As mentioned last week in my Travel Bucket List Sweden, one of the things I’m looking forward to now that we call Stockholm home is exploring more of the country, as well as its Nordic neighbours.
The Nordic countries generally refer to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and their territories including the Faroe and Åland Islands. This is an area of the world I’ve long been fascinated with, and have had the opportunity to explore a little bit.
But a little bit is never enough! Over the next few months, I’ll hopefully be getting up and out, and exploring and experiencing as much of the Nordic countries as possible.
Here are the top five things I want to see, do and eat in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway:
- Visit Aalborg, Denmark’s fourth biggest city, known for its revitalized waterfront on the Limfjord.
- Explore the up-and-coming food and travel scenes in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city,
- Sample Danish cheese.
- Eat smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches made on delicious dark rye bread. I’ve sampled them before, but clearly haven’t had enough.
- Go biking, because I’m pretty sure it’s required when you visit Denmark.
- Visit Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland and the home of Santa Claus.
- Explore the Åland Islands, is an archipelago found between Sweden and Finland. They are an autonomous region of Finland but the native language is Swedish. They look really peaceful and beautiful and I would love to visit this global anomaly.
- See a reindeer.
- Sauna, because who doesn’t like being warm in the middle of winter.
- Go on an icebreaker cruise.
- Visit Reykjavík, because it’s about time I check that bad boy off my bucket list.
- Drive the ring road or at least a portion of it. Maybe take a trip north to the village Trapped, a fantastic Nordic Noir programme, was set in.
- Search for elves (or the hidden people).
- Eat a pylsa (an Icelandic hot dog).
- Relax in the Blue Lagoon.
- Visit Tromsø, a town located 400km north of the arctic circle.
- Explore Oslo. Take a self-guided walking tour of Oslo
- See the fjords preferably by boat.
- Eat the national dish, fårikål, a stewed casserole of lamb’s meat and cabbage.
- Enjoying the national pastime, hiking.
Have I missed anything? What would you recommend I add to my list?
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