The Nordic/Scandinavian countries (Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden) are the best places spend your holidays in Northern Europe. The countries have vibrant cities with wonderful cultural life, natural scenery, impressive landmarks, and sophisticated urban life. Planning or going for a holiday to any of the Nordic countries has been made easier with the availability of cheap flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, or Helsinki. Each city has its own unique attractions worth visiting. Some of these attractions include:
1. Royal Palace, Sweden
Found in Stadsholmen, Stockholm, the Royal Pace serves as the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden. It is located close to some of Sweden’s notable attractions including the Stockholm Cathedral and Riksgdag Building. It is one of the largestand most famous palaces not only in Stockholm, but also in the whole of Europe.
The Royal Palace displays the best of Baroque architecture and comprises of four façades: northern facade, representing Sweden’s common royal: southern facade, representing the nation; northern façade, representing the common royal; western façade, representing the king, and the eastern façade representing the queen. The palace has more than 1,450 rooms with stylishly decorated interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries. While in the palace, you can get a chance to visit some of its historical museums including the Tre Kronor Museum and Gustav III Museum of Antiquities.
2. Kronberg Castle, Denmark
Established in the 15th century, Kroberg Castle stands out as one of the oldest and most important Renaissance castles in Denmark. It is strategically located on the northern tip of Zealand Island. The building boats of Baroque architecture designed by Anthonis van Obbergen and Flemmings Hans Hendrick van Paesschen, some of the most famous Danish architects of the 15th century. The castle was turned into a military base in 1785 and later into a museum in the year 1923. It houses both ancient and modern pieces of art from different notable artists.
3. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, Norway
Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, houses a huge collection of granite and bronze, and cast iron sculptures designed by Gustav Vigeland, a famous sculptor of the 1800s. One of its biggest and most famous sculptures is the Monolith. This sculpture stands at a height of about 15 metres and features more than 120 human figures. Because no one is really sure of what was in Gustav’s mind while developing his pieces of art, there has been varied interpretations of the Monolith. Some people say it represents man’s resurrection, some say it represents man’s yearning for spiritual spheres, while others say it represents man’s struggle for existence. In addition, the park houses the Vigeland Museum, which displays the best of ne-classical architecture.
4. Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park is a family-friendly park located atop a hill on the northern side of Helsinki’s city centre. It is surrounded by luxurious restaurants, kiosks, ice cream stalls, arcades, and a large outdoor stage used for performances by different artistes during summer. The park is very large in size and contains 40 functional rides, with its oldest and most popular ride being the Wooden Roller Coaster. Other roller coasters include Linnunrata, Vonkaputous, Tulireki, and Pikajuna. Whatever your reason for coming, this is a great way to kick back and have some fun.
5. Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Thingvelir National Park is found a few kilometres from the city centre of Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Site park is home to a different species of plants and wild animals. Notable wild animals include polar bears, minks, white foxes, wild rabbits, and reindeer. You can also enjoy bird watching as it has numerous bird species including the puffin, fulmar, eider, common guillemot, and the black-headed gull.
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