Scandinavia

Scandinavian Tour Packages from India

Located in Northern Europe and famously known as the “The Land of Rich Culture and Raw Natural Beauty” is a group of five wonderful countries including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland which has a unique history and culture. It is known for its stylish cities, untouched forests, beautiful architecture, wilderness, relaxed lifestyle, nightlife and offers great sporting and adventure activities. It is also famous for thrilling festivals, enchanting northern lights and scrumptious food. This place is perfect for people who love art, nature, adventure and sports and to seek a relaxed environment and peace. The Scandinavian region is all spiced up with various flavours that will leave you wanting for more.

About the wonderful countries of Scandinavia:

The countries of Scandinavia each one offering a different flavour to its visitors includes:

  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Iceland


The wonderful countries that are perfect for your Scandinavia tourism are:

i) Denmark
Denmark is the smallest country with some of the best beaches of Northern Europe, Grand Royal Palaces and a distinct Viking Heritage. Denmark's many charms include stylish cities, glorious beaches, beautiful fairy-tale castles, lush forests, a temperate climate, and hospitable citizens. Also, explore the delightful cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg etc. that present fantastic opportunities for visitors to travel to Scandinavia.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is from May to August when the days are at their longest, temperatures are mild and the countryside is in full bloom.

Flight connectivity from India

There is a direct flight from Delhi to Copenhagen Airport in Denmark and connecting flights from Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore via Doha and Dubai.

Things to do in Denmark

  • Nyhavn- Visit the famous canal in Copenhagen.
     
  • Tivoli Gardens- A must visit place for the nature lovers in Copenhagen.
     
  • Moesgaard Museum- Admire the architecture of the famous museum in Aarhus.
     
  • Sonderho Kirke- Seek blessings at the famous church in Fanoe.
     
  • Bornholms Rovfugleshow- Visit this zoo to experience wildlife in Ronne.
     
  • Aero Island- Spend some beautiful time in this island of Denmark.
     
  • Lokken Beach- Stroll on the beautiful beach in Bronderslev.


Must-Try dishes in Denmark

  • Rod Polse
    These are red sausages and are usually served inside a fresh bun with ketchup and mustard on top.
     
  • Smorrebrod 
    A Denmark’s traditional dish, the sandwich consists of a slice of rye bread, fish or meat, or vegetables and sauce on top.
     
  • Durum Shawarma
    It’s a chicken beef or lamb and is prepared with fresh spices.
     
  • Falafel 
    The traditional Egyptian dish which is served with lettuce, tomato and garlic sauce.
     
  • Flaeskesteg
    The local’s favourite dish is actually roast pork baked with spices, bay leaves and cloves and it is usually served with boiled potatoes.
     

ii) Norway
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Explore the happy South, the Wild West, the Arctic North and the cultural East. Norway offers a mix of culture and natural wonder. It is the land of the midnight sun and in summer you will have the sun all through the day and night. At other times of the year, especially during the winters, the dark skies reveal the mystical northern lights. The Viking Ships Museum, Vigeland Park and Holmenkollen hill are some of the major tourist attractions of Oslo.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Norway is during the months of spring between May and June. The high season to visit Norway is between mid-June and August.

Best Time to See Northern Lights in Norway

Peak Northern Lights season in Norway is between November and March.

Flight Connectivity

You can take a flight to Oslo Gardermoen Airport in Norway from all major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. There are no direct flights between these two countries.

Things to do in Norway:

  • North Cape cliff- It gives a spectacular view of the entire North Cape.
     
  • Northern Lights- Get to see the happening Northern Lights in places like Tromso, Lyngenfjord and Bodo etc.
     
  • Saltstraumen- Get the view of the strongest tidal currents of the world in Nordland County.
     
  • The Flam Railway- Visit some of the most beautiful fjords by Flam Railway in Vestland County.
     
  • Voringfossen- Experience the beautiful waterfall in Vestland County.
     
  • Vigeland Sculpture Park- Sculpture Park and museum displaying the works of Gustav Vigeland in Oslo.
     
  • The Atlantic Road- The most beautiful bike ride in Norway.
     
  • Bryggen- The most popular heritage site of Norway.


Must-Try Dishes in Norway

  • Rokt Laks
    Salmon is the staple food of Norway and is prepared using a blend of salt, dill and sugar, it goes through a process of being dry cured for 24 hours.
     
  • Torrfisk
    Also known as stockfish, it is made with cod but sometimes consists of haddock or Pollock.
     
  • Kjottboller
  • A rougher version of Swedish meatballs, it is a bound patty of beef, flavoured with ginger and nutmeg before frying. These are usually served with either mashed or boiled potatoes before being drizzled with a cream sauce or hearty gravy.
     
  • Farikal
    It is prepared with mutton, cabbage, peppercorns and salt for seasoning which are then layered together in a large pot. It is a very popular dish and is served with a side of potatoes.
     
  • Pinnekjott
    This is a lamb based dish which is usually cooked during Christmas. The meat is steamed and topped with birch branches. It is served with sausages, mashed potatoes and pureed swedes.
     

iii) Sweden
Sweden is said to be a place for “Experimental Traveler”. Known for its breathtaking landscapes, exotic dishes, Northern Lights and eccentric culture, it is considered to be the most diverse country. It offers experiences that include both thriving city life and an exotic ride through the countryside, the country is a delight for both mountain and beach lovers. With a rich history, astounding architecture and the most incredible sights, Sweden is a traveller’s paradise. In Sweden, Stockholm will amaze you with its architecture. It is known as the "Venice of the North". Visit the old town, Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace and the Vasa museum and get captivated into the majestic vibes of the country.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Sweden is between May to September. If you want snow, aim to go between late November and March. To see the midnight sun, visit during summer between June and July.

Best Time to see Northern Lights in Sweden

The best time to see Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland is between September and March.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Sweden. There are connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai to Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden.

Things to do in Sweden

  • Canoeing and Kayaking- Adventure lovers can experience these in Stockholm or Gothenburg archipelagos.
     
  • Cycling- Cycle along the kattegattleden Fran Skane to West Sweden.
     
  • Hiking- Go hiking in Swedish Lapland.
     
  • Winter activities- In winter, you can enjoy skiing, ice skating, dog sledging, snowmobiling and other winter sports.
     
  • Northern Lights- Get to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights in places like Kiruna, Aurora Sky Station etc.
     
  • Arts- Admire the arts of the city and visit Fotografiska Museet, Moderna Museet and Swedish Museum of National Antiquities.
     
  • Heritage- Go to the excellent Army Museum in Stockholm and discover how they became a great power in Europe.


Must-Try Dishes in Sweden

  • Jansson’s Temptation 
    It’s a classic Swedish Christmas dish which consists of a creamy potato and anchovy casserole. The Swedes prefer to eat it during the holiday season.
     
  • Raggmunk & Lingonberries
    Raggmunk is a winter dish which is often eaten during the winter period. It’s a Swedish potato pancake that is fried in butter and is usually served with fried pork or the Swedish lingonberries.
     
  • Marinated Salmon with Dill Potatoes 
    Gravlax or dill cured salmon is present on the Swedish smorgasbord and is also delicious served as thin slices, often accompanied with cold potatoes and dill. It is recommended to serve the dish with mustard sauce.
     
  • Knackebrod 
    The crispbread is topped with basics like cheese and ham, most Swedes prefer to eat it with delicious caviar. It is served with the main course dish and is usually eaten in breakfast.
     
  • Gubbrora 
    Seafood and consists of egg anchovy salad served on a thin slice of dark bread and mostly presented during celebrations. It can be served as a starter or midnight snack.
     

iv) Finland
With cities and towns offering many unique cultural and historical attractions, Finland remains one of the relatively unknown corners of Europe. Finland is a hidden gem but has big things to discover. It consists of a thousand lakes and forests. In Finland, you must definitely pay a visit to Santa, admire the Northern Lights or experience the peace of the countryside and cottage life. It is recommended to have buffet dinner on board on the Tallink Sillija ferry. A sightseeing tour of Helsinki is also on the cards. The last leg of the journey would include the old and beautiful city of Poorvo, which is 50 km away from Helsinki on the southern coast of Finland.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Finland is during the summer months of June, July and August.

Best Time to see Northern Lights in Finland

The Northern Lights season in Finnish Lapland spans from mid-August until early April.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights from India to Finland. There are connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai to Helsinki in Finland.

Things to do in Finland

  • Northern Lights- Witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis in Lapland.
     
  • Helsinki- Explore iconic places of the capital of the country.
     
  • Santa Park- Do visit the winter wonderland in Rovaniemi.
     
  • Ranua Zoo- Experience wildlife in Rovaniemi.


Must-Try dishes in Finland

  • Karjalanpiirakka 
    These are the traditional Finnish pies made with rye, filled with rice and with a mixture of butter and boiled eggs spread over. It is usually eaten in breakfast.
     
  • Nakkileipa
    Rye bread found in the form of crackers, more crispy and to be served for breakfast and also with a soup.
     
  • Silli e Mati
    New potatoes are considered a delicacy and they are served with herring or fish eggs accompanied by a knob of butter and some dill.
     
  • Poronkaristys 
    Reindeer meat served with potatoes and red berries.
     
  • Muikku
    The famous fried vendaces are served with some potatoes or garlic mayo.
     

v) Iceland
Iceland, a Nordic Island Nation, here you’ll discover dramatic landscapes, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, ice fields and fjords and lava fields. It’s a country where fire and ice co-exist, where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun and a country with a rich and vibrant culture. You will get to witness the magical Northern Lights. Iceland is full of natural wonders but the top tourist attractions are The South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and visit the capital city of Reykjavik.

Best Time to Visit

The high travel season to visit Iceland is from May to August. During these months, the temperatures are pleasant and the days are long.

Best Time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland

The Northern Lights season in Iceland is from late August to mid-April.

Flight Connectivity

There aren’t any direct flights from cities like Kolkata, Delhi or Mumbai in India but connecting flights from many cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam are available.

Things to do in Iceland

  • Whale Watching- Visit Reykjavik to watch the whale watching in summer.
     
  • Blue Lagoon- Watch the most iconic geothermal spas in Grindavik.
     
  • Geysers- Have a look at the Strokkur Geysir, the most spectacular fountain geyser in the country.
     
  • Northern lights- Witness the magical Northern Lights in places like Grotta, Vik and Pingvellir National Park etc.
     
  • Cruises- Discover the stunning beauty of the great outdoors on cruises like Balmoral, Boudicca and Celebrity Cruises etc.
     
  • Waterfalls- Enjoy the breathtaking Dettifoss Waterfall in the north of Vatnajokull National Park.


Must-Try Dishes in Iceland

  • Hot Dog 
    These are made from a blend of beef, lamb and pork. The other ingredients include deep-fried onions, raw onions, sweet brown mustard and a creamy remoulade.
     
  • Skyr
    A thick and creamy dairy product, made from pasteurized skim milk and a bacteria culture similar to yogurt, this thick and creamy delicacy is often served with cream and tart berry jam.
     
  • Lamb
    Lamb is served as stewed with root vegetables or roasted with spiced gravy.
     
  • Fermented Shark 
    It is fermented with vinegar and other more natural ingredients and is always paired with a shot of a clear, unsweetened schnapps that helps the strong flavour of the shark go down smoother.


An ideal Scandinavia itinerary for summer

Day 1: Arrival at Copenhagen. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour includes Amalienborg Palace, The Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens etc. Dinner. Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 3: Proceed to Frederikshavn. Enroute visit includes Roskilde for the cathedral and more. Arrival at Frederikshavn. Check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Frederikshavn.

Day 4: Take a ferry to Gothenburg and visit the city center. Arrival at Oslo. Check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 5: City tour includes Viking ships museum, Vigeland Park etc. Dinner. Overnight in Oslo.

Day 6: Proceed to Bergen. Enroute visit includes Geilo, Voringfoss Waterfall etc. Enjoy a ride on the funicular Floibanen train. Arrival at Bergen. Check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Bergen.

Day 7: Journey to Sognefjord to see the largest fjord. First, travel to Flam and enjoy the beautiful train journey. Check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Leikanger.

Day 8: Visit the glaciers. In the afternoon take the Geiranger-Hellesylt ferry cruise. Arrival at Geiranger. Check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Geiranger.

Day 9: Sightseeing. Take a ferry and drive back to Geiranger. Dinner. Overnight in Geiranger.

Day 10: You will be driven to Dalsnibba mountain pass, cross and continue to Sweden. Check into the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Karlstad.

Day 11: You will be driven to Stockholm, via Orebro. Sightseeing in the city. Check in to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Dinner.  Overnight in Stockholm.

Day 12: Morning at leisure. Post lunch, you will be transferred to the ferry. Enjoy your buffet dinner with drinks on board at the Tallink Sillija ferry. Overnight in Ferry.

Day 13: City sightseeing tour. Back to the hotel.  Day at leisure. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 14: Transfer to the old city of Poorvo. Transfer to the airport to fly back home.

An ideal itinerary to the Northern Lights:

Day 1: Arrival at Tromso. Transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Tromso.

Day 2: Day free for leisure. At evening proceed for the Northern Lights Viewing Tour of Aurora Safari. Overnight in Tromso.

Day 3: Take a flight to Rovaniemi. Arrival at Rovaniemi. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 4: Proceed for a full day visit to the Santa Claus Village. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 5: Proceed for a Husky Safari Tour. In the night proceed for the ultimate Aurora Borealis Adventure. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 6: Check in to Igloo Hotel. Day at leisure. At evening enjoy views of Northern Lights from the Glass Igloo. Overnight in Igloo.

Day 7: Transfer to Rovaniemi Airport for flight to Helsinki. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 8: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport to fly back home.

 

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