Visiting Scandinavia In Winter: The Do’s And Don’ts

Scandinavia refers to a group of countries in northern Europe that include Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. While these three countries are breathtakingly beautiful and full of culture, history, and stunning architecture, they are also exceptionally cold. Especially in the winter. However, their beautiful terrain is so breathtaking that it’s worth the adventure. So if you are considering visiting Scandinavia in winter, here are a few things you must know.

Why winter?


Most of us prefer traveling during the warmer months. The weather is more predictable, you don’t have to bring heavy winter coats with you, and it will be much easier to go out and explore your new surroundings. However, off-season travels during the winter season have their own set of perks as well.

To keep things brief, if you decide to travel during the winter months, you will probably be able to get a much better deal. The prices of plane tickets and hotel rooms tend to be lower, and you also won’t have to worry about long lines and crowds of tourists wherever you go. In addition to that, if you’re a fan of winter activities, then Scandinavian countries have a lot to offer such as husky sledding and staying in ice hotels.

The Do’s

Have you heard of the word “Hygge”? Hygge is a word in Norwegian and Danish that describes the ultimate mood of coziness. And you can be certain of one thing: People in Scandinavia have mastered the art of being cozy. With average winter temperatures between 27 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of bringing your warmest and most comfortable winter clothes. If you want to fit in, snuggle yourself in knitted clothing and oversized winter scarves.

A lot of people are traveling to Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights. And it would be such a pity if you decided to go there and don’t see them for yourself. However, you have to know that you can’t see them in every part of each country. So before you go, do some research and check what your best location would be. They are much more common in the north, and they are a pretty rare occurrence all over Denmark.

The Don’ts

When visiting Scandinavia in winter, you shouldn’t expect long daytime hours. Generally speaking, in most of Scandinavia’s capital cities that are located more in the south, you can expect daylight somewhere between 10 AM and 3 PM. If you are traveling somewhere around the Arctic Circle, you can even expect polar nights. That means that you won’t have any daylight at all. But don’t think that these countries aren’t absolute stunners even in the dark.

One thing you shouldn’t miss is enjoying the seasonal activities. While visiting tourist attractions such as frozen waterfalls, ski resorts, and museums are great ways to learn more about the countries, you should still remember to enjoy the little things as well. While you can probably ice skate in your home country as well, doing it in these winter wonderland countries will be magical. People there are living life to the fullest, and they know how to spend their winters.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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