Discover the colorful and breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia! From the ancient houses that line fjords and canals, to the castles and northern lights, Scandinavia should be on every traveler’s list. Maybe even twice.
There is no way to visit Bergen, Norway without exploring the World Heritage town of Bryggen. The many colorful houses and exclusive buildings surrounding the Nyhavn canal, along the two historical quays, are nearly 350 years old.
A series of commercial buildings that line the eastern side of the fjord in Bergen. Today, some 62 buildings remain of the former town. Bergen is also know as the Gateway to the Fjords…
The fjords of Norway are absolutely incredible.
It’s impossible not to be awed by the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls, and it’s not a coincidence that the Geirangerfjord today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world. The Sognefjord (or Sognefjorden), nicknamed the King of the Fjords, is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. At its deepest, Sognefjorden measures down to more than 4,265 feet, and the mountains along the fjord rise to more than 5,570 feet!
The fjords are said to be the soul of Norway.
A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated sea or lake-drain, with steep land on three sides.
The fjords were formed by the giant glaciers that, through several ice ages, carved out valleys throughout the mountainous landscape. ( Geirangerfjord pictured here)
The opening toward the sea is called the mouth of the fjord, and is often shallow. The fjord’s inner part is called the sea bottom.
Fjords are often natural harbors because of the shallow threshold in the mouth. This is also the reason that fjords often are quieter than the open sea.
Did you know that Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges? The bright city holds claims of being the “Capital of Scandinavia”
The many colorful houses and exclusive buildings surrounding the Nyhavn canal, in Copenhagen, Denmark, are nearly 350 years old.
The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen is said to be the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark and one of the most photographed statues in the world.
And speaking of fairy tales! The castles in Scandinavia are some of the most beautiful in the world…
Vittskövle Castle is one of the best-preserved Renaissance castles in the Nordic countries. Erected in the 16th-century as a defense structure., it is now a private residence.
Stockholm Palace or the Royal Palace the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch (the actual residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia is at Drottningholm Palace). The palace is used for representative purposes by the King whilst performing his duties as the head of state.
Drottningholm Palace is Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s permanent home residence. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year-round.
Continuing the epic scenery, the The Flåm Railway is known as the most beautiful train journey in the world!
Flåm Railway (Flamsbana) is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape.
On the 20 km-long train ride that operates between Myrdal and Flåm, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes.
One of the most spectacular things you can see in Scandinavia? The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights!
Northern Norway is considered among the most comfortable and interesting places to see the northern lights…check them out yourself!
Oh, and we didn’t forget the food…Sweden has almost 2,000 miles of coastline, meaning fresh fish is available across the country.
Gravlax or dill-cured salmon is always featured on the Swedish smorgasbord. Pair fish and a Swedish Ale, and you’re all set for a delicious meal.
A staple at Swedish celebrations, smorgastarta is a savory sandwich cake made up of several layers of white or light rye bread with creamy fillings in between. Mayo is a must and the garnish is just as important as the fillings! As strange as it seems, it’s truly worth it to try a slice!
Heart-shaped waffles are the epitome of Nordic hospitality and warmth. Waffles are just as important to Norwegians as the croissant is to the French.
Swedish pancakes are traditionally eaten as a dessert after pea soup on Thursdays. You can eat Swedish pancakes with jam, ice cream and/or whipped cream. Other common toppings are fresh berries and powdered sugar.
And of course…
Köttbullar are known all over the world as Swedish meatballs. The traditional way serve them is with a cream sauce, pressgurka (pressed cucumber), rårörda lingon (lingonberry sauce) and potatismos (mashed potatoes). The Swedish meatball recipe can be served with boiled potatoes or egg noodles as well.
Visit Scandinavia to experience it all with GET!