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A Quick Guide To Exploring Northern Europe

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Polar lands, pristine forests, ancient ports and cities that stretch out under the clear sky. The fascinating atmospheres of the Scandinavian countries attract tourists from all over the world, who every year flock to the beautiful capitals of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark and experience the territory intensely, with excursions to the fjords, on the “Arctic Road”, with always looking at the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. However, one thing that you should know before witnessing this fascinating natural phenomennon is to…

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Don’t be afraid to try something you have never done before. For instance, if you have never experienced polar temperatures, don’t let that stop you from visiting Lapland (Finland’s northernmost region). Even if you’re traveling with kids, there are many amazing Lapland tours that will allow you to make the most out of your trip without planning or worrying about anything when visiting this winter paradise.

Traveling around when visiting Scandinavia with kids can be challenging but fortunately, figuring out your transportation shouldn’t be too hard. All Scandinavian countries have a superb public transport infrastructure. Norway trains are worldwide famous for their speed and timeliness but other Scandinavian countries aren’t lacking behind either. Most cities are connected to the railway and there are a lot of buses covering most destinations in Scandinavia. So, if you’re worried about commuting with kids, don’t be. Arranging your transportation is easy and you can also book in advance.

What to see in the Scandinavian countries

Sweden, with colorful fishing villages overlooking the Koster islands, is among the Scandinavian countries by two souls, the traditional and folk and the underground, made of art and music cities such as Gothenburg and Stockholm, where you can visit the Royal Palace. Denmark, with its avant-garde cities, is famous for its romantic atmosphere, which is best enjoyed in Copenhagen, the capital crossed by passable canals, as in ancient Ribe and elegant Skagen.

Then there is Finland, which in the collective imagination corresponds to the country of Santa Claus: forests, arctic lakes, Lapland is the ideal destination to visit in December, a month in which it is enriched with lights and suggestions. Finally in Norway, the State of the famous fjords, a visit to Tromsø, where you can admire the Northern Lights, and to Preikestolen, famous for its breathtaking views of the surrounding nature, is not to be missed.

Also in Norway, we recommend a visit to the Munch Painter’s Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, where ancient Viking ships are exhibited.

Denmark is also a beautiful country with a lot of important cultural and historic sights. Even a city like Copenhagen offers the opportunity to enjoy nature with its many canals and green areas.

Last but not least, let’s not forget Iceland. All of the Scandinavian countries are famous for their natural beauty and majestic sceneries, but I think we can all agree that Iceland takes home this category. It’s also one of the best destinations in Europe if you want to see the Northern Lights phenomenon also known as Aurora Borealis.

The beautiful nature

Throughout Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands there will be green meadows to run in, long beaches, colorful flowers, glaciers, waterfalls, rainbows, and beautiful skies even when it’s cloudy.

And then the animals: sheep, horses, reindeer, seals, whales, puffins (the cute little black and white birds with a colorful red and yellow beak) and other arctic birds.

In Iceland, then, you will also find volcanoes, geysers, icebergs and pools of thermal water where you can swim surrounded by nature.

When to go

The best time to travel around Norway with children coincides with the tourist season, which runs from mid-June to mid-August, when hotels have the best deals for families, all points of interest and attractions are open, and the weather is good.

If you’re coming to Norway for the Northern Lights or winter activities like dog sledding, don’t be put off by the polar cold. It’s all about being prepared with the appropriate clothing (Norwegian families don’t hide at home 10 months out of the year!) And winter can become a magical time to visit the country.

Accommodation

Hotels, hostels, campsites and other accommodation usually have family rooms or cabins where up to two adults and two children can sleep. Many hotels have larger rooms for families, but others simply add cribs and / or extra beds when space allows, always for an additional price.

One hotel chain that makes a special effort to cater to families between mid-June and mid-August is Thon Hotels, whose family rooms can cost NOK 1,150, which is excellent value for money by benchmarks. Norwegians. Almost all hotels in Thon also have a small children’s play area and some extras for children.

When planning your trip, accommodation is key. You should start by figuring out the sort of accommodation that will suit your needs. There are country inns, pampering resorts with spas, B&B’s, and even castles where tourists can stay overnight. There are more than 2,500 farmstays around Germany that offer free accommodation and meals to people willing to help with some of the farm work if that’s acceptable for you. Alternatively, if you just want to find some nice accommodation options before traveling, you can find a lot of great deals on Ebooking suitable for everyone’s budget.

Transportation

The impressive Norwegian public transport system is a comfortable way to get around and – given the variety, which includes trains, buses, tour boats and ferries – also very attractive to children.

On trains and buses, children under 4 years of age usually travel for free (although without a seat); ages 4-15 (16 on the Hurtigruten Coastal Ferry) pay 50%. Some long-distance trains have special family cars with a play area.

Car rental companies rent child safety seats at a nominal price, but it is essential to reserve them in advance, especially in summer and on weekends, when there is greater demand.

Including Germany to your trip?

With abundant attractions and unique European charm, there are many things that make Germany special. The Berlin Wall, Neuschwanstein Castle, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, the Cathedral of Cologne, Europa Parkand the Black Forest are just a few of the many breathtaking places you can visit while you’re in Germany. But before you start exploring this beautiful country, it’s important that you’re prepared. There are certain things everyone should know before traveling to Germany that often come as a surprise for first-time visitors. That’s why we wrote this article- to help you learn some important things about Germany and make the most out of your trip. If you’re visiting in the autumn, you can even make it to the iconic Oktoberfest.

Before leaving

Infant products such as baby food, formula, soy, cow’s milk and diapers are in abundance in Scandinavia (in supermarkets, pharmacies and specialized stores), but they are much more expensive than at home. You may want to keep a reasonable supply to cut costs.

Lonely Planet’s Travel with Kids book offers comprehensive information and tips.

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