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Although at the same latitude as Alaska, Scandinavia enjoys a more temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, which warms up the winds that blow in from the sea. Temperatures remain bearable even in winter, allowing people to engage in all kinds of sports activities like skiing and dog-sledding. Oslo, the capital of Norway , has a winter sports resort that is only 20 minutes from the centre of town. It’s not unusual to see people leaving the office at 4pm with their skis slung over their shoulder on their way to the slopes, which stay open until 10pm! Due to its latitude, the Scandinavian peninsula enjoys the famous midnight sun in summer, when you can’t resist spending 100% of your time at the seaside, out in the woods, in parks and at sidewalk cafés! The natural sites here, among the most beautiful and well-preserved in Europe, can be dazzling and rugged like the Norwegian fjords (the most spectacular ones are located between Stavanger and Kristiansund), or idyllic and tamed like the Danish countryside, perfect for bike trips.
But Scandinavia is above all about a certain lifestyle that blends comfort, design, respect for others and civic behaviour. Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen are three capitals with a rich historic heritage that are fascinating to visit one after the other, the Swedish capital probably being the most cosmopolitan and lively of the three. Sweden and Denmark are now only 10 minutes away from each other, since the construction of the tunnel-bridge connecting Copenhagen and Malmö.

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Scandinavia : Must-see towns and regions

  • Norway

    Norway is the richest country in Scandinavia, thanks to its oil reserves. It is also the most spectacular, as you will see when driving down route 17 which stretches along the coast by land and sea (...

  • Denmark

    Denmark, which resembles a cockscomb towering above Germany, is part of the geographical and linguistic entity known as Scandinavia, along with Norway and Sweden. Its land mass of 43,069 km² is mainly...

  • Sweden

    Sweden is separated from Norway by a mountain chain, and shares the Gulf of Bothnia with Finland in the northern Baltic . The land becomes increasingly covered in forests the further north you go.

  • Copenhagen

    This attractive metropolis of 3 million inhabitants is situated on the northeastern coast of Sjælland island. Popular with visitors for its contrasting architectural styles and its unique, lively yet ...

  • Gothenburg

    Göteborg, situated at the mouth of the Göta, is the largest port in Scandinavia and a busy commercial centre. Sweden’s second largest city acts as a gateway to the west thanks to its strategic positio...

  • Stockholm

    The “Venice of the North” is a misleading nickname for Stockholm because the two cities have very different urban structures. Here, the overriding impression is not so much of a city criss-crossed by ...

  • Bergen

    Nicknamed the “city of wood” or “gateway to the fjords”, Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, occupies a prime position on the magnificent west coast, close to fabulous natural sites. This lively, co...

  • Oslo

    Norway’s capital Oslo enjoys an exceptional setting at one end of the only large fjord on the south coast, on lowlands surrounded by steep forested hills where you can ski. The sprawling urban area is...

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