What makes Scandinavia so special?
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What Makes Scandinavia So Special?
The European Summer is the perfect foil for the Australian Winter until you factor in two key ingredients; the people and the prices! Both numbers are on the high side, and that's why some savvy travellers look a little further North for a solution; to Scandinavia & The Baltic.

With this region primarily being associated with it's winter sports, the Summer season has taken on a bit of a 'hidden gem' quality. Upon closer inspection we find that the Sun is still warm (and there's actually more of it, see below), the drinks are still ice cold, but the value on offer is far superior - as (some would say) is the history, the nature AND the culture!

Scroll down as we take a closer look at each; hopefully one of them ignites some inspiration and some wanderlust for 2021 and beyond. 
Take a look at the comparison between London & Stockholm's average temperatures and hours of sunshine per month. Apart from a few extra rainy days there's little between them!
Copenhagen: A Great Place To Start!
Copenhagen is a modern, hip & eco-friendly destination that draws tourists eager to sample new Nordic cuisine, visit Renaissance castles, and (in Summer particularly) ride bicycles along the 250 miles of pathways and visit the famous Tivoli Gardens.

With lots of international flight options from Australia, and (as you'll see below) the region being so interconnected by trains, ships & air services, it's perfectly positioned as a starting point to explore further into The Baltics or Scandinavia.
But Where To Next?
Bergen is the gateway to Norway's Fjords. It features colourful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a centre of the Hanseatic League's trading empire. The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views and hiking trails.
First established in the early medieval era, today’s Tallinn is an exciting mix of old and new. Here’s the good news: with Tallinn being such a compact, green capital, you can cover a lot in just a weekend and enjoy short scenic strolls whilst you're at it.
Spreading idyllically across a Baltic Sea archipelago of fourteen islands, it’s easy to see why the Swedish capital of Stockholm has acquired the nickname “Venice of the north”. It seems as if wherever you look, your gaze is met by water. 
Riga is set on the Baltic at the mouth of the River Daugava. It's considered a cultural center; home to many museums & concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. 
If You CAN'T Go In Summer... 
Look to the northern most part of Finland, Lapland; a magical arctic region that's full of contrasts and every season is uniquely different. Summer in Lapland is a season like no other – there are endless white nights and peaceful arctic nature as far as the eye can see. But Summer’s glow is followed by the majestic season of fall when Lapland gets its truly iconic ‘ruska’ colours. This is the best season to go for a hike in one of Lapland’s national parks.
And The Happiness Thing?
Yes, Scandinavia is the world’s happiest region! Along with their Nordic neighbours, the three countries (Denmark, Norway & Sweden) consistently rank high in the UN’s World Happiness Report - with views like this we're not surprised! 
Thinking North Next Year? Let's Chat!

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