This Scandinavian suite of countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) conjures images of fjords, alpine tundra, reindeer and cutting-edge design. From midnight sun and Michelin-starred restaurants to forested hikes and rejuvenating saunas, a Scandinavia vacation appeals to urban and outdoor explorers alike. Whether you're climbing glaciers, or simply enjoying friluftsliv (open-air living), this is a destination like no other.
Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect Scandinavia vacation, with visits to castles and unforgettable natural wonders. With insider tips and insight into top attractions, we'll give you the intel on what to do during your Scandinavia travel.
Visiting Iceland's geysers, most notably the Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik. Invitingly warm, the natural, salty geothermal spa is a float-worthy year-round escape replete with black lava rocks and a lava cave.
See how kings and queens once lived at palatial royal homes, which dot Denmark's landscape. Top spots range from the Fredensborg Palace north of Copenhagen, to the Kronbog Castle, perched on a narrow strip of land between Denmark and Sweden.
For a bit of tranquility, you won't want to miss these respites, including the popular King's Garden or Rosenborg Castle Gardens, where Renaissance-style grounds lead to Baroque-inspired space with an orangery.
This Stockholm Island is loaded with fun for the whole family. Hop aboard an old-time tram, and hit the fantasyland of Junibacken, which features a theater and storybook world based on tales by Astrid Lindgren and famed children's authors.
Build boats, cars, trains and figures at this indoor-outdoor ode to brand-name building blocks in Billund, Demark. Hop aboard a rollercoaster or pirate-themed boat.
Stand in awe of the Aurora Borealis when skies illuminate with magical light. Easiest to spot from September through April between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., there's no better place to see the effect than in Tromso in Norway.
Walk the stomping grounds of the Norwegian Masters Ibsen, Grieg and Munch. See skiing history at the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower, and the stunning 9th century ships at the Viking Ship Museum.
Get acclimated with this sophisticated archipelago on a guided bus, ghost or canal tour. Hop aboard a brunch cruise or set out on an informative Viking exploration.
Book a whale-watching safari in Norway or Iceland. See Minke and Humpbacks, Sperm whales and Orcas when they're most visible from June through August.