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Holiday, Scandi style! 

Experiences that fill your soul.
Tromsø, Norway, The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis.
Tromsø, Norway, The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis.

Holidays are all about making beautiful memories, but some journeys are just so epic that they are absolutely unforgettable. A trip to Scandinavia is just that kind of bucket list adventure, where you get to experience ‘pinch me’ moments as you walk in the steps of Vikings, soak up centuries of legendary history, paddle by kayak in the Norwegian Arctic and marvel at the breathtaking scenery while sailing along magnificent Fjords.

If a picture can tell a thousand words, your holiday snaps will shout from the rooftops that you haven’t just been on any ordinary trip; no, you’ve been lucky enough to experience the trip of a lifetime. 

Let there be light 

Prepare to see the greatest light show on earth! The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are world famous for a reason. As a kaleidoscope of colours dance across the sky, it’s impossible not to be blown away by the stunning beauty of Mother Nature – and this spectacular performance that she’s been putting on for thousands of years.

One of the best places to view this natural phenomenon is in the fascinating city of Tromsø, Norway, which is one of the stops on Viking’s 13-day cruise that’s aptly named In Search of the Northern Lights. It’s also here you’ll get to see Norway’s iconic Arctic Cathedral, a true architectural marvel that’s as jaw-dropping as the stunning scenery that surrounds it. 

The 13-day voyage on board the Viking Ocean ship includes seven ports and sails far north during Norway’s winter – so pack your winter wonderland gear.
The 13-day voyage on board the Viking Ocean ship includes seven ports and sails far north during Norway’s winter – so pack your winter wonderland gear.

Out of the Fjord-inary 

Carved out by massive glaciers, Norway’s stunning fjords have to be seen to be believed. Renowned as some of the biggest and most stunning fjords in the world, these glacial water highways are hugged by pristine, snow-capped mountains that look so perfect it’s actually hard to believe they’re real.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be attracted to the plethora of hiking and kayaking options that are available, while the relaxed traveller will be more than content watching the picturesque scenery from the comfort of a cruise deck. Viking has a selection of options for floating by the Fjords – both the Viking Homelands and the Into the Midnight Sun include this incredible experience on the itinerary. 

Scandinavia Dog Sledding
Enjoy sledding, Scandi style. Image: Husky sledding near Camp Tamok, Tromso region of Norwegian Lapland, Norway.

Get taken for a ride 

Dog sledding is practically a national pastime in Scandinavia. It’s a unique experience and an exciting way to truly experience the wilderness of the Arctic region. These beautiful Husky dogs love to run, and they’ll help you to see the ruggedly beautiful surroundings up close. Sledding usually takes place in pairs, with one person the “musher” or driver and the other in the sled.

Make sure to pack your thermals, but you’ll be provided with a winter suit and mittens to keep you toasty. After a thrilling few hours in the pristine air, a hot drink (perhaps even a hot toddy?) will be a welcome reward. 

The Viking Sky in Lofoten, Norway, on its way to the North Cape, where you can experience the magical midnight sun.

Nordic not-so noir 

If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Norway has the sun that never sets. The Arctic Circle is the Land of the Midnight Sun, where the sun shines 24 hours a day in summer and there is action 24/7.

This summery season is the time when Norwegians really make the most of their long days, and you will too, with so many options to fill your time. Visit the beach late at night while the sky still boasts a golden glow, go midnight sun kayaking, take midnight hikes or try the whale safaris and fishing trips that are all on offer.

While on holidays, it’s understandable if you don’t want the days to end, and in the Arctic Circle, they don’t have to! 

View from the most beautiful train journey Flamsbana between Flam and Myrdal in Aurland in Western Norway.
View from the most beautiful train journey, Flamsbana, between Flam and Myrdal in Aurland, Western Norway.

All aboard! 

Like many other things in Norway, a simple rail journey goes next level. The Flam Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys on earth and this two-hour ride takes in 20 kilometres of spectacular scenery and is one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world. There are 11 stations and 20 tunnels (18 of which were made by hand), that cut into the mountains along the track. Enjoy panoramic views of picturesque villages, steep mountain farms, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking natural scenery, such as the magnificently powerful ‘King of Waterfalls’, the Kjosfossen waterfall. Grab your ticket and sit back to enjoy the ride. 

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