Scandinavia is one of the most unique areas where we plan trips. Bella Vita has expanded beyond the Mediterranean for some time now, as many of our clients already know. For those who are looking for a true adventure, this area of northern Europe is unrivaled.
Thanks to our partnerships with the illustrious Travel Experts and Virtuoso, our clients can benefit from special VIP perks and amenities all over the world. The Scandinavian and Norden countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are unforgettable. In the summer, the almost never-ending sun and nature are enchanting. In the winter, the ice and snow turn into a once in a lifetime experience as the Aurora Borealis coat the sky with its incredible colors. There are so many reasons to visit this area of Europe. This week, its our February spotlight – get to know Scandinavia!
Breathtaking Natural Beauty of Scandinavia
Scandinavia is renowned for its stunning landscapes. To start, the majestic fjords of Norway. Perhaps you’d like to see the picturesque forests of Sweden and the spellbinding volcanoes of Iceland. Exploring these breathtaking natural wonders is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The enchanting Northern Lights can been seen throughout the region the right time of year. They offer a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a mesmerizing natural light display that can be seen in parts of Scandinavia. Witnessing the dancing colors of the sky is an unforgettable experience.
Moreover, these awe-inspiring natural wonders make Scandinavia an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Scandinavia is home to a rich cultural heritage, with each country having its own distinct traditions, folklore, and history. From exploring the medieval architecture of Denmark to experiencing the Viking heritage in Norway, visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating Nordic culture. These countries are rife with UNESCO world heritage sites.
In Norway, perhaps explore the charming village of Bryggen. It is a historic harbor district in Bergen, one of North Europe’s oldest port cities on the west coast of Norway. It was established as a center for trade by the 12th century. Or, maybe your trip takes you to Finland. Here, you can see the fortress oof Suomenlinna. It was built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki’s harbour. This fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the time.
Exploring a new culture through its food
Or, perhaps explore the gastronomy of these countries. Our culinary tour of Oslo, Norway, is the perfect way to taste your way through the region. Your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel. From here,you will visit some of Oslo’s hot spots to indulge in a foodie experience. The tastings of regional specialties will introduce you to the unique flavors found in the deep valleys and the high mountains of Norway. You will be presented a wide range of foods. Also, fascinating stories that will show you the divirsety of the Norwegian capital.
While stopping at tasting locations along the way, we wend our way to the city through some of the most interesting areas of Oslo. The new artist colony, along the river, the old city center and finally the docks. We finish the tour at our final stop. It is a centrally located microbrewery, where we taste the new Norwegian source of pride, the delicious handcrafted, local beer.
Hence, no matter which country you decide to visit -or if you take a multi-country trip – you are guaranteed to see some unforgettable sites.
Scandinavia offers a plethora of outdoor activities for adventure enthusiasts. Try your hand at hiking in the Norwegian mountains or dog sledding in Lapland. Or perhaps try kayaking in the Swedish archipelago, there are endless opportunities to embrace the thrill of the great outdoors.
We can plan your days in Scandinavia as busy or light as you’d like. However, with the incredible amount of activities to see in each destination, you won’t want to stay put.
An idea of a day in Iceland
For example, a day in Iceland could include a trip of buggies, black beaches and ice caves. First, your private driver and guide picks you up to bring you to the unforgettable Skogafoss waterfall. From here, embark on a beautiful and exciting jeep ride to the secret area of one of Iceland’s 13 glaciers. Once at the glacier area, you will gear-up and your local guide will do an educational brief on safety, what to expect, etc.
After, you’ll take a super fun walk to the glacier ice cave (5-10 minutes). To follow, you will go inside to explore it where you will have a total of 45-60 minutes in the glacier area for photos and exploration. Then your local Vik guide will give you a little more insight into how the ice cave was formed and answer any questions you may have. Finally, after ample time for your photos and selfies, you hike back out and take the gear off.
Your driver will then bring you to a black beach buggy safari. Experience the black sand beach of the world-famous South Coast of Iceland on our Polaris 1000 buggies. This private 2-hour adventure starts in Hella and takes you to the black sand beach, Þykkvabæjarfjara.
Special Accommodations in Scandinavia
From ice hotels to spa retreats (and some even more unique properties, like the Six Senses Svart we discussed last month), there is no shortage of amazing accommodations here.
Perhaps a stay at the spectacular Villa Dagmar in Stockholm, Sweden? Located in the heart of Stockholm’s vibrant Östermalm district, Villa Dagmar is the epitome of Scandinavian chic. Every detail has been meticulously curated. First, from rooms and suites with designer-selected furnishings and spectacular views. Then, gourmet eateries run by two of Sweden’s most innovative and acclaimed chefs – be sure to save room for the hotel’s signature lemon mousse. Even the spa offers a bespoke experience with customized massages, facials, and healing sound baths.
Scandinavia, tailor made
With its combination of natural beauty, cultural heritage, outdoor adventures, and efficient infrastructure, Scandinavia is a dream destination for travelers looking for an unforgettable experience. We can help plan a customized itinerary that showcases the best of what this enchanting region has to offer.
Contact us today to learn more about this area – from winter to summer, there are incredible experiences to have.