over 1,200 fjords. Nevertheless, if you want to see the best fjord then look no further than Sognefjord, nicknamed the King of the Fjords. Stretching 205 km from the ocean to the small village Skjolden, it is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. Our tours will allow you to see this unparalleled spectacle of nature on a sightseeing cruise!

 

  • Vigeland Sculpture Park (Oslo, Norway)

 

If you are looking for a lighthearted place to take a lot of photos, you need to go to Vigeland Sculpture park! Located inside the Frogner Park grounds, it has many weird yet humorous depictions of human interaction. On display are over 212 bronzes and granite statues, illustrating relationships between men and women, adults and children. In fact, many of these sculptures took over a decade to carve. You need to see this park.

 

  • Lillehammer (Oppland County, Norway)

 

For winter, there is no better place to go in Scandinavia than the town of Lillehammer. As a matter of fact, it is most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics and 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. With less than twenty-three thousand inhabitants, it is a calming and relaxing place to enjoy winter scenery and winter activities - like skiing. Not to mention, the town contains many 19th century wooden houses surrounded by mountains and overlooking lake Mjøsa and lake Lågen. Whether or not you are visiting in the Winter, Lillehammer still remains a year-round destination - due to it is exciting outdoor activities, like fishing and hiking, and also the scenic views.

 

  • Feskekôrka (Gothenburg, Sweden)

 

Feskekôrka, “fish church” in Swedish, is an indoor market that sells a wide array of fish - one of Gothenburg’s oldest trades. The name was given because the architecture resembled Neo-Gothic churches. Opened in November 1st, 1874, the fish church was first drawn by city architect, Victon von Gegerfelt. Here, you can buy all kinds of seafood delicacies that are caught on the day. Likewise, they have amazing seafood restaurants in the building. We highly recommend buying the smoked salmon!

 

  • Stockholm City Hall (Stockholm, Sweden)

 

Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sweden. It is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and is home to offices and conference rooms for Stockholm’s Municipal Council. Furthermore, it has ceremonial ballrooms and luxury restaurants like Stadshuskällaren. Also, the building is the venue for the yearly Nobel Prize banquet. In particular, there is a hall called the Golden Hall, that is covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, an artwork of artist Einar Forseth. The venue attracts close to 400,000 visitors a year.

 

  • Vasa Warship & Vasa Museum (Stockholm, Sweden)

 

The Vasa Warship is a retired Swedish Warship. The ship was created in the 1600’s based on the orders of Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphus. The reason being that he strived for military expansion during the Poland and Lithuania war. In its first voyage, the ship sunk after sailing around 1,300m. In the 1960’s, it was salvaged with everything almost intact. Not too far later, the warship would be housed in its permanent home, the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. Today, this attraction is the most visited museum in Scandinavia and is one of many museums belonging to the Swedish National Maritime Museums. Roughly 1.5 million visitors have seen the warship in 2017 alone! You have to see this colossal historical artifact.

 

  • Storkyrkan Cathedral (Stockholm, Sweden)

 

Consecrated around the 13th century, Storkyrkan (“The Great Church” in Swedish) is the Church of St. Nicholas and is informally seen as Stockholm’s Cathedral. Some facts about the church is that it is the oldest in Stockholm. Furthermore, it serves the seat of Stockholm’s Lutheran Bishop in the Church of Sweden. The church has a gothic and baroque style interior and is home to many renowned historical relics especially the statue depicting Saint George fighting a dragon. This place is recommended for everyone not just for people interested in history!