Scandinavia can be described as a region of stunning beauty. But it’s not all statuesque blondes and rugged fjords. Scandinavia spans the vast, Siberian north where polar bears roam; it includes in its grand dimensions the mighty peaks of Sweden and Norway and gentle rural idyll of the Danish countryside. It encompasses elemental Iceland- nature’s volcanic, glacial foundry- as well as the urbane and the cosmopolitan in vibrant Copenhagen and historic Helsinki.
In a single trip you can explore Stockholm’s almost Venetian splendour and also acquaint yourself with the ancient ways of migrating reindeer and their herders through great swathes of virgin Lapland forest and lake in Finland.
Given all this geographic variety, to fully explore the region you may find yourself using various means of transport from plane, car and sleek modern train to bicycle, husky sled, parachute, snowmobile, Artic icebreaker and canoe. In fact getting around can be half the fun. The train and road networks just, well, work excellently.
They also offer great romance- the mountains Oslo- Bergen train trip is one of the world’s most scenic. This watery region also rewards maritime adventures. Cruise on a ferry between Helsinki and Stockholm or Tallinn, sail all the way from Bergen in Norway to Seyoisfjorour in Iceland via the Faroe Islands, or catch Norway’s famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer beyond the Artic Circle.