Gudvangen & Naerofjord
A day trip to Gudvangen & Naerofjord should not be missed while on the beautiful Norwegian territory. Situated to the west of Flam in Norway is a 17km long fjord which truly has to be seen to be appreciated. The fjord is only 250 meters across at its narrowest point. It is filled with deep blue water and surrounded by huge cliffs which seem to block all of the sun on even the sunniest winter day. The cliffs rise as high as 1200 meters but you will still found isolated farms and beautiful waterfalls.
And now it’s time to meet a part of Norway’s culture. Nasjonalgalleriet is Norway’s National Gallery. It houses the nation’s Norwegian art collection, and there are pieces from the romantic era right through the late 20th century. If you happen to be in Norway on your Scandinavian adventure, make sure to include the gallery on your itinerary.
After you checked out the galleries, engage in a natural trek or boat trip and admire the superb Norwegian Fjords that can be seen running along the north Atlantic coast. As you travel along a chosen route, you will note there are many of the original medieval towns still in existence.
Heddal Stave Church
There are only 28 stave churches left in Norway and this is the largest. It looks like something out of a fairy tale. Heddal Stave Church is constructed around Norwegian Pine and has rose paintings on its walls, dating from 1668. There are many historically significant pieces and this is one destination that should not be missed.
Siida is quite possibly the finest museum in Finland. It offers an overview of the Sami and their environment, a history of their original semi nomadic existence to their modern lifestyle. The museum includes an outside exhibit which has mainly original farmhouses, courthouse and storage huts. There’s also an excellent craft shop and an interesting café you might want to check out as well.
The Linnansaari National Park
Located in northern and southern Savonia, in Finland, this huge national park is made up of Haukivesi Lakes and literally hundreds of empty islands. The largest island is the most visited and has well marked trails. Linnansaari National Park is an excellent spot to watch for seals, Ospreys and other rare birds. Many visitors rent a Kayak and spend a few days here. The surrounding scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
And since we’re in Finland, you might want to stop by Suomenlinna, the country’s most puzzling fortress. Imagine seeing many islands grouped together and joined by bridges with this fortress in the middle. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site you can’t miss out.
After hiking and trekking all day long across the beautiful Finish territories, it’s time for a well-deserved break. Stop by Jatkankamppa, Finland’s smoke sauna. It is a social experience that will live in your memory forever. It can seat 60 people at a time and is a very friendly spot to meet new people and have a good time with loved ones.
Are you ready to be mesmerizing by some pretty amazing Scandinavian holidays? Because the territory is vast and packed with sights you can only see in movies. International travelers will certainly adore exploring Scandinavia’s hidden paths.
Site updated on 22. April 2017