Unveiling the quirky side of Scandinavia: Unusual attractions you must visit
Encompassing the countries of Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, Scandinavia has something to please every type of traveler.
A 13 day no fly cruise to Scandinavia from Southampton, England, offers a hassle free way to explore the stunning scenery of these countries, relish their delicious cuisine and experience some off-beat and quirky attractions by the side as well.
Visit the Santa Claus Village, Finland
Located in Rovaniemi, Finland, Santa Claus Village has been the official hometown of Santa Claus for centuries and many Christmas secrets are said to be rooted to this magical place. The moment you step into the village, you will feel as if you have stepped into the pages of a storybook.
No matter what time of the year you choose to visit, you can meet Santa every day of the year. On this unique experience Santa will always be there to welcome you with a sack full of warmth, good cheers and friendly greetings.
Stay at the Ice Hotel, Sweden
The Lapland’s Ice Hotel in Sweden is one of the most innovative places where one can spend the night. The hotel is located in Jukkasjarvi, about 200km north of the s. Since its inception thirty years ago, each year the hotel is reincarnated with stunning new designs.
From plush Art suites to thrilling activities on offer, staying at the Ice Hotel provides one of the most extraordinary experiences in the world. The hotel operates round the year, but during the winter months guests get to stay in hand-carved ice rooms before the ice melts away.
Drive the ring road of Iceland
The Ring Road of Iceland, also referred to as Route 1 is not only the main motorway of the country but all the popular tourist attractions can be explored on this route which loops around the island in a complete circle. Some key places of interest on the way are the Skogafoss waterfalls, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Dyrholaey cliffs.
Renting a car is the best way to drive on the Ring Road as public transportation, outside of summer, can get sporadic. The southern drive from Reykjavik is more scenic, but check the weather forecast and then drive to the most sunniest spot on the island first as good weather makes the journey all the more extraordinary.
Trek the Pulpit Rock, Norway
Pulpit Rock is a flat-topped cliff which rises to a height of 600m in the Strand region of Norway. Between May and October this place attracts hordes of hikers as it offers a stunning view of the rock formations in the background. The most scenic time to do the hike is early morning with the rising sun offering surreal views of the surroundings.
Alternatively, the Pulpit Rock and the fjords surrounding it can be explored by a boat cruise or individually by kayak or canoe. For adventure junkies, extreme sports like surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping are also on offer here.