The unprecedented charm and splendor of Nordic Countries has the power to transport you to a different world. A magical group of countries in Northern Europe, these countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and the territories of the Aland Islands and the Faroe Islands.
The exceptional beauty of these countries, friendly habitats, lively music and outstanding presence of nature bring them to the top spot of any tourist’s bucket list. While the glory of Iceland, Finland, Norway and other Nordic countries is famous among travelers, there are lesser known jewels which we will explore through this article today.
One of the world’s most appealing destinations, Faroe Islands is “Lovely unspoiled islands – a delight to the traveler.” It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway and the place is truly a hiker’s and bird watcher’s paradise. Its beautiful mountains, grassy heath-land, and steep coastal cliffs attract thousands of birds every year.
The place offers blissful climate- from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hilly fog, to showers and snowfall, the islands makes you experience it all. Although small and remote, the Faroe Islands are packed with unique and authentic adventures for every kind of visitor.
Best time to visit: From May to the end of July
Language: Faroese, English
Cuisine: lamb, fish, skerpikjøt (a type of dried mutton), seafood, whale meat, blubber, garnatálg, puffins, potatoes and few fresh vegetables.
Attractions: Torshavn Cathedral, Hestur, National Art Gallery, Vioarlundin Park, Gasadalur Tunnel.
Activities: Hiking, camping, bird watching, fishing and angling, boating, road trips
Festivals: A number of musical events including Summartónar
Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lush green vegetation and wild waterfalls, Geiranger Fjords is an exceptional place with extraordinary beauty and calm. This small tourist village in Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county in the western part of Norway. With the sound of water cascades and the beauty of enchanting hills, this place is surely a bliss for nature lovers.
Go hiking in stunning surroundings or just sit down by the river to relax, Geiranger has plenty of enticing sights and outdoor activities to offer. This deep blue UNESCO protected sight often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world. Geiranger will capture your heart nearly immediately.
Best time to visit: From June to August
Restaurants: Brasserie Posten, Friaren Bistro, Cafe Ole, Olebuda Restaurant
Attractions: Seven Sisters waterfalls, Flydalsjuvet, Geiranger Fjordservice AS, Geiranger Sjokolade
Activities: Boating, Rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rafting
A walled town with ruins and narrow streets, Visby was in 1995 chosen by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. Visby’s beaches, ruins, restaurants and festive vibes make it a popular place for tourists in summertime.
The beauty of this medieval town in Sweden is at its best during the Medieval Week, a one week long festival which observes 500 events and 40,000 visitors every year. Here you can enjoy markets, church concerts, street theater, fire shows, storytelling, walks, lectures and much more in a week.
Best time to visit: Summer (May to August), December
Restaurants: Bakfickan, Surfers, Creperie & Logi, Black Sheep Arms- English Pub
Attraction: Gotlands Museum, Visby City Wall, Botaniska Tradgarden, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Olaf church
Activities: Walking, fishing, boating
Festivals: Medieval Week
A picturesque island town in northwestern Greenland, Uummannaq (means “hear-shaped”) is named after the twin-peaked mountain that is shaped like a heart. Whale watching trips and dog sledding under the Northern Lights are the best you’ll enjoy.
Known for having 2000 hours of sunshine a year, the place is one of the most peaceful yet entertaining destinations in Greenland to visit. You can also experience the midnight sun from mid-May through August. The wide range of outdoor activities available add that fun element to your pristine visit.
Best time to visit: February to April
Restaurants: Cafemma Ummannaq
Attractions: Sernersuaq glacier, museum, mid-night sun
Activities: Midnight sun, hiking, northern lights watching, dog sledging, Whale safari, Heliskiing, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Ice fishing
Those were the four lesser known fantastic destinations for you to visit in Nordic Countries. With a range of outdoor activities, breathtaking natural beauty and serene surroundings I know the list has given you serious wanderlust! Its time to go!