Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and London: these are the staple cities that we see on our friends’ #EuroTrip photo albums. But believe it or not, Europe has so much more to offer aside from those countries—and the region of Scandinavia is one of them.
It could be because of the unusually cold weather or the geographical distance that not so many people automatically include Northern Europe on their travel bucket list. Scandinavia, the Nordic region, is composed of five countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Their food might not be the best selling point (especially to us Filipinos because we are suckers for exploding flavors), but what could be the highlight of your trip are the remarkable sights and experiences that you will definitely bring home from here. The architecture is quite notable, too—a mix of traditional, modern, and nature #feels. (There’s a reason why Preview’s Fashion Director Daryl Chang chose to spend her honeymoon touring around the area.)
Here are some of the most IG-worthy things you could do in Scandinavia:
1. Take a dip at their popular geothermal pools.
Who said you can’t wear your swimsuit during the winter? If you ever find yourself in Iceland, visiting at least one of their geothermal baths is a must.
2. Play house at IKEA's main store in Stockholm.
The sample bedrooms or kitchens should inspire you to take home at least one thing from the famous Swedish store's wide array of cheap furniture. Of course, you are not required to buy anything, but you might want to at least take photos—or a foodstagram shot; their Swedish meatballs inside the food court are the bomb! Also, don't forget to claim your free IKEA pencil.
3. Pretend that you're a wildling or a white walker.
FYI, Iceland is where they shot many crucial Game of Thrones scenes. You're looking at the land "beyond the Wall." Enough said.
4. See the Northern Lights at the Ice Hotel in Sweden.
This is one of Scandinavia’s greatest attractions. What's more, you can actually stay inside Sweden’s acclaimed hotel made of ice. This is definitely one for the books!
5. Stand on a cliff along Norway’s famous fjords.
Enjoy a great view of the captivating Norwegian fjords by visiting the most famous pulpit rock. Trolltunga is also another option if you find Preikestolen too crowded.
6. Experience the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark.
Copenhagen tops the list of the must-visit places in Denmark! Don't even think of skipping the Tivoli Gardens—it's spectacular, I tell you. Who could have guessed that an amusement park could be so scenic? It's also the second-oldest operating theme park in the world.
If you ever go on a European Tour, don't forget to tick these off your bucket list!