Welcome to Scandinavia

Be a Viking in Bergen and discover the beautiful fjords in Norway, visit “Venice of the North”; Stockholm, see the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, walk on roof of the opera house in Oslo or sleep in a hotel made of ice up in the North – explore Scandinavia!

Scandinavia is a historical and geographical region on the Scandinavian peninsula of Northern Europe. Theoretically, Scandinavia is defined as the three kingdoms that historically shared the Scandinavian Peninsula. Culturally speaking, Iceland, Finland, and the Faroe Islands are also included when referring to “Scandinavia” (Nordic Countries). Scandinavia has a total population of over 24 million.

Scandinavia puts on quite a show year-round, and it’s free. The Scandinavian natural phenomena include the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, and the Polar Nights. The best show of these phenomena can be witnessed in the Arctic circle, e.g. in Iceland and in the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Midnight sun, it’s one o’clock in the morning, and the sun’s still shining? North of the Arctic Circle the summer day lasts for weeks and months, and makes both locals and visitors happy, energetic and light-hearted. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere! The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon at midnight. And the rest of the night. And all day long.

Northern lights, the lights come at night, when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, with a colour palette (green, pink, violet) obtained from a really cool fashion show from the 1980s. You can see pictures or videos of it, but only those lucky enough to experience it first hand can fully comprehend the almost divine attraction that the northern lights possess.

Distances between the most common combinations

with direct flight:

Stockholm - Bergen:                1 hour and 20 minutes
Stockholm - St.Petersburg:      1 hour and 30 minutes
Stockholm - Moscow:               2 hours

Copenhagen - Bergen:             1 hour and 20 minutes
Copenhagen - Stockholm:        1 hour and 10 minutes
Copenhagen - Oslo:                 1 hour 
Copenhagen - St.Petersburg:   2 hours
Copenhagen - Moscow:            2 hours and 30 minutes
Copenhagen - Kiruna:               2 hours and 30 minutes (winter time only)

Oslo - Stockholm:                      1 hour 
Oslo - Bergen:                           1 hour 
Oslo - Trömso:                           2 hours

Helsinki - St.Petersburg:           1 hour 
Helsinki - Tallinn:                       1 hour 
Helsinki - Ivalo:                          1 hour and 30 minutes

With other transportation modes:
St.Petersburg-Moscow by direct train:  3,5 hours
Copenhagen-Oslo:                                cruise ship over night
Helsinki-Tallinn by fast ferry:                 2 hours
Helsinki-St.Petersburg by direct train:  3,5 hours

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