6 Stunning Nordic Cities to Explore

by Staff

With crisp air, incredible natural scenery, pristine wildlife, contrasting cultures, and abundant nightlife to explore, the Nordic countries are a jewel on planet Earth. It is important to note that while Scandinavia most commonly refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, it more broadly also includes Finland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. It might be interesting to learn that the words ‘Scandinavian’ and ‘Nordic’ are not used interchangeably, especially in Northern Europe. This great article by Tripsavvy clears the fog and puts forth an explanation that seemingly softens the hard distinction.

With that doubt cleared, we take a close look at the six best cities to explore in that vast and mighty area in Northern Europe. If you have caught the travel bug, then do not miss out on these exotic locations to fulfill the traveler in you.

  •  Oslo, Norway

Norway’s most vibrant city and also its capital, Oslo offers a special vibe to someone who has never traveled to this part of the world. Historic, but also modern, Oslo shines with its wide spaces, international museums, ever-bustling cultural scene, artsy joints and not to forget as the hub of winter sports in the Nordic region. From hiking and skiing to kayaking and sailing, one doesn’t have to think twice before engaging in activities here. For a metropolitan city, it’s natural beauty is unmatched.

  • Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg oozes class and quality in terms of being a tourist destination. Located in Western Sweden, it is an industrial port city but doesn’t miss out on offering the best of cultural, historic, and touristic activities. Its lively student population means that Gothenburg has a bustling nightlife, and combined with its many botanical gardens, museums, and art galleries, one cannot fail to have a great time in this lively but quaint city.

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

Built on two larger islands, Copenhagen is a unique city due to its eco-friendly outlook and is one of the continent’s favorite tourist destinations. The city’s architecture has been laid out in such a way that one gets a feeling of being in a wonderland with its colorful beautiful buildings, stunning art galleries, pristine beaches, verdant parks, and a whole range of trendy cafes and restaurants. If there’s one city you could visit in this part of the world, make it Copenhagen and it won’t disappoint you.

  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Isolated but utterly gorgeous, Reykjavik is a city to cherish on your visit. The incredible southwestern Icelandic hub is the country’s capital and the center of economic and cultural activity. However, it gives away the vibes of being a tranquil fishing town. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, and there is a plethora of activities to explore in and around Reykjavik. Here is an interesting guide published in Forbes Magazine to explore Iceland’s new erupting volcano – just 40 kilometers from the capital city.

  • Stockholm, Sweden

The largest urban settlement in Scandinavia, Stockholm astonishingly stretches across fourteen islands. It is a city that has a special allure with its medieval charm coupled with its modern outlook. With its rich maritime history, sporting culture, fantastic architecture and music scene, Stockholm is unmissable for anyone who wants to experience the above things. It is also one of the most crowded museum cities in the world, amounting to approximately 100 museums within its urban area – the most famous of which are the Vasa Museum and ABBA: The Museum.

  • Bergen, Norway

Often referred to as the gateway to the world-famous Fjords of Norway, Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. Surrounded by seven mountains, it is a city as picturesque as they come. Cobblestone roads, fantastic waterways, a scenic wharf, historic but colorful architecture, and a whole plethora of cultural richness make Bergen a must visit when in Norway. Also, its gastronomy scene is unparalleled, with the city being a hub for seafood lovers.

These cities are cultural, historic, and sporting hubs that possess a vibe of their own. Speaking of the latter, some of these metropolitan cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo, are important centers of sports.

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With travel restrictions now withdrawn almost everywhere and accessibility back into the picture, air travel has re-emerged on par with pre-pandemic levels. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to these stunning cities for a dream holiday.

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