DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF SCANDINAVIA AND THE NORDIC COUNTRIES
There’s no need to choose between chic Scandinavian cities and unbridled natural phenomena. Discover the fascinating diversity of the Nordic region and experience more of the world with a combination travel package designed by our own local travel experts.
WELCOME TO SCANDINAVIA
Scandinavia is a paradise for lovers of both the great outdoors and most urban, state-of-the-art design. The opportunities are endless in exploring majestic nature, charming villages, modern parks, or culinary options-- think cool cities. When searching for a trip to gratify all the senses, traveling in Scandinavia leave you spoiled for choices.
Scandinavia comprises the three culturally, linguistically, and historically related nations of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Together with Finland and Iceland - as well as the territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland - they form the broader region known as the Nordic countries.
The word “Scandinavia” evokes many images. Endless fir forests, awe-inspiring fjords, wilderness, and lately, perhaps, crime fiction and noir thrillers such as Borgen, Wallander and The Killing. It’s all these things, of course, but this hardly does justice to the region’s vastness and diversity.
Nature is among the biggest attractions across the entire Nordic region, with visitors from all corners of the planet drawn to the dramatic fjords, scenic islands, volcanoes, lush forests, lakes, waterfalls and idyllic farmlands. These destinations offer everything from rugged adventures in Arctic wilderness to royal palaces and world-class culinary experiences in centuries-old cities.
Besides the magical scenery and natural phenomena like the midnight sun in the summer and the northern lights in the winter, the cultural buzz of major Nordic cities is equally alluring to travellers. The capitals of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland are well known as hubs of cutting-edge designs as well as innovative cuisine, art and music.
Seasons to travel in Scandinavia
High Season from 1 June – 31 August
Low Season from 1 Oct. – 30 April
Shoulder Season from 1 – 31 May,
& 1 September – 30 September
Scandinavia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you.
Discover the wonders of Scandinavia with a tailor-made holiday designed by our own local travel experts. You can also combine two or more destinations of your choice, in one trip. Get to the heart of Scandinavia and begin your journey now!
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Explore the Regions of the Nordic Countries and its Territories
HOW TO GET TO SCANDINAVIA BY AIR
Due to the large distances and the water surrounding most of the Nordic area, airplane is often the most effective way of getting to the Nordic countries. All the main cities have international airports and even smaller cities serve some international flights. Almost all European airlines service Scandinavian airports.
All Nordic countries are part of the Schengen agreement. Please see the article Travel in the Schengen Zone for more information on the entry requirements and implementing.
The smallest, flattest and most continental of the Scandinavian countries. Famous for having the best beaches of Northern Europe, a unique viking heritage, royal palaces as Scandinavia's capital, Copenhagen. Use Airport Code CPH for Kastrup Copenhagen Airport the main gateway to Denmark.
Famous for deep fjords, steep mountains and wooden churches. Has a rich and interesting culture with deep roots in farming and fishing. Perhaps the most rural and traditional of these countries Use Airport Code OSL for Oslo Gardermoen Airport the main gateway to Norway.
Scandinavia's largest country by area and population with tens of thousands of islands around its coastline. The Swedish Archipelago being the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Use Airport Code ARN for Stockholm-Arlanda Airport the main gateway to Sweden.
Hundreds of thousands of islands and lakes to explore in this bridge to the east. The most remote and perhaps the most conservative of the Nordic countries, with a language unlike the Scandinavian languages. Finland is not technically part of Scandinavia as Finns are Uralic in origin. Use Airport Code HEL for Vantaa Airport the main gateway to Finland.
Spectacular scenery of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls on this North Atlantic island. Use Airport Code KEF for Keflavík International Airport the main gateway to Iceland.
Note: Booking international flights is not a service we provide as part of our vacation packages. Although can our travel consultants offer advice if needed.
BOOK A FLIGHT TO SCANDINAVIA
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Popular Hotels in Copenhagen (The Capital)
Popular Hotels in Oslo (The Capital)
Popular Hotels in Stockholm (The Capital)
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What do I need to hire a car in Scandinavia?
To book your car, all you need is a credit or debit card. When you pick the car up, you’ll need:
- Your voucher / eVoucher, to show that you’ve paid for the car.
- The main driver’s credit / debit card, with enough available funds for the car’s deposit.
- Each driver’s full, valid driving licence, which they’ve held for at least 12 months (often 24).
- Your passport and any other ID the car hire company needs to see.
Different car hire companies have different requirements, so please make sure you check the car’s terms and conditions as well.
How old do I have to be to rent a car?
For most car hire companies in Scandinavia, the age requirement is between 21 and 70 years old. If you’re under 25 or over 70, you might have to pay an additional fee.
What should I look for when I’m choosing a car?
- Space: You’ll enjoy your rental far more if you choose a car with plenty of room for your passengers and luggage.
- Fuel policy: Not planning on driving much? A Full to Full fuel policy can save you a lot of money.
- Location: You can’t beat an ‘on-airport’ pick-up for convenience, but an ‘off-airport’ pick-up with a shuttle bus can be much cheaper.
Are all fees included in the rental price?
The vast majority of Rentalcars.com rentals include Theft Protection, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), local taxes, airport surcharges and any road fees.
You’ll pay for any ‘extras’ when you pick your car up, along with any young driver, additional driver or one-way fees – but we’ll explain any additional costs before you book your car (and taking your own child seats or GPS can be an easy way to reduce your costs).
For more details on what’s included, just check the Ts&Cs of any car you’re looking at.
* Scandinavia – a way to go is not responsible for Car hire booked through Rentalcars.com or any other third-party booking site.
HOW TO GET TO SCANDINAVIA BY TRAIN
Scandinavia, the northern wonder of Europe
In a place famous for design, Scandinavian trains do not disappoint. Even you travel throughout Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Finland you discover comfort with these Scandinavian trains.
Train tickets and scenic rail tours offer great value for exploring these exciting destinations to your heart’s content! Take it all in - from Norway’s scenic fjords and Finland’s Arctic adventures, to Sweden's fashionable design and Denmark's enchanting Viking history. As many experienced travelers can attest to, we trust you will enjoy Scandinavian travel by train, thanks to its convenience, fast and frequent service, enjoyable scenic experience and environmentally friendly advantages.
Choose between modern seating in budget-conscious Economy Class, welcoming Second Class, and top-notch First Class
- Family-friendly Economy Class offers generous legroom and overhead luggage space.
- Second Class has a distinguished atmosphere with large, reclining seats and generous legroom.
- First Class includes free Internet access, in-seat power outlets, and a full 3-course meal available at your seat.
Any way you travel, they all offer a great way to stare at the stunning scenery of Scandinavia instead of the road or an airport lounge.
You’ll get to experience the mountains, seas, green landscapes and fjords of Scandinavia as you stretch your legs aboard rail service between Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. From your seat on one of Scandinavia’s trains, you’ll enjoy countries rich in history, folklore and scenery knowing you’re not overspending your financial resources or over-taxing the earth’s resources since train travel in Scandinavia includes the use of renewable energy from hydropower.
Travelers seeking an even more unique rail experience can look into excursions like the extraordinary “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, which combines rail, ferry and bus travel for a magical, close-up look at Norway’s famous fjords.
Depending on the train, on-board services may include:
- Special areas to tend to babies and special areas for children to play
- On-board radio
- Cinema carriages aboard some night trains where travelers can view recently released movies
Many Scandinavian trains offer the added perk of providing special compartments or seat sections for pets, enabling travelers to share their journey with an animal friend.
Another benefit of rail travel in Scandinavian countries is the lack of limits on baggage. In other words, if you can carry it, you can bring it.
Exchange and Refund Conditions
Scandinavian Train tickets are available with the following flexibility options:
- Ticket is non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
- Ticket is 85% refundable before train departure date; non-exchangeable.
- Ticket is 100% refundable before train departure date; non-exchangeable.
- Seat reservations on SJ High Speed trains are required and are included in the ticket price. Reservations are required when traveling with a railpass. Tickets can be requested up to 90 days in advance.
- Seat reservations on Scandinavian trains are recommended for long distance trains, and they are not included in the ticket price. Reservations are available for travel with a rail pass. Tickets can be requested up to 90 days in advance.
Ticket Delivery Options
Have the document shipped to you.
Popular Train Routes
- Oslo to Myrdal: 4h40
- Oslo to Bergen: 6h30
- Myrdal to Voss: 40m
- Trondheim to Oslo: 6h45
- Hönefoss to Bergen: 5h00
- Stockholm to Gothenburg: 3h05
- Copenhagen to Stockholm: 5h35
- Helsinki to Oulu: 5h45
- Rovaniemi to Helsinki: overnight
- Alborg to Odense: 3h05
Norway - Sweden
- Oslo to Gothenburg: 3h45
- Oslo to Stockholm: 6h00
Finland - Russia
- Helsinki to St. Petersburg: 5h30
Eurail Scandinavia Pass
The Eurail Scandinavia Pass lets you explore Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland by train.
Get great discounts on European ferry routes, boat tours, hotel rooms, museum tickets, and much more. Discover all current benefits below.
- The comfortable and fun way to explore Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
- Arrive in the center of each city ready to start exploring.
- Visit popular destinations like Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki.
What is Eurail ?
Eurail is your key to discovering Europe. Hop and off many of Europe’s trains by simply showing your Eurail Pass. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views as you move from one top destination to the next on board Europe’s trains. Arrive in the city center ready to uncover rich history, thriving culture and diverse cuisine.
Traveling with Eurail saves you money, not only on train travel! As the proud owner of a Eurail Pass you can take advantage of hundreds of benefits and price reductions all over Europe.
Get great discounts on European ferry routes, boat tours, hotel rooms, museum tickets, and much more.
Get the most out of your Eurail Pass by taking advantage of extra pass benefits. A range of discounts and special offers are available in the countries in which your pass is valid. Read more about Pass benefits
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