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Prepare For A Trip To Scandinavia

Photo credit: bvi4092/Flickr

Photo credit: bvi4092/Flickr

Contemplating on a trip to Scandinavia? Whether it’s Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, or all of the above, you will quite possibly have an experience which will amaze you beyond your imagination. This dreamy, almost fairytale-like part of the world has a lot to offer. To be prepared, read up on some tips.

The Best Time To Visit Scandinavia

The busiest travel time is from May to September. During these warm months, Scandinavian countries have a lot of events and festivals to offer.

However, in winter months, days are shorter but winter sports are in full bloom, not to mention Scandinavia’s top natural phenomena (Midnight Sun, Aurora Borealis, and Polar Nights).

Travel is also much cheaper during winter.

Natural Phenomena

The northern fjords of Norway are the best place to observe the Midnight Sun, as well as in the Nordkapp, between late May and late July.

The Midnight Sun is also always at its best north of the Artic Circle. The Aurora Borealis is best seen on the Artic Circle in very clear and dark winter nights, although they have been seen in southern Scandinavia sometimes.

The most important thing is that you’re in a dark and clear night, and away from the city. If you travel to Scandinavia in winter, you can also experience the Polar Nights.

Photo credit: Claudia Regina/Flickr

Photo credit: Claudia Regina/Flickr

You Don’t Have To Go Bankrupt

Everything depends on your lifestyle which you plan to live during your trip to Scandinavia. Scandinavians do have a high standard of living, which is naturally reflected in many prices. Prepare some travel guides and general price information.

The Languages

Don’t worry about not knowing any Scandinavian languages. Most Scandinavians speak several languages, including English. It’s widely understood across this part of the world. German is also pretty popular. You can always bring a dictionary and learn a few phrases from each language.

Health Risks And Injuries

There are no health risks, except for possibly freezing completely. Dress warm so you can stay warm, and take it very seriously. It can get horribly cold, even more so during winter months. Also, slippery pavements and traffic accidents from elks crossing the roads are the major hazards in Scandinavia.