The best tours of Scandinavia

Scandinavia is easy to travel around, but booking trains, buses and hotels can be a chore and can end up working out more expensive than doing an organized tour. You may be short of time and want to fit in seeing as much of the region as possible in a few days. Pic: Srvora (CC) Or maybe you fancy a bucket-list trip exploring the wilderness, hunting for the northern lights, or spotting whales with expert guides? Whichever type of itinerary suits your trip, we’ve picked some of the best tours of Scandinavia that you can find. Three countries in under a week If you’re short of time and want to cram in the highlights of three countries in under a

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Seeing the Northern Lights in Sweden

If seeing the northern lights is high up on your bucket list, Sweden is a very good place to start. Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s one of the best countries on Earth for aurora spotting. Of course, it helps that large chunks of the nation are far enough north to make light shows a regular occurrence. But there are other reasons for picking Sweden. It’s easy to reach by air, it’s safe to travel around, and it has lots of interesting sights to take in as you search for the perfect aurora. Another thing is the weather. We can hardly claim that northern Sweden is warm but thanks to the effect of the Gulf Stream it does tend to be a

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The best hostels in Swedish Lapland

Setting out to explore Swedish Lapland’s vast landscape of forests, lakes and rivers can be a daunting prospect – especially if you’re trying to do things on a budget. But the area can be relatively cheap to get around thanks to the excellent network of trains and buses. And there’s more good news: almost every town and village has a hostel or cheap hotel with beds available by the night. Prices tend to be a little higher than they are in big cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg, where there’s a lot more competition, but you should still be able to get a space in a dorm for around 300 SEK per night, or a private room for around 700 SEK.

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A Perfect Day in Sweden’s Gothenburg Archipelago

  The roads are empty. Very empty. It’s a cloudy Saturday morning in Gothenburg, Sweden, and because it’s June, a month when the whole country shuts down for vacation, only a handful of cars are bypassing us on a way to coastal Hjuvik. Bit by bit, my family and I leave the industrial powerhouse of the country (four simultaneous highway exits to different parts of the same Volvo manufacturing plant) and drive toward the sea. Suddenly, a tranquil and comforting view appears in the front. Yachts in Klåvan Harbor. Photo by Justas Petrauskas Down the hill, thousands of red cottages and yachts line up the coast and point directly to the yellow car ferry. We have reached the gates to

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