When talking about Scandinavia, Nordic countries seem to come in as well as many people believe they are one and the same thing, so it’s appropriate to differentiate both and avoid any confusion later on.
The term “Nordic Countries” is used to refer to the countries and islands situated in the northern part of Europe, which include the Scandinavian and Jutland Peninsula, the Baltic plain in the east, and the islands offshore.
Scandinavia, on the other hand, is just a small part of the Northern part of Europe with its popular fjords, beautiful mountains, and lakes dotting the landscape of its countries – Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
Thinking of visiting Scandinavia? These are our picks for the most beautiful cities.
Stockholm may not be one of the famous European big stars but it is Sweden’s beautiful capital, and its reputation as one of the alluring and sophisticated cities in Europe is well-known.
Located strangely on an archipelago of islands in South-Eastern Sweden, Stockholm is a peaceful and lovely Old Town called Gamla Stan, where castles and medieval alleys abound, one of the world’s largest collections of museums, astounding architecture, and plenty of parks.
Also, the abundant water bodies, an active nightlife, a beautiful blend of the old and new, the standard of living and the interspace with nature’s greenery makes Stockholm not just one of Europe’s greatest cities, but the world’s.
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen lies on the islands of Zealand and Amager. The city is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Europe, especially for those who are eco-conscious, as Denmark is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.
Copenhagen is arguably the most beautiful city in Scandinavia. It has it all, from beautiful buildings, gorgeous galleries and museums, outstanding canals, great neighborhoods, a lot of trendy cafes, green parks, amusement parks, and beaches.
Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and considered as the second most beautiful in Norway by many. It’s one of the rainiest cities endowed with natural elegance as well as old wonderful wooden houses that dominate the waterfront adding to its beauty. One of the most amazing experiences Bergen offers is the train ride from Oslo to Bergen, it is the top 5 most scenic train journeys in the world.
Oslo is the capital of Norway. It’s an attractive city fill with shiny skyscrapers, beautiful and prominent buildings where the colorful atmosphere blends with the beauty of the natural scenery and its thriving development doesn’t overwhelm the exciting Norwegian wilderness.
Also, Oslo still maintains its fishing endowment and when it comes to outdoor activities, there are just a few cities that can compete with Oslo. This city offers everything, from awesome winter sports like skating, skiing to other enjoyable activities like hiking, island trips, kayaking, sailing, and much more.
Gothenburg is the entrance to the beautiful landscape of West Sweden and the second-largest city in the country. Endowed with amazing parks, nature reserve, culture, and botanical gardens.
The large open-air Maritime Museum, the picturesque cobbled streets of Haga, pavement cafe’s, boat trip opportunities, twisting canals, and the islands found on the coastline outside the city makes Gothenburg an outstanding outdoor city and a must travel destination while in Sweden.
The former capital of Sweden, Malmo, is a friendly city filled with amazing old houses, lovely gardens, stunning squares decorated with coffee shops, beautiful buildings, and attractive bricks houses.
You can have the best experience in the port city of Malmo with culture, shopping, leisure exploring the unspoiled vibrant, green nature, sandy beaches, or the Scandinavian Christmas markets.
And that’s that. So what’s your favorite Scandinavian city?