Many of us associate a ‘Summer holiday’ with a beach or heading to somewhere exotic in a far-reaching destination where one can lie by the pool and sip cocktails but the truth is; cities throughout Scandinavia can offer an amazing opportunity to explore in a short space of time meaning that instead of one long holiday somewhere you could go on several city breaks during the summer months and tick lots of places off your bucket list! Take a look below to see some of the best destinations for a summer escape.
Oslo is a magical city which is a hidden gem suprisingly full of cultural highlights and also unusually for a city; very close to the surrounding nature. As well as visiting the more traditional highlights of the city such as the MUNCH museum, Akerhus fortress, Holmenkollen Ski Tower or the National Opera house, on a sunny day there are other ways to explore the city. You could head to the Botanical gardens, go island hopping in the Oslo Fjord, or even if you are still desperate for a beach of some description you could visit the Operastranda; a 100-metre long beach right in the city centre of Oslo! Located right outside the Opera house and flanked by a lush green park it is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike.
Danish people ran among the world’s happiest people; and when you visit Copenhagen it will be possible to see why. This stunning capital city and the beautiful surrounding region is one of the best cities to visit during the summer months. Copenhagen seamlessly mixes royal history, modern architecture and loads of culture with sustainable living and a mouthwateringly good restaurant scene. During the summer months the city comes alive when everyone comes outside and the locals fill the streets with sidewalk cafes, flea markets, street parties and garden picnics.
Some of the top highlights of a trip to Copenhagen include the national aquarium, the SMK; the national gallery of Denmark, Amalienborg Palace, Kronborg Castle and of course some of the best known options are Tivoli Gardens and The Little Mermaid. One thing is for sure; there is always plenty to do whilst in Copenhagen!
Stockholm is one of the top city destinations for a summer break. Built on 14 islands, Stockholm is widely considered one of the most beautiful capitals. From medieval buildings and lush green parks to modern skyscrapers, there is distinct charm to each district. Warm days in the summer sun mean spending days in the beautiful urban nature amongst fascinating works of art, visiting historic landmarks and highlight attractions or simply spending time outside with a fresh cup of swedish coffee. Stockholm is a characterful city full of scenic hikes, breath-taking views, world heritage sites, over 100 museums and plenty more. The city is easily walkable and there is a welcoming atmosphere so if you get lost you will always have someone to guide you. Some key highlights include Drottingholm Palace, the national Museum, the Royal Palace and the Vasa museum.
You would be forgiven for thinking that heading to Reykjavik was only worth it in the wintertime when you can combine your trip with spotting the elusive Northern Lights however that is where you would be wrong! Iceland’s capital city is one of the most exciting cities to visit during the summer months. With almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer, the city becomes one that never sleeps where not only can you explore the city itself; you can enjoy all the amazing activities on offer such as whale watching, sea fishing, horseback riding and many more just a stones throw away. There are lots of museums on offer such as the Reykjavik Art museum, the Water in Icelandic Nature museum and Nordic house, and plenty of restaurants and bars to fill you up during your stay. Top landmarks include Hallgrimskirkja, Perlan Museum and the Harpa Concert Hall. There are also some unique attractions such as Nautholsvik Geothermal beach and the Botantical Gardens.