Population: 5.749 milion
Denmark is one of the most architecturally beautiful nations not only in the Nordic region, but the world. With incredible medieval buildings, beautiful Scandic ports and exciting modern designs, you will never be short of things to see in this incredible country. Denmark, and in particular its capital Copenhagen, is also fast becoming a top foodie destination with new Michelin star restaurants popping up all the time. Mix this with a fascinating history + relaxed lifestyle and you may find yourself falling in love with Denmark before too long.
Getting to Denmark from Australia & New Zealand is fairly simple, with connecting flights to Copenhagen from most major Eastern destinations. Once in Denmark, getting around is incredibly simple with ample public transport including a train network that connects with neighbouring countries like Sweden & Germany.
Population: 5.503 million
If you’re looking for your idealised version of the Nordic region, then Finland may be just what you’re looking for. With a capital city that blends the modern and traditional, Helsinki sets you up perfectly for discovering the beautiful country of Finland. Beyond the borders of the capital city lies a land filled to the brim with diverse landscapes and a unique, stoic culture. Explore the frozen wonders of the north in Lapland, the scenic coastlines to the West or the vast forestry and peaceful nature of the Finnish Lakeland.
Once again, getting to Finland from Australia & New Zealand is fairly easy with connecting flights to Helsinki from most major Eastern destinations. When you arrive in Finland, you can fly to all major tourist destinations within the country, there is also a comprehensive train network but it is a slightly slower way to travel.
Iceland is undoubtedly one of the most incredible countries on Earth. For millennia people have survived here against the odds in the surrounds of some of the world’s most incredible, untouched scenic beauty. Towering snow capped peaks, simmering natural hot springs & geysers, rugged icy cliffs, striking black sand beaches and lush forestry are all a part of the landscape here. Venture into some of the scarce pockets of settlement and you will find a warm and friendly people, fiercely proud of their unique identity. Iceland really does have to be seen to be believed.
Getting to Iceland from Australia & New Zealand via Eastern routes will require three flights, but flights are available from all other Nordic countries. Flying to Iceland from Australia & New Zealand with just two flights is possible if you fly via Vancouver or San Francisco. Once in Iceland, it is more than likely that you will need a car to get around.
Population: 5.258 million
Norway is another Nordic country that falls under the definition of incredibly beautiful. The striking rugged coastlines, vast fjords, towering mountains, breathtaking Northern Lights & the beautiful the Midnight Sun are some of the scenic highlights that you can experience here. In winter you can observe a range of unique animals including polar bears and arctic foxes, go reindeer sledding and hike across the frozen wonderlands. In some respects Norway is the heart of Nordic culture with its own roots being traced all the way back to the Vikings and beyond. In modern day Norway though, the Norwegians are a friendly and respectful people that are welcoming to all while embracing the modernity of their country.
Norway is another easy enough destination to get to with connecting flights to Oslo from many major Eastern destinations. When you arrive you may find yourself getting around via a car more often than not, although long distance train travel is available as well as flying.
Population: 9.995 million
Sweden has become an iconic country across the world for its cultural exports: music, furniture and food. By paying a visit you can experience the country that has brought you some of your favourite things and discover some new favourites along the way. The vibrant, beautiful cities of Stockholm & Gothenburg are an excellent gateway to Sweden and are a great way to get accustomed to their friendly and upbeat way of life. Explore the more traditional northern provinces that include the mythical Swedish Lapland, or head to Visby & Gotland to experience a land that has barely changed in 500 years.
Of all the Nordic countries, Sweden may be the easiest to visit from Australia & New Zealand, simply because there are a greater number of flights to its capital Stockholm from destinations that connect from the region. When visiting Sweden, there is a helpful public transportation system that will help you to get around.