Best Places to Visit in The Nordics (Northern Europe)

Sweden: Stockholm, Malmo, Gothenburg, Uppsala

Denmark: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Roskilde

Norway: Oslo, Tromso, Trondheim

Iceland: Reykjavik

Finland: Turku, Helsinki

Best time to Visit the Nordics

Top destinations: Stockholm, Oslo, Tromso, Rejykavik, Copenhagen

Peak Tourist Season and Off-Peak Seasons in The Nordics

High Season Shoulder Season Low Season
Oct – Apr May – Jun Jun – Aug
  Aug – Sept  

Travel Tips

In Scandinavia, peak season is really the most fun time to visit. It’s festive rather than crowded.

Daylight Hours: Winter days are long, summer days are very long. Some areas have midnight sun.

Business hotels are often cheaper in summer

Closures: During winter, most tourist attractions shut down earlier (or completely). Snow gets disruptive.

Bright side? Winter is the time to catch the Northern Lights. Monitor forecasts closely.

Great festivals during Autumn

Great festivals: Midsummer Festival, Easter, St.Lucia, Christmas markets, Pride Parade and many folk festivals.

Peak Season vs Low Season – What is the Best Time to Go?

It depends what makes your ideal holiday.

The off-season travel months are generally the cheapest time to visit any destination. There’s a good chance that hotels and attractions offer discounted prices.

In contrast, the best month to experience a destination also tends to the busiest, so you have to contend with more crowds and longer queues at attractions. But peak season is the peak for a reason, so there’s many things at their best – such as weather, opening hours, events etc.

If your calendar is pretty open, then shoulder season is a great time for independent travellers. Between peak season and off season, the ‘shoulder’ months give you the best of both worlds.