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Summer in Scandinavia: An Adventure You Will Never Forget

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What’s Summer in Scandinavia Like? Get Ready for an Unforgettable Adventure

When you think of Scandinavia, the snowy winters may come to mind first. But Nordic summers are truly beautiful. And just as importantly, they offer the perfect conditions for exploring everything this region has to offer.

At Discover Scandinavia Tours, we have a passion for the Nordic nations and we love helping people from North America and beyond discover this breathtaking place.

Our expert team has used first-hand travel experiences to design a range of luxury Scandinavia tours that showcase the very best of Norway, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.

In this blog, we look at the top cities and attractions, the natural beauty of the great outdoors, and some of the cultural events and festivals that make summer in Scandinavia so special.

Scroll down to find out more. If any questions come to mind as you read, please get in touch with our team here in the US for the answers you need.

What Makes Summer in Scandinavia Unique?

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north of the Arctic Circle where the sun remains visible at local midnight.
Credit: Tomas Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se

Summer in Scandinavia is a time when the sun stays up late, and the days seem to go on forever. It is a season when the region comes alive, with bustling cities, lush greenery, and colorful festivals.

The Scandinavian summer is unique in many ways. For one, you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight in the most northern parts of the region! This phenomenon, commonly called the Midnight Sun, is an unforgettable experience. 

Read our guide to planning a trip to Scandinavia during the Midnight Sun to learn more about visiting during this remarkable time of year.

Additionally, summer is when the natural beauty of Scandinavia is at its peak, with lush forests, sparkling lakes, and majestic mountains all in full bloom.

Whether looking for adventure, culture, or relaxation, a summer trip to Scandinavia will surely provide an experience you will never forget. 

Top 5 Must-Visit Cities & Attractions During Scandinavian Summer

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled holiday or a peaceful escape, these top five must-visit cities and attractions will ensure a perfect Scandinavian summer.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is a beautiful city built on a series of islands, making it a perfect place to explore during the summer. The city’s waterfront is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars, and there are plenty of parks and gardens to explore. 

One of the most popular attractions in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum, which houses a 17th-century warship that sank on its maiden voyage and was later salvaged and restored. 

Other must-visit attractions include the Royal Palace, Gamla Stan (the old town), and Skansen, an open-air museum that showcases traditional Swedish life. 

You can enjoy three nights in Stockholm while traveling on our multi-country tours of Scandinavia

Copenhagen, Denmark

Women biking in Copenhagen
Credit: VisitCopenhagen

Copenhagen is a vibrant city known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent food scene. During the summer, the city’s canals and parks come alive, and plenty of outdoor activities can be enjoyed.

One of the top attractions in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park that dates back to 1843.

Other must-visit attractions include Nyhavn, a picturesque harbor area, the Little Mermaid statue, and the Christiansborg Palace.

Copenhagen is the first stop on our Nordics Silver and Nordics Gold programs. You’ll have ample time to explore the city on your own and enjoy the guidance of an expert local guide on a walking (or bike) tour of the city.

Bergen, Norway

Bergen is a charming city located on the western coast of Norway. It is surrounded by stunning fjords and mountains and is a popular starting point for exploring the region’s natural beauty. 

One of the top attractions in Bergen is Bryggen, a UNESCO-listed wharf that dates back to the 14th century. 

Other must-visit attractions include Mount Floyen and the Bergen Fortress. You can pay a visit to Bergen on any of our Norway tours.

Discover even more fascinating history and culture by learning about the other UNESCO sites to visit in Norway.

Oslo, Norway

Credit: Maverix/VisitNorway

Oslo is Norway’s capital city, known for its modern architecture, vibrant culture, and excellent food scene.

One of the top attractions in Oslo is the Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to over 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures.

Other unmissable things to do in Oslo include the Oslo Opera House, the Munch Museum, and the Akershus Fortress.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is a lively city on Sweden’s western coast. It is known for its excellent seafood, charming canals, and thriving arts scene. 

During the summer, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the city’s many parks and beaches. 

One of the top attractions in Gothenburg is the Liseberg amusement park, home to over 40 rides and attractions. 

Other attractions worth a visit include the Gothenburg Botanical Garden and the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Explore Scandinavia’s Natural Beauty in the Great Outdoors

One of the main reasons to visit Scandinavia during the summer is to explore its stunning natural beauty. The region is home to vast forests, crystal-clear lakes, and majestic mountains, making it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hiking in the Norwegian Fjords

Wonderful hiking trails are waiting for you as you arrive at Mt. Hoven with Loen Skylift.
Credit: Loen Skylift – Bård Basberg

Norway is known for its stunning fjords, and narrow inlets surrounded by steep cliffs. During the summer, the fjords come alive, and there are plenty of hiking trails to explore.

One of the most popular hikes is the Trolltunga trail, which offers stunning views of the fjord below. Other popular hikes include the Preikestolen trail and the Romsdalseggen Ridge trail.

Check out our guide to the Norwegian Fjords for travelers for more essential information.

Kayaking in the Swedish Archipelago

Sweden’s archipelago comprises thousands of islands, making it the perfect destination for kayaking. 

The summer is the perfect time to take the opportunity to explore the archipelagos by kayak. There are many to choose from, and you’ll see the cities from a unique viewpoint. 

Biking in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is known for its bike-friendly streets, and cycling is a great way to explore the city’s parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. 

When you visit Copenhagen on one of our Scandinavia tours, you can opt for a bike tour instead of a walking tour.

Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad/imagebank.sweden.se

For many, summer in Scandinavia is synonymous with festivities, celebrations, and cultural events. Every year, during the warmer months, the region’s cities and towns come alive with various festivals and events.

Each event has something unique, from music and art to food and crafts.

Throughout Scandinavia, you’ll find traditional midsummer celebrations during the summer solstice. Celebrations usually include bonfires, music, and dancing in the evening. Visit Sweden has some great information on the tradition.

The Roskilde Festival, held annually in Denmark, is another popular event of the season. 

This 8-day festival features music performances from established and up-and-coming artists, art installations, and educational activities. With over 125,000 visitors annually, this is the largest music festival in the region.

The Stockholm Culture Festival is yet another popular event. Held over two weeks in August, this festival celebrates the city’s cultural diversity with various performances and activities. There’s something for everyone, from music and art to theater and dance.

These are just a few of Scandinavia’s many cultural events and festivals during the summer months. Whether looking for a peaceful escape or an adrenaline-filled adventure, you’ll find something to enjoy.

Tips for Planning an Unforgettable Scandinavian Summer Adventure

Preparing is key to success if you’re planning a Scandinavian summer adventure. From booking flights and accommodation to researching activities and attractions, there are a few key steps to take before you leave. 

Here are five tips for planning an unforgettable Scandinavian summer vacation.

Book early

Scandinavia is a popular destination during the summer, and hotels, tours, and attractions can fill up quickly. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, it is recommended that you book early. 

We are already planning 2024 trips for our clients. Contact us today to secure your hotels and activities.

Pack for the weather

Although the summer in Scandinavia is generally warm, the weather can be unpredictable, and it is essential to pack for all conditions. Be sure to bring a mix of warm and cool weather clothing and rain gear. 

Read our experts’ packing tips for your Summer Vacation in Scandinavia.

Explore off the beaten path

While Scandinavia’s major cities and attractions are undoubtedly worth visiting, exploring off the beaten path is just as rewarding. There are plenty of hidden gems to discover, and taking the road less traveled can lead to unforgettable experiences. 

That’s why partnering with our expert team of Scandinavia trip planners can provide a more complete and authentic trip.

Learn about the local culture

Scandinavia has a rich cultural history, and learning about the local traditions and customs can add an extra layer of depth to your trip. 

Take the time to visit museums and historical sites, attend traditional festivals, and don’t be afraid to try the tasty Nordic cuisine.

Be respectful of nature

Scandinavia is known for its pristine natural beauty, and it is important to respect the environment. 

Stick to designated trails when hiking, pack out all trash, and be mindful of how your actions impact the environment.

Experience Nordic Summer with Our Luxury Tours of Scandinavia

The view from Mount Floyen on a summers day
Credit: Fløyen

Summer in Scandinavia is an adventure that you will never forget. From the vibrant cities and attractions to the stunning natural beauty, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or a relaxing getaway, Scandinavia is the perfect vacation destination. 

By following these tips and planning ahead, you can ensure that your Scandinavian summer adventure is one for the books.

Browse the luxury Scandinavia tours crafted by our expert team and don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime! Contact us today and start planning your Nordic summer vacation.

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