8 REASONS why you should go on a road trip in Nordic countries

8 REASONS why you should go on a road trip in Nordic countries

NordenBladet – More and more people love to spend their holidays in Scandinavia because there is safe, amazing nature and a lot to do and everybody are obsessed with Scandinavian culture! This year NordenBladet gave out a Finland´s travel guide where you can follow one family trip around Finland. While the term “Scandinavia” is commonly used for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the term “Nordic countries” is used unambiguously for Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Iceland, including their associated territories (Svalbard, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands).

Travel is glorious in any form. The food, sights, arts, culture, languages, and new friends just make it such an enjoyable experience. These are many reasons why it is good to travel by car. Here are few of them:

1. You can make your own itinerary

Travelling by car is great because of the flexibility – you can travel any time, anywhere. You are on your own schedule, and can make unexpected stops. See a little cafeteria by the side of the road? Stop and while away the afternoon, talking with the owner. You manage your own time. You can move quickly from one place to another. You don’t have to waste your time and wait for a bus, train or flight. No waiting at all!

Photo: Denmark (Pexels/Pixabay)

Car trip around Finland – Ivanka Shoshana and Estella Elisheva in Tornio´s cafeteria (NordenBladet/ Helena-Reet Ennet)

2. It is easy to carry your things
If you are travelling with goods, perhaps your shopping, or suitcase if you are going on a holiday it is easier to transport these in your car rather than using public transport which is not secure and is short of storage space.

3. Miles of scenery
Besides topping the list of the world’s happiest nations list, Nordic countries are also leaders in education, gender equality, cleantech, healthtech, biotech, food sustainability and more. Nordics represent a true knowledge society, the high tech and the charm of bustling cities, well-preserved countryside, summer cottages and castles. The best part of driving through Nordic countries is taking in all of the beautiful scenery. You will be amazed at just how vast and diverse some of the landscapes are. A typical Scandinavian / Nordic road trip involves driving through days’ worth of dense pine forests and sweeping farmlands and more lakes than you could possibly count.

Photos: 3x NordenBladet (Helena-Reet Ennet)

4. Nordic countryside is mystical
Nordics have a deep respect for their history and environment. In some countries, you need to drive for hours to reach roads surrounded by forests, fields and lakes. In Nordic countries, it’s exactly the opposite. Nature is around you everywhere, even in urban areas. Travelling through all of this scenery by car gives you a greater sense of freedom to venture wherever you want. Even getting lost is worthwhile. Traversing the rural roads can turn up some amazing sights, which you otherwise might not have seen, and will help you feel completely off the grid and at peace. If you do want to stay on the beaten path and visit the tourist attractions, travelling by car allows you to see as many as you want in a single trip.

Photo: Pexels (Jonathan Petersson)

5. Meeting the wildlife
While exploring sights and scenery, you will inevitably encounter some of Norden’s amazing wildlife such as birds, deer, and if you’re lucky, moose. It’s best to be wary of moose however, since they can dart from the forest onto the road without warning and cause many car accidents every year. As soon as you cross the Arctic Circle, your chances to meet reindeer on the road increase extensively. When you meet one, you’re very likely to meet the whole family, as reindeer hardly ever walk alone. Reindeer are walking on the road, in no hurry at all, and your best option is to drive behind them until they decide to go back into the woods. So make sure you don’t plan too tight of a schedule for a road trip in Lapland.

Photo: Pexels (Frans Van Heerden)

6. Camp in the country side or stay in some quirky hotels
There are many campsites and places to park a caravan, plus everyman’s rights mean you are free to pitch a tent anywhere (apart from somebody else’s garden).  If camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of hotels up and down the country to stay the night, some of them highly unusual.

7. Bring your bike
A Nordic road trip doesn’t have to be done entirely by car. By hitching a bike onto your car, you can stop off at any of Scandinavia’s thousands of cycling paths to see even more nature inaccessible by road. All of the National Parks and hiking trails have their own car parks and some have campsites. Biking is a healthy choice, integrated into one’s lifestyle, cheap, in touch with the city and absolute fun kind of freedom.

8. Small town charm
Each of the small towns and villages you will pass through on a road trip through Nordic countries have a retro charm, some almost feeling as if they have been paused in time. Most will have amenities such as petrol stations, supermarkets, and kiosks to buy ice cream. You can also find hidden gems you won’t find in guide books, such as old churches and classic wooden buildings. Locals might come across as stand-offish at first, but once you talk to them you will likely find them friendly and helpful.

NordenBladet´s 2 weeks in Finland by car – itinerary:

Helena-Reet: A big trip to Finland coming up next week! Searching for extremeness and ultimate luxury

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland – DONE! (VOL1: Tallinn-Helsinki-Nurmijärvi-Riihimäki-Hämeenlinna-Tampere) + PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: Around Finland on a road trip with children (VOL2: Impressions from Tampere – sightseeings and a lot more) + TRAVEL PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL3: Vaasa – ruins of Korsholm castle, Mannerheim, Airbnb renthouse etc) + PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL4: Journey from Vöyri near Vaasa and through Kokkola and Kalajoki Oulu and the evening in SPA) + PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL5 – Oulu sightseeings, Kemi, Tornio and the journey through Kolari to Levi) + MANY PHOTOS & INFOLINKS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL6 – Levi Hotel SPA in Sirkka, restaurant Kekäle, magnificent nature, ski slopes, etc) + MANY PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL7 – from Kittilä to Rovaniemi, Santa Claus Holiday Village etc) + TRAVEL PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL8 – from Rovaniemi through Ranua, Pudasjärvi and Puolanka to Kajaani) + PHOTOS!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL9 – Central Finland, Kajaani) the sightseeings + travel photos!

Helena-Reet: With children on a road trip around Finland (VOL 10 – in Central Finland, Kuopio) Sightseeings + Travel photos!

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