For the ultimate holiday to Scandinavia and the Nordics, look no further than the experts at Best Served Scandinavia
Their itineraries, all designed by their specialists, showcase this most magical of regions at its spellbinding best, no matter the season.
Winter is Scandinavia and the Nordics at their iconic best, when the ground is thick with snow and days are filled with thrilling, high-octane activities. Across Norway, Finland and Sweden, Best Served Scandinavia’s tailor-made winter itineraries mix stays in hand-picked hotels with a full spread of exhilarating excursions. Head out along forests trails and across frozen lakes on husky sleds and snowmobiles, catch and cook your lunch on an ice fishing adventure, or strap on a pair of snowshoes for a walk in the wilderness. There’s even the chance to join Sami reindeer herders to learn the secrets of an ancient nomadic culture. Then, as the night sets in, roaring fires and delicious, seasonal food offer comfort and cosiness as the Northern Lights dazzle in the skies overhead.
Iceland holidays also offer a wealth of options in winter, and Best Served Scandinavia will bring you right to the heart of the action. Explore the geothermal wonders of the Golden Circle by SuperJeep, head north to Husavík to spot whales off the coast and marvel at black-sand beaches between soaks in mineral rich thermal baths. And, with a number of stylish lodges hidden in the wilderness, there are plenty of chances to see the Northern Lights. What’s more, it’s all easily reached from the capital, Reykjavik, arguably Europe’s coolest capital.
And, let’s not forget Best Served Scandinavia’s festive breaks. Taking guests right into the frosted forests of northern Finland – the evocative setting for St Nick’s log-cabin home – Best Served Scandinavia’s range of itineraries pair private audiences with the man himself with a full range of fun-packed excursions, from ginger bread making to reindeer rides and even visits to meet the elves in Santa’s official post office.
Summer and autumn holidays
Of course, winter isn’t for everyone, and a visit to Scandinavia or the Nordics in summer can be just as rewarding. With a focus on the great outdoors, across the region’s Arctic north there’s the chance to spot bears roaming in ancient woodlands, paddle kayaks and go rafting on sparkling rivers and hike on remote fells, all set aglow by the Midnight Sun. Meanwhile, further south, there’s everything from self-drives through Finnish Lakeland to curated stays in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen linked by rail, road and sea.
And then there are Norway’s iconic fjords – a vast network of shimmering waterways stretching inland from the country’s ultra-scenic west coast. Begin with Bergen’s World Heritage treasures before travelling by boat and train, linking the waterside villages of Balestrand and Flåm on the iconic Norway in a Nutshell tour.
Autumn, too, is a wonderful time, when the landscapes are ablaze with reds and golds and, from September onwards, the aurora dances across mild, star-filled skies. Best Served Scandinavia offer a full range of autumn adventures, taking in everywhere from Iceland to the ICEHOTEL.
Holidays to Svalbard
For something a little different, Best Served Scandinavia also offers holidays to Svalbard – a remote archipelago just 650 miles from the North Pole. In the depths of winter, the sun never makes it above the horizon, creating an eerie blue light that sets the scene for daytime hunts for the Northern Lights, by snowmobile or husky sled. Fancy some daylight? In summer, the landscape of creaking glaciers, vast fjords and flower-dotted valleys host sunbathing walruses and roaming polar bears.
No matter when or where you travel, with Best Served Scandinavia you’ll enjoy stays in some of Europe’s most innovative and exciting accommodation. From glass igloos and ice hotels to romantic log cabins and art-installation treehouses, their specialists are on hand to recommend the best options for you.
Inspired? For more information or to make a booking, call 020 7590 0656 or visit Best Served Scandinavia.